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Subject: $0.00 metered mail strip ???
Date Posted: 4/1/2009 2:59 PM ET
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I had a live help question yesterday regarding what to do if the member had to mail a book after the date printed on the printable postage.  According to the Help Center you can go to the post office and have a $0.00 metered strip with the date you are actually mailing the book added.  Follow-up today - member stated she did do this, but the post mistress told her that she would do it "this time", but that the postal service was cracking down on this and implied that she shouldn't try it again.  

Is this correct?  Is it that particular post mistress or is the postal service actually trying to discourage a person from asking for this service?  I realize you wouldn't want to be doing this every day, if you did you could have problems with your account here by not mailing the book on the correct date, but on the occasion when it arises it would seem reasonable to ask the post office to do this as you have paid for the postage.

Can any postal workers confirm this for me?  Thanks! 

Date Posted: 4/1/2009 9:57 PM ET
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In my post office it wouldn't be a problem.

The zero meter strip is kind of time consuming and annoying, but we wouldn't mind "round dating" it for you. Which would accomplish the same thing.

The only time a true zero meter strip is absolutely required is if the package has stamps and is over 13 oz.

Date Posted: 4/2/2009 10:33 AM ET
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Thanks Anita.  Kind of what I thought....

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 5:18 PM ET
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I had the same problem I had printed a postage label from PBS for the 4th of April

but i total forgot to mail it on Saturday so I just went to the APC and bought a $1.00 stamp (yes i know i overpaid but the APC stamp

has today date  ( hope this will work

(the line at the post office was too long and i didn't t to get any hassle about asking  for a zero strip from the clerks)


Date Posted: 4/6/2009 8:43 PM ET
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I think the PO doesn't want people to make a habit of doing this.

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 9:13 PM ET
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but what if just forgot to mail that item on that day can you still mail it later

or would get it get returned to since you mailled it  "late:?

Date Posted: 4/6/2009 11:58 PM ET
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Mark, that seems to depend entirely on your post office.  A few are very strict to return packages with late postage, many other's don't even check (esp. if dropped in the blue box).

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 12:07 AM ET
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well i bought an extra $1.00 stamp from the APC  and place it on my package now are you say I might get it back ?


are you sayd i lost my money from pbs because i forgot to mail the package on the 4th and shouild hav e paid another

$2.28 ?for media mail?

I'm confused and i mailed it from the post office too

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Date Posted: 4/7/2009 12:46 PM ET
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well apparently the post office accpected my package even with my goof

as now in enroute

USPS DC#: 9102165561353007314079

  • 4/4/2009 1:00 AM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - LOS ANGELES,CA
  • 4/7/2009 12:39 AM - Enroute - BELL,CA
Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:07 PM ET
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My post office has no trouble with older dates on prepaid labels.  PBS mailed me a return label for my non-functioning postage scale that I bought from the site, but since it's a box I couldn't drop it in my development's outgoing mail and it had to be taken to the post office.  With my work schedule that date fell past the date on the prepaid postage label.

I handed the box to the window and just said "I was given a postage paid label to send this box but it's going to need the date adjusted" and the guy pulled out his trusty stamper and with one click it was good to go.  No hassles, no fuss.  I don't know why some post offices make things difficult.

Date Posted: 4/19/2009 10:17 PM ET
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Some post offices and clerks make it harder than it has to be because they either have a supervisor or manager that is cracking down on looking that certain regulations are being followed by the book or that clerk just likes to make mountains out of mole hills. One of the reasons that the PO is so concerned about the date being correct is that it looks like it took too long for the package to arrive if it has a date previous to the date mailed. Kind of a silly reason to me on an item that has no guarantee time for delivery.
Date Posted: 5/1/2009 3:34 AM ET
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The clerks at my local PO (one block away from me) make a big deal if I am late mailing and ask them to stamp the current date on the envelope.  One time, I got to the PO just as the clerk locked the door and I was using a metered stamp.  I brought the envelope back to the PO the next day and explained to the clerk why the date was off by 1 day and asked her to stamp it for me.  She proceed to give me a lecture for several minutes and said I could have gone to the PO at the airport which closes at midnight.  That is true but since I have no car, there was no way I could go to the airport (45 minutes away).  Well, even if I had a car I wouldn't drive all the way there unless it was tax deadline or something crucial like that.  Since then, I don't even bother if I am off by a day and just drop it in the blue box.  I've never had any of the late mailing returned to me.  If you work in an office with a postage meter, you can also print out a meter strip with 00 on it with the current date and put it next to your outdated prepaid label.

Mark, you could have gone to the APC and bought a $2.23 stamp for future usage and then bought another stamp in a much smaller denomination for the book with the outdated stamp.  That way you wouldn't end up overpaying by $1.00.


Date Posted: 5/13/2009 6:44 PM ET
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i have noticed that alot of small town post offices have the problem. I take my mail whenever i can to the city post office because the people are nicer. There is usually a line but the respect you get from the postal employees is well worth it.