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Subject: Reminder: You DO need to put postage on the package...
Date Posted: 5/22/2008 7:12 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2005
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This has happened in the past to me, but the post office never caught it. They did this time - to the tune of $3.12 (I had to pay the first class rate even though it was marked Media Mail). Kind of annoyed though, there was no marks where the postage maybe came off and it wasn't postmarked, so it didn't go through the window. I'm lucky I got it at all. I did PM the sender and request a return of my credit and if they want the book back, 2 credits.

I know I cannot MAKE them give me the credit back, but hopefully they'll do it. I'm mostly annoyed that I had to drive to the post office and stand in line to clear the mess up. The member has posted in the forum and looks to be a regular member, so I'm just hoping it was a total "oops!" moment. LOL.

So, just a general reminder - double check that you put postage on it! :)

Date Posted: 5/22/2008 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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Was there a return address on the package? You could have refused the package and just sent it back. Other than that, what a bummer!
Date Posted: 5/22/2008 11:37 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2005
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Yeah, but once you've driven to the post office (spent that money on gas), plus my time in the car and in line, I wasn't going to walk out without my book for just $3. LOL I didn't know what it was - just that I had postage due mail that needed to be picked up. It wasn't a huge deal, I just wanted to remind people - I know we've had a person or two come to the forum thinking the wrappers were post-paid in the past - maybe one of them will see it and think again :)

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 6:50 PM ET
Member Since: 4/20/2006
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I sent my husband to mail my books for me once.  They had DC printed on them.  I told him to be sure they scanned the DC and charged the .18, but he forgot.  He brought home the receipt where he had paid the postage, and lo and behold, no DC.  I pm'd both the requestors and let them know that their books might arrive postage due, and to please accept them and I would send them the money.  They both arrived, neither of them postage due......but there was no postage label on them at all!  They never even put the postage on them...just charged for it, and didn't label them.  I'm lucky they both got there and I didn't have to go to the PO and try to straighten all out.  As often as I go to the PO, I still have to explain to them that that amount in the corner is not a postage paid amount, DC is not paid postage, etc. 

So the moral of the story is, make sure the PO knows what you are supposed to pay for, and if anyone is mailing your books for you, make sure they know too!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:50 AM ET
Member Since: 5/26/2007
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I once got a book with just $.82 in postage on it.  I'm sure the sender meant to put two $1 stamps on (needed postage was $1.98) but put two first-class stamps instead.  The book arrived on time without postage due.

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2005
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Just an update, the sender did return my credit. What's odd is she gave it over the counter with a few other books, and she looked at her receipt and sure enough, they just didn't charge her for mine. So, it looks like some fluke and I guess the moral to the story there is to make sure your PO actually charges you and puts the postage on it *laugh*

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 2:00 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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That's kind of frightening considering when I don't use PBS postage I just drop my books off at the post office for them to do the postage whenever they get to it and just apply the totals to my account there. Haven't had a problem so far but with the high rate of employee turnover at our PO, wouldn't surprise me if it didn't happen someday.