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Subject: using PBS printed postage and Label and mailing from a different zip code
Date Posted: 10/10/2007 10:22 PM ET
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Hello I sent my first package using PBS postage and DC my own Concern is

that the label printed out mailed from 90066 (my home address) but  mailed

from my work (fedex kinkos) and there the zip code is 90292

(the postman did pick up the mail which included my package

will I have a problem with that? since I mailed it from a different zip code?

(by the way I found it fun and easy to use too!)


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Date Posted: 10/10/2007 10:25 PM ET
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I don't always remember to change the zip and I've never had problems with it.

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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 1:25 AM ET
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I mail from a different zipcode all the time(it changes quickly here).  I haven't had a problem yet, guess I'll keep my fingers crossed--although I'm guessing it all gets sorted in the same big Phoenix station.


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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 7:17 AM ET
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Although the zip code is supposed to be from the place you mail, this is one of those things that usually isn't caught by the PO. And most carriers don't even know this rule (if you're mailing from work as opposed to home). I change the zip on sites that I can (Click n ship and paypal) but don't worry about it from PBS. The date of mailing is the most important thing, although be prepared for those offices that check everything.

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Date Posted: 10/11/2007 10:53 AM ET
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I was wondering the same thing as I ran an order off at work today and am dropping it in the mail as it goes faster from here. I was about to drop it the box when I noticed my zip from home on it. I am going to mail it and hope it doesn't return. I had never really checked the label before. Perhaps that may be another idea that can be changed like the mail date in the future.

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Date Posted: 10/13/2007 9:41 PM ET
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You ,ema if I have a package going out and wrapped and printed label from my mom's computer 40 miles and several zip coldes away, it is frowned on to mail it in that city as well, or do I have to wait till I get back to MY zip code....?

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Date Posted: 10/13/2007 10:21 PM ET
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you can probally mail it from the city where you printed the label  -its more imporant to get in the mail ASAP after you printed

the label/postage hopefully the same day  as printed..



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Date Posted: 10/14/2007 11:14 PM ET
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Huh, I would have thought that the zip wouldn't matter. I thought that was for return mail, not necessarily where it was mailed from.

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Date Posted: 10/15/2007 10:18 AM ET
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I would think it would only matter if you mailed it from a zip code far enough away to change the amount of postage the package needed.  Like if I printed the label with my home zip and then took it with me on vacation to California and mailed it from there or something.

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Date Posted: 10/15/2007 10:13 PM ET
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According to what Steve has posted on other threads, the post office gets 'credit' for the packages it handles.  If you mail from a different one occasionally, no big deal, but if you mostly mail from work, it would be a courtesy to the po handling your packages to give them the credit for it.

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Date Posted: 10/16/2007 12:59 PM ET
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"the post office gets 'credit' for the packages it handles"

My husband used to be a mail carrier and has never heard this.  Unless it's a very recent thing (within past three years), it might not be accurate.






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Date Posted: 10/17/2007 11:29 AM ET
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update! the package was delivered okay

even though I mailed from 90292 when I lived in 90066 (well at least the two zip code are neighoors :)

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Subject: bumping thread, CAN we change ship from zip code now?
Date Posted: 6/7/2009 10:12 AM ET
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As this thread seemed to be answered two years ago I'm just wondering if this option has now changed.

I too create my labels from home but mail from PO-- 40 minutes away.

If it's now possible to change the mailed 'from' zip code can someone let me know please.

Thanks in advance,


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Date Posted: 6/8/2009 12:21 AM ET
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I mail stuff labeled with my home zip from work all the time.  All the employees do and we're scattered across the county, with a huge variety of zips.  Some are even from other counties.  And to top it off, for as long as I've worked there, our postage meter has had a different zip code than our office address.  I think they got the meter when the offices were located at a different site and no one ever bothered to update the meter stamp.  Our local city PO is huge and has dozens of zips all within the same city name, so I really don't think any one is checking.  They don't even say anything about mail that gets metered with Friday's date and doesn't get actually mailed/picked up by our mail carrier until Monday or Tuesday.

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Date Posted: 6/8/2009 9:20 AM ET
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Yes, it's true that the post office with the zip code on the pre-printed labels gets the credit.  I work at a tiny PO and we need every penny we can generate.  At first I was a little concerned about the ebay person who brought in so many packages each day with pre-printed postage.  I was told we got the credit, and have since read it in some of the postal service news we get at the office.  Our office is on a highway, so we get quite a few "drive-by" mailers dropping stuff off here.  We don't worry at all about the zip code.

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Date Posted: 6/10/2009 12:24 PM ET
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It's a guideline that seems misunderstood.  IMO it's probably intended for large mass mailings.  If the USPS intended for the average citizen to mail only from the PO selling postage, stamps would come preprinted with a zip code...don't 'cha think?  Therefore, single mailings from different zip codes should be accepted by post offices without comment, and usually are unless somebody is being anal.  The fact that your carrier accepted the package, means that it is highly unlikely (almost zero) that it will be returned to you.

Apparently the postage date is important, as this can cause legit difficulties.  If you find yourself out and about tho, the Post Office can do that '0.0 strip' thing for you :-)

PS - There is an exception that involves rural carriers and return addresses that don't match the pick-up addy, but I don't remember the details. 

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Subject: thanks all!
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 6:21 PM ET
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Greatly appreciate the answers I feel much more comfortable about mailing books now!

Yipee freed up some worry space;}

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Date Posted: 6/11/2009 5:52 PM ET
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In April I had 2 game books to finish reading and mail by a certain date.  I was going to the inlaws so I used the printed postage and printed the labels up early and put the deadline date for the postage date.  I live in MD and mailed them both from a blue box in PA and it was fine.

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Date Posted: 6/13/2009 11:40 AM ET
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My dad is a postmaster, and I asked him about this. It makes absolutely no difference whether you mail something from the zip code of the return address or from a completely different zip code. But, like whatever post office you buy your stamps at gets credit for selling that book of stamps, somebody has to get credit for the sale when you use printable postage. So the credit for the printable postage does go to the post office associated with that zip code, but you can mail it from wherever is most convenient for you.
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Subject: mail from PO gets credit -woot
Date Posted: 6/13/2009 12:26 PM ET
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Christopher that's great news!

my local PO covers so many more miles but their hours are shorter than where I mail books from

 --I could never make to the local USPO counter during my work week. But love they get credit for the books I've been sending. Especially since mail guy lugs my many book purchases in our rural route.

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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:31 AM ET
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I don't usually pay for postage for my PBS books online, but I ship Priority Mail via Click n Ship fairly often. I have also been moving a lot lately, and have dealt with a number of rural post offices. At first I didn't realize that the closest post office (only 3 miles away) was not the same zip as my house (that post office was 12 miles away), so I got a lecture from one of the postal workers about it. When I moved the second time, I also usually went to a different post office than my zip code. The first time I went there I had over 20 boxes I had paid for at home. The post office clerk got a wistful look on his face and said something about how he wished they would be getting credit for all those boxes (he saw my return addy was a different zip code). When I showed him that I had correctly changed the "shipped from" zip code, he got really excited. I don't think the post office is allowed to reject a package that is dropped off at the wrong post office (unless it affects the amount of postage due), but it does make a difference for that post office, it basically means they are doing more work but not generating the revenue from it. From these posts, it sounds like PBS automatically sets the shipped from zip as your home address and doesn't give you the option to change it, which is too bad, but your books will still get there.
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