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Topic: Do I have to be home to receive or sign for insured mail?

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Subject: Do I have to be home to receive or sign for insured mail?
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 8:47 PM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2010
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I got a notice from the PO for a package marked "insured."  I don't know why anyone would insure used books to me, but assuming this is true, do I have to be home when I request the mailman to redeliver it? thnx

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2009
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Well, what does the notice say? If it says you can sign the notice and let them redeliver, that should be enough, but my guess is if they left a notice, they need you to sign. If they could just drop it of they would have done so the first time... if you're not sure you can always call your local PO. 

Date Posted: 3/6/2011 9:35 PM ET
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If it is under $200 no signature is necessary. The carrier probably wasn't sure of a secure location to leave the package. That notice is used for everything that they don't leave, whether you need to sign for something or not. You can go online and request a redelivery and specify where the carrier can leave the package.
Date Posted: 3/6/2011 11:21 PM ET
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@Becca, they left it because they're too lazy to take the elevator to deliver the packages.  Anyway, thanks for the advice guys.  I guess this means I don't have to be home.  I once made the guy redeliver three times and the same mailman came three times and refused to leave the package.  No signature or insurance was required on that; it was just a regular piece of mail from a pbs member.