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Subject: Please don't put tape over the delivery confirmaton.
Date Posted: 12/15/2007 9:46 PM ET
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The postman asked me to ask everyone to please don't put tape over the delivery confirmation.  It can not be read by the hand held reader with tape on it.



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Date Posted: 12/15/2007 10:50 PM ET
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With one layer of clear tape that's smoothly applied, yes it surely can be read by their equipment.

I tape over the lower half of the barcode, leaving the upper half uncovered.  That way, if it gets wet and smears, there's still the barcode and numbers under the tape that can be read.

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 1:25 AM ET
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Speaking as a postal employee who has to scan those barcodes dozens of times a day, the first post was correct: Don't put tape over the barcode, for any reason, please! Tape reflects the light of the scanner and makes it very difficult to read the code. If you want to preserve some part of it with tape, then cover the numbers at the bottom. That way, if the code is unreadable, we can enter the digits manually.

Yes, with a smooth layer of clear tape over it, it can be read, WITH DIFFICULTY!! Make it easier on the postal workers, don't put tape on it!

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 4:22 AM ET
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And as a letter carrier who scans delivery confirmation packages every day, the new carrier scanner does read taped-over barcodes. It also reads the barcode when the tape is bunched up on the package. It reads barcodes printed in red ink. It reads faded barcodes. Richard is giving advice as a window clerk who accepts delivery confirmation parcels at the window and I'm offering my experience on the delivery end.

If you are concerned about this issue, here's information from the Help Center:

The USPS says that clear tape is fine over the DC barcode.
  • In our testing, the scanners were able to read the bar code through the tape.
    • This was true if the tape was not excessively wrinkled.
  • However, some members have reported that their Post office scanners were not able to read the bar code through the tape
    • it seems that not all scanners are of equal quality.
  • Why take a chance? With a little planning and forethought, it is possible to secure the end of the package without taping over the bar code.

 

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 11:27 AM ET
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If I were printing on a laser printer, I wouldn't tape over any part of the barcode.  I have an ink jet though so that ink'll smear with any moisture.  The barcode is like 3/4 of an inch high.  Taping over the bottom half leaves plenty of uncovered barcode.

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 12:09 PM ET
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My post office guys agreed that tape over the barcode is a must this time of year for our area. I never covered them until we got a foot of snow. A wet smeared barcode is more worthless than a clean one that might need to be typed in by the rare PO here and there using antiquated equipment.

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 11:43 PM ET
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Connie is correct that the hand scanners will read barcodes through tape, but those aren't the only scanners in use. I use an older model laser scanner at my counter that is a LOT more persnickety than the new hand-helds. If you hold it just right, and the postal gods are smiling down on you that day, it will read through tape. It will NEVER 

Date Posted: 12/16/2007 11:46 PM ET
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Sorry. hit a wrong button and cut myself off. As I was saying, it will NEVER read through wrinkled tape. You have to account for the fact that some packages will be accepted or delivered over the counter, and scanned with an inferior scanner. Please, don't cover the barcode. Please!

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 1:35 AM ET
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Asking because I honestly do not know - if you scanner won't scan the barcode can't you type in the numbers?   I've NEVER used PBS DC so I am not being a smart aleck.   Is this possible to do?  the typing in of the DC number?

Date Posted: 12/17/2007 6:03 AM ET
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Yes, Cozie, you can punch in the numbers, but there are at least 16 of them and it takes time. It's just like when they scan the UPC at the grocery store--they're used to just passing the item over the reader and when it won't scan, they have to look at the numbers and punch them in to the register. Our scanners work the same way--if the barcode can't be read, all those numbers have to be punched in. But the carrier scanner key buttons aren't laid out like a typewriter. They're in alphabetical order with the number keys in an area in the middle. You have to actually look at each number and make sure you've gotten it right and not missed any. This takes a lot more time than just scanning and delivering.

Sorry you have such a lousy scanner, Richard. I love mine!



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