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Subject: Post Office Not Accepting ?
Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:04 PM ET
Member Since: 4/5/2010
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I was on the wish list for a book and was accepted. Then they tell me they printed the postage and got sick and tried to mail it the next day and the post office wouldnt take it. Does that sound strange to you ? So if she cancels it it probalby go right back to her. Im not sure if there are any other copies of the book available. Always something.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:15 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I think she can take it back and all they have to do is print a new sticker for $0.00 so that it's up to date.

I've seen that suggested here and have even received a few packages with it.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/17/2008
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I have used the wrong date many times at work with  our postage machine and have never been refused.  That does sound a little strange to me.

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:39 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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It is stale postage, but most POs will just add a zero strip to it to update the date.

You can send the other member to the Help Center FAQ on postage:

What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?

  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book by that date.
  • You cannot change the postmark date after you have downloaded/printed the wrapper.
  • If you mail AFTER that date, you can go to the PO and have a new metered $0.00 strip with that day's date applied to the package.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it after that date.
    • If you put it into a collection box after the last day's scheduled collection, then the package will be accepted with the previous day's date when the next collection happens on the next day.
  • If you are into legalese, here are the USPS regulations on this ("indicia" = postmark):
      • Mailpieces bearing a complete date in the indicia must be deposited or presented on that date, except that pieces entered after the day's last scheduled collection from the post office or collection box may bear the actual date of entry or the date of the next scheduled collection from the post office or collection box. When authorized by USPS, presort mail accepted after midnight may bear the previous day's date. If the mailer knows that the mail is not to be deposited or presented on the date in the indicia, the mailer must use a date correction indicium under 4.4.1. (from DMM, 4.5.2 Mailing Date Accuracy and Mailing Periods)

Last Edited on: 9/25/10 6:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/25/2010 6:43 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If it's a WL book that means there are no other copies.  So if she cancels you go back to #1.  If she reposts then it goes back to you unless someone posts it again in the mean time.