(Closed) Are postage prices up to the discretion of USPS employees? (postage price rant)

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I always see differences between the post office on the campus of the school where I work and the “normal” post office.  The college PO doesn’t have the computers that the regular one does and I think the people who work there aren’t the smartest…thus made to work at the low-tech office.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

You are sure of what you should be charged according to the website, stick to that. Not all the employees there are aware of what every random thing should cost…even with the aid of their computers they mess up. It happened to me when I was mailing out my invites. But once they ring it up if it’s not right tell them that you know that X costs this much and a surcharge for Y is that much according to the website and ask them to kindly recheck their calculations.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would definitely go back in and go through step by step where she is coming up with that amount.  If it was over 3 ozs and rigid, it would have come up to $1.24 but that $1.28 doesn’t make sense at all.  I work with the post office on a daily basis and if your invite is 5×7 and 2.1 ozs with the rigid envelope, it should be $1.04, as you calculated.

Post # 7
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246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t think that they all know what they are doing. I mail out stuff for my dad every week and i have to pay to have then sign a paper to prove it got mailed some charge the cost of postage per letter i send and others charge me a flat rate. I really think some just make shit up as they go.  

Post # 8
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1323 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Print it out, and if that doesn’t work, try a different post office. I learned this when I mailed my invites. They said it would either be one normal 65 cent stamp (or whichever is the one with the bells on it), or there might be a ten cent surcharge per invite. They decided against the surcharge, so I just made sure they were the same people there when I went back to cancel them.

Also, can you hand-cancel yourself? That *may* take the charge off? They just handed me the stamp in the PO, and I canceled all the stamps.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That happened to me with my Save the Date magnets!  One post office in DC charged me 65 cents to not put it through the machine but my local post office near my house charged me the regular price of 45 cents and they hand cancelled it. Luckily I only mailed one at the 65 cent price but I was ticked off! I want my 20 cents back!!! lol

Post # 10
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550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

To followup on my own post:

I had three more Save the Dates to mail today.  Took them to the SAME post office in DC and I asked the SAME lady that charged me 65 cents if I needed to pay extra to have them hand cancelled. She said no and hand cancelled them for me!!!  Shaking my head….

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