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Topic: Really? Media mail not suppose to be picked up at my mailbox?

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Subject: Really? Media mail not suppose to be picked up at my mailbox?
Date Posted: 1/29/2011 10:13 AM ET
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Yesterday, I went to the PO to mail some books and the Postmaster there asked me why I hadn't been there for a while. I told her because of the snowy weather I had been mailing my books from my house. She then told me, "Really? The postal carrier isn't suppose to pick up media mail from your mailbox. Huh? That's the first time I ever of that before. I have placed both media mail books with stamps and PBS postage/DC for months and not once has my postal carrier told me I can't do that. Plus, on the forums here, many members have remarked about the convenience of just placing their books in their own mailboxes. So, why did this postmaster say that it is illegal to do that?

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 12:04 PM ET
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My carrier picks up any mail I leave in my mailbox too.  If I remember correctly, carriers aren't required to pick up mail unless their is a priority mail package or express mail package being mailed.  I'm not sure why.  It's not out of their way to pick up the mail since it's on their route. 

Date Posted: 1/29/2011 1:17 PM ET
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Like Jean, thought at one time we had heard the rural carriers are not required to pick up packages.  It's optional, tho we rarely hear of them refusing.  Make sure your carrier feels appreciated!!

IIRC the illegal part comes in for packages over 13 oz. bearing stamps, your carrier has no way of knowing who placed the package in your mailbox and thus must go over the counter.

Subject: picking up packages
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 5:08 AM ET
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A few months ago my rural carrier asked me to put all my mail in my mail box so she could pick it up. It turns out that they were auditing her route.  They were going to cut down on the time it takes her to do the mail on her route. If she could show that picking up mail took longer time they would leave the route as it was.  So, thye never changed her route times. I always put media mail under 13 oz. out for her.

Subject: picking up packages
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 5:08 AM ET
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A few months ago my rural carrier asked me to put all my mail in my mail box so she could pick it up. It turns out that they were auditing her route.  They were going to cut down on the time it takes her to do the mail on her route. If she could show that picking up mail took longer time they would leave the route as it was.  So, thye never changed her route times. I always put media mail under 13 oz. out for her.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 1/30/2011 1:06 PM ET
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I posted this in your other thread about this issue, but here is the link to USPS' information on pickup of outgoing mail: http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?session={45d40230-2c9b-11e0-f478-000000000000}&event=1&view%28%29=c{292be440-57e2-11dc-51b6-000000000000}&objectId=&eksObjectId=&objectType=Case&isJumpEnabled=false&isContentJumpEnabled=false&vendorKey=&objTitle=&versionId=5682&searchProperties=type:natural&naturalAdvance=false&allStr=&phraseStr=&anyStr=&noneStr=&keywordStr=&tTitle=&topicFromSub=&topicsORSubUrl=&report%280000%29=p{409592d0-6974-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&bcobjectId={409592d0-6974-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&search=pick%20up%20outgoing&topicAndSubtopic=About%20USPS$ALL

People keep posting that they don't have to pickup your packages, but that is just not true! If you read the link above, which is the official USPS information, you will see that it tells you how to file a complaint if they are not picking up your reasonably sized mail from your curbside mailbox.

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 3:40 PM ET
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Interesting link Cathy, thank you!  The 'optional' pick up we've heard mentioned was only in regards to Rural Routes.  Is that the same as the Cluster Boxes and Curbside mentioned in the link, or a different service?

And what about the recent complaint regarding a neighborhood blue box?  Where the local post office told a member it wasn't intended for packages and she was 'clogging' up the box for other neighborhood residents?  Unless she was filling it up (apparently not) was this a legit USPS complaint?  I'm still curious about this one.  Although it's mute here, because there are no more blue boxes in my zip code.

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 3:44 PM ET
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Connie, you might print out a hard copy of Cathy's link and visit your local PO for a discussion.  See what they have to offer from their viewpoint.  Or you could just contact the regional postmaster for an explaination. 

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 5:59 PM ET
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Per the USPS website:   The Postal Service™ has two different options for pickup of outgoing mail.

Carrier Pickup allows you to schedule a pickup for your mailpiece(s) at the same time your mail is delivered by your letter carrier. There is no additional charge for CarrierPickup when your mail is picked up as part of your letter carrier's route and he or she does not need to make a special trip to pick up your mailpiece(s).  There is no limit to the number of packages that can be left for CarrierPickup.  The service is available in most ZIP Codes nationwide. To see if your ZIP Code is available, visit CarrierPickup at www.usps.com/pickup. 

Pickup on Demand is perfect for those time-sensitive situations when you need to have your mailpiece(s) picked up on a specific date in a specific timeframe. (All mail for a pickup must be totally ready for mailing) A Pickup fee is charged per trip (regardless of the number of items scheduled for pickup). For more information on the Pickup fee, go to

www.usps.com/pickup.

Mail Service Eligible for Carrier Pickup

 

Your letter-carrier can pickup packages and return merchandise using the following services:

 

·         Domestic:

o        Express Mail® service

o        Priority Mail® service

o        Parcel Post® and other packages may be picked up also when combined with Express Mail, Priority Mail or International Mail requests for pickup

o        Merchandise Return Service

o        Parcel Return Service

 

·         International  (provided packages meet applicable International mailing requirements):

o        Global Express Guaranteed®

o        Express Mail International®

o        Priority Mail International®

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 6:00 PM ET
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It doesn't mention media mail as being eligible for pick-up.

 

Date Posted: 1/31/2011 6:46 PM ET
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But Jean, doesn't that refer to scheduled pick-ups, something that you add to your normal pick-up? It looks like something for special pick-up (say, large packages) rather than normal pick-up.

 

From http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm100/sending-receiving.htm, I found these options available for sending mail. It looks like scheduling a pick-up is a different thing from just leaving it in your mailbox.

 

Sending Mail
You can send mail by:

  • Dropping it into a blue collection box.
  • Leaving it in your home mailbox.
  • Scheduling a pickup.
  • Taking it to a Post Office.

If your item weighs more than 13 ounces, and you have affixed postage stamps, you must take it to an employee at the retail counter of a Post Office.

 



Last Edited on: 1/31/11 6:49 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 8:43 PM ET
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Elizabeth, I like the info you found!!  It is much better than the info I found.  smiley   The info I found mentions there are two options for pick-up of outgoing mail.  It makes it sound like those are the only options for outgoing mail. 

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Date Posted: 2/7/2011 5:30 AM ET
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Connie, all I can say is I sure am glad I don't go to that PO!  I know it's close to home for you but I think you'd be better off goiing to Meijer's on Hall Rd.  Many of the clerks at the service counter know better about the postal regulations that the mail people.  I was there one day and asked the clerk a question about my package.  A mail supervisor was there and butted in, said you can't do that.  The clerk turned and started to quote the regulations to the mail supervisor!  She turned back to me and said your package is fine.  And, guess what that mail supervisor was from your PO Connie.  I think that place must be filled with all the dummies in the postal service..