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Subject: asking if I was running a business?
Date Posted: 9/25/2008 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 7/26/2005
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Why would a mailman ask not once but 3 times If I was running a business when I shipped today?

I had 33 media mail packages {about normal for me} and one parcel post to a friend, as well as one priority mail flat rate envalope to get a free pickup. Maybe 4 were half.com sales - jsut to cover shipping on the PBS ones.


Is there a reason for this?

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 6:26 AM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2006
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That probably has to do with the 'Carrier Connect' program. The carrier has a USPS sales rep contact the customer to explain why shipping by USPS is better than UPS or FedEx. It's a way to 'grow' the business for USPS.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 9:05 AM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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Might just be curiosity.  All the clerks at my post office love to chat with me.  I think they get bored.

Next time a clerk asks, ask them why they are asking (nicely).  Bring them a PBS card and invite them to be members.


Last Edited on: 9/26/08 9:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 9:21 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Well I'm sure their station probably gets awards, bonus' etc.., for upping sales. If you said yet maybe he would have tried to sell you a postage scale or postage machine or business services. 

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 4/7/2007
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I think some post offices have business only lines.  If you are mailing more than 10 packages, you could be considered a business and need to make an appt to send your books or something like that.