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Subject: 13 oz Rule & Post Office Sub-Stations
Date Posted: 5/23/2008 2:06 PM ET
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I use a post office sub-station near my office all the time to mail my books.  Today, I had two packages to send, and they told me that they could no longer send 13+ oz. books from the sub-stations.  I now have to go to a true post office to mail my books.  That frustrates me because I get off of work too late to reach any post offices before they close.  So I can only mail books on Saturdays now.

Has anyone else run into this problem yet?

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 4:56 PM ET
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You could use PBS postage and  delivery confirmation-- then it doesn't matter what the packages weigh.  You can drop them an any postal box.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 5:00 PM ET
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If I use cash, I get bothered less by my DH!!

Subject: Mailing packages
Date Posted: 5/23/2008 7:36 PM ET
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But if you use PBS postage you could mail it from any blue box!!

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 11:22 AM ET
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I am surprised they got away with it this long. It must be handed to a USPS employee. I had asked about the stations in the grocers since they advertise they can serve all postal needs and my PO said absolutely not. It sucks cause they have better hours than the main PO. The APC and I have become very well aquainted.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 9:33 AM ET
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it must not be a true post office sub station but rather someone that does some post office things but isn't the true post office.

are you able to go to a post office on a Saturday and use an APC machine and buy stamps that are the different media mail rates?  then you don't have to hand it to a postal worker.  now granted you can't use cash in the machines but it is a thought.

how often do you mail books over 13oz?  most paperbacks are under this weight so it may not matter too much unless you are sending out a heavier paperback or a hardback

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 8:00 PM ET
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I, too, use a PO sub station very near my home. Nothing was said Friday when I took an over 13 oz, book. there. They always just cancel the stamps when I present the book. I'm taking some books tomorrow to them. I hope they're still accepting the over 13s because they're MUCH closer to home! I'll let you know if anything is said .   M'ann

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 9:55 AM ET
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I took books on the 27th to the contract PO that I always use, and they just cancelled the book packages as usual.Perhaps this needs clarification by a PO employee.    M'ann

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I mailed one over 13 oz yesterday from a sub-station with no problems...I use one of those that are in another store and they have always said that as a sub-station they were to offer all of the services of the regular PO.  I wonder if  there are now different 'grades' of sub-stations....

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 2:17 PM ET
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Could it be a Texas thing? Or maybe just San Antonio?  I asked a PO emplyee when I went to mail the books, and he comfirmed that the sub-stations could no longer mail 13+ oz. packages.  But I never thought to ask where this rule applied.  

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Kathryn,    I also live in Texas, though some people claim we're part of New Mexico! Even today, the contract PO is still accepting over 13 oz. to be stamped. I'm afraid to ask them about this! Don't want to rock the boat!

Date Posted: 5/30/2008 5:05 PM ET
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It sounds like I am just the unlucky one!  Oh well.  

Subject: Is it that much more trouble
Date Posted: 5/30/2008 11:59 PM ET
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to buy the postage at the substation if you're going to have to interact anyway? Seems confusing to me.

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 2:23 PM ET
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John, the substation was right next to my office, and the lines were very short.  All of the post offices on my way home are closed by the time I get off of work. 

Subject: Help me understand
Date Posted: 6/1/2008 4:19 PM ET
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One cannot send ANYTHING from a substation over 13 oz at all?

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 9:22 PM ET
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That's what I was told from a substation and a post office in San Antonio, but everyone else who has posted in this thread doesn't seem to have the same problem.   

Subject: I suppose I could understand their not taking stamped packages
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 12:29 AM ET
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as they aren't official USPS employees - I think that's wrong, but it'd take you a long time to straighten it out.

But, what I don't get is a substation that doesn't vend non-stamp postage? I mean if you went to send a 12 ounce book there media mail, they could only dispense $2.23 in "unsafe" stamps? I used a substation to send an overseas package that cost $9 a few months ago, and they printed a postage sticker saying something like "contract postage" with an eagle on it, but they didn't force me to buy actual postage stamps.

Again, I want to clarify whether they're refusing to zero out your stamped packages, or they refused to handled 13+ - period?