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Subject: printable postage and holiday
Date Posted: 11/19/2007 7:32 AM ET
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I printed out printable postage for Thursday, not thinking it was a Holiday.  What should I do?  I can't make it to the P.O. so a zero meter strip is out (as if my P.O. would have any freakin' idea about that anyway, they'd never fix it, they'd just tell me I was out of luck, grrrr)  anyway, can I put it in my mailbox on WED?  Can I drop it in a Blue Box on WED?  Will  a 2lb, 2 book package go in a blue box?

ed to add :  OK-I guess I should have read the Help Center first  (bad TG, bad TG) I found this :

What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?

  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book within 48 hours of that date.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it later than 48 hours after that date.

So I guess as long as I get it in a Blue Box or my mailbox within 48hrs of THUR I should be ok...

Last Edited on: 11/19/07 7:50 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:12 AM ET
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I can't understand why the mail date is critical on printable postage for First Class or Media Rate packages, unless the PO is tracking how long it takes a package to arrive, or go through a service center. And I can't believe they would care how long a first class or media rate package goes through the mail. But they do track how long 3 day Priority takes, as they have stats on the USPS website that say "95% of Priority packages make it to their destination in 3 days or less".


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Date Posted: 11/19/2007 9:31 AM ET
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Chuck, your package may be returned to you if your date is incorrect.  Your day of mailing must be the day of pickup (or sooner in Meaghan's case.) 

Here is a link for a discussion on this topic. Scroll down to see Steve's reply concerning the legal issues. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/view_topic.php?t=74131&l=10&ls=0#r1477475


Last Edited on: 11/19/07 9:37 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 11/21/2007 1:14 PM ET
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Hmm. If it fits in the blue box I would put it in tonight or tomorrow and it will get picked up on the first pick up for that box on Fri.  That shouldn't be a problem it's within the 48hrs.  Otherwise you might have to go in on Fri or Sat to get it marked.  They do this to keep track of postal delivery times. I use the printed postage and mail 10-15books a week.  I frequently put them in the box after the last pickup with that days date on it or even the next morning and not one has ever come back. 

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Date Posted: 11/21/2007 5:02 PM ET
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Thanks everyone.  They went in the blue box today.  Hopefully it will work ok.

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