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Topic: How to use APC Machine/Delivery Confirmation

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Subject: How to use APC Machine/Delivery Confirmation
Date Posted: 5/21/2008 11:19 PM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2007
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I apologize if this has been asked before, I did a search but didn't find it ...

I just learned a post office that is fairly close to me, but not the one I normally use has an APC machine. I went in tonight and "pretended" to try to mail a package just by putting a book on the scale for weight.

However, I couldn't find a place where it would change the Delivery Confirmation cost to 18 cents from 75 cents for the electronic version. and/or scan it anyway. I also didn't see a place where I could just tell it what I thought postage would be and it would print out what I needed.

Anyone know how to accomplish this, or is everyone just purchasing stamps in the amount of what you need for the package from the machine?

Thanks!
Melissa

Date Posted: 5/21/2008 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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The machines won't do media mail and I am pretty sure it won't add eDC, so I have always just done a stamp in the amount I need.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 2:20 AM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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Yep, just purchase a stamp in the amount you need and drop the package in the box.  On the APC, go to the buy stamps screen, then there's an option to enter a custom amount.

I weigh the packages at home, but if one is right on a line I always recheck the weight on the APC scale, and make sure I have a note with the larger amount written on it in case it is over the line.

It won't be scanned at the APC, just when it gets scanned in transit or on delivery.  I've had packages mailed that way scanned that night at the local distribution center, and some that don't get scanned until they're delivered.

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:42 PM ET
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Thanks for the info - will have to give it a try next time around!

Melissa