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Subject: Sender was lucky, Post Office didn't catch it!!
Date Posted: 4/2/2008 11:44 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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Just received a book today that didn't have sufficient postage on it and the PO didn't catch it.  It is clear from the postmarks that there never was additional stamps on it.  The sender only put $1.13 on it when it should have had $2.13....

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 12:41 AM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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That happened to me once.  I had two $1 stamps on a package.  In the humidity one fell off.  I found it in my driveway after my postal carrier had come by.  I told him the next day and he said he saw that it was properly stamped when he picked it up and that it's not uncommon for stamps to come off in the humidity.  He was surprised that I found the stamp in my driveway tho.  He said he usually finds them at the bottom of his bag weeks later.  Anyway, he hand stamps those that he knows for sure were properly stamped to begin with.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:33 AM ET
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Well, that is nice of him...you can actually tell though from the postmarks that this one never had the other $1 stamp on it but, I checked with the sender just out of curiosity and she said she put the postal person put the stamps on.  She is still lucky though because the local PO is a stickler and I'm surprised they didn't try and ding me for the missing postage which for that amount I doubt I would have paid it or if I had I would have expected the sender to reimburse.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 9:46 AM ET
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I had one sent to me that absolutely NO postage on it, and yet the PO had postmarked it.

I  know that in this instance the postage didn't fall off somewhere in route, because the sender PM'd me in a panic to tell me that her husband had unknowingly dropped the book in a PO box before she had a chance to add the postage.  We both figured that the book would be returned to her, but somehow it made it all the way to me safely!



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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 10:35 AM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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I had one get to me with just .41 in postage.  It was a strip from the PO too, so I don't know what happened there.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 11:18 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I had one with no postage, clearly showing Please Attach Postage Here. I think the miss it a lot. Goes into a blue box, get pulled out with a mass of other mail, gets sorted by machines along the way, unless the end carrier looks closely, it may never be examined well by human eyes.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 3:40 PM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2006
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I got one like within the last month, too -- no postage, stamps, nothing -- but it didn't arrive postage due, either.  I noted that in the comments section of the book survey, but wondered later if I should have sent the sender a PM in case he/she was confused over the procedure. 

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 7:40 PM ET
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I recommend PMing on those with no postage. The person I received one from had paid for PBS postage, it showed in her money transactions, but apparently printed without postage. Sounded like a major system glitch that PBS needed to know about.