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Subject: using (Old) apc stamps
Date Posted: 3/8/2010 11:14 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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well recently i sent a letter to my niece using some old APC (date April 2009) one for 42cents and other for 2cents

and gave to the clerk at the post office

a few weeks later the letter comes back for no postage! to me postage due for 44cents (the apc stamps (someone wrote on the  apc stamps void!)

weried?

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 12:39 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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My local PO doesn't have an APC machine, and therefore unfamiliar.  This actually seems to be a vague point, as some members buy them in bulk and use over a period of time with no problems, while others have had the same experience as yourself (returned mail). 

Check USPS online guidelines, there may be an answer there.  But your best bet is to talk to your local postmaster, and ask how long APC postage is good for.  No guarantees it will be the right answer, but they are probably the office processing (and returning) your mail.



Last Edited on: 3/9/10 12:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/9/2010 11:03 AM ET
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i didnt want to fuss with the letter as they might think i was the one who wrote void on the  APC stamps!

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 2:53 PM ET
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Why would a sender void valid postage?  The best recourse for you is to ask, call or visit your local PO. 

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 7:11 PM ET
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What Denise said although she is also correct in that it might not do any good.  Not every PO has an APC, in fact most don't, so most employees will not be familiar with APC postage.  The date on APC postage is a purchase date, not a mailing date, and it should not have been returned.  Unfortunately there are employees that are going to interpret it the same as meter postage and think it's a mailing date and therefore stale.

Date Posted: 3/9/2010 8:59 PM ET
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I had it happen recently to me on a package of books. First time in 2 years of buying in bulk and using over time. I mailed it from a bluebox I had not used before and the main branch processed it instead of the one that usually does. They marked it as stale meter and sent it back. I took the package to the branch that has the APC and is used to dealing with the stamps. They agreed that the other PO did not know what they were doing, scribbled out the writing and slapped a zero meter strip on it. Then their manager called the other branch to educate them on the difference between a meter strip's post date and an APC's purchase date.

For the best results, mail the letters/packages in a receptacle serviced by the branch with the APC and if you have time, take them in and ask at the counter so that those who know can educate the ones that don't.

Date Posted: 3/10/2010 11:23 AM ET
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(I'm tthe OP)

i confirm with with steve

i didnt want to fuss for 44cents! so i just sent a new enevelope using a forever stamp instead

someone probally assumed it was APC stamp was stale else why else write void on them?

 

Date Posted: 3/11/2010 5:00 AM ET
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Because that postal employee will keep making the same mistake, until it's discovered (possibly with your assistance) and re-trained.