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Subject: received a package today marked as a certified letter?
Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:12 PM ET
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i had a package delivered to my house on Saturday. the postal carrier left a card in my mailbox that i had a certified letter that i had to sign for. so i came home today and found the card that i had marked as just redeliver said package in my mailbox.

i was told that it was at the post office and i had to go there to retrieve it as it was a certified letter and it had to be signed for.  when i got to the post office i come to find that it is a book that somebody from PBS mailed me. it was a book wrapped in a media  mail  PBS label that they sent to me as a certified letter. i'm wondering is this considered mail fraud on the part of the sender as a media mail package has to be sent media mail? do i contact PBS to let them know what this member is doing? i have never had this happen before.

i didn't have to pay postage due for the package or anything like that. but i didn't think you were allowed to send media mail any other way? any  help with this situation is much appreciated.

the other weird thing about this package is that in the return address(sender) they have co: that says good Condition no writing in the book please. this kinda makes me think they expect me to send this book back to them when i am done with it. they are a new member to the site. according to their profile they just joined on January 6,2017. so maybe they are unsure of the rules.

i know i don't have to send a book back to the sender. once they have sent it it is mine to do what i want with. its just a weird thing to type on wrappers your sending things out in.

Last Edited on: 1/17/17 7:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:16 PM ET
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Certified just means someone has to sign for it.  You can add that to any kind of mail, even media mail.  It costs extra so I don't know why anyone would put it on a book send media mail.

Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:32 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I can't remember if it was sent Media Mail or 1st Class, but a year or so ago, I received a book from a PBS member that I had to go to the PO to sign for as it had been sent Certified.. Pat

Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:38 PM ET
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Very strange to have had a pbs book sent as certified letter.  The minimum extra charge for certified mail is $3.30 (8.25 if restricted delivery).

Are you sure it wasn't Signature Confirmation?  Even if that, the extra charge would've been $2.90.

Based on the fact that to get certified mail or sig. conf., one must pay a hefty extra fee in addition to regular postage (unless they shipped from work and had it on the work account), I don't think there's anything to report to PBS or to USPS.  Sounds more like the pbs'er used an extra unnecessary and pricey postal option.

Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:44 PM ET
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the postal price on the label was $7.57. according to the postal worker at the counter this book was small enough weightwise. it was a thin children's books(less then 50 pages) it could have been mailed first class for less that $2.00. i just don't want this new member to mail things any which way. i hate to think of other members ordering from them and maybe having to pay postage due to receive a book from this member. i only had to deal with some frustration and gas for an unnessary trip to the post office. maybe i should ask for a credit for my gas expenses? jk lol

Date Posted: 1/17/2017 7:47 PM ET
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You could send them a PM and ask why they sent it that way, then tell them how most pbs'ers do it.

Date Posted: 1/17/2017 9:39 PM ET
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Honestly, I'd be ticked off if a member sent by books certified mail. My post office is open from 10-4 and I work from 8:30-4 2 towns over.  

Date Posted: 1/18/2017 8:48 AM ET
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Yup. I got one of those once...media mail but certified and I had to go to the PO to sign for it. I was pretty annoyed because it arrived at a time when I was very busy and an extra trip to the PO just about tipped me over the edge.

Date Posted: 1/18/2017 2:38 PM ET
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My post office has limited hours as well and I can only go on Saturdays. It sounds like the new member was being cautious and thought paying extra for certified mail was a good idea. It wouldn't hurt to send a PM explaining that it is best to just mail the books media mail without the certified service as it is much cheaper. A postal clerk may have asked if the sender wanted the other services and not known any better and declined.

Date Posted: 1/18/2017 3:29 PM ET
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Media can be mailed at whatever rate you choose to pay....media mail, first class, overnight express, whatever.  

What you cannot do is send anything that doesn't qualify as media at the discounted media mail rate.  That's why PBS members are so protective of our right to use media mail and 'report' when someone abuses it by including other items, advertising, etc.

Above posters are correct in saying there is nothing to report-- either to PBS or the PO.  You might do this new member a favor however and let them know they overpaid by adding any kind of signature service.  Over the past 2 years I have had to educate a few brand new members, including an acquaintance who joined due my recommendation who also thought she was going to get all her books back (she thought that's what the word  'swap' meant in the title).

Date Posted: 1/18/2017 9:56 PM ET
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Books don't HAVE to be sent Media mail.  But, only First Class or Priority mail can be Certified.  That option isn't available with Media mail, Priority Mail Express, or Retail Ground shipping.

You CAN request Certified mail to be redelivered.  Just be sure it's on a day when you (or another adult member of the household) will be home to sign for it.