Post # 1
So the post office basically always sucks. But yesterday I go there. In a torrential downpour. At almost closing time (always fun). For the purpose of getting postcard stamps for our STDs. I wait in line. I finally get up there.
me: Hi, I need to buy 60 post card stamps please
him: Post card stamps?
me: Yea? stamps for post cards…?
him: Yea. we don’t have any.
me: wha….. wait what?
him: we don’t have any until at least tomorrow.
me: ….. the POST OFFICE doesn’t have any postcard stamps…. i cannot buy any stamps to put on post cards… this is what you’re telling me?
him: well not from me. you could go to another post office and try them?
me: are you FREAKING KIDDING ME??
him: No. I mean I’d sell you some if we had them. But we don’t. Well we kinda do. But they’re locked up and I can’t get to them.
wtf. lol. Isn’t it like… their JOB to sell all denominations of stamps? And post card stamps have to be one of the most popular denominations!
What has the post office done to you lately?
Post # 3
Wow, that’s kind of crazy. I was just upset because I need extra postage and they gave me a wolf when the woman knew it was for wedding invites. I didn’t know I cared until then. Still, nothing like that.
Post # 4
I actually have no complaints against the post office right now. The postage for our invitations was expensive ($1.05 per invite!), but the post office workers were always very kind to us. They even let me hand cancel all of my invitations, gave me a post office basket to put them in and congratulated us. Oh and people received the invitations so that’s good too!
With your stamp issue, it doesn’t seem crazy to me that they ran out. They are like a store, they need to get more stock in to sell them to you. The guy doesn’t sound like he was being unprofessional either.
Post # 5
I’ve had good luck with one post office, not so good luck with another. One postal worker went out of her way to make sure my stamps were “pretty” (and not plain). In contrast, my wedding invitations to the West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington) never made it.
Post # 6
I handmade wrap around labels for our rehearsal invites and there was only 1 going to Canada so I brought it in to get a special stamp. The guy was really nice, had helped me on a few other things, but he looked at it like it was from outer space. He finally turned it over and wrote on the back, really large, where the return address was, “FROM: ”, underline, underline. I just stood there cringing.
Luckily it was just a groomsman who didn’t even see it cause he was still playing playoffs in Texas, and granted I probably should have written that but gosh, they just go at it!!
Post # 7
I had a woman at the post office tell me that I needed regular stamps to send a SQUARE std. I knew that more postage was needed. I did the research. She refused to let me see the “chart” she was looking at. When I finally caught a glimpse of it, it was a postcard chart not an envelope chart. I just decided to ignore her and as for the stamps that I had researched only for her to say, “we don’t have those.” I went to another post office and got the stamps.
I was really angry. What if I had listened to her. Than I would have all of my STD come back for insufficient postage, would have to get new envelopes from the company, wait for them to be shipped, and re-address everything. Absurd! I made a complaint online, but nothing so far. Frustrating!
Post # 8
NWR but I’m in our post office all the time and have gotten to know the lady and her husband to run it quite well. I went to pick up a package for FI a couple months ago and got him to photocopy his drivers license and write me a permission note. She laughed and said I didn’t need to do that, she knew me by now. So a couple days ago, I went to pick up another package for him and she said she couldn’t give it to me without permission from him. Wtf?! So now we’re going to just have an undated “permission note” that I’ll keep in my car.
Post # 9
they lost my wedding jewelry the week before my wedding, and they just lost my photog contract the other day, she won’t send my negatives until she gets it back.. but i’ve been waiting for it for 2 weeks.. she won’t listen.. i know my post-lady looses my shit all the time!
Post # 10
Also NWR, but I occasionally sell things on Ebay. I’ve always used USPS Priority mail because it’s been fast and efficient. A few months ago I mailed out a shirt in the recommended envelope (it fit easily) and they walked me through the process, I got delivery confirmation, etc.
A few days later I get a message from the buyer that it’s been opened and the shirt is gone. She sends me pictures (and USPS updates the tracking info) of how a bunch of post offices marked it “empty and undeliverable” and then sent it along, hanging open with nothing inside.
When I went to ask them what was up with that (it was sealed tight, looked like a deliberate rip) they would only say that it was damaged and I hadn’t bought insurance, so they wouldn’t do anything. I refunded the seller her money and was just out the extra cash.
Post # 11
Ugh, my story has nothing to do with invites, but I’m still angry at the post office!
I mailed my sister her bridesmaid dress priority post, which was supposed to arrive in 2 days. That would have given her 1.5 weeks to have her MIL do any necessary alterations before flying across the country for my wedding. (The wedding itself was planned in 6 weeks, and she had JUST finally gotten clearance from her work that she could have the time off under short notice, otherwise we wouldn’t have left it 2 weeks until the wedding.) 2 days pass, and still no dress; 3, 4, 5… I finally get the tracking number and track the parcel, which says it was delivered on the day that it was supposed to be. Which means that my sister’s bridesmaid dress was delivered to the wrong house. &*&$#&%!
LUCKILY, she flew in a couple days ago, and she can just fit into an extra bridesmaid dress I had in a size smaller than her normal size. We definitely dodged a bullet there, but I’m still really annoyed that the post office misplaced such an important parcel. I’m not looking forward to the fight with them to have the dress returned or to have the cost reimbursed to me.
Post # 12
I went to 4 different post offices looking for my invitation stamps (lighthouses!) before a clerk finally told me that they were only available online! Online they have a poop ton of these things, but they apparently no longer have them available at the post office?! I had to pay S&H fees to get stamps! Ridunkulous!
Post # 13
When I moved to Japan, the USPS lost a full box of over $500 worth of my stuff I was shipping to myself to use here. It never made it out of the States. It was really terrible because it had all my bras and stuff, and I can’t buy those here. The biggest tragedy was that it was the box that had a gorgeous corset my friend had custom made for me. It was hand-painted leather. I never got a refund, apology, nothing. Jerks.
Post # 14
@jaylii9: I guess I don’t think the post office is a normal store. It isn’t like I was looking to buy a shirt and one of 100 styles was out of stock and I’ll have to wear a different shirt on date night. It is the POST OFFICE. It is required to mail things— which is way more important (at least it can be) than most things you’re just buying retail. And it isn’t like they have a thousand items or like overstocked items are going to expire or go bad. The next postal amounts change isn’t for at least another 6 months so every post office should have on hand at LEAST enough supplies to sell all major denominations at any given time.
@everyone else– the post office blows! I had it lose a really important contract once. I paid $18 to overnight it and then they lost it!!! I ended up sending a second executed contract via fedex and it got there in 12 hours– then I demanded a refund from USPS and got it.
Post # 15
I totally dislike our post office. First, they didn’t have any fancy stamps for our invites (we ended up with some author) who no one recognizes. Then, even though we sent our invites out 10 weeks before the wedding, some of our guests just got their invite, 2 weeks before the wedding. Next, my friend let me borrow her wedding binder of ideas, and needed it back for another friend who is getting married, so I went to send it back along with some wedding magazines that I didn’t need anymore – I sent it using one of those boxes that as long as it fits it ships… when she got the box it was empty, nothing in it. There were two stamps on it – 1. damaged upon receipt… 2. Box empty. How in the, does a box just mysteriously open? Then the straw to break the camels’s back, – I put a hold on our mail since we will be gone for 10 days, and the post office “misread” the page, and began to hold our mail before we even left!!! I was so mad.
Post # 16
If you spend time in other countries, it will make you appreciate the USPS. Seriously…the USPS rocks. It is so cheap and efficient. They offer a lot of services that other countries’ postal systems don’t.
I know you’re frustrated, but just thought I’d mention that.