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Topic: It doesn't cost a single 'Forever' stamp to mail a book!

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Subject: It doesn't cost a single 'Forever' stamp to mail a book!
Date Posted: 5/11/2011 12:02 AM ET
Member Since: 1/21/2006
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I received a package today with two dollars and change's worth of postage due.  It was wrapped in the PBS wrapper, but for some reason the sender thought that a single 'forever' postage stamp would  be enough to get the book to me.  I refused the book - I'm not paying the postage, the sender can ship it again if they want to keep the point - but I didn't think to write the address down, so I can't contact the sender and let him/her know that a book is on its way back.

Now, I don't use the PBS Wrappers myself, but I seem to recall that the suggested postage rate is printed on the wrapper.  So how did this person make such an obvious mistake?  Has anyone heard of people doing this intentially to avoid the cost of postage?

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 12:29 AM ET
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The book should be on your My Account page as an open order.  You can PM the sender.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 7:13 AM ET
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Surely the sender was an inexperienced member - that does seem like an obvious mistake to make. Or perhaps they couldn't mail themselves, so they asked a spouse to mail for them. I doubt that this would be a good way to avoid the cost of postage, since it would be bound to cause complaints. Perhaps this person just doesn't understand what the Forever stamps are really good for.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 9:03 AM ET
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Emily - I have over a dozen books currently heading to me, and like I said in the original post I didn't think to write the address down so I have no idea which sender it is from.



Date Posted: 5/11/2011 11:11 AM ET
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Maybe it was the last book of several, they ran out of stamps, meaning to buy more for this book, but they overlooked it and accidentally mailed it. Or their husband saw the packages sitting by the door and mailed them without knowing that the wife needed more postage for the last book.

Maybe they had a PO meter strip added for the rest of the postage but it fell off. (The way my PO sticks them on, with one fingertip, I'm surprised that more of them don't fall off completely).

Could really have been anything from no mistake at all (fell off), to an accidental mistake, to something they did on purpose, but that seems unlikely.

Date Posted: 5/11/2011 11:56 AM ET
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Agree with Sara; could a bunch of reasons; giving the benefit of the doubt, it was probably a mistake. 

On the bright side, once the book 'goes lost' you'll be able to figure out which one it was.

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 11:10 AM ET
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Well, I accidentally came very close (like I had the book hovering over the mail slot) to mailing a book with only one $1 stamp and one forever stamp on it. It would have been $1 short. I realized right as I was about to drop it in that there weren't enough $1 stamps. Oops. So I am guessing they weren't paying enough attention. Hopefully. LOL

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 2:14 PM ET
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A few weeks ago I very carefully walked up to the post office with a handful of bills that I needed stamps for.  Instead of going in and buying them, I walked right to the blue box and dropped them all in there!  DUH moment for me!!  Luckily, my PO knows me by now and one of the guys came out and opened the mailbox so I could get them back out.  We were especially luckily since I hadn't even noticed that my hubby didn't put return address labels on any of them!!


All that to say... mistakes happen!

Date Posted: 5/12/2011 3:47 PM ET
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Totally non-topic for the thread, but 'stuff happens'. The other morning I opened two of the little creamer containers here at home - poured the liquid into the sink instead of my coffee. Saw my boo-book when I was about to drop an empty container into the mug.

Life is so complicated these days - we're lucky at times to remember what day of the week it is.


Date Posted: 5/18/2011 3:18 PM ET
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Since they began the peel-and-stick style stamps, I have actually seen/had stamps fall or get peeled off - like if something is placed on the package and an edge of the stamp is curled up, it sticks to the thing that was placed on top of it.  Annoying! The old glue was no taste treat, but at least the stamps stayed put!

Date Posted: 5/19/2011 9:24 PM ET
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Sometimes tha glue, either the peel and stick type or the "spit activated" kind will not stick to surfaces with tape on them.  You might try to peel the stamps off after the glue has had a chance to completely dry---if the stamp comes off, use the Elmers "school glue stick."  this sticks to the tape and solves the peeling stamp problem.