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Subject: Postage due
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 3:03 PM ET
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I just received my first postage due book.  There was no PBS label, my addy and the sender's addy were both handwritten and there were 6 stamps on it.  Nowhere was "media mail" written on the package.  I got an envelope and note saying I owe the PO $2.14.  First of all, why does the PO not return to sender, why do they "postage due" the receiver?  How do I go about this because I'm not forking out $2.14, plus, I never carry cash and I'm not about to go to the ATM for this.  This isn't a wl book, it's one I just ordered so I'm not DYING to read it.  Do I mark it refused and put it back in my box?  Not sure what my options are at this point.  Thanks for any words of wisdom you may have!

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 4:36 PM ET
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Sounds like your carrier has already paid for it for you if you have the book. And yes, you can mark it refused and put it back out in the mailbox--your carrier will have to recoup his/her payment some other way.

Whether the postage due item is returned to sender or sent on to the receiver depends on where in the system it was flagged postage due. Your local office probably found it.

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 5:25 PM ET
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Thanks for the info, Connie.  How could the carrier have paid it for me?  There was an envelope attatched by rubber band to the package stating what I owed and to place the money in there.  I looked at the help center but wasn't sure what "accepted by the mail carrier" meant.  He just left it in my box, I didn't say hey or nay if I accepted it.  It says if you haven't accepted it to not mark it received and you can return it to sender.....is it "accepted" if it's left in my mailbox or just if I don't mark return to sender?  I'm still a li'l cornfused.....

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 5:49 PM ET
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It's a postal accounting thing, Michelle. Postage due items are accountable items that the carrier has to sign for in the morning and is held accountable (hence the term) for upon return to the office in the afternoon. He/she has to either bring the item back as attempted, refused, etc., or the money (or the signed delivery slip if it's a certified letter.)

But perhaps your delivery office does it a different way.....

 

The Help Center information is telling you how to go about handling the item for your PBS account. Since you're refusing it, don't mark it received and when it's declared lost, you'll get your credit back.

 



Last Edited on: 5/8/08 6:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 6:59 PM ET
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Thanks, Connie!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 9:34 AM ET
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you can also PM the sender and ask them to either buddy you a credit or paypal you the money before you refuse it.  just a thought.