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Subject: College not allowing books to be sent?
Date Posted: 9/23/2007 11:24 PM ET
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Has anyone knowledge of this? the school post office at Maryland State College will not let students mail out books. Someone who would like to join PBS cannot because of this. Is it a security thing?

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 12:32 AM ET
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Maybe they are a pseudo-post office and only sell regular stamps (letter & post card) and only takes the same kinds of pieces of mail.  Or it's a satellite retail PO?  I think that's the name (USPS workers, help me out).  There is one at my local VA Hospital.  You can't get boxes there, but they will mail them out.  They don't have the varitey of stamps that POs have and they are only opened from 1pm-330pm, with a half an hour break.  Of course this VA has it's own zip code and a very large number of buildings that get mail processed through the PO workers not at the retail window who work all day. 

I used to work at a small college that had it's own "pseudo-post office" and there were some restrictions on what they would send out (for students, not faculty).  They carried a limited number of stamps as well.

The person who wants to join PBS still can.  All they have to do is use some form of electronic postage (PayPal, the APC, Stamps.com, or the new PBS wrappers with postage) and put the packages in a blue box for pickup.  Assuming s/he has access to a blue box.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 12:45 AM ET
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Thanks! Ange! that sounds right, I will pass this on.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 6:31 PM ET
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Most colleges have their own "postal systems" in place, sort of like the mail rooms of large corporatons.  They are not POs and operate on their own.  The closest they would get would possibly be a contract station in which case they would be able to take packages.

Likewise the PO deliveres on very few if any campuses.  The institution in most cases picks up their mail at the PO and sorts and delivers it themselves.  It's possible there are exceptions but they would rare.

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 8:08 PM ET
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Sounds probable. At the state university where I work, we are not allowed to receive personal items sent via USPS as it would have to be handled by university mail-room workers (ie - state funds being used for personal services). Private delivery options that go straight to you (Fed Ex, UPS, etc) are fine as they don't require any state-employee's time.

I've actually received a nasty-gram from the university mail services dept when my parents forgot and mailed a package to me at work! :-P

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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a few ideas, you could go to a nearby reqluar post office and rent a PO BOX, and then you can use that as your delivery adddress

for books (of course this means going offf campus but what student doesnt go off campus?