Post # 1
Let start by saying now I HATE the USPS. Hate is such a strong word that I never use but this case- well they deserve it!
I stuffed my invitations, addressed them- took one to work with me and weighed it on our postal scale. Which told me one stamp- $.44 . My envelopes are not oversize/square- they are all stuffed exactly the same.
Today I found out that about half of our guest list received there invitations, some received a bill for $.17, some received a bill for $.36 – UGH!!!!!
The post office of course has no explanation for this!! Ladies go to the post office- make them weigh each individual envelope- just in case. I am soo embarrassed. Our family understands, our co-workers and friends understand.. My boss did too- but soooo embarrassing. Well the ones that paid the postage. People are getting a card from the great USPS that says an envelope addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, from sender unknown (because thank you etiquette- for no return address) requires you to come to the post office pay the difference. If I received that, I doubt with my work schedule I would make much effort to go to our busy, wait in line for an hour post office.
To try and make lite of this, and let Mr. and Mrs. Smith know we are the “unknown senders” we are now going to send a little note to our entire guest list.. but still HOW EMBARRASING …
hangs head in bridal shame 🙁
Post # 3
i’m sorry….everyone seems to be encountering this problem! never heard of them actually CHARGING the receiver though…i thought they just sent it back to the sender as undeliverable. and a friendly reminder- you might want to change that font- it is quite difficult to read. =)
Post # 4
I took one of my finished invites to the post office and had them weigh it for me. Then bought stamps after they provided me with the cost ($0.44). I’ll be taking them to the same post office to mail them.
Of course, it didn’t sound like mine were even close to qualifying for the next level stamp cost, so hopefully I won’t have a similar problem.
And . . . I’ve never heard of the post office charging the sender for insufficient postage – but I suppose without a return address the post office had no idea who to return it to.
Post # 5
Why would your guests receive a bill?
Post # 6
The first time I went to the post-office, they quoted me $0.98. When I went back to buy the stamps, they quoted me $1.05. I explained that this was a different number than what I was originally quoted. The post-lady was sweet and advised that to be on the safe side I put $1.22 (2x$0.61 wedding stamps) on each envelope just to ensure that none were returned.
If you have the extra money in your budget, definitely add a few cents extra on the postage.
Post # 7
I ordered something from Etsy and the seller didn’t put enough postage on it and I had to pay the difference. It was less than a dollar, so it wasn’t a big deal, but that was the first time I had ever heard of that either. They delivered to me (no note to pick it up) but left an envelope for the few cents I owed. Very odd.
Post # 8
OMG my friend(she is my co worker too) had the same problem just 2 weeks ago! it was a little different though. she received ALL (or what she thought was all) the invitations BACK with a big ole ugly stamp that said return to sender not enough postage. Now 2 weeks later about 10 households are telling her that they never received her invitation! To top it off she bought special stamps with wedding bands on it and PAID extra for them and took one of the invitation to the post office had it weigh and they said the same thing! SHAME on the post office!!!
Post # 9
@Mrs.MedinaJr: Just as an FYI – the special stamps with wedding bands don’t cost any more than a regular stamp. I bought them for my Save-The-Date Cards and for my RSVP envelopes.
The thing that confuses me the most with the whole situation is why some people were billed an extra 17 cents and some an extra 36 cents for envelopes that were exactly the same!
Post # 10
omg that is sooo frustrating!! good advise though.. i am def gonna do that!
Post # 12
USPS sucks. That is all I have to say about that. I had a whole issue with them.
Post # 13
Why is the post office so inconsistent? You’d think, by now, they would have created some sort of mailing policy for invitations or weddings or something. I’m afraid of what’s going to happen when I get ready to get married. Sheesh.
Post # 14
Why the heck would they send bills to those people instead of sending them back to you?
We received a couple back that had wrong addresses. I had to redo the envelopes because the stupid post office wrote all over the envelope.
Post # 15
What if you used a forever stamp?
Oh and I have also been charged by the post office for someone not putting
enough postage on something… the mailman just collected it in change and
I didn’t get a receipt or anything…
Post # 16
@Mrs.KMM: she had to pay to have them shipped that is where the extra came in. sent she ordered them online.