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Subject: Postmarked WAY after I dropped it off
Date Posted: 8/16/2008 2:21 PM ET
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I am worried. Last night I got an email from the sitre saying I had clicked mailed on a book like 7/30 but the person JUST got it and put in the postmark as 8/11!! I also mailed 2 other books the same day and THEY still have not been marked as recieved yet. I KNOW I mailed it the morning after I clicked mailed. Wrote down the addy (no printer so I mail in bubble wrappers and write the addy) and mailed it on the way to work the next morning, like I always do. I talked to our postmistress today and she said she has no clue how it would have sat so long and not been postmarked. It is a teeny PO and I forgot to ask if THEY postmark it or if when it goes to the main city PO, they postmark it. (Big city PO and then like 6 little PO near it). I would have thought maybe the person who recieved the book clicked the wrong date if it was not for the fact that the 2 others still were not marked recieved.

Am I going to get kicked off if all 3 books are recieved late? I feel like I am getting cheated b/c of the postal service! I think from now on I am taking it to a larger PO and asking them to postmark it right then. UGH

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 2:40 PM ET
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I know there's a difference between the hand stamp and the date on the metered postage. The hand stamp across the stamps to cancel them can occur anywhere along the way. Sometimes they never get stamped at all. I think some along the way just notices they're not done and stamps them so people won't try to reuse the stamps.

Then there's the metered stamp. If bought from an PO machine, they could be dated later than the date  on the stamp if the sender buys them first then uses them up later. But I think that causes problems. I think they're supposed to be mailed the same day if you buy them from the machine.

If you go up to the counter, then the date on the printed postage should be accurate. They could have their date/clock off, but I think that'd be pretty rare.

Did you drop them in a box, or inside? Did you supply your own postage from here, or buy it over the counter?

Media mail can sit someplace for a long period of time. I had one book take three weeks to go 30 miles. And it seems to get worse over Christmas, when the mail gets heavy and everything gets priority over Media Mail.

If you put stamps on them, then just sounds like they were hand stamped along the way. And media mail really can be slow. I don't think I'd worry too much about the other two books unless they go lost. Then I'd worry about a bottleneck somewhere in your area.

Am I going to get kicked off if all 3 books are recieved late? I feel like I am getting cheated b/c of the postal service! I think from now on I am taking it to a larger PO and asking them to postmark it right then. UGH

If they ask, just let them know how your mailing them. Especially if all the date a reciver can find is a hand stamp.

 

 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/16/2008 3:58 PM ET
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I worked one summer at a rural PO, and we only cancelled in-town mail ourselves, the rest went to a distribution center.  I wonder if your package got lost at the distribution center and sat underneath something for a while before someone found it and stamped it.  It can happen.  That said, if you buy postage at the window, I am pretty sure the date is printed right on it.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 4:09 PM ET
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It's also possible that the receiver accidently clicked on the wrong postmark date.  The administrators account for that kind of accident, and only start looking at your account if there's a real pattern of late-mailing.  You might want to PM the other two people and ask them to let you know what the postmark date is, since you're worried about your local post office.  PM them from the transaction box so that your conversation will be attached to the transaction.  It will show that you are involved and concerned.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 5:10 PM ET
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I had that happen to me once too. I have no clue where that book was sitting before it was postmarked, but I knew I mailed it the day I said I did. It only happened the one time, so for me anyway, it hasen't been a problem.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Sometimes the red stamp is hard to read, so I guess...maybe the person just read 8/11 instead of 8/1?

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 7:25 PM ET
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Also, it depends on whether you sent it media mail or first class.  Media mail can take up to 21 days to arrive.  From what a postal worker told me was that the media mail gets tossed into  a bin at the distribution centers and when the work level there is slow, the postal workers will then start working on the media bins......basically, they just sit until someone has the  time to get to them.......that they sort and do the priority and first class mail first.  I've gotten books that were mailed out to me media mail  in a matter of just a couple of days and other books have taken almost a month to arrive.  My postmistress said that was the reason why.

Date Posted: 8/16/2008 10:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/16/2008 11:35 PM ET
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Don't worry about it. If you were a "habitual" late-mailer, you might be contacted by TPTB personally, but this one notice isn't going to threaten your membership. They must know that this sort of thing happens, which is why you received this automated e-mail rather than a personal one. Let it go. :)

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 8:30 AM ET
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It was taken to the counter and the way she does it is weighs it, writes on there how much costs, stamp it media mail and then put it in the bin. I don't know when the put the actual postage on and postmark.

The other 2 books that were sent the same day are now saying lost, just got the emails. So that means all 3 were late going out...........from now on I am going to the PO near my work. Should I email PPS or not?

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:07 AM ET
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They didn't put postage on the package when you paid for it?! I would go there RIGHT AWAY and speak with a manager and file a complaint. It sounds like they took your money and never mailed the packages. Do you have your receipt for payment?

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 10:58 AM ET
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That does sound really weird.  I have never seen it where they didn't print out the postage and put it right on the package.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 11:09 AM ET
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Me neither.

Date Posted: 8/17/2008 11:52 AM ET
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It was taken to the counter and the way she does it is weighs it, writes on there how much costs, stamp it media mail and then put it in the bin. I don't know when the put the actual postage on and postmark.......

They didn't put postage on the package when you paid for it?! I would go there RIGHT AWAY and speak with a manager and file a complaint. It sounds like they took your money and never mailed the packages. Do you have your receipt for payment?

What Heather describes is standard procedure at the postal substation I mail books from. The person is not a post office employee. The mail is picked up by a postal employee twice a day and taken to the main post office for further processing. Yes, I get a receipt for the postage that shows number of  packages and weight. I've never had a problem with packages being processed and  received in a timely manner.