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Subject: Help no longer needed, thanks everyone
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:20 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:25 AM ET
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Well I guess that will teach me to read through the forum before I post LOL.... I just read one that was about pretty much the same thing and got my answers from that. Sorry everyone, I didn't know that you could also change the mail date on it before you print it. Thanks anway and hope you all have a great day.

Melissa

Subject: Not mailing till tomorrow
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 11:58 PM ET
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I have sent books with the day before date on it and mailed the next day with no problem,...but them I drop them in the blue box. Maybe thye figure I mailed  it the day before??  Yea, you can change the date....learn something new every day!!



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Date Posted: 12/10/2008 9:39 AM ET
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I have forgotten to add the weight of an extra book and used stamps to make up the difference on more than one occassion.  As long as they have that printed postage to scan for packages over 13oz they can trace it back to you.  Just make sure the stamps don't cover any important parts like the DC number or the amount of printed postage.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 9:17 PM ET
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The PO should have weighed your package and then once it was shown that you need an extra $0.35 they should have sold you stamps to make up the difference.  ($0.27 + eight $0.01 will do it).  You stick the stamps on the package near (but not over) the area where the postage is on the package.

I've done this a few times at my post office.  I should actually say the post office did this for me.

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 9:24 PM ET
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see that's what I figured shoulda been done too but they said they were emailed by the main office and told that now you either have to purchase it all online or all at the PO. I find it to be a bunch of bull and doesn't make any sense since it all goes to the USPS in the end anyway but they wouldn't let me do it. but my PO has been giving me problems with everything since i started mailing media mail from here. go figure

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 9:48 PM ET
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That sounds like a bunch of baloney.

I would have told them that.  Then in the next breath I would have asked for stamps that total $0.35.  And I would have put on those stamps as soon as I left the counter and dropped the package into the slot and left. 

There is one guy who works at the post office I use to buy stamps & mail packages (not my home post office) who I think makes up rules as he goes along.  He's changed my mail from a square sized envelope to a package because he felt like it.  And he told me that everyone else who used less postage to mail the same type of envelopes was wrong and I was lucky I didn't get caught because someone else wasn't doing their job.  He's also really slow and so annoying and patronizing.  I hate it when I get him.

 

Date Posted: 12/11/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Well here's a funny one for you.. I am a home health attendant and today the lady I sit for needed Christmas cards mailed. She had added a wallet sized photo to all of them  but to her sister, she was sending an 8x10 and put it in a big yellow envelope and put on it  "do not bend". So off to the post office I go and she had plenty on it to cover postage, but what am I told at the counter. A different lady this time than usual tells me that because it has "do not bend" on it that it is no longer classified as a regular envelope, that it is now instead classified as a package and that it would need $1.51 for postage. Bunch of baloney there too if ya ask me. I've put do not bend on lots of envelopes that contain pics over the yrs and never once have I been told that by putting that on there that it makes it a package instead. CAn you believe that, all that cost for a dang 8x10 picture. I don't know what these people think they're doing but it's all starting to really get on my nerves.

Subject: Actually last May
Date Posted: 12/12/2008 5:41 AM ET
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we went to shape based pricing which does make a difference on cost..

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 9:10 AM ET
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but i still don't understand how just the words "do not bend" written on an envelope can make it classified as a package nor why it's costs a dollar and a half just to mail an 8x10 photo. there was no frame, no nothing in the envelope. Just the photo it's self. that it rediculous

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Just add stamps but don't cover the printing on the label. 

I have paid for now 4 books that the calculator did not have enough postage on when I pick them up.  It is good to check. 

Is it my imagination, but aren't postal workers making everything harder than needs to be this glorious season!?

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 10:38 AM ET
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I agree, some of them are making it so much harder than it really needs to be, especially during the holidays.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 1:18 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/12/2008 3:00 PM ET
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I had my first bit of trouble with using the PBS DC only.  I had a bunch of books to mail. Since I'm not working now I have time to go to the PO and didn't want to spend the money on printed postage.  I had like 10 packages to mail and errands to run anyway.  Some of the books were game books so I need the DC on them. 

The clerk gave me a really hard time about how I shouldn't use the printed DC w/o using the printed postage. That I wasn't paying enough since I was bringing it in for postage, I shouldn't get a discount on the DC.  I've never had a problem before.  In fact I've mailed some since w/the PBS DC and still no problem.  Of course they weren't scanning which didnt' help my cause.  The #'s kept coming up as invalid. 

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 4:32 PM ET
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using the DC from here is where I also encountered my first problem as well. the lady at the PO was basically telling me the same about that I wasn't paying enough for the DC and that it didn't matter that it was electronic or not, it was not just 18cents but was 55cents. so I just decided not to use it anymore cause I was not going to pay full price for it when the rules and regulations on the USPS site clearly states that electronic DC is in fact 18cents.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 10:18 PM ET
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I would have a price sheet printed and ask them how much it weighed.... and then ask them to add $0.xx in postage.  (whether that be a little sticker they print or a combination of stamps.

I used to put stamps on and write the $total on the package and the postal lady would use a calculator to find the difference and print out one of the orange and white postage stickers to cover the difference.

However, if I had you postal person, I would have a chart showing the price difference per ounce so that I could tell them what amount of postage to add.

It sounds like it might help if you do the thinking instead of them.