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Subject: Post Office Now checking all media mail before sending.
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 10:31 PM ET
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I went to send a DVD today and was told that, before packing the item they must see what is going in the envelope before sending it. Is this legal? I'm sending from Fl and

never had a problem before.

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 10:58 PM ET
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do you live in WI they are making up rules for media mail  remember if yuou dont belive something ask to see in the DMM or in writing

of course they wont find it there because they made it up

Date Posted: 10/3/2010 12:32 AM ET
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I live in FL and they've never told me that!  Most of the time anymore I just use the APC and toss the books into the P O. box, though!  (Lines are too long!)

Date Posted: 10/3/2010 2:46 PM ET
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My postal clerk told me that, although they are now stamping all packages saying that Medial Mail may be opened for inspection, if it clearly looks like a wrapped book chances are it won't be opened.  Something in a manila envelope, though, stands a much greater chance of being opened for inspection.

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 12:36 AM ET
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They have been stamping media mail with "can be opened for inspection" since I've been mailing books, over 3 years now.    No one has said anything at my post office about any changes, including having to see what is in in before closing the package.  I think someone at your post office has the wrong info.

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 5:39 PM ET
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All media mail is subject to inspection. There is nothing in the rules that gives them the right to inspect it before you wrap it though. When someone tells you that, ask them to show you the regulation. They won't be able to because there isn't one that says they can demand to inspect it before its been wrapped. Technically they shouldn't be able to inspect a package until they've sold you the postage. 

I mostly mail at the APC and blueboxes these days and the clerks I use are wonderful, but if I ever had one tell me that I would politely let them know that I know it is subject to inspection, however, they will not wasting my time to do it.

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 5:51 PM ET
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What Melanie said. 

After hearing this rumor, I specifically asked my post office (very well informed & trained) and to date they have seen no official communication stating that all Media Mail is to be inspected (or 1 in 5) or any other changes to the previous inspection guidelines.

Date Posted: 10/5/2010 1:57 PM ET
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The post office I use doesn't even bother to check to see if the postage on it is correct. I asked a clerk how often they open packages to confirm it's media, and she told me "Unless it's obvious it ain't media, we don't. We're not gonna waste a dollar's worth of time to see if somebody's trying to save 25 cents postage."

This is a very busy post office and they probably just don't see any sense in wasting their time on opening packages.

Date Posted: 10/5/2010 11:32 PM ET
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Thanks so much for the information,I'll ask next time I go to see where this regulation is. :D

Kim -
Date Posted: 10/29/2010 5:00 PM ET
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Only First Class Mail is protected from inspection, it's right on their website.  It's legal for them to open Media Mail.  They do it all the time now where I live since someone, in the past year or so, shipped a full set of pots-and-pans as Media Mail ... which obviously didn't qualify as Media Mail!  Shame, shame, shame.  My post office always tells me each and every time that my Media Mail will be opened, and I also had to sign a form stating that I understand this is the rule. When I receive Media Mail items, there's only one tiny corner that I can tell has been opened just enough to peek that it's a book or dvd/cd.  I don't have a problem with it at all - I never cheat the PO and I'm not ashamed of any Media Mail I send, so I have nothing to worry about. 



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