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Subject: using stamps AND THE APC and package weights over 13 ounces
Date Posted: 9/14/2007 11:06 PM ET
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Okay I will have a package that has 1.60 in stamps and I will add additional postage tomorrow from a APC

and my package weights over 13 ounces after  get the APC stamp can I drop that into the blue mailbox?

even though I am using BOTH STAMPS AND THE APC?

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 1:40 AM ET
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Probably it is ok, but...I mean you'll have a metered stamp on the package???

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 1:53 AM ET
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Yes that is supposed to be fine, at least from the memos and information that they have given us. The only time you have to hand it over the counter is if it ONLY has stamps.

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 11:09 AM ET
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thanks although that can confused shippers for sure!

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 1:42 PM ET
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I've dropped a few packages over 13 oz.  in the APC box with a APC stamp & a regular stamp on them and they were delivered with no problems.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 2:45 AM ET
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I took a 14 ounce Media Mail package to the PO this morning, and mentioned to the clerk that the only  reason that I brought it in was because it had stamps and was over 13 ounces. I also remarked that I was not happy to have to drive the 10 miles round  trip to mail this package. He advised me that my carrier can pick up from my mailbox, even with stamps if it is Media Mail or Parcel Post. He said that only those packages that go by air have to be hand delivered to the counter at the PO....specifying first class or Priority.

This was a postal clerk in Hot Springs,   Arkansas

Harlean from Arkansas

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 1:12 PM ET
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I think that was true under the OLD rules, but is no longer applicable.
(assuming you meant the package had ONLY stamps and no metered-postage on it)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 6:57 PM ET
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P & C is correct on this, that was the old rules prior to the 13 oz rule.  Carriers are absolutly not allowed to do this.  If they are they will eventually get caught and have to stop.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 7:02 PM ET
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I'm getting to fast on the "sumit" button.  Telling the clerk what you think of it will do no good, there is absolutly nothing he/she can do about it and hearing it many times a day will do wonders for his/her attitude, even if that attitude is towards the PO.

Go to the USPS WEB site and under "contact us" let them know what you think of it.  Also contact you representative in Congress about it.  As I've said before, I'm not even sure this is a PO rule.  The previous fell under the jurisdiction of the FAA and this may as well.  Perhaps if enough people complain to a higher authority it will change.  Then again they may have a good reason for it and it won't.  They don't share these things with us lowly grunts on the front line.....   :-)

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 2:17 AM ET
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I'd be willing to draft a letter to send to Congress (or whomever) telling them just what we all think of the new 13oz rule and any other rules that we feel need to be addressed (pardon the pun).

But I would like some help from someone On The Inside to make sure I'm saying the right things.  Maybe Steve?

I would post a copy of the letter here (if that doesn't go against any PBS rules) so that anyone could cut & paste it into their word processor, change some names, sign it, and mail it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 1:49 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for the good information you have posted on this forum.  I just had a package returned for the first time yesterday because it was 14 ounces with postage stamps.  I had to go to the window and have the clerk stamp the package with a $0.00 sticker.  What a nuisance!  We have the world's slowest clerks. 

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 4:02 PM ET
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Ange, all you need to do is mention the 13 oz rule and what a problem it is.  No guarentee it will go anywhere but who knows?  As I've said before, I'm not sure who's rule it is......

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 11:56 PM ET
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too bad we cannt buy $0.00 stamp from the APC!

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 9:50 PM ET
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What I was wondering if you had stamps only but a PBS DC.  Would that count as trackable postage?

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 4:25 PM ET
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No Sarah, the electronic is not traceable.  P

Traceable postage is a postage meter, electronic (PC) postage, or APC postage.  Postage stamps are not.