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Subject: question about PO boxes
Date Posted: 3/8/2010 8:54 PM ET
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I have been thinking about getting a PO box for a little while.  But I really don't want to change my address for everything.  I just want to be able to run down the street to pick up my books from the PO rather than having to make my mail carrier lug them through the city.  My carrier has a park and walk route and if I several packages, it can get pretty hefty.  And anyone familiar with northern NY knows what the weather can be like up here.

Plus, I just have one of the small letter boxes on the house and they really don't fit more than one paperback book anyway.  So the rest usually get stacked up around the box, or stuffed inside with the top open to the elements.

So my question is, is it possible to just get the PO box for PBS and not have to change my address for all of my other mail?

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 9:32 PM ET
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I have a PO Box and the stuff that goes there is stuff that I've changed the address to and the other stuff that I can't get changed for some reason comes to my house.  You can have delivery at both places.  I have all my books sent to the PO Box.  This way things don't disappear from our houses.  And, like you, I really love my long time delivery guy and hate to burden him down with all the book deliveries.  He has to walk in the heat and downpours and I hate to see him slog them around.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 9:35 PM ET
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Yes.  You can have mail going to two different addresses or POs.  My husbad had a PO when he started his own office.  He still rec'd things at the physical address, but he also had many of the bills and important documents sent to the PO.  It's a good way to make sure certain things are delivered to a safe location, since a regular house or office mailbox may not be all that secure.

Date Posted: 3/8/2010 9:35 PM ET
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Oh, I forgot. Some places you order from say they can only deliver to a physical address, but I've never had an issue with books going to the PO Box.

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 11:45 AM ET
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Yes you can have both. Getting a PO Box does not mean you have to stop getting mail to your physical address. It's nice to have a PO Box because then you can give out your mailing address online more easily without worrying about the wrong people getting it. UPS won't deliver to a PO Box though, so you'll probably have to get packages to your house sometimes, but that's not an issue for PBS books. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 4:34 PM ET
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Thanks for all the help!  I think I'm going to get one when I get some money saved up out of my paycheck (have to do it a little at a time right now)  I appreciate everyone's input :D

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 10:50 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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My mother has stuff going to her house and a PO Box.