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Subject: Using "Free" USPS shipping boxes
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 1:24 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2008
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I had an experience this past week regarding the use of those "free" boxes that one can pick up at the post office for priority shipping.

A sender used one to send me 3 paperbacks.  She put media mail postage in the amount of $2.76.  Which would have been fine had she not used a USPS priority mail shipping box.  The post office requires that priority shipping postage be used on these boxes, that being $6.80.  So, in order to get the package, not only did I have to drive to the post office (which I hate and don't go there often) but I had to pay $4.04.  I could have refused teh package, of course, but one of the books was the first of a triliogy that I wanted to start on & had already received the other two volumes so I paid the required postage.

So this is a note of information.  Don't use those free boxes from the post office for media mail (or first class, for that matter) shipping.

P.S.  Had I been the one to use the box and the receiver had had to pay postage due I'd have offered her a couple of credits.  Live & learn!!


Date Posted: 9/6/2008 2:46 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Did you notify that sender of all this?  Even if you use their boxes of envelopes inside out - and they catch it they will still chagre the prioity cost to you!  There is definitely no profit in using those for purposes other than the ones the USPS has designated.  She should at least give you a credit for the price you paid!


Last Edited on: 9/6/08 2:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/6/2008 4:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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Curious whether you paid full credits (1/book) for the 3 paperbacks?