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Subject: Lost book received but postage due?
Date Posted: 10/15/2012 1:37 PM ET
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I finally received a book that had gone lost last week.  It is a hardcover and the recommended PBS postage is $2.89.  The sender only put 4 first class stamps on it and the wrapper is stamped Postage Due $1.09.  I will mark it received and let the sender know there wasn't enough postage, but does the post office absorb the postage?  Just curious.

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 2:10 PM ET
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The post office never absorbes anything. They are stingier than my great aunt Louella (God bless her tiny littleheart)

I hope you marked this one RWAP cuz both 'yall skated on that one. The post office was supposed to either collect the postage due from you aor return to sender and collect from her.

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 2:42 PM ET
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I agree that it deserves a mention to the sender. But since there really was no postage due, I'm not sure how that could be a RWAP. Who knows, maybe some of the stamps fell off.

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 4:20 PM ET
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It is possible some stamps fell off, especially if the sender used packing tape on that area. You'd be the best judge of that though. If the post office would have withheld the package and required you to pay the difference first, then you refusing it or RWAPing it would have been definitely called for. You lucked out that they delivered it to you and didn't just leave you a notice to come pay the postage due. They usually don't return media mail to the sender. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 6:46 PM ET
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But since there really was no postage due

?? The book arrived postage due, how is there really no postage due?

I will mark it received and let the sender know there wasn't enough postage, but does the post office absorb the postage?

No, being stamped postage due means you should leave the postage due for your carrier. Packages with postage due are not supposed to leave the post office. Often the carrier will cover the postage due in order to be able to deliver the package and then they wait for you to reimburse them. If you don't leave the money that is due, it may your carrier that will be out the postage. The stamp Postage Due with the amount showing owed is really like an invoice telling you what you owe.

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 6:54 PM ET
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The stamp Postage Due with the amount showing owed is really like an invoice telling you what you owe.

Well, in that case I should have RWAPed it, but too late now.  I like my postal carrier.  The next time I see him, I'll offer him the money.  No stamps fell off, unless they fell off before the PO cancelled them.

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 8:02 PM ET
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I get a notice if postage is due, stating I need to pay before the book is delivered. 

Date Posted: 10/15/2012 9:13 PM ET
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I would guess your carrier covered the postage due.  I'd check with them or leave that amount in an envelope in your mailbox for them.

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 12:20 AM ET
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We had a postage due letter/package today at work. The mailman waited patiently while we scrounged up change to cover the $1.10 due. He wouldn't have been able to leave it otherwise. It was data on a CD/jewel case in a small bubble mailer from a client for a report we're doing. They could have emailed it to us, but oh well; it was metered mail too, I guess they didn't know how to calculate postage for a package like that.

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 6:41 AM ET
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What if the carrier leaves the package and pays the postage due and you didn't want it if you have to pay extra postage, say someone sent in priority box and you owe $3 or $4?

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 9:15 AM ET
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Just don't open it then Nancy, then the carrier will return it to the post office. But if you accept a package marked Postage Due, you are supposted to pay what it says is due.

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 10:08 AM ET
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I have an envelope taped to my front door below my mail slot with the postage.  My mail carrier shouldn't have to pay my bills. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 2:38 PM ET
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I agree that the mail carrier shouldn't have to pay for insufficient postage but I guess I need things spelled out for me. If I got a package stamped postage due but no notice, I probably would have asked my carrier about it the next time I saw him but it never would have crossed my mind that my carrier paid for it or that I should put an envelope with money out for him. 

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 6:49 PM ET
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Well, I taped an envelope to my door and he took it.  I'll clarify it the next time I see him.

Date Posted: 10/16/2012 7:17 PM ET
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I talked to my carrier today and posed the question to him about what he does for postage due packages.  He's been a carrier for 35 years and only got 'stiffed' once.  He says usually if it's your regular carrier and  they know you they will just pay the postage out of their pocket and leave the package, with the hope that you'll go ahead and leave the postage due the next day for him/her to pick up.  It's easier to just do that than have to fill out the form, put it in your box, then take the form and money back and bring the package back.  That way they only have to handle the package once.  HTH.  Pat

Date Posted: 10/17/2012 8:05 AM ET
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My carrier knows me.  We chat all the time.  Good to know the procedure.  Thanks, Pat.

Date Posted: 10/18/2012 9:08 PM ET
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Kathy - we chat with our mail carrier all the time too, which is why I felt comfortable asking him the question.  Pat