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Subject: Priority Packaging Reuse - update
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:27 AM ET
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Couple days ago, I received a package that used cardboard pieces on top and bottom of the book for added protection. Today I'm wrapping books to send, and remember the cardboard.  Hoping to re-use,  I notice that although these particular cardboard pieces are the right size for my project....they have been cut from a Priority Mail Box, and that shipping rate is clearly visible. 

Knowing USPS prohibits the re-use of Priority Mail packaging for any rate other than the intended. . .is it best to just discard these pieces?  I like to recycle this stuff whenever possible, but don't want a problem if my Media Mail package is inspected.  Probably best to assume re-using Priority Mail packaging is not a good choice even for padding & filler???



Last Edited on: 5/25/10 12:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:51 AM ET
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Correct, you should only reuse Priority supplies if you are sending your article via Priority mail.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:44 PM ET
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If you are wrapping in a paper wrapper, the odds are low that your book will be inspected, but there probably is a certain element of risk. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 6:41 PM ET
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Kind of like speeding or talking on a cell phone while driving?

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 12:08 AM ET
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Yes, my books would be wrapped in plastic and then paper or bubble mailer.  The pieces I wanted to use would only have been inside on the top and bottom of books to protect them from bent corners and other damage.  But they did have Priority Mail printed in several places.

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 8:02 PM ET
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Denise -

I appreciate your post, since I think may be the person who sent you the used Priority packing materials. I make a point of re-using materials whenever possible & it never occurred to me that re-using Priority materials could be a problem. I'd hate for someone to receive one of my packages postage due!

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 10:57 PM ET
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one time i did rewrap a book using a priority envelope but i also told the receiver what i was doing  and i had told them if my package had been inspected and they got charge i was willing to pay for it

as it turn out  my package was never inspected

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 12:05 PM ET
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OK, a new one.  DD recently received a package UPS *I shook it* a box inside a gray poly mailing bag.  She was home and opened it over the weekend.  There was a small product inside a USPS Priority Mail *free* box, all inside the outer mailing envelope.  The Priority box appears brand new (not recycled), which makes me think 'abuse' of free USPS mailing supplies. 

Q:  should I report this to my local post office, and is there anything they can do?

Date Posted: 5/25/2010 5:17 PM ET
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Was it something she purchased from eBay? 

Date Posted: 5/26/2010 4:07 AM ET
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Not sure Becca.  If it matters tho, I can ask.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 4:04 AM ET
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OK, I asked lol!  Purchased online, but not an E-bay vender.  Taking all the wrapping to the post office soon, they want to see it...we'll find out what they can do (if anything) 

Shellie, I love to recycle and reuse also!  This newest incident; if the Priority Mailing box was recycled I would just ignore the entire situation.  But it's obviously brand new, so somebody is reducing their business budget for mailing supplies by stealing from USPS (taxpayers).

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:12 AM ET
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NOT taxpayers.  No taxes go to support USPS.  You could make a case that they are raising costs for other postal customers, though.

Date Posted: 5/31/2010 9:01 PM ET
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you can use a priorty box or envelope to ship UPS or  FedEx they will accept it as it is

(I work for FedEx [office] we frequently get priority mail boxes and as long as the customers pays for  the shipping its

fine with us (also it sort goes the otherway around too -USPS will let you ship using a free FedEx or ups box and you pay the postage

(I have done that myself)