Post # 1
Learn to use your f’ing scales!!
A few weeks ago I took our invitation to the post office by my office to get weighed. The guy told me it would require a $0.64 stamp. I didn’t buy the stamps at the time since they were all out of the wedding ones but he told me to come back in a few days. I put it off for a few weeks since the invites didn’t have to go out yet but I ended up having to go to the post office by our house last weekend to pick up a package so I had planned to just buy them then. We have one invitation that is being sent to Europe so I wanted to check to see if it would require extra postage. While the guy was checking it he weighed the envelope and told me that it would only need a $0.44 stamp to send domestic. I had him double check it after I told him that the other post office told me it was $0.64 but he swore up and down that they were wrong and he was right. Ok, whatever. I ended up buying the $0.44 stamps since they had them in stock and went on my merry way.
I get home and I’m a little uneasy about the stamps so I decide to just stamp the reply envelopes with the $0.44 stamps that I purchased but hold off on the outer envelopes. Yesterday, I took the envelope back to the post office by my work and had the same guy from before re-weigh it… $0.64! Seriously people?!? I told him that I had it weighed at the other post office and they told me $0.44 and now this guy was swearing that HE was right and THEY were wrong.
In an attempt to not totally screw myself over, I’m just going to use the $0.64 stamps to be safe but I really wish that I could have gotten a definitive answer from them.
Did anyone else have these problems with the post office?
Post # 3
Yep. 4 times! They always swear they’re right and the other person is wrong, but its completely frustrating. I even watched one of them to make sure they didn’t put their finger on it while doing the weighing!
Post # 4
You should weigh it yourself. When I brought my sister’s invites in I had this exact problem- two people telling me different things. Luckily the post office had a scale, if your invite is 1 ounce and under a 44 cent stamp is acceptable. If it’s over an ounce, you know the guy at the other post office is probably right.
Post # 5
I’d take it to a third post office, or get my work to weigh it.
If you get THREE different answers, then… weigh it yourself!
The problem is, if you got the .44 and the .64 was right, they’d be sent back for more stamps!!!!
Post # 6
I took mine to 2 different places to be sure and I weighed it myself too.. I kinda knew it would be $.44 because it was a simple gatefold with a lightweight insert but I was still nervous was I mailed them
Post # 7
We took our box of save the dates to one post office. 2 out of 80 weighed more than the rest. The employee couldn’t explain it. She was kind enough to put the “heavier” one aside, weigh others, and then try again. For some reason, the 2 just came up heavier – exact same materials/contents. Don’t jump on the employees right away, depending on digital technologies means you’re going to get quirks. I’m not saying thta the employees didn’t do something incorreclty, but don’t rule out computer error, either.
Post # 8
I’d do .64 just to be safe. I had this problem though, very annoying. We were told our were .44, and so I sent them all out, and then I got a few random ones back saying I needed an extra .20! I mean seriously? How is this not standardized??
Post # 9
Don’t even get me started. I think the USPS is where customer service and efficiency go to die. This sounds like their scales aren’t calibrated, though. Every other organization that uses any kind of scale is subject to inspection by their state’s department of weights and measures. I’m guessing the US Postal Service would have their own inspection system. You might try emailing or calling their customer service department to report the issue. Maybe if they get enough complaints they might actually address the issue.