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Subject: Question About Date Printed on Mailing Label
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 10:11 AM ET
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When I accepted a swap request, I stated that I could mail the book by June 3. I found today that I can actually mail it earlier, so this morning I wrapped the book and printed my label (with pre-paid postage and DC). The date that printed at the top of the label says Jun 03 2010. I wanted to mail this book today (June 1) or tomorrow (June 2). What does that date mean? It should have nothing to do with the date I said I would mail the book. Is this an expiration date for this postage (doesn't make sense to me) or is a date I should not be concerned with? I don't want to mail it today or tomorrow and have it returned to me because it has a future date on it. I know that the USPS does not like things dated in advance. Please advise. Thank you!

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 12:01 PM ET
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The system now defaults to the date you selected as your mail by date when you print the label. You can change that date in the dropdown for that date before printing it.  So many people were missing the date when they printed and ended up with postage that was stale by the time they were ready to mail the book that they changed it to default to the mail by date. You will have no problems mailing early, its only the stuff that is mailed with an old date on that become problems. The USPS will have no problems with it, it will just make them look faster :)

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 3:56 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 6/5/11 3:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/1/2010 6:38 PM ET
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i have mailed several package ealier the the dated on the package  and never had any problems

and sometime the package arrived before the date on the stamp! it seems i get faster service that way even on  a media mail;

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 7:02 PM ET
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Thanks to all of you for the advice and input!

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 9:45 PM ET
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If you put it in the blue bin they probably won't even notice the date on the postage.

Date Posted: 6/1/2010 11:13 PM ET
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That's exactly what I'm doing with it - putting it in the blue bin.

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