Post # 1
Just went to the post office to price out the postage for my invites…
My invite comes in at 2.1oz and is 5×7 and is not over .25inches thick. Now I know that the non-machineable surcharge is .20 and was hoping I would have to pay this, but unfortunately my pocketfolds are too rigid. Therefore from the price list my invite should cost .84 (for letters up to 3oz) +.20 cents (non-machinable surcharge) right? Well I was informed that my cost would be $1.28 due to the surcharge…At first I was told it would cost $1.71! Then she “recalculated” and said it would be $1.28.
Excuse me? That doesn’t even make sense! It should only be $1.04. When you are sending out 135 invites makes our invites cost about $32 more to mail.
I’m making a trip to another post office tomorrow to verify this cost. Funny thing is, I sent one to Great Britain at the same time and she didn’t charge me the non machinable charge for the same invite! I just don’t get it.
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Thanks guys 🙂
I think I will go in more prepared tomorrow and print out the postage rates from the website 🙂 Hopefully the person will agree with me!
Post # 7
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
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
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
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….