Post Office Ruining My Invites!! :( :(

posted 1 year ago in Logistics
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Sugar bee

I would start contacting your guests that have yet to RSVP and let them know what’s going on. There really isn’t much else that you can do. It isn’t your fault, everyone will understand.

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Buzzing bee

@romantical:  I can tell you exactly what happened. Just becasue you pay for the “hand sorting” price does not mean they were hand sorted. All “hand sorted” mail is ran through the machine at least 1 time per main processing center. So if you are mailing a letter a few states away, that can be 3-5 centers.

2nd, those lace things are not mailing envelopes. You are going to need to stick them into real envelopes-make sure they are thick. Square thick envelopes will stick out  and be pulled out by the clerks. Dark colors are good too-as the machene can’t read barcodes on dark envelopes.

3rd a sticker doesn’t ‘seal’ an envelope You need to make sure it’s glued shut. Drop your letter from waist high. Does it pop open? Well it’s going to get trashed.

When a letter is torn, we send it to “nixie” (the ripped mail unit) and we put it in one of those bags. That’s all we do really. It’s just procedure.

 

I work at a pd&c

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Buzzing bee

Oh no! This was on of my biggest fears; I’m so sorry.

I agree with the above…divide up the list based on guests (FIL’s guest list, yours, FI’s, your parents), and have them send out an email/call to their people to see if they got it. 

Make sure your website is updated and direct people to that for information.  OP, I feel so sorry for you! Did you ask the post office to hand cancel?

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Sugar Beekeeper

Honestly, it looks as though you tried to use that delicate envelope incorrectly. You should have placed them in a real outer envelope and used the delicate one as the inner envelope. I’m totally not surprised these got destroyed.

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Buzzing bee

@MadTownGirl:  hand canceling won’t matter. You pay the “hand sorting” price becase the letter won’t fit into a dbcs machiene. But every center has a few DIOS machienes that run ALL kinds of mail and some flutter/tiny flats. So we run everything at LEAST once and try our best to cull out what obviously can’t run. But we can’t see everything. A small processing center will process 2 million letters a night.

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Bee Keeper

wow that really sucks.  Those are beautiful invitations.  We also had square invitations but didn’t run into any problems, (luckily.)  I would start contacting the people who have yet to RSVP and explaining the situaiton.

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Buzzing bee

Also: when it looks like mail was ripped open, it’s becasue mail runs through 1-3 macheines like this a night, and when things get caught in the belts we have to pull it out. Sometimes ripping is unaviodable. Sometimes things catch on fire

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Sugar Beekeeper

I’ve read your post three times now, trying to figure out where you said that you didn’t use a regular envelope/used a sticker to “seal” them. I don’t see that, so I’m hoping those are just assumptions on the part of others.

I’m sorry this happened to you, but…if it was more than two or three, it was most likely the way you mailed them.

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Honey bee

That is so awful.  I had square envelopes similar to yours and had no problems!

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Busy Beekeeper

It happens that things get ruined. Not destroyed so I don’t understand that, but we had a lot of our normal invite sized envelopes come back looking like hell and ripped at the corners. They get caught on stuff and rip. Not much you can do unfortunately.

 

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Buzzing bee

@romantical:   I didn’t mean to come off as angry. I reread my post and it does sound that way. Sorry D:

I wish there was a way to track what got missent/ripped and what didn’t. It’s pretty lame actually. Yesterday someone ordered 10 ticked from ticketmaster for some sort of game and the envelope got completely shredded. There was no way to identify the sender at.all. I felt so bad for that person.

From the picture, I can see that the top left corner is kind of open. That’s the same hieght as the gates that sort the mail. It’s the place that letters most often get caught. That’s most likely what happened.

Also, delievery standards and practices have changed internally. We do a lot more processing of mailers/ads then we used to. When we run so much ’3rd class’ /standard mail at one time  it’s not good. It cloggs our machines. A lot more stuff is getting stuck now.

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