Post # 1
We just got back from the post office with a sample of our invites to make sure they weren’t too large or too thick for the $.61 postage we’ve budgeted for. The woman at the post office mentioned that our return address must be on the front of the letter, not on the back as I was hoping/planning (we have an embosser which is so pretty!) If the return address is on the back she said it would cost more to ship. Has anyone else heard/experienced this? I looked on the USPS website and couldn’t find anything about it so I’m hoping it’s not true!
Post # 3
I’ve NEVER heard this before.
Try another post office.
Post # 4
I’ve NEVER heard this before either. I shipped mine with return addresses on the back and as far as I know, didn’t have an issue (RSVPs have been comming back).
Post # 5
WHAT?!? I’ve never heard that. I’d definitely go to another post office & ask. Good luck!
Post # 6
Ive never heard that, Id definitely try another post office! My return address was on the back label and they got delivered fine without paying an extra fee. It does say on the USPS site that the address label should be on the front but not that they charge an extra fee if they arent.
Post # 7
This is why I didn’t check a clerk at USPS before I sent my invites and used just the guidelines on the site instead. I’ve heard about too many crazy fees tacked on after the fact. I sent mine out, all 1.05 ounces, not with a rigid object, as described on their site and so far haven’t gotten any back. ALL of our return addresses were a label on the back flap of the envelope.
Post # 8
thats sooooo not true! i hate post offices sometimes! go to someone else and they’ll tell you something totally different! i havent written our return address on the front of an envelope in years!!!
Post # 9
I think that clerk must be crazy. We’re going to do it for the invites, and I do it all the time for regular mail! I just sent a whole slew of thank-you notes with our address stamped on the back, and they all showed up just fine. Don’t worry about it and just do it, they’ll get there.
Post # 10
That’s total BS!!! Our invites went out at 44 cents apiece and they have the return stamped on the back. Not a single one got returned.
Post # 11
No way. They can’t charge extra fees for things beyond weight and size. But then again, my post office told me it would be a 25 cent charge per invite to hand cancel, so who knows anymore.
Post # 12
I’ve never heard that it can cost more, but I do know that SOMEWHERE on the USPS website it does indicate that it must be on the front. (I know that I receive mail with it on the back, but it’s definitely on the website. I’ll try and find it)
Post # 13
Pg 12 and 13. I guess it doesn’t say that it’s required, but they say that it should be on the same side as the mailing address to assure accuracy.
Post # 14
I talked to a post office clerk recently about whether it was ok to put a return address on the back, and she didn’t actually say it wasn’t allowed but she kind of winced and hinted that it goes through the machine better with the return address on the front. The only extra cost she mentioned was to deliver square envelopes.
Just a thought… If you put a return address on the back and don’t get any cards returned, is that necessarily a good sign? What if that means they weren’t able to be returned? I know you can mail something with no return address just fine, but it will never be returned to you either if there’s a problem delivering it.
Post # 15
thanks everyone. I’ll check at another post office and see what they say.
Post # 16
I got some STDs back (because of no forwarding address) where I had my return label on the back of the envelope. It seemed to take awhile to get them back (based on when I sent them out), but I did get them back so the post office is capable of returning to sender, even if the sender’s address is on the back of the envelope.