(Closed) USPS Rant

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Yeah, 2nd that rant here.  I mailed a stack of my save the dates…  And they all came to me.  They mailed them to my address!  I didn’t believe it at first, so I took the stack back to the post office, and my fears were indeed confirmed.  Now I have to pay the postage again and redo all the envelopes.  Sigh.

Post # 4
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

As someone who is about to do save the dates – did they explain why they mailed them to your address?

Did you do postcards?  was your return address to prominent – was it on the back of the envelope? 

 I had most of my thank you cards returned because they were below standard mailing size.  So I had to rewrite them.  But they delivered some of them – I think one town decided to measure them and returned all the ones mailed there.  Pain in the…. 

Post # 5
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Yeah, I tried calling and asking if caligraphy was going to drive the postal people crazy and got no help.

Post # 6
68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

While I do not work for USPS (I work for CPC in Canada), I can totally understand why they would not process cards/envelopes that are under the standard size.  It is important for customers to check the website for standard sizes.  We charge commercial customers who have accounts with us non-standard charges.  Can you imagine the people at the mail processing plant trying to run your mail through their machines if they are all at nonstandard sizes or if they are in fragile clear plastic bags?

Post # 7
588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2007 - Radisson Hotel

Seriously, I despise mailing anything anyway! Having to do anything extra kills me. 🙂 I agree with you, 100%! (btw, I actually mailed 90% of our x-mas cards from Disneyland- gotta love the mailbox feature!)

Post # 8
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

The USPS drives me crazy.  It is fully responsible for at least 60% of the white hairs I have developed.  My former job required my knowing the rules inside and out; sadly, this information is all still taking up valuable space in my brain.  (To be honest it does come in handy some times…)

If you go to http://pe.usps.gov you will be able to access the USPS official mailer’s handbook…it’s incredibly annoying to read b/c it doesn’t REALLY answer your questions, but it will at least give you an idea of the guidelines.  (For example, for mailing one of those clear plastic bag envelopes, you need to apply the 17-cent (current rate) non-machinable surcharge — same thing if you mail a square envelope or something like a pen inside your envelope that makes it "non-bendy.)  Do I sound like a total nerd?

Over the years, I’ve discovered that postal employees tend to not want to give you a direct answer.  I think it’s because they don’t want to be responsible if it doesn’t work out for you how they said it will. (And trust me, just b/c one employee tells you something is OK, it doesn’t mean it is.)  They also indvidually don’t know all the rules.  I actually knew more about mailing magazines than the person who came to a conference to present a seminar on the topic; and she confessed this to all of us!   The best way to find out if your mailpiece will be mailable is to take an actual sample down and ask — they can measure, weigh and scan it; I advise against calling b/c they won’t give you a straight answer.  They also probably wouldn’t give you a straight answer on your calligraphy b/c they would prefer we all didn’t do that, but they DO accept it, and it will probably be OK — it’s just soooo much easier for them if the address is readable by their scanning machines and can get slapped w/ an ugly barcode and sent on its merry way.

Sorry for the long post, but I feel like I have all this "useless" postal knowledge stuffed in my head, and *someone* ought to get something out of it! 


Post # 9
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

hey girls! i’m looking into doing these box mailers from paper source: http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/envelopes/boxmailers.html

i know i’ll need the 58 cent stamp, but has anyone had any experiences with mailing these? i’m just afraid i’ll order them and calligraph (is that even a verb?!) them, and then they’ll get returned with ugly red stampage. any thoughts?

Post # 10
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

OMG – you haven’t live until you meet the lovley, over zealous gal at our local post office. She’s so annoying that people will literaaly wait in line for the other guy and avoid her completely.

She asks EVERY SINGLE question possible about each thing you mail. I’ve only ever mailed envelopes, cards and letters, bills and such and she goes through asking if I’m mailing anything perishable?

Hello?! Yes, you caught me. I’ve folded up a Turkey sandwhich and prepared to mail it to my mom 15 miles away – just to see if I could get away with it. It’s my ENERGY BILL see the Excel Energy logo on the envelope…the ONLY enegery company in the state…. 

Or even better my mail guy who when I complained about him never being able to shut my brand new mail box, and had sensitive material blowing down busy roads – finally manged to learn the function to close it couldn’t seem to manage to then send me my mail he gave me all the 5018 mail for the eintire town….but for my road! 

Everyone on our block wanted to beat him with a roll of stamps.


That felt good – thanks for the outlet! 

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