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Subject: Strange question
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:49 PM ET
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Can I tape a hand-written address over the one on the printable postage label if it's for the same person? I don't think that is allowed, but thought I would check for someone who ordered a book from me but isn't currently at the address in the PBS system. Thanks.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 2:46 PM ET
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Not sure on that one. The address is embedded into the bar code.  Or at least  the zip code is at any rate.  It might be ok if you take it to the post office-which kind of defeats the purpose of the printed postage.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 4:12 PM ET
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Right, Mary--and that's why I wouldn't be hand-addressing the package in the first place--because it would be a PITA for me to go to the PO. I'm pretty sure this wouldn't be allowed but wanted to double check.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:44 PM ET
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It would probably get to the addressee, but postage due. Media Mail is forwardable, but it is sent postage due when it gets to the final location. The PO would not know weather it was forwarded after it got to the origanal address or that you changed it before shipment.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:27 PM ET
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Questionable.  IIRC one of the criteria for prepaid postage has to do with standardized size and format, and it's very possible a hand-written addy will not meet standardized guidelines.   Check with our local post office.

Date Posted: 12/13/2009 1:25 AM ET
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Can't you just pick the 'mail to different address' option when printing the label & enter the new addy???



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Date Posted: 12/13/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Good question Debbie...anybody have an answer??

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 3:22 AM ET
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You might be able to get away with it since Media Mail shipping costs the same regardless of destination within the US (just varies by weight)? Unlike parcel post or Priority Mail where a different zip code can change the price. 

I bet if you printed out the new address on your computer and it was somewhat similar in size to the one already on there that you could get away with it... but I don't know for sure. If the zip code is part of the bar code, that could create problems. 

Date Posted: 12/14/2009 7:25 AM ET
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 The package will probably get to the addressee postage due for the entire amout. The USPS will not know if the "new" address was put on at the time of shipping or after it got to the original address.. so since it looks "forwarded" it will be marked up as postage due.

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 6:28 PM ET
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If you upgrade it to 1st class it might avoid the forwarding charge. 

Date Posted: 12/15/2009 9:15 PM ET
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I believe the package travels by what the machines see in the bar code, not the actual typing so it may route to the original address. Because the PO is very suspicious of people reusing labels they probably won't let an online postage paid package go through the system with a new address taped onto the it anyway (I know PayPal gives a warning that says that the postage is only good for the address typed in).  

Can't you just pick the 'mail to different address' option when printing the label & enter the new addy??? I think you can do this on the first printing of a label, but not a reprint.  For the same reason as above, to discourage theft by using the same postage for multiple mailings I believe the postage ties to the address and you will only be able to reprint that postage for that address. I haven't tested that on PBS, but I know that how other online postage works.