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Topic: Postage Due? Problem way up north!!

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Subject: Postage Due? Problem way up north!!
Date Posted: 4/1/2010 1:46 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2010
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Okay, I sent a children's PB to someone &, about 3 days ago, I  get a letter from Bryantown MD PO Saying that the item I mailed did not qualify for DC service w/ first class mail (Paid & printed here)...apparently the package must be 3/4 inch thick, & that there was postage due!!  I mailed this from PO where it was weighed & scanned & have received credit for it..  I PMed member to see if package had arrived (not mentioned in letter) & if so how much postage I owed her.  No reply so I called PO yesterday & was told to get back w/ them today to see if there was a way I could pay remaining postage by phone w/ CC.  They say the person has been notified but not picked up, they would not let me pay remaining $3.66 (on top of the almost $2 I already paid) by phone so that it could just be delievered.  What do I do next & is there a way to avoid this in the future???  For this amount of postage, I could have just had a brand new copy of If You Give A Pig A Pancake delievered to her!!

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 1:55 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Could just be me, but never heard of receiving a letter for postage due.  I thought arrangements were made with the addressee, or your package was returned to sender.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 11:44 AM ET
Member Since: 7/18/2005
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None of this sounds correct to me either.  The PO does not take credit card numbers over the phone for something like this.  No stattion is equiped to take cc numbers over the phone, period.  Also it is doubful the PO would waste the time and expense to send you a letter for postage due.

I would look at this as a possible scam, but I guess I would have to see the letter first.  Maybe some supervisor there has nothing else to do :-)

I would suggest taking the letter into your local post office, someone may be very interested in seeing it.

Date Posted: 4/2/2010 12:28 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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They should just mark out the invalid DC and deliver it.

Date Posted: 4/3/2010 4:16 PM ET
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The other part of the rule for delivery confirmation is if the package is rigid, it qualifies for delivery confirmation. If the package is not rigid and not 3/4 of an inch thick (any part can be, I stick a packing peanut in if I have something that is close), it should be charged postage due at the priority mail rate.

For your situation, I would talk to the local supervisor or postmaster and see if they can contact the post office where it is and help you. You could also call or email the post office where it is yourself and talk to them.

You can get the contact information from USPS.com. Click on find a zip code in the red bar near the top of the screen. Put in the zip and then enter. When the list comes up, click more information to see the information.