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Subject: Inadequate postage
Date Posted: 5/19/2008 7:43 PM ET
Member Since: 12/29/2007
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Tried searching but didn't find the answer.

Does anyone know what happens if there is a delivery confirmation on the package (PBS) but the post office never charged for it. I took 6 packages to the PO today and in looking at my receipt 2 of them did not get the DC scanned and therefore I was charged just for the mailing. Will they deliver the books? Will they be postage due even though the PO made the error (but yes... I should have been paying more attention). I had sent them first class instead of media mail just because. Thanks.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 7:58 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Most likely it will not get caught. If by some odd chance someone looks close enough and does the calculation to notice .18 short, it would get delivered as postage due.  If you can tell which packages it happened on, go home and reprint the label so you can get their addresses in case you need to send them the extra postage (wouldn't want to give a credit for .18 so I'd mail it to them myself). I've sent a few short myself because the self-serve scale at the PO sometimes gives the flat letter amount instead of the package amount and they got there just fine.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 8:27 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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Ok, this is what my PO JUST told me after they had a meeting about new regulations (I have no doubt this will be one of those "branch by branch" things, though)....If you ask them to scan it, the machine will automatically charge the 18cents.  Otherwise, they aren't supposed to offer or bother to charge for it.  This, of course, is for e-dc, not regular DC.  It makes no sense to me, but so little does these days, lol.

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 9:02 PM ET
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Actually, as a postal employee (used to be on the window). The ONLY time we are supposed to scan eDC is if postage needs to be applied. But we are supposed to charge for it always, if the postage is not fully paid. If it is not paid for (as previous post stated) it can get caught by any postal employee that handles the package and will then be delivered postage due.

All revenue is revenue, and no office is just supposed to decide that they will let customers not pay for a service. If we all wanted to just let it go, we could just let $.41 stamps continue to work, after all, it is only a penny a piece, right?

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 10:39 PM ET
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If you ask them to scan it, the machine will automatically charge the 18cents.  Otherwise, they aren't supposed to offer or bother to charge for it. - this is about the dumbest thing I have heard. Just cause they don't want to do their job doesn't mean that someone down the road won't and if the .18 is not paid, it can be delivered postage due, or worse sent back for the postage missing. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2008 10:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/3/2007
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I've never heard of a package sent back for missing the DC# charge.

Honestly, I don't see it happening. It doesn't show up as "unpaid DC#" when it's not scanned in, so I can't understand how it would even be noticed.

Date Posted: 5/20/2008 3:47 PM ET
Member Since: 1/29/2006
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this is about the dumbest thing I have heard

Don't misunderstand *I agree with you*....it's insane, but I swear to you that's what I was told that they were told.  I will be really curious to see how it plays out, to be perfectly honest.

The reality is, though, we know enough. just from this board alone, to know what no two branches seem to intepret the regulations the same and what is an "absolute" in one area is "absolutely not that way" in others.  The outgoing mail being picked up is a good example.  Here if we call to complain (BTDT), we are told that it is NOT the mail carrier's job, it is a courtesy. Period.  If he/she takes it, lucky you, if they choose not to, that's their choice.  Certainly we see that some of the USPS employees here at PBS are told it IS their job and they have to take it. 

I think one just has to go w/ the flow in their area and laugh at the insanity of it all. ;-)

Subject: Same here
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 3:49 PM ET
Member Since: 9/18/2005
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I just used DC instead of printable postage for the 1st time in a long time.  I happened to send the books with my husband to save gas since he was out anyway.  I didn't think to tell him about the extra .18 they are supposed to charge and it didn't show up on the receipt.  So the 3 books I mailed didn't get charged the DC fee.  I'm going to be proactive and send the receivers a PM and explain the situation ahead of time in case they happen to get a postage due notice--I really don't want anyone to be mad and I feel like if I warn them of the possibility in advance, it might ease hurt feelings!