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Subject: 13 oz. rule
Date Posted: 6/13/2010 5:52 PM ET
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As I'm getting ready to wrap a 13.6 oz. book, it dawned on me that last week I sent a 13 oz. book using stamps and didn't take it to the post office.  I left it in my rural mailbox and my mailman took it.  What will happen to the book?  Will it be delivered? 

This book I will take to the post office!     

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 6:38 PM ET
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Some carriers do take packages despite the 13oz rule saying they can't. As long as you PO hand cancelled the stamps, no one along the way should think twice about it. It really depends on the PO. Some seem more lax on it, some are more stringent. Cross your finger and hopefully it will arrive without issue. If its flagged, it will come back to you.

Date Posted: 6/13/2010 6:54 PM ET
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Thanks, Melanie.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 2:09 AM ET
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Judith, from what I've seen, the majority of 13 oz returns happen locally (and fairly quickly).  If your local post office has not returned the book after several days (or 4 or 5) you're probably good this time.



Last Edited on: 6/16/10 8:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/16/2010 6:30 PM ET
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Thanks, Denise.  So far, so good.  I haven't gotten it back yet.  I just hope it finds its way to Alaska without any unplanned stops along the way.

Date Posted: 6/16/2010 7:01 PM ET
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Think its a matter of them having some knowledge of who is mailing the package - they don't want to accept "suspicious" packages from anonymous sources (can you say Unibomber).  Thus if you carrier knows you and feels secure in that he is probably agreeable to taking the parcel.

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Date Posted: 6/16/2010 11:28 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 7/15/11 5:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/18/2010 11:44 AM ET
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I routinely have books mailed with stamps returned to me as being over 13 oz. when in fact they are only 10 or 11 oz. It is very frustrating because they often are not returned to me until 7 to 10 days have passed. They were not "caught" locally, but someone in another region has rejected it, applied stickers indicating that it must not travel by plane, but must be returned to me by surface routes. I wouldn't mind so much if it had been a mistake on my part, but when it is returned to me 10 days after I mailed it (this happened just yesterday) and it only weighs 10 ounces and now I have to make a special trip to the post office and stand in line to have it weighed and they both cancel the stamps as well as putting a metered stamp on it ($.00) to indicate that it has been through their hands -- well, it just drives me wild!  OK, rant over!

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 12:44 PM ET
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one way around that is use printed postage either here on pbs or with paypal

that way it shouldnt returned to you

Date Posted: 6/18/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Sally - I always write the weight on the front of the package to avoid that and have never had one returned. Even the dumbest USPS employee can figure out not to put a 13oz sticker on a book that is clearly labelled as a 10oz bookcheeky

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Date Posted: 6/18/2010 9:01 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/19/2010 7:52 AM ET
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Good idea! I will start doing that! Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 6:59 PM ET
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It made it to Alaska with no bumps along the way!  Thanks to all of you who shared your experiences and insights thus putting my mind at ease. 

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I do the oz on the package as well when I mail a close to 13oz book out with stamps. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 10:04 PM ET
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I've left a lot of over 13oz-ers (a few that were a couple pounds) in my mailbox, but I can do that since I'm tight with my mail man (there's only about 200 people serviced by this post office, and he knows me by name since I mail so much stuff). The benefits of living in a rural area, you know EVERYONE. Though this could also be a bad thing.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 6:54 AM ET
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Ted Kaczynski lived in a rural area.  I'll bet his mailman knew him, too.  But Ted didn't always put his return address on the things he mailed......