(Closed) Hand Canceling Invitations

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 16
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

For what it is worth, I went to the main post office in New York City and it was 50 envelopes for free. After that it was .05 each. 

Post # 17
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

grapefruit19:  I just want to say THANK YOU for posting this. I had never even heard of hand cancelling, and I was cruising around the paper board and saw your post. I have wood veneer included in my invites, and I’m sure the machine would crack the wood. I would have just tossed them in the regular mailbox if it wasn’t for you! 

Also, my post office gave me the stamp and let me stamp them, then wrapped them up and set them aside for me so they would also be hand sorted, not put on the sorting conveyor. All for the price of a regular stamp!

Post # 18
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m in Canada but just wanted to share that the post office guy who eagerly assured us it was no issue to hand cancel… Proceeded to hand cancel half our envelopes across the freaking custom stamp -_- Arghhhh! 

Post # 19
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9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

glitters:  you have to cancel the stamps, that’s the point.. it prevents people from reusing them. 

Post # 20
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

amanda1988: Yes, but the letter from Canada Post (our national mail provider through whom we ordered the stamps) specifically said to take them to be hand cancelled so they’d do it across the edge versus across the entire stamp. Idk how it works in the States but any custom stamps here go through Canada Post and come with a letter with instructions as to hand cancelling/manually sorting. In our case, there was dead space to the side of the stamp that should have been cancelled over versus literally covering the animals’ faces with ink… Otherwise there would be zero point in anyone ordering custom stamps. 

Post # 21
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769 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Saint Domingue

I was on the USPS site looking for nature-themed stamps and it seems many things need to be hand cancelled (too large for their machines, lumpy, irregular envelopes,) so I think a lot of things we mail get hand cancelled with no fee whatsoever.  So their issue must be the qauntity.  I’d just find out the weight, go to the USPS site to find the appropriate postage and put them in the mail box.  But I like to live on the edge.  Hahahaha!  See what sort of crazy life I live?  

Post # 22
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24 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Hi everyone! We are getting ready to send out our save the dates– we are sending out bookmarks, so our envelopes apparently qualify as “lumpy” and the post office wants to charge us an extra $0.47 to hand cancel them. Has anyone had the fee be essentially an extra stamp?

Post # 23
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2507 posts
Sugar bee

immoralbeloved:  not exactly. all those things that are “hand cancelled with no fee” require you to pay a non-machinable surcharge (the cost is 22 cents for a 1 ounce or under piece). a 1oz square unvite, for example, will cost 68 cents; where as the same invite in a 5×7 rectangular size will only cost 47 cents. so you’re still paying for the hand cancelling, it’s just less overt.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 3 months ago by  ilovesophia.

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