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Subject: package >13 oz must be mailed in PO ??????????
Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Yes that is true and has been for months!  You can put electronic postage on 13 oz and over and drop it in a blue box or mail from home.  If it's 13 oz or more and you put stamps on it - you have to take it to the Post Office.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:20 PM ET
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thanks! now i know why everybody uses pbs postage!!! duh

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:19 PM ET
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Olivia, it's a 9-11 security thing.  If it's over 13 oz. it must either have electronic postage on it, which can be traced, or must be brought to the PO counter and handed across.  The little PO I work at has an Aviation Security stamp we stamp the parcels with, because we can't print out postage labels.  If there is no verification of some sort (either elec. postage, the AVSEC stamp, or printed postage label from PO) it will be returned to you ground mail and you'll have to remail it.  This happened to me once, and I should have known better.

This goes for ALL parcels, whether they are priority, parcel post, media, etc.  Basically what they're wanting is that the parcel is safe to put on an airplane.

This rule applies only to parcels with regular postage stamps, since any idiot wanting to mail something hazardous could just put stamps on it and put it annonomously in any drop box.  Any kind of elec. postage can simply be dropped in the box.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 1:59 PM ET
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i assume with the mailers that PBS postage pays for, I can just print it out and drop it in the mailbox, no?  that counts as electronic postage?!

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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:59 PM ET
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Yes, if you use the printable postage from PBS (there is a 19 cent confirmation delivery fee and a 43 cent printable postage fee) then you can stick it in your outgoing mail or in a blue box. (I'm pretty sure it is 43 cents, but it is definitely something in that ballpark.)

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Yep I tried to use stamps one time and my mail man wouldn't take it. He said it had to be taken to the PO for them to weigh because for all they knew it could be a bomb or something.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 5:59 PM ET
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thank you all!

 

Date Posted: 5/20/2009 3:11 AM ET
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The 13 oz rule (Homeland Security) applies to packages without 'tracable' postage...that would be stamps.  PBS postage is considered 'tracable' and may be mailed in a blue box if over 13 oz.

At my PO it isn't even necessary to stand in line.  I just wait where the clerks can see me.  When they look my way, I show them the package with stamps.  They usually wave me over very quickly, and the book is passed over the counter per regulations :-)



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Date Posted: 5/21/2009 4:25 PM ET
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I mailed a book over 13 oz with electronic PBS postage in a blue box outside of my PO and the next time I went in the Postmaster told me that ALL packages 13 oz or over MUST be brought inside regardless of the postage.   I kind of wondered with that sort of thing what's the point of electronic postage. Guess he's uninformed.

Date Posted: 5/22/2009 12:14 PM ET
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He was uninformed Linda. If he tells you that again, ask him to read the regs or to just read what is on the drop boxes, all of them I have seen say stamps right on them.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 10:28 PM ET
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Just an FYI: if you're going to use the PBS postage regularly-get a cheap scale. The weight isn't always right.  Most of the time I find the weight is too high and it wants to charge me higher postage-so the scale ends up paying for itself.