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Subject: Questions relating to PayPal for postage
Date Posted: 9/20/2007 7:36 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I just used up another roll of 100 stamps, and am thinking of converting to PayPal for printing postage.  Have a few questions, though...

- We have a PayPal account for Ebay already.  Do we need a separate one for postage or can we use the same one?

- Is there special paper for this?  If so, what's it called and where do you get it?

- On the same note as the special paper, I'm assuming that the paper is 8.5x11, considerably larger than a postage stamp.  Do you print one 'item' of postage, and then re-use the same piece of paper for the next book?  How does that work? 

- Do I need to use a color printer?

- Is it guaranteed that, using PayPal for postage, I can drop >13 ounce packages into the blue mailboxes?

- Is there an additional charge for this, or do you just pay for the postage cost and paper?


- edited to add question about cost

Last Edited on: 9/20/07 7:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/20/2007 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Okay, I think I can help.  You don't need a special printer or paper, you just print it out exactly as you print out a PBS wrapper.  In fact, the Paypal wrapper would replace your standard PBS wrapper.  Basically, you have to enter the recipients name and address, and that prints out along with the postage, which is in a bar-code type format.  No color printer needed.  If you have a Paypal account already, you don't need a special account for this.  Yes, you can drop it in the blue mailbox, regardless of weight.  You can drop anything in the blue box that does not have stamps on it.  There are additional charges in that you are required to use delivery confirmation if you use Paypal.  There are no extra charges beyond this, though.  So, if you already use DC, this shouldn't be a problem for you.

Hope that helps!

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 10:47 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Thanks, Lisa.  That's exactly the information that I needed!


Date Posted: 9/20/2007 2:54 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2005
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Just a note that while you do't NEED special paper, I use labels and it makes life even simpler.

I've got the 2-up labels (one 8.5 x 11 sheet, 1 label on top half and another on bottom half) http://flickr.com/photos/mpmarus/1414115944/