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Subject: New Policy? Mail person no longer taking my postable paid PBS books : (
Date Posted: 9/8/2009 10:49 AM ET
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 I have been spoiled.  For over a year I have been placing a post-it note in my mailbox asking the mail person to please mail my books.  Until Saturday... the book stayed there and the mail person wrote "Mail at the Post Office".  This book was over 13 oz, but it had full PBS postage, so I thought it was OK.

I am sad at the loss of convenience and was wondering if there are new rules that disallow them from picking up books like that.

Also... it is OK to drop off postage paid packages are the mail places that are not affiliated with the post office?

Thoughts?



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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/8/2009 11:36 AM ET
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Mail carriers are not required to pick up mail left in your box. Most of them do it as an extra service though.

You can drop books that have printable postage, or books that have eDC and stamps, any place where you can also mail letters. I drop mine in a blue box near my house.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 12:49 PM ET
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The blue boxes at my post office all have big signs on them saying that anything over 13 ounces has to be mailed inside the P.O.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 1:10 PM ET
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I guess to be on the safe side, I will take books to the Post Office.  It was fun to be able to send stuff so quickly... but I guess I can take advantage of the delayed shipping now.  It's just not feasible to get to the PO every day.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 2:14 PM ET
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Lita - you could try to catch your carrier and ask what the change was. Its true they don't have to take any packages, but you may want to find out what the change was and if there is a way around it. Maybe some educating at your local PO will get them back to taking it.

The blue boxes at my post office all have big signs on them saying that anything over 13 ounces has to be mailed inside the P.O.

Debbie - the sign on the boxes should say anything mailed with stamps and over 13oz has to be mailed inside. Too many post offices are not reading the notice themselves and are trying to apply the rule wrong, paid postage does not have to go to the counter no matter what the weight is. Here is the release from the USPS website with the title linked to the site.

WASHINGTON, DC — A new Postal Service rule goes into effect next week for packages and envelopes that weigh more than 13 ounces, if they’re being mailed with only stamps as postage at a location other than a Post Office retail service counter.

 

Starting Monday, July 30, customers can use one of several convenient online postage applications — available 24/7 — or an Automated Postal Center, if they wish to mail items that weigh more than 13 ounces in Postal Service collection boxes or Post Office lobby mail slots; or if they wish to leave the items for pickup by their letter carriers. Online postage applications include the Postal Service’s Click-N-Ship service on usps.com and PC Postage from an authorized USPS vendor.

If a customer is unable to use one of the above methods to prepare and affix postage, items weighing more than 13 ounces must be presented for mailing to an employee at a Post Office retail service counter. Business customers who use postage meters may continue to use meter postage for packages of any weight and mailing method.

Customers will notice new decals on USPS collection boxes, and Post Office lobby and Automated Postal Center mail drop slots. The new red, white and blue decals inform customers that deposit of stamped mail over 13 ounces is prohibited, and any such mail will be returned.

Previously, the prohibition applied to mail over 16 ounces. The change is part of ongoing security measures established by the Postal Service, in cooperation with other government agencies to keep the public, customers, employees and the U.S. Mail safe.



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Date Posted: 9/11/2009 3:49 PM ET
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Starting Monday, July 30, customers can use one of several convenient online postage applications — available 24/7 — or an Automated Postal Center, if they wish to mail items that weigh more than 13 ounces in Postal Service collection boxes or Post Office lobby mail slots; or if they wish to leave the items for pickup by their letter carriers

I think you should attach this notice to your mailbox/package.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Subject: Prepaid postage
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 1:03 AM ET
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I use the prepaid postage and then chuck it in the blue box, regardless of the size.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Julie hit the nail on the head "Maybe it was a sub who was just being difficult/lazy/snotty/snoody"

Of course, I don't know exactly which adjective might apply :  )

I was able to catch my normal postal delivery person and he is said that he is happy to pick up books for me when I place a post-it note at the front of the mailbox.  He said that the the substitutes don't always know everything or go the extra mile.  He enjoys helping whenver he can.  I am very luck to have such a helpful mail person.  He did mention he would be on vacation next week, which is good to know. 

I am very relieved that I can still mail from my cluster box!!

Happy Me!!

Thanks for suggesting I talk with him.... it certainly saves me a lot of driving to the post office :  )

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 3:15 PM ET
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Ah ha!  I met the substitute delivery person today.  The earlier choices someone had mentioned were "difficult/lazy/snotty/snoody".  I would say difficult was closest... then next non word I can think of is curmudeony.

He was at the cluster boxes when I went out with book/post, our interation:

Him:  "Hello" (as he looks down at the mail boxes

Me:  Hello sir, can you please mail this book for me.

Him: Looks down at my package with the pretty PBS label with great scepticism... carefully looking at both sides... and then "That tape on it... is that going to make it where its going?"

Me:  "Yes, Sir"

Him:  "Okay" said begrudingly

??  I have been accused of being a mummy wrapper... with lots of scotch packing tape... hmmm... do it think its going to make it there.... uh.. YES!

I am glad I caught him in person.... my normal glorious postal guy is out this week... and I'll bet this guy would have just left this in the box with a note to take it to the post office if I hadn't actually spoken with him.

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 8:39 PM ET
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Glad it worked out!



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