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Subject: Blue box question
Date Posted: 7/19/2010 4:33 PM ET
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I use printable postage and often just place the books with postage in my mailbox for my mailman to take.  However, sometimes I have many books to send out or large books that don't fit in my mailbox.  I'd like to take them to a blue box to drop off.  The closest blue box to me is NOT in my zip code.  I live on the boundary of two towns and the town I travel through everyday is not the one in my zip code.  Is this a big deal?  Can I still drop the books with printable postage on them in a blue box outside of my zip code?  I didn't question it until I looked at the printable postage and saw that it said "Sent from zip #####" and that made me think I couldn't just drop it anywhere.

Date Posted: 7/19/2010 11:43 PM ET
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I have personally done this many times with no problems. However, I live in a large city. I have seen people post in the forums about how small town post offices want you to mail from the zip code on the label so they "get credit" for the volume of mail passing through.

If you use paypal for shipping, you can designate the "Sent from"  zip code as different from the return address zip code. 

 

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 12:12 AM ET
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Based on posts here at PBS Tiffany, this will depend alot on your local postal employees.  The regulation was intended for mass mailings and unless you are mailing bunches, most Post Offices will not kick up a fuss over a few packages.  OTOH, some local post offices are rather anal over this issue and will not hesitate to grumble and whine.

IMO if this was meant to be an issue for occassional mailings, stamps would be issued with zip codes printed on them.  And how many of us have mailed post cards & letters from out of town or on vacation? 

Give it a try and see what happens, you will probably be just fine. 

ETA - Blue box is even less likely to have a zip code problem than USPS counter clerks.



Last Edited on: 7/20/10 5:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/20/2010 12:33 AM ET
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Well I have already changed my address with PBS for my move (got a PO box and MOM is checking my mail).  I had no problems mailing books today with a MA zip code.  I always go to a different PO than the one for my zip.  I'm right on the town line and the PO for the next town over is actually several minutes closer than my PO.  They've never given me a problem although I confess to buying my postage there.  But the few times I've used printed postage and dropped books in the blue box in other towns-I haven't had a problem.

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 6:43 AM ET
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Great, thank you everyone!  I will try it next time.  :)

 

Tiffany

Date Posted: 7/20/2010 12:46 PM ET
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You shouldn't have any trouble with a blue box. If you take it to a counter that's a different zip code, they might give you a hard time, but as far as any of us can tell, they can't actually refuse to send your package. 

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 9:57 AM ET
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you can put  them in the blue box in another zip code as long as they are under 13 oz

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 9:57 AM ET
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you can put  them in the blue box in another zip code as long as they are under 13 oz

Date Posted: 7/31/2010 1:52 PM ET
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THe weight shouldn't matter if you are using prepaid postage.  The weight thing is onlly an issue if using stamps. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2010 3:49 PM ET
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Thanks Mary! That was actually my next question.  :)

Subject: Mailing in another zip code
Date Posted: 8/4/2010 7:05 PM ET
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I mailed a book from a town 40 miles away with no problem.  The size of the package makes no difference if you are using the propaid postage.