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Subject: Mailing To An DPO AE address
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:06 PM ET
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What do I have to do, again? Fill out a form at the post office, right? Is that all?

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:22 PM ET
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Yup. That's it.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:27 PM ET
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Fiddlesticks. What a hassle.:(

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:28 PM ET
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It just takes like two minutes.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:44 PM ET
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It just takes like two minutes.

Actually, it takes an hour and 47 minutes.

I have to get off this computer, I have to get dressed, put on my "face", get in my car, fiddle with music, drive to the post office where I am 95% sure I'll be greeted by a long line out the door since it is a Saturday. Then I know  with 100% certainty that I'll be "greeted" by the pinched-faced clerk who'll sigh heavily and tell me I did it all wrong and would I please step aside to fill out the form correctly and mutter under his breath geez when will these idiots  get it right that'll be x dollars and y cents please.



Last Edited on: 12/5/09 5:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:49 PM ET
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Yes but then a miltary member/family member will be getting a book while serving their/your country. 

I think you can print the form out online and have it prefilled. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 6:04 PM ET
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The postal service recommends that you prepare and print  your customs form online.

"Sign in or sign up to complete Customs forms online to declare the contents and value of your shipment, or just select and print an online Customs forms."

The web link is here:  http://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/

 

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 6:15 PM ET
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I pick up a bunch when I am in the PO - prefer the form.  They also chaned it - so none of those little boxes for each letter - it is fast and easy. 

I like my PO and the employees - so I don' t see it as a hassle at all. 

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 6:33 PM ET
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Yes but then a miltary member/family member will be getting a book while serving their/your country

I know where it's going and to whom it's going to. I had a APO address for 4 years myself! 

The sacredness of military personel is a whole nuther controversial thread

I like my PO and the employees - so I don' t see it as a hassle at all. 

You're very blessed indeed. Not for me. The P.O. employees are nasty so it really is a hassle. Not only that but the political nutters are camped in front with the big O poster of Obama with a Hitler mustache who say "excuse me, did you know Obama is evil?"   Gag.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 6:34 PM ET
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Thanks for the link, Diane.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 6:38 PM ET
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Mine has the forms on a counter in the center of the room.  So you can fill it out as you move up the line.  But there are two forms, a shorter and a longer.  Which one is needed depends on what country the book is traveling to and the weight.  I think the online form is just the long one.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 10:58 PM ET
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The online form has selections for standard 2976, APO/FPO 2976, standard 2976-A, and APO/FPO 2976-A.  You can also order the envelope 2976-E online. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:51 AM ET
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I'd go with picking up a bunch of the forms available at the PO.  Filling out the online forms is longer.  And is there anyway there is another PO not so far away that is better?  Considering all connie went through with her PO to straightenthem out - we may all have to campaign with the people outside your PO (along with the anti-Obama group) to have a better PO experience.   And as an aside - do you really have to do more than get dressed and drive over there?  It's not so important that you doll yourself up, is it?   Of course this is coming from someone that never wears make-up ever!  There is nothing so important that I feel makeup is necessary.  But then I realize that I'm very  eccentric.

Ruth

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:58 AM ET
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Advantages of filling out the forms online:

1.  you can do it at 3 in the morning

2.  you can do it whether the PO is open or not

3.  you can do it in your pajamas

Disadvantages of filling out the forms online:

1.  Uses expensive printer ink & paper which is sometimes in short supply if someone forgot to buy more

2.  you miss out on the social interaction at the post office

There are probably more but it is getting late for an old lady to be up.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 12:29 PM ET
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"And is there anyway there is another PO not so far away that is better?" 

LOL. I was describing the P.O. that's actually nicer. The other one across town is infinitely WORSE! You get lectures on media mail and God save you if you can't find a pen!

"do you really have to do more than get dressed and drive over there?  It's not so important that you doll yourself up, is it?"

Yes, it's imperative that I don't look like the bedraggled housewife that I am. Murphy's Law dictates that if I don't "doll" myself, I am sure to run into someone I haven't seen in a while.  Besides, I can not go out with serious Albert Einstein-esque bedhead. Technically I can, but I'd probably be arrested for looking like a lunatic who escaped from a halfway house.

"2.  you miss out on the social interaction at the post office"

With the long lines I am sure to miss out on playing the name game in which I mentally give people names and create fictional lives for them too. Then I'll miss being asked if I have any perishable foodstuffs or bombs in my thin CD envelope. Maybe the line will get wonky and a cranky old man will break under the stress of it all and lecture to the walls how "the system" is busted. That's happened. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:35 PM ET
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Tome,

If you leave your hair Albert Einstein-esque, the wonky and cranky old man may feel a bit more at ease and not lecture to the walls this time.

I also give my line-mates names and histories, and then I resort to counting how many times the clerks dont say thank you and please to the customers they are waiting on. The record of missed manner opportunities for my last visit was 46.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 2:47 PM ET
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I have to agree - the crazier you look -the less time they are likely to want you there!  LOL!!  I still say that the next time you go in - get a bunch of those forms.  It will help insure that you don't get many - if any - more requests that need them!  Also a Murphy's Law!  ;D

Ruth