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Topic: Where does lost mail go?

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Subject: Where does lost mail go?
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 12:04 PM ET
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Ok, so I got to thinking about those books that "go lost."  I had one where I'd sent a 2 for 1 and the 2nd book got separated from its mate....so that means that a book with no return address is floating around in PO-land.  I know my mom ALWAYS, puts a sheet of paper with the recipient’s address inside any package she sends, in case the outside label is destoyed, etc. etc. ...but in an inperfect world, there have got to be times when stuff just can't be delivered or returned to sender.....Sooooooo

To all you PO employees - where DOES all that lost and unclaimed mail go?  Inquiring minds want to know! :-)



Last Edited on: 5/29/08 12:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/29/2008 1:04 PM ET
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It gets auctioned off. 

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I had no idea.  Thanks for the info. 

Where do they do the auctions?  I may have to check it out sometime.  ;-)

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 4:40 PM ET
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I always imagined that it just floated up into lost mail heaven after being run over by a semi.  There's no way I'm wrong on this one so please don't debate me.  :)

Date Posted: 5/29/2008 6:06 PM ET
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It appears they are only held in Atlanta, although for some items I think you have to go to Minnesota or something to pick them up.  Here's the address for the USPS page about it:

http://www.usps.com/auctions/

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 3:49 AM ET
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Why don't they just .....deliver....... it?!

Date Posted: 6/1/2008 7:43 AM ET
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Ann, they're talking about things that get separated from the wrappers showing the address.  Or, I imagine, things that are addressed to a name or location that doesn't exist, with no return address.