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Subject: Argh. Does anyone have a link to the USPS press release re the new rule ab
Date Posted: 10/20/2007 1:45 PM ET
Member Since: 3/27/2006
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I am annoyed.  I had three books in my box to go out today, with online postage on them (no stamps), and they were left in my box with those darn blue stickers slapped to them.  Apparently whomever delivered our mail isn't up to speed with the new regulation, and I need to educate them.  It's probably a sub. 

I've already spoken with the postmaster and our regular carrier always picks them up.  I educated her earlier with a printout of the regulation, but I can't seem to find the page or a link to it.  Can someone help?

I'm annoyed because I'm right at the deadline for mailing stuff out and already marked them mailed.  The PO isn't open again until Monday, and I am NOT going there.  I don't even want to reprint the postage with Monday's date but I am assuming now I have to.

Anyone want to commiserate?

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 2:01 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Hi Amanda,

Connie posted this in another thread.  It is a press release issued by the USPS regarding the 13 oz. rule.  Hope it helps. Know that you are not alone in your frustration!    http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/pr07_058.htm


Last Edited on: 10/20/07 2:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/21/2007 5:27 PM ET
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....handing Amanda a hankie.......That is one reason I put them in  the blue box at the PO.  It is so easy to just put the package out for the mail man.  It is too bad they aren't up to speed on mail regulation!  That is the main reason why I drop them in the blue box at the PO.  I figure the regular mail is enough for any person to carry. 

Date Posted: 10/26/2007 7:42 PM ET
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Thanks...I bookmarked the link and I am not afraid to use it.  LOL.

The postmaster was sympathetic when I called him about it.  It was a sub.  I can't get to the PO easily - we live rurally and I have four kids in carseats - so I really rely on the carrier's willingness to pick up my PBS stuff.

- Amanda

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 6:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/17/2007
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I dropped my hardback book in the blue box and it got returned to me with the blue stickers on it just last week.  So are you saying that my PO should NOT have returned it to me?  Is it okay to send a book over 13 oz. without going into the PO and handing it to someone? 

Date Posted: 10/30/2007 10:43 PM ET
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If you use stamps only as postage on your book (and it's 13 ozs or more), you must hand this to a clerk at the postal retail counter. If you use postage that is traceable--purchased through PBS, PayPal or the APC machine at the PO--you can just pop it in the mailbox. 


ETA 13 ozs.

Last Edited on: 10/30/07 10:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/1/2007 12:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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These rules have been posted on the actual big blue mailboxes in my area as well as on the drop box inside the post office.  I assume that this is not the case in your area.  How frustrating!