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Purplelady avatar
Subject: My PO wouldn't let me
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 3:45 PM ET
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Use the PBS DC, she said the book was to small.  She put a sticker over the DC so it can't be scanned.  So I lost money and a quick credit....  Is there really a mesurement min for Media mail???



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Date Posted: 7/20/2007 5:56 PM ET
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What a bummer, Lisa! There's a size limit for parcels sent First Class with DC, but I didn't think there was a minimum for Media Mail...

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Date Posted: 7/20/2007 6:18 PM ET
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Yeah well seems that PBS posted this info in their Q&A however I must had missed it.  Package must be more then 3/4" wide or over 6 ounces in order to use a DC.  

Make sure you know this for any really small books....   Also if you make the mistake PBS will not give you your DC money back nor the PO. 

Make me wonder if I really need to bother with DC's

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Date Posted: 7/22/2007 1:54 PM ET
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How many books that small do you have? I wouldnt think it would be many. If it is though DC might not be a good idea for you to use.

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Date Posted: 7/22/2007 8:53 PM ET
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I don't generally use DC unless it is a high dollar value in what I'm shipping.  that just means I'm at risk for the book not arriving but I'm willing to take the chance

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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 4:21 PM ET
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Someone more skilled at using the USPS website than I am may want to follow up on this.  I can still vividly picture in my mind the perplexed look on the face of one of the regular postal workers at my local post office the first time I took a small book in to mail first class after the post office started allowing delivery confirmation.   Poor lady!  Ruler in her right hand and my yellow padded mailing envelope in her left, she finally looked at me and asked how did they expect her to determine whether it measured 3/4'' at the thickest spot.  A few weeks later, I was told that rule stated 3/4'' or SOLID.  I don't think anyone at the post office has ever tried to measure one of my small packages again, and I mail all my packages with delivery confirmation.

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Date Posted: 7/30/2007 5:59 PM ET
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This is just a guess based on what I've seen come through but I would say a lot of employees miss the "solid" part.  Heck, a lot of them miss the 3/4" part and put it on packages that don't qualify.

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