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Subject: Received book in the mail without any postage
Date Posted: 1/4/2012 4:35 PM ET
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I received a book in the mail today that has no postage on it, but it was not marked postage due.

Should I mark it RWAP or just mark it received?

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 4:36 PM ET
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Perhaps the postage got ripped off somehow?  If the book is in good condition, I would just mark it received.  I'm hoping that the person paid postage & maybe it just somehow got torn off.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:03 PM ET
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I would PM the sender just to give them a head's up. They may have just forgot, or clicked the wrong button when printing the wrapper, thinking there was postage.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:13 PM ET
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I don't think you can mark it RWAP unless there is a problem with the book. If you had to pay postage due that'd be another issue.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:39 PM ET
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Just mark it recieved and then PM the sender so they know to check carefully next time or secure the stamps alittle better.  We've had things like that sent to the library but you can normally see a very faint area where the stamps once lived.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 5:49 PM ET
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Thanks for your responses.  There is no outline or residue where the stamp should have been.  I think they might've just forgot in the rush of the holidays.  No big deal, really.  I just didn't know what the proper protocol is.  I marked it received and sent her a PM.  

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 6:47 PM ET
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I received a book like that once! I was really glad there was no postage due :) 

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 8:19 PM ET
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I received a book recently without postage.  My postmaster is also a PBS member and told me she'd be mailing the sender a bill for the postage.

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 8:48 PM ET
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I received a book recently without postage.  My postmaster is also a PBS member and told me she'd be mailing the sender a bill for the postage.

They can do that?

Date Posted: 1/4/2012 9:05 PM ET
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I recently recieved a book without postage also.  The standardized labels often look like printable postage.  I buy counter postage, and several times my postal staff has tried to just toss my packages in a sorting bin and I had to point out there's no postage yet.

No RWAP, comment to the sender if you like.

And yes, it's my understanding USPS can bill the sender for the missing postage.  It's an in-house thing.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:24 AM ET
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Well ... maybe the postage fell off?

Two of the clerks at my PO stick postage on with 1 finger, and they don't press it down. Many times I can actually see that the postage is just resting lightly on the package.  I have to reach across the counter to press it down after they stick it on. They probably think I'm rude but .... better that then causing an issue with falling off postage.

I think mailing a sender a bill for postage is pretty pushy .... chances are, the postage was on the package when it was received at  the PO. And, since it is their job to notice whether or not packages have postage on them .... I would assume that if it is not marked postage due, then it must have been good at some point. And, if it wasn't discovered by the PO, whose job it is to discover it,  I am not sure it is my job to make the sender pay somehow.

Date Posted: 1/5/2012 2:25 AM ET
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My postmaster is also a PBS member and told me she'd be mailing the sender a bill for the postage.

Why on earth would they do that instead of delivering it postage due?