(Closed) Invitations – return address on back of envelope costs more?!?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 32
3538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

wow… crazy stuff!


Post # 33
1 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

This thread may be long dead, but I thought I’d add my two cents. 

Your postal worker was both correct and incorrect. Due to the fact that USPS is turning everything over to their automated system (PARS- Postal Automated Re-Direction Service), Postal clerks are trained to encourage users to stay within the guidelines set by the machine (return address on upper left, stamp upper right, address middle towards bottom). Most postal workers are rule followers; they want you to be too. They will also find ridiculous ways to discourage you from breaking  their rules (like telling you you will be charged more to put the return address on the back).

I love the post office, but lately, their getting a little out of hand and I had an awful time sending out my invitations. First off, I got the biggest Miss Sassy Pants for a postal clerk, who had attitude before I even went up to the window. I was scolded for having my return address on the back. An earlier post was correct in stating that while it can be anywhere, it is “preferred” on the front. Postal clerks are trained to remind you of this and get with their program. I was told it would cost $1.05 to hand cancel my envelope, which is not true. It’s actually a different service that doesn’t hand cancel, but was used a way to keep me from having the clerk hand cancel. I found another clerk who was kind, patient, weighed it and made sure it was still the right postage, and hand canceled everything. My invites went out without a problem and one with an incorrect address did eventually make its way back, about a month later.

I asked at the post office in my home town which is small, where they have more time and will do things they won’t do in larger cities. The clerk told me they are not really allowed to hand cancel anymore and that the envelope goes through the machine anyway most of the time. This is sad, because I used to get things hand canceled so I had a cancellation stamp from the city I sent my postcards from, rather than having it rerouted to bigger city 100 miles away. This did used to cost you money…2 cents more!

She also said that putting the address on the back just hurts you in the long run as it slows down their process and gets back to you much later than if it is on the front. So the truth is- you can do it. It won’t hurt the process of your invite getting to the desired location, just getting back if you made a mistake.  

Anyhoo- good luck y’all.


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