Non Supporting Role for Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with Prestige Properties

As Realtors we often see the partners programs and receive information on the "Official" whatever for The NAR.  I am here to tell you , in my experience, one is definitely lacking!

And the offender is, PITNEY BOWES!  I have a mail station from Pitney Bowes, you know, supposed to make postage cheaper and quicker.  It has been a six month nightmare.  The machine never works right, the billing is confusing at best, calling customer service takes forever, and it is actually expensive.  I pay $21.35 just to have this little machine in my office.  Now how is that cheaper than stopping by the post office which is right beside the bank where I make deposits everyday?

Anyway, does anybody else use a Pitney Bowes machine?  I would like to hear about it before I throw this through the nearest PB office window.


Todd Pierceall
Prestige Properties

Comments (7)

Bob Foster
Century 21 Lanthorn R. E. Ltd. Belleville, Ontario - Belleville, ON

Sounds like a good place to cut costs, Todd!

Apr 02, 2009 03:49 PM
Patrick Schutte
Flex Realty - Prescott, AZ

Three words for you:  BULK MAIL PERMIT

if you are doing enough mailings use a bulk mail imprint and otherwise use stamps.  I can put a roll of stamps on faster than any pitney machine that you get for $20 a month.

:) PS

Apr 02, 2009 03:50 PM
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Todd; And "they" say direct mail is not effective. I'm guessing you responded to a postcard, probably not imprinted on one of those machines but by bulk mail permit.

Apr 02, 2009 04:22 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

Why not use Dymo stamps -- you only pay for what you use -- and it works every time perfectly.

Apr 02, 2009 04:36 PM
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Who says direct mail is not effective?  Years ago I had one and had the same issues.  Recently I tried and got roped into this ridiculous auto billing.  I didn't use it enough to justify the monthly cost, but its definitely less than the machine that you mention.

Apr 02, 2009 04:39 PM
Todd Pierceall
Prestige Properties - Gastonia, NC

Thanks Kate,

I was wondering if other people had issues similar to mine or if I was the only one.  It's not that $21.00 a month will make or break me but the hassle and aggravation are ridiculous.

Apr 03, 2009 01:21 AM
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC


I agree with Patrick. I do a lot of mailing and it's always bulk.

Apr 03, 2009 07:19 AM

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