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Subject: Weird DC experience -- any ideas?
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 10:55 AM ET
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Last week I needed to mail books for a PBS game. I used Mail to a Friend with the DC printed on the label through the PBS system. I checked the weight of my package at the PO and it was correct, bought postage (media mail rate plus the 19 cents for the PO to scan the label) at the APC machine, then dropped it into the package drop at my post office. The package didn't track at all for a week. Absolutely nothing, just  "Electronic Shipping Info Received" whenever I checked the number online.

Last night, I was extremely relieved to find out that the books did arrive safely. The recipient said that the DC barcode and numbers had been covered up with a plain white sticky label. Her post office was nice enough to unpeel part of the label to enter the package into the system as delivered.

Has this ever happened to anyone on this forum, or do any of the postal employees who drop by this forum have any ideas why the DC barcode would get covered up like that? 

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 1:39 PM ET
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It was probably a routing sticker with the zip code of where you shipped it.
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Date Posted: 6/14/2011 1:42 PM ET
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Not sure. Recipient said it was a plain white label, and PBS wrappers already have the routing code printed on them.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 3:13 PM ET
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No it was just a plain white sticker over the dc bar code. (I'm the receiver). ;-)
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 9:01 PM ET
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You might want to ask at your post office, to see if they did it.

My best guess is that they incorrectly thought that it was invalid for some reason and covered it up.

There is no legitimate reason to cover paid for electronic DC, so either they thought it wasn't paid for, or they had some other mistaken reason to cover it up.

Date Posted: 6/14/2011 10:39 PM ET
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I work at the post office....it was a most likely a routing sticker....they get put on packages all the time, everywhere...over barcodes,over addresses...there is no nefarious plot by the evil PO to cover it up. The post office did their job...and did it right.
Date Posted: 6/14/2011 11:24 PM ET
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What Sara said...100%.

If it was a routing sticker of some type (mine arrive with a barcode & my zip code), it would have been black ink printed on a white label ... and they are placed near the address, but not on the DC barcode.  If it was one of the new internal tracking stickers (redundant on e-DC) it would have been near the postage.  Since it was a plain white label over the e-DC barcode, it would appear a USPS employee was attempting to void the delivery confirmation.



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Date Posted: 6/15/2011 7:05 AM ET
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The routing stickers can be anywhere on the package, I have seen them over the address, over barcodes, over the postage. and the printers run out of ink sometimes...therefore blank labels. I see it daily it work. Your package got there just fine, and the DC was scanned at delivery....a successful shipment. Why get worked up over getting exactly what you paid for?
Date Posted: 6/15/2011 7:49 AM ET
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Thanks, everyone, for your thoughts. I do realize that DC is not the same as tracking. Still, all the DC packages I have mailed typically track at some point over the course of a week. Since the package contained three brand-new hardcovers, I was getting a little worried (since the books were being mailed as part of a game and not FIFO, in which case my electronic DC would have covered the loss). My PO suggested that after 10 days, I come in and file a lost package report. Glad the books turned up!

UPDATE: I'm unwatching this now, but if anyone has anything new to say, feel free to PM me.

 



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