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Subject: No postal cancellation
Date Posted: 6/22/2016 6:56 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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  I just received another book package with no postal info on it at all.  The package had been mailed with stamps in the total amount of $2.61, but the only sign that the PO touched it is a black marker line drawn through the stamps so they can't be re-used. Why is there no date stamp used?

Date Posted: 6/22/2016 7:23 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2010
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I received a book today which also didn't have any postmarks, or any marks, on the stamps. What really bewilders me is the stamps only total $1.25 and the book weighs 9.6 ounces. 

Last Edited on: 6/22/16 7:24 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/22/2016 8:28 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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It is rare that I receive a book with stamps that has been cancelled, more likely either marker over the stamps or nothing.

Like Thomas, I have too received books with not enough postage for the weight and I am always surprised that they don't come postage due. I also receive books weighing, say 8 oz, with postage for a 3 lb book. The weights on PBS are wrong at least 30% of the time, I would never mail a book from home without using scales!

Date Posted: 6/22/2016 8:40 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2010
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I've shipped almost 1,300 books as a member. Sometimes I use the old-style lick-em stamps, from my collection, to help make up the required postage. Twice I've had to deal with these stamps coming off the packages. Once I had to take the problem to the PO, and another time the member receiving it paid the postage due and told me she didn't mind doing so.

Now when I use the 'link-em' stamps I tape them along their edges to secure them, but still leave most of the stamps open to receive the postal cancellations.

Date Posted: 6/23/2016 1:39 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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IME not all stamped mail is postmarked these days.  Many of mine are, but maybe 20 or 30% are not.

Date Posted: 6/23/2016 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2014
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Out of a sampling of 4 mailers with stamps I got from SwapaCD,  only 1 has the round postage cancellation ink stamp.  I think the PO has abandoned this process.  If you ever go to the PO and see a clerk ink stamping with gusto, there's someone who holds on to the old ways.  

Date Posted: 6/23/2016 12:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/7/2009
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I rarely see a cancelation and actually in my post office while I'm standing in line I see people who want cancelations ask to have it done and the clerk stamps it there.

Date Posted: 6/23/2016 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2013
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I never read them so don't know one way or the other.  If I receive the book, it's all good.