(Closed) I hate you, USPS. I hate you so much.

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

what???  this sounds so crazy!  did you have a weird shaped envelope, or was the address printed in an odd place?  I’m curious to see what your envelopes look like, and why the heck the usps would get so confused.  how annoying!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

omg, they’re totally normal.  wth usps?!  you’d think the machines would know that the side with the postage stamp would have the mail to address on it.  that is just straight up crazy, i’d try taking it into the post office and see if they’ll resend them for you at no charge.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@GreenEyedMoon: when I put my return address on the back of my invitations, the clerk at the post office told me they charge extra postage for the return address to be on the back. Of course that was after a ton of my invitations were returned to me and ruined! But when I sent my STD’s with the return address on the back, it was fine. I looked it up online after and got some mixed answers. :-/

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@Heatherloveskenny: I’d never heard that before.  I always put my return address on the back of the envelope, but maybe I’ve been lucky this whole time?  It seems like the usps has very few standard practices.  Depending on which branch you go to, and even what clerk you speak with… sooooo frustrating, especially for brides who have so much correspondance to mail out!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve heard that they run mail through scanners for sorting and so it looks for an address in the center. If it gets accidentally dropped in upside down, the sensors can’t tell the difference between the front and the back. It’s never really a great idea to put the return address on the back. Sorry, but I wouldn’t blame USPS for this one. We’re taught how to address an envelope properly in elementary school — return addy goes top left. If you mess with the system, it’s not the system’s fault if it doesn’t work right.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Heatherloveskenny:  I have never heard of being charged extra for the return address being on the back of the envelope.  I had the return address printed on our envelopes, and it was printed on the back. We had to pay extra because the envelope was considered a “large” envelope, but nothing was said about the placement of the return address. 

Post # 12
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4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I thought it was proper invitation etiquette to put the return address on the back? Or did I make that up?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

even if the sensors can’t tell the difference between the front and back, you’d think they could infer that the side with the postage would have the mail to address?  it’s not like the postage was on the back.  you’d think the mail carrier who delivered them to your address would have noticed the error, but then again, they probably didn’t give a hoot.

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