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Subject: Do you use carrier pick-up for media mail?
Date Posted: 9/4/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I've used it for flat rate priority mailing boxes because it's too big for the mailbox so I left it on the front porch and requested carrier pick-up for it.  I was in the post office yesterday and the postal worker asked me if I could start doing carrier pick-up on the books I mail from home. Usually during the week it's easier for me to just mail from home. I told her I didn't think usps.com would allow me to use carrier pick-up for media mail. She said yeah, it absolutely would and that my mail carrier would then get paid for each pick up she does for me. I very rarely ship any other way then media mail, because I only ship books...every now and then I use first class when it's cheaper. So I tried to set up carrier pick-up for a book I need to mail out. I'm told by usps.com that I can only use carrier pick-up for Overnight, 2-3 day, or returns...just as I had thought.

My question is does anyone else use carrier pick-up for media mail & if so how do you arrange it?

Thank you



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Date Posted: 9/4/2008 12:40 PM ET
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I just leave mine at the box and he takes it.  I don't use USPS.com for postage though. 

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 7:37 PM ET
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My carrier will take my books when he brings my mail, but I just leave my packages on my mailbox. When it is over 13 ozs, I either use PBS Printable Postage and he takes them too. Or when I use stamps I just take them in to the PO.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 8:01 PM ET
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I could be wrong, but I think "carrier pickup" is a different service from the regular carrier picking up your out-going mail.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 9:50 PM ET
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I usually do just leave it in the mailbox and she grabs it when she's delivering, but the lady at the PO yesterday told me if I used the carrier pick-up @ usps.com that my carrier gets paid for each package she picks up from me. I tried to tell her it was only on certain types of shipping that allow carrier pick-up, but she insisted that I could do carrier pick-up with media mail. I figured she must have been right...after all, she does work at the PO. So I just thought I'd missed something when trying to request the carrier pick-up and just wanted to see if any of you other book mailers knew how to use it.

Thanks for all your responses!

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 10:11 PM ET
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Leann, I think the  USPS site is correct, making an appointment for pick-up is only for the services you mentioned above. They probably get paid extra since the service cost so much more than Media Mail.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 11:48 PM ET
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My carrier will only pick up packages IF I call and arrange ahead of time for a priority box pick up and then ONLY the priority box.   Even then he doesn't pick it up when he delivers the mail but sometime later in the day and I have to hand it to him.   Don't one of you want to adopt my mailman??  SIGH

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 2:24 AM ET
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Do you live on a rural route??  I work at the PO - but I have never heard of a carrier getting paid extra for picking up packages!!  The only thing I can think of is if you are on a rural route rather than a city route.  The city route carriers are paid by the hour.  The packages they pick up are considered to be just another part of the service they provide.  The rural route carriers do get paid differently, so it is possible that they get a little extra for a scheduled pick up in addition to their regular duties.  I would assume that the station that delivers your mail also gets some kind of "extra" when pickups are scheduled.  I'm sure it adds to the work hours available

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 8:29 AM ET
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Cindy,

Yeah we're rural.

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 11:14 PM ET
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My postal carrier will not pick up any mail unless it is a schedualled carrier pick up. One item has to be priority or higher and the others could be media mail.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I'm rural (so to speak) with a mailbox on the street down from our driveway so I put media mail there.  Unless I get a request & plan to go out after the mailman has ran for the day..then I stick it in a mailbox in town.

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 4:34 PM ET
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I'm rural and my mailman will pick up a small package if I leave it my mailbox. 

Date Posted: 9/7/2008 1:29 AM ET
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I work for USPS - you can only use "carrier pickup" for priority and express.  Carrier pickup only means that the carrier will pick it up when they come by your address.  If you want to schedule a pickup for a specific time, they charge extra (used to be $8.25, it's probably went up).  Anything you can fit in your mailbox they should take with any other outgoing mail

 

Bobbi