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Subject: notes in books
Date Posted: 10/4/2007 3:59 PM ET
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I went to the post office today to mail out my first book.  I tried to send it media mail, but they said I couldn't because of the note that goes with the book- the note about giving credit to the person sending it. They said any type of correspondence was not allowed with media mail. The  PO said they couldn't promise that it would get to its destination because it would probably be opened because of the note inside.  Am I supposed to send books a different way- other than media mail.  If anyone could clear this up for me I would appreicate it!

Thanks!

Shannon

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 4:09 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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Hi - The way this has typically been handled in the past is to treat that form as a packing slip which IS allowed in media mail.  So, I'd tell your PO that this is a packing slip.  Someone recently posted a link to that regulation from the USPS website - I just saw it yesterday, so if you look through the recent posts on this board, you will find it.  You could print out that regulation and bring it with you the next time you go to the PO.  I have mailed out 50 or so books, always with that slip, and never had an issue.

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 4:44 PM ET
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Yes, Shannon, these notes are allowed now. I'll post the link to  the Domestic Mail Manual again. Sections 4.3 covers what you need. http://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/dmm300/173.pdf

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 8:30 PM ET
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FYI, I stopped including those notes a while back and I've never had a problem with a book not being marked "received."  So, if your post office is being extremely difficult about the note you could always just mail without it.

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 10:53 AM ET
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I include the note and I have never had this problem. But then I don't use the PBS wrappers. I would fold the note in such a way that it doesn't show through. And tell them it's a packing slip. 

Date Posted: 10/9/2007 12:54 PM ET
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I include the note - it prints out with the mailing label anyway, and could be useful if the address label ever becomes unreadable, etc.

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 2:31 PM ET
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I cut the note off and stick it inside.  (I use the one page option for printing.)  The PO just sees the addresses.  Your PO sounds a little crazy....