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Subject: 13 Ounce rule - PBS/DC
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 4:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Hey all,

The woman at my post office said anything over 13 ounces had to be handed to a postal worker, EVEN IF using printable postage.  But the info I found here at PBS said when I use the printable postage here it can be mailed on your own. 

So which is it?  I always use PBS/DC.  And I like the convenience of being able to drop books in the blue box after hours, weekends, in a hurry and don't want to get out of the car, etc...

Date Posted: 4/7/2009 4:44 PM ET
Member Since: 7/8/2008
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You don't have to take it to the PO if you use printable postage.  The lady at your PO was incorrect. 

here's the info from the USPS http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/pr07_058.htm

I use stamps.com to print out my postage and drop my packages in a blue box or leave it for the mail carrier.  I used to use stamps and they started returning everything to me--even things less than 13 ounces.



Last Edited on: 4/7/09 4:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 4:51 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Thanks for the link and confirming what I thought was right  :)

Date Posted: 4/8/2009 1:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Yet another unknowledgeable postal employee. 

The 13 oz rule is a Homeland Security law.  For this purpose, printable postage is considered "trackable" (if ever necessary), because stamps are not trackable those packages (over 13 oz) must be handed to a postal employee.  And yes I learned the hard way and had one returned. 

I agree, just drop your printable postage books in a blue box.  If it gets returned, speak directly to the postmaster and requst they provide a copy of whatever athorization they used to return your package...they won't be able to find any such official written rule.



Last Edited on: 4/11/09 3:49 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/8/2009 12:17 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2009
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If you look at a blue box it will have a notice on it that clearly states that any item over 13 oz. bearing stamps must be taken to a PO. Maybe you could ask your unhelpful postal worker to take a walk outside and have a gander at the information posted on their mail repository. : )

Seriously though, I throw everything into a blue box except those that I can't jam through the door (packages with 7 or more books). I've never had anything returned or anything go lost.