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Subject: accidently taped stamps...
Date Posted: 7/15/2008 6:50 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2008
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Hi, I totally blanked and accidently taped one layer of clear packaging tape over my stamps. Can I still send it or should I just redo the whole envelope with new stamps? I realize it's only a few dollars to redo it, but these days every penny counts....

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 7:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I would just send it. You might get told to not do it again, but I don't think you should have a problem sending it.

Date Posted: 7/15/2008 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 2/10/2008
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Can you remove at least some of the tape? If you send it, it is likely to be returned for postage. Stamps are void when covered. You could ask a clerk to mark it postage paid and then have them cancel the stamps.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 4:14 PM ET
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I've seen someone sent out personal mail from the office and he was using uncancelled stamps from a letter received.  The PO returned the mail with a notation that it was illegal to reuse stamps.  Kate, it doesn't sound like you are reusing uncancelled stamps but the PO doesn't differentiate. If they catch it, it will be returned.  Or if you are lucky, it will slip through the cracks.  I've accidentally forgotten to put stamps on book packages before it and it made through to the recipient, with no postage due.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 1:53 PM ET
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I think I'd go Patti Q.'s route.  Take it in to the post office, explain the accident, and ask the clerk if it's okay to mail.  The worst that can happen is that the clerk says you can't mail it with that postage, but the clerk can print off the correct postage and apply it over the tape.  So by taking it in to the post office, the worst case is paying for the postage (again) and the best case is being able to send it as-is.  Either way, you don't have to rewrap the book.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 3:15 PM ET
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I agree with Christopher and Patti Q.. My post office, when checking the weight, actually told me I could send one of my packages First class instead of Media Mail and saved me a whopping 4 cents. I know, I know. But I'm sure they'll probably put a new postage label on it and let it go.

Good luck!



Date Posted: 8/2/2008 10:07 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2006
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I know this is old, but I just learned that if you tape over stamps, it voids them and the item is usually returned to the sender. Sometimes they'll hold the item for the addressee to pay the shipping. I've gotten into the habit of packaging/taping everything and THEN putting the stamps on.