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Subject: PO opening checking media mail
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 1:54 PM ET
Member Since: 11/9/2009
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New member here and I just sent out my first books last week. I taped the envelope up real good and when I got to PO to mail it they said they'd have to open it to check it. Yes I'm in Wisconsin, I quick looked at archives and saw another WI member had the same issue.

I'm not sure if I should just tape up generally and let PO retape or have it open when I bring it in. I had used the prepaid postage labels from PBS, so not sure how to handle this. Do I just use prepaid and drop in box? or go to PO each shipment?

I don't want problems each time I go to mail out books.

Thanks, Christine

Subject: Media mail
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 6:13 PM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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 I for one would just use pre paid postage and drop it in the blue box....and they may or may not open it, but it better be sealed up.



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Date Posted: 5/22/2010 1:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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"...Yes I'm in Wisconsin..."  Bummer Christine, your state postmaster has become rather anal over Media Mail and seems to be inventing postal procedures and regulation that don't really exist. 

The Media Mail rate is always subject to inspection, but nowhere does it say the customer must be present nor does it require you to bring packages in for inspection prior to sealing.  There are guidelines regarding how inspections are to be performed (and an insert is required to be left inside the package), I have yet to see official USPS written regulation that says you are required to expose package contents at the counter.  Therefore, you can use prepaid postage and the blue box, or inform your local counter clerks that they are more than welcome to inspect your Media Mail....on their own time, not yours.  I would also check with receivers to verify the quality of re-packaging your local branch performs.

Subject: No packages allowed in blue boxes where I live
Date Posted: 5/22/2010 11:42 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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  I don't know how you all can place your books in blue boxes to begin with. The last 3 places I've lived  don't allow anything thicker and wider than a

 5 x7 envelope to go into the blue boxes!  My previous 2 locations were possible terrorist targets but currently I'm living in a town of 500 people and their

blue boxes have the same restrictions!

I have on rare occasion taken my books in without one end sealed to show it's really a book, then taped it and mailed it media mail.  I think this built trust with the

mail clerks and I have had no hassle.    I do live on the Wisconsin/Illinois border, but use always use an Illinois PO.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Jeanne, if your package is under 13 oz (regardless of overall size) I'm not sure they can legally restrict your mailing options.  The physically restrictive boxes...I'd consider harassment.

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 11:01 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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heres a idea, now do you have any large business buildings  your area -say 6 or more floors

lot of time they have mailboxes that will accpect large packages..

you could try to mail your books there..

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Date Posted: 5/25/2010 7:25 AM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
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Subject: Restrictive blue boxes
Date Posted: 6/24/2010 10:59 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2005
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I use Pre paid PBS postage all the time and drop them at the post office mail box. That slot can take up to a pretty good size hard bound book. If it is bigger then that, there is another blue box a few blocks away with the bigger opening that I can stop at...true, I do actually have to get out of the car, but...you do what you have to do!

Briana -
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 8:53 PM ET
Member Since: 4/8/2009
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If you are using the prepaid labels- it's definitely okay to drop it in a blue box or is there a drop box at the PO that you don't have to stand in line for?? One thing that I do is when you print out labels from PBS- leave their logo on the paper instead of cutting it off so it sorta proves to the PO that it's a book!