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Subject: Where can I mail my books?
Date Posted: 8/17/2014 7:31 PM ET
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Hi all,

I think I already know the answer to this, but I am a detail-oriented person and just want to make sure I am doing things correctly.

I print my postage for my packages here at PBS, and I just noticed that under the postage amount it says "Mailed from ZIP 48..." (my home zip code).  I don't like to leave the packages in my mail box as it is pretty small, and most of them don't fit anyway.  It is also in the open and can get wet.  So I've been going to my local post office to drop them off, but it is out of my way (I actually have to go in the complete opposite direction than the way I go to work).  I would much rather drop them in the blue box at work, but that location is a different zip code.  Can I do this, even though the package states that it was mailed from my zip code?

Thank you!

Date Posted: 8/17/2014 8:38 PM ET
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Yes, it is no problem. I do it that way all the time.

Date Posted: 8/17/2014 9:11 PM ET
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Thank you, Valerie!

Date Posted: 8/18/2014 1:26 PM ET
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Yes, you can mail from any blue box or USPS branch.  If you were mailing business bulk mail they might object, but otherwise you're good to go...mail anywhere it's convenient for you!

Date Posted: 8/18/2014 6:33 PM ET
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Thank you, Denise!

I did drop a package in the blue box at work this morning.  So much more convenient!

Date Posted: 8/31/2014 8:06 PM ET
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Remember if you are mailing a package over 13 oz it must be presented at the counter.

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 10:10 AM ET
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Not always, Theresa.  That only applies if the package is over 13 ounces with stamps as postage.  I copied this directly from the DMM:

1.0 Deposit for Media Mail and Library Mail

1.2 Stamped Pieces over 13 Ounces

Media Mail and Library Mail weighing more than 13 ounces bearing only postage stamps as postage may not receive pickup service nor be deposited into a collection box, Postal Service lobby drop, Postal Service dock, customer mailbox, or other unattended location. The sender must present such items to an employee at a retail service counter in a Postal Service facility. Improperly presented items will be returned to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.

I already knew that I didn't have to go to the post office if it was over 13 ounces and I was not using stamps.  I was specifically asking about the printed postage which states "Mailed from ZIP ....." to make sure I could mail it from any zip code, and not just blue boxes in my zip code.  Even when I was stopping at the post office in my zip code, I was dropping the books into the blue box out front.

 

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 1:03 PM ET
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the "Mailed from zip code XXXXX" get the "credit" for handling it. If you consistantly mail it at another Zip Code, they can, and will, ask that you change the "Mailed from zip code" so that the zip code that is doing the work gets the credit for it. It means man hours to them. every once in a while is fine, but if it's a regular thing, the office that is doing the work should get the credit for it. 

Date Posted: 9/1/2014 4:41 PM ET
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Thank you, Brandy.  I appreciate your answer.

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 12:54 PM ET
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Thanks for the info Candy, not what my post office employees say but you know how that goes.  

Date Posted: 9/2/2014 1:02 PM ET
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Sorry, Theresa, that your postal employees don't agree with the DMM.  Do they return your books to you if you drop them in a blue box?

I'm not sure what I would do in that instance.  I am not one that likes confrontation, so I would probably find another post office where I could drop them in the box out front.  Maybe print the page from the DMM and take it in to them?  I don't know what I would do...

Date Posted: 9/4/2014 9:38 PM ET
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I've been chastised before for having the wrong shipped from zip, but I don't think they are allowed to actually reject them. Like others said, if it's just the occasional book, it's really not a big deal.