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Subject: what the proper addess procedure- when using c/o
Date Posted: 12/28/2009 8:42 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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just wondering what is the proper proceude when sending mail c/o

like here is (on paperback swap_)


jone done

c/o mr smith

100 main street

anywhere, ca 90066   

but when using paypal shipping

they do

Jane done

100 main street

c/o Mr smith

anywhere ,ca 90066

which is the correct procedure or does it matter?

thanks for any help!

Date Posted: 12/28/2009 9:26 PM ET
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The first example would be the most correct but I doubt it will make much difference on a package.

Mail is delivered as addressed unless the carrier has a reason not to.  It could conceivably cause a delay with a letter because machines sort letters into delivery sequence and look for the address in the line above the city state ZIP line but I'm not 100% sure it even make a difference there either.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 1:21 PM ET
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The first format would be correct Mark.

IIRC, USPS reads addresses from the bottom up, so the info should read in the order necessary for delivery: City/State (on the bottom), then address, and addressee above that.  Placing an addressee before the addy will only confuse and delay delivery.

Last Edited on: 12/30/09 1:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/30/2009 1:30 PM ET
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its just funny how paypal does it  thats how i print my postage label using paypal

oh well