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Subject: USPO didn't know what to do w/PBS confirmation
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 5:09 PM ET
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I was over charged on postage. I brought this to the PO and it took forever and they didn't know what they were doing. First she only put .91 postage on them, then she put too much postage on them.  By that time I had a screaming toddler and about 15people in line behind me.  I'm going back to hand writing my own addresses.  It took me twice as long to print all the wrappers, wrap the books up and get the postage then it did to just put them in padded envelopes and hand address them.  Can someone give me the link or the name of the place on ebay that sells those envolope combo packs-I think its a 25/25/25 pack?

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 5:31 PM ET
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Hi Mary, I get mine from  esupplystore.com They have decent prices. Sorry for the hassel at the PO. I started printing the pre-paid postage from here with DC and now I never need to worry about getting to the PO. I have blue boxes all around me.lol

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 6:30 PM ET
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I didn't do that because I had so many books today that it would have cost an extra $5-6 bucks for the postage fee.  But then she overcharged me at the PO anyway.  I'll check out that website thanks.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:18 AM ET
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Wow the postage fee is only 16 cents more than printing with DC (which I think from the title of this topic you were using PBS-DC?).  So to get 5-6 extra dollars from printing postage, you'd have to be sending like 35 books!

If you weren't sending with PBS-DC, then the cost difference would be greater, like 60 cents a package (18 cents of which goes to USPS for the DC).

Printable postage rah rah rah.  I love it.  It has worked really well for me!  And now you get your credit as soon as you mark your book mailed.  It's INSANE.  I always used DC before, so the 16 cents' difference/shipment is no biggie.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:21 AM ET
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Mary, here is the link to that thread.


Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:27 AM ET
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Mary, there's a Help Center article titled: My PO says that I can't use PBS-DC! How can I prove that I can?  Maybe next time you could print that out and take it to your PO in case the person working at the desk doesn't understand it. You should be able to use the PBS labels. It's the person at the desk who needs to be straightened out before the postage is calculated.

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Date Posted: 9/26/2007 10:32 AM ET
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Well I didn't mail out 35 books only about 15. I thought  the postage printing fee was .43?  I'm confused.  I guess the .16 is the fee to print the postage. I had one that was slightly over 13oz because it had more than one book in it so I went to the PO.  I've had problems with this one before where she's automatically put MM when 1st class was cheaper and would get it there faster.  She like doesn't give me time to question it before she prints out the most expensive postage.  I'm going to a different PO next time.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 8:20 PM ET
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Try my post office.  It's GREAT!!

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 8:41 AM ET
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I go to a little out of the way PO that's between my house and work. They don't know about PBS DC either. I haven't tried to use it yet because of that. As soon as I get my printer going again I am going to start using the PBS postage.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 10:50 AM ET
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this is why I use the APC machine....no lines and much faster (as long as there isn't a line).  I don't use DC and have been lucky so far (knock on wood).  but if I did, I would just add $0.18 to the cost of the package (so $2.31 if over 7 oz)

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 11:27 AM ET
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I thought  the postage printing fee was .43? 

It is but that includes PO DC as well as a .16 fee for printing out the postage, plus you pay another .27 cents for PBS "quick credit" which is why it seems a bit expensive for just sending out multiple books.  Cheapest way is either buy your own stamps weigh and apply at home or use PayPal which also has a ..18 dc fee.  Online printing is going to cost one way on another. 

Postal scales can be fairly inexpensive, it might be worth it to invest in one and just buy postage from your post office, they sell stamps in $2, 10 & 3 cent denominations for single books your postal work will take them directily from your home mail box.  I used to do this and only went to the PO about once every 4-6 weeks for more stamps.

Date Posted: 9/30/2007 12:38 PM ET
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I believe this came up in the USPS forum - postal workers are no longer allowed to take them from your home if they are over 13 ounces bearing stamps. The rule applies to blue boxes as well as carrier pickup - unless, of course, electronic postage is used.  BUT, they've been locking all the receptacles if you use the APC after hours!  I have no idea what the point is of that.

For bubble mailers, if you have a Costco or Sams Club or BJs or the like you might try there.  When I used to get them often, I'd pay about 5 ot 6 dollars for 25 of them - Scotch brand.  Not sure how they would compare to an eBay purchase once you add in shipping, but you might want to check it out.


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