Post # 1
This morning, I headed to my local post office to see if they would hand-cancel my save the dates. I didn’t have many (fewer than fourty!) but the woman at the counter told me:
"We don’t do that here."
then proceeded to say
"It costs $1.10 per envelope to hand cancel"
That’s just not right!!! 🙁
Anyone else had a bad experience with this? I surrendered my StDs to the evil postal worker…
Post # 3
Okay, no way is it 1.10 an envelope! I am in the midwest and though I had to trek to a number of post offices, the one lady I found said they did do it, but I had to wait. I wandered around the post office (is is a large building!) and found an old guy sorting mail. Gave him my sob story and he hand cancelled them…whew!
Post # 4
I’d go to another post office, as that’s crap! You can always ask them for the stamp and do it yourself, some places will let you do that.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2009 - Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado
I hand-canceled them and then had to wait and wait and wait for the ink to dry. Finally, I had to leave before the ink could dry so I left them with the post office worker to collect up once they’d dried. Some of them still smeared.
When I got to my car, after all that waiting, I had a parking ticket.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA
Some post offices charge for this, some won’t do it at all, and some will do it for free! It’s sort of the luck of the draw…. I agree that you should visit another post office or two to ask their policy.
Post # 7
Miss Burgundy…go to another post office! I had this same issue. Two post offices flat out said no to me, then another said they won’t do it on the weekends because its busy, then another one said they charge for hand cancelling and I finally went to a small, out of the way post office and they did it for free! And…they did all 50 at a time. I think the guy was just really nice at this post office. Thanks!
Post # 8
I’m so sorry this happened to you!!! Do NOT get me started on the Post Office right now as earlier this year they LOST my passport. Seriously! And not at the post office or en route to the post office. the handler who does my route LOST it..it was later found jammed under her seat in the truck. Grrrr.
Post # 9
All post offices in the US are supposed to hand cancel. I have a friend who works for the post office and she said even though they don’t like to do it bc it’s time consuming, they have to. I also doubt there is a fee that large for a hand cancel.
Post # 10
That is definitely something to look into. Miss Burgundy, why not call the city’s main branch and ask to speak to the postmaster general (think that’s who) and tell him of the local branch’s response to you..
Post # 11
Why bellenga, I think I will do just that. I’m a huge advocate of providing consumer feedback, and I really wasn’t aware if there was an actual policy that the post office had in place about this or if they were just allowed to deal with it in whatever fashion they wanted.
I’m kind of bummed out- I got my STD that I mailed to myself and the envelope was really dirty and marked up and the seal that I had placed on the back of it had half peeled off in the mail! I know that nobody is going to think anything of it, but I embossed the envelopes and hand addressed them all, so I was a little disappointed.
Post # 12
Evil post office.
I would support the others saying look around for a better PO to do your invites. =) And definitely check if they do indeed have to offer the service.
Post # 13
Hate to rain on this parade, but my FI has worked for the post office for 24 years.
The post office does not hand cancel for free (unless you get a nice clerk, on a good day). It is a service that they charge for called ‘Certificate of Mailing’ and is $1.15 each (used to be $1.10 before the last rate change). And it is clearly written in the Postal Regulations.
On occasion you will find clerks that will do it for free or for a lesser charge (our post office lets us do it ourselves, but I see them everyday and have become friends with some of the clerks). But they don’t have to, unless you pay for the service. Sorry.
Post # 14
You can get it done for free for the first 50 envelopes, .05 per envelope over the first 50, (and get a cool postmark!) at the Bridal Veil, OR Post Office (even if you don’t live anywhere near there). Details are here. To keep this service going, you really need to think about it before you buy the stamps, since stamp sales are what keeps the Post Office there going.