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L. G. (L)
Subject: Just a note about address abbreviations...
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 7:16 AM ET
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You all might want to check your addresses and make sure they aren't ambiguous.

Some abbreviations stand for many words, and if people aren't careful, they may mis-address your parcels.  For example, "St." can stand for street, Saint, suite, and station.  Unless it is obvious, it's best to spell out any abbreviations.

On the flip side, ALWAYS write an address as presented to you.  If the address is:

123 S W St Newbaum St

It could be:

123 South W Street, Newbaum Station or Suite

123 South West Street, Newbaum Suite or Station

123 Southwest Saint Newbaum Street or Station or Suite

123S West Saint Newbaum Street or Station or Suite

etc.

This is an extreme example, but you get the idea.  I have found that some abbreviations are obvious - some not so clear.

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 7:58 AM ET
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The way I am figuring it, being on the west coast, it was about 4 am when you wrote this! 

WHAT are you doing up at that time, pondering abbreviations, of all things!!!!

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 8:35 AM ET
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I personally always take an address for mailing to the USPS+4 web page to make sure it meets THIEIR reg styles anymore. I've run across a lot of people that don't know how the USPS wants their address to be now with all their new regs.  To meet the DC specs and other things with their automated systems addresses have to be the way THEY say, so I go check them. Just had someone give me his address, slightly incorrect, but slightly can cause a problem with DC or other verifications uses, such as certified mail.

You put it in the way you have it, and they give you back what it is supposed to be for that address, using the abbreviations they want. Such as apt#s you are not to put the # sign in anymore, and you can't use DC if it's there. Some streets still use a E or W when the city has grown to the point that the possibility of the other end developing is no longer a possibility, so the PO now drops the direction indicator.

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 8:40 AM ET
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Yes, and something else to consider..the USPS has been changing many street addresses throughout the country by renumbering or renaming the streets.  I've had books returned ("I've been using this address for 20 years!") because the USPS has renamed things and people assume that the old address still works. It doesn't. I also had someone recently tell me that their address changed because the city had to renumber/rename to coordinate with their new, upgraded 911 system.

 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 9:17 AM ET
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Bonnie, I am a freak. ;)  I keep the weirdest hours.  It all started with sleep deprivation when J was a baby.  I haven't recovered yet!!

And as you can see...6:15 and I am still up! (But going back to bed...)

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 9:24 AM ET
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Sweet dreams, my friend.

Good grief, you can't use the # anymore if you want to use DC!!!!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 1:02 PM ET
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If you enter an address at PBS, the system will automatically connect to USPS and get the standardized format. Going to your account settings and changing your address will not make a difference. As soon as you hit that save button, whatever you entered is replaced with the USPS preferred format. I'm pretty sure it also does this for custom DC.

 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 5:47 PM ET
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I update addresses at work (for credit cards) all the time.  Suite is actually STE, not ST --we're "supposed to update exactly as the customer has written them", but what irks me more than anything is, the requests that we get via email, they leave the +4 of the old zip

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 5:47 PM ET
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Yep, custom DC works the same way, which is a nice feature.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/11/2007 6:26 PM ET
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I know Suite is STE but other people don't, apparently.

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 7:42 AM ET
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You're right on with this one L! My town has really weird addresses. When we built our home, they didn't even give us a new address. We use the same address as a community that is across the main street from us. They tacked a "north" onto the end of our address because we bought the north side of the road, I guess. If the "N" is left off, our mail goes to the other side of the street. This actually happened when someone sent me something by UPS just last week. It was a pain to get it straightened out!

Date Posted: 11/12/2007 9:41 AM ET
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When I went to college I lived in a town with a grid system for naming the streets.  My address was something like 123 S 900 E, which could also be written 123 S Ninth E, or 123 S Ninth East.  People out of the area could not figure out that the street I lived on was Ninth East (or 900 East), and my house number was 123 S.  It's a wonder I ever got any mail from my friends and family back East.