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Subject: Postage Due...except not
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 7:57 PM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2008
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I've been a member for about half a year and this is the first time I've had a problem with a book sent to me.

The book arrived in my mailbox with a stamp on it from the post office stating that $.34 of postage was due. However, other than that, there was no indication that the post office intended to collect that from me. The book, itself, is now unwrapped and sitting next to me, and I marked it received on the website without a problem.

Do you think that maybe the post office made a mistake in not holding on to the book and leaving me a note to come pick it up (and pay the amount due)?

I'm also not sure if it's worth it to mention it to the sender, since there isn't really a conflict to resolve.

Thoughts? Thanks in advance.



Date Posted: 6/10/2009 8:11 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2007
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Sometimes the mail carrier will deliver the item and are relying on the receiver to leave them the money owed.  I've had this happen a couple times but the mail carrier also left a small envelope for me to put the money in.  I suggest putting 34 cents in an envelope and leaving it in your mailbox for your carrier, with "payment for postage due on item received" written on it.  I'd also PM the sender and let them know that they did not put enough postage on, so they'll know for the next time they mail a similar size/weight book. 

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 10:11 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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If it's a small amount, our carrier will pay the postage due out of his pocket so that he can deliver the book and to save us a trip to the PO.  We then put the money in an envelope in the mailbox.


Did I mention that we have the best Post Office?  Everyone, from window clerks to carriers, is just the best!

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 10:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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The PO expects you to leave it in your mailbox. If you don't pay it, the carrier will probably be stuck with covering it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 10:38 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Usually we get a little envelope to put it in from the mail carrier.  If you didn't I'd definitely put the money in an envelope in the mailbox with a note on it.  Your carrier probably paid it for you.

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 6:37 AM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2008
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Thanks everyone who responded. I've put the amount due in an envelope and will be leaving it for the mail carrier today. :)