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Subject: ? about Printable Postage Date
Date Posted: 12/4/2007 4:26 PM ET
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I printed out some postage on here stating my mailing date was on the 7th.  Something came up and I will be heading into town tomorrow, the 5th.  Can I still drop this off in the blue box at the PO? 

 

Or, Do I need to print another label?     I have to take it to town, since my MM won't pick up anything from my MB.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 4:55 PM ET
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Yes, you can mail early, just not late. Mail is periodically, randomly checked for time to destination. You mail early and USPS looks good. You mail late and it looks like it took longer than it should have.

Date Posted: 12/4/2007 5:12 PM ET
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Thanks.  I'll go ahead and print it.

Date Posted: 12/5/2007 10:04 PM ET
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Actually you have 48hrs after the date on the label to get it in the mail.  It should be fine but if you are worried you might want to take it into the post office to make sure.  I don't think you can reprint it with a dif date w/o paying for the postage again.  This is why I don't print labels until I know I am going that day.  Just in case.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 5:44 PM ET
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Actually you have 48hrs after the date on the label to get it in the mail.

This is not true. The date of pickup is the date that needs to be on the package. (Except as Jean has stated above.) The only exception would be dropping your package in the drop box after the last collection. This was a major concern when PBS postage went 'live' and is one of the reasons we are able to choose the mailing date.

Date Posted: 12/6/2007 10:06 PM ET
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What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?
  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book within 48 hours of that date.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it later than 48 hours after that date.

This is from the PBS help docs. 

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 3:50 AM ET
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Mary, thanks for the heads up on that Help docs info.  It is possible that that info is left over from during the Beta testing, when the date was believed not to be a problem.  I'll find out and post here.



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Date Posted: 12/8/2007 6:18 AM ET
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As I said, the 48 hour issue was a problem during the beta testing and the Help Center docs are still wrong.

The mailing date of PBS mailings (or any dated mailing) must be the date of pickup, with few exceptions. USPS may return your dated mailing to you for stale meter dates.

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 2:17 PM ET
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That's what I was thinking, Connie, but I don't feel like a postal authority.  :-) Thanks for posting.  I sent in feedback on the Help Doc info.

Date Posted: 12/9/2007 7:46 AM ET
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Thanks, Patty for sending your feedback. I'll provide the USPS info they need!

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 4:00 PM ET
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I ended up mailing 3 days before the mail date.  The package got there just fine.  WHEW!  I'm no longer afraid of the prepaid postage and the little blue box.

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:11 PM ET
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Well I printed up labels w/postage yesterday and forgot to change the date to today.  I did bring them to the PO because I had a couple non-PBS packages to mail.  They said there was no problem with the date being yesterdays date.  The only one they added a 0.00 meter strip to was the one I added a book too and had to add a couple stamps to the package. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 4:10 PM ET
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The PBS team has updated the Help Center with the following information re: mailing dates:

What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?
  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book by that date.
  • You cannot change the postmark date after you have downloaded/printed the wrapper.
  • If you mail AFTER that date, you can go to the PO and have a new metered $0.00 strip with that day's date applied to the package.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it after that date.
    • If you put it into a collection box after the last day's scheduled collection, then the package will be accepted with the previous day's date when the next collection happens on the next day.
  • If you are into legalese, here are the USPS regulations on this ("indicia" = postmark):
      • Mailpieces bearing a complete date in the indicia must be deposited or presented on that date, except that pieces entered after the day's last scheduled collection from the post office or collection box may bear the actual date of entry or the date of the next scheduled collection from the post office or collection box. When authorized by USPS, presort mail accepted after midnight may bear the previous day's date. If the mailer knows that the mail is not to be deposited or presented on the date in the indicia, the mailer must use a date correction indicium under 4.4.1. (from DMM, 4.5.2 Mailing Date Accuracy and Mailing Periods)

         

         

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 4:18 PM ET
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 Thanks so much, Connie!

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 11:10 PM ET
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I live in a small town, and the post office actually called me and told me that I could not drop off any more packages later than the date they were postmarked.    (It was only 1 day late, so the 48 hour guideline is NOT correct.)  As stated earlier, you cannot mail a package later than the postmarked date!