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Subject: Used Priroity Box
Date Posted: 5/25/2011 11:22 AM ET
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I got a book that was wrapped and then  used a priority box on the inside. I pm them and told them nicely that they should not do that that sometime someone is going to have to pay big postage for that. They pm back that there were just recycling. I hope she dont send me anymore books because Im going to pay a big postage when they find out.

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 11:41 AM ET
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It is fine to recycle, but as you know, recycle the Priority supplies to send things Priority.  Then there won't be any problems.smiley

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 1:17 PM ET
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You don't have to pay the extra postage if someone does it and the PO catches them, refuse the package. It will go back to them postage due and they will learn what it costs.

They can recycle their USPS box in any manner in the world - other than mailing through the USPS at a mail class lower than what is written on the box.

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 1:27 PM ET
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I cut to fit the size of the book top and bottom, wrap in plastic and then wrap in brown paperI only use boxes that have been sent to me by my brother.  He sends me different items he makes.  So the postage has been paid and the box paid for also.

Is it okay to use them that way???

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 1:37 PM ET
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Bertie no actually. Priority is for priority. If you are sending media mail there is a chance they can open your package, if they see the box then can charge extra for it.  You are better off just reusing them and sending them back to your brother (maybe get several of them and put them inside each other and send them back so he can reuse them.

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 1:38 PM ET
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If you are using a Priority Mail box, Bertie, even if it's already been used and paid for once, you can't re-use it unless you are sending something by Priority Mail and then of course would need appropriate postage again too. You cannot recycle those Priority boxes to send via Media Mail even if you turn them inside out so the writing isn't showing.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 1:42 PM ET
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They can recycle their USPS box in any manner in the world - other than mailing through the USPS at a mail class lower than what is written on the box.  +1...well said Melanie.

Actually, turning Priority Mail containers inside out will no longer conceal the markings b/c the new boxes are printed on the inside also.

 

Date Posted: 5/25/2011 2:02 PM ET
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Bertie the USPS has no way to know the boxes you are using have been paid for, many people just take the free supplies and use them new. They got tired of that so they made it illegal for any use of Priority or Express USPS provided packaging (boxes, envelopes, tape) to be used in any packages that have not paid the postage class printed on the packaging. Even just a book sized piece of a box is illegal and will trigger a postage due book. I am surprised you have not gotten panicked receivers PMing you about this if you have done it a lot. People on eBay will often just turn the sender in without bothering to explain it. If your brother sends you alot of packages, I would just get them back to him to reuse.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 2:53 PM ET
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As someone said above, the newer Priority boxes are stamped inside with wording that says they are priority boxes and are to be used for that only and that priority mail postage is required, so it soon will not be possible to use the boxes except for priority mail.  Pat

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 4:19 PM ET
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so it soon will not be possible to use the boxes except for priority mail.

Well, I'd say it will be impossible for people not to know, but there will still be brown paper...so unless USPS unwraps every package.....Surely it will help a lot, though, because many people truly don't realize. 

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 5:05 PM ET
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but there will still be brown paper...so unless USPS unwraps every package

 

Priority boxes are standard sizes, and most POs look for the standard size boxes.  My PO now measures boxes that come in, and if it's a Priority Mail sized box, they WILL unwrap it, or at least lift the paper just enough to tell if it's a PM box being used.  If it's a box that is not a standard Priority Mail sized box, then it's not unwrapped.  So, even brown paper is no insurance.

While I understand the need and wish to recycle, I get enough mailing supplies through regular book mailings and internet orders that I'd never have to reuse a PM box anyway.  I break down all my PM boxes and put them in our recycling container.  No fuss, no muss, and it's still getting recycled.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 6:06 PM ET
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Yuppers, Priority Mail boxes are a standard size (part of the reason for the cheap rate) so after handling a few thousand of them postal employees can pick them out...even covered in brown paper. 

Didn't a receiver post that situation recently?  The PO was charging her the Priority Mail rate (postage due) b/c they recognized the box under the disguise and inspected it.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 10:48 PM ET
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Here is the news I heard not sure how true it is but the mail carrier I meet up with today told me that in the future priority boxes will have some RFID strips in them that will set off an alert in the sorting machine, it will look for correct postage for that item.. So even under brown paper it would be set off.

That is what I was told and no google search I have seen has given me any more information on this.

Date Posted: 5/26/2011 11:07 PM ET
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...future priority boxes will have some RFID strips in them...

I was wondering if they'd ever do that. If this is true, they may set off an alarm even if they've been cut down to another size.

Date Posted: 5/27/2011 2:41 PM ET
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The post office has become incredibly strict about this. If you even have a tiny bit of an old priority mail sticker visible on a package, they can charge you  the priority rate for that package.

And I think they are starting to  check just about anything that has been rewrapped, because they consider the rewrapping in and of itself to be suspicious. I mean, you wouldn't bother to rewrap an Amazon box if you were reusing it, right? So if you rewrap a box, they are going to be wondering why.

Date Posted: 5/28/2011 12:30 PM ET
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Just wanted to point out that sometimes a box (not a priority box) is wrapped just because it's covered in writing.