(Closed) USPS says my invitation is a “package”!?!?!?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If your letter had a bump, then you should have been charged the additional 20 cent surcharge, so 84 cents total each (the same as mine).

Have the other invites been delivered?  Have your guests been asked to pay the additional 20 cents?

I work with the post office on a daily basis and as sad as it is, you will get different answers from different clerks.  You should not have paid the package price, but you should have paid the 20 cent surcharge.

Post # 4
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1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Envelope containing a rigid object:

Any item smaller than the minimum dimensions is not mailable.
For larger items, see large envelopes or packages.
For envelopes, length is the dimension parallel to the address.

For items over 3.5 ounces, see large envelope or package prices.

Letters that meet one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics below are subject to the nonmachinable surcharge.

  • It is a square letter
  • It is too rigid – does not bend easily
  • It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
  • It has an address parallel to the shorter dimension of the letter
  • It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
  • The length divided by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5

Post # 5
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I actually went to the post office and because I had a ribbon bump and it wouldn’t fit through the machine, they said it would be $1.71.  Since it was just a mock up (and I hadn’t purchased a bunch of ribbon yet), I changed my belly band, brought it back in and it was $0.84.  I’m not saying the first person was right, but I’m glad I changed it just in case!

@Happy Donut: Did your guests receive the first batch of invitations already?  Hopefully they all made it through without any issues!

Post # 7
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52 posts
Worker bee

@milesbella: Wow…thanks for clarifying. I had the same issue. I sent all mine out with the extra 20 cent stamp based on what the clerk told me. Well I’ve heard several stories…..some people got their invites just fine, some were asked to pay an additional amount, and then some never even received their invites at all and they were never even returned to me. I still have no idea why everyone was different or why I didn’t get them returned to me so I atleast know who didn’t get an invite. It’s very frustrating. I couldn’t understand where they are coming from. Is there anywhere to contact to find out where the ones that were never delivered ended up? I had one invite sent to the person who is throwing the party 2 months ago….he said he had a  note saying they were sending it back because of insufficient funds…..well it has been 2 months and I never saw it. Any suggestions since you used to work there? Thank you in advance! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AntsyA:  The problem is some post offices will let insufficient postage slide through, others will try to charge the recipient.  If the recipient refuses to pay the additional amount due, then it should be returned to you (but it can take awhile).  You may want to call your local post office and explain what happened and see if they can help (although there again, it really depends on what clerk you get as to how helpful they will be).

We mailed our invites on July 23rd and FI’s mom just received her’s August 8th (mailed in the same town).  No idea where it sat for over two weeks but then it just showed up.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

If that happens again, get out of line, and go to another clerk. USPS is weird that way.

Post # 10
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52 posts
Worker bee

@milesbella: Wow….thank you! I will atleast try that. I just don’t want anymore people calling me asking if I reconsidered inviting them because they never received an invite. This may also explain the lack in RSVP’s….we still have 115 out there. Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AntsyA: This is exactly why we plan to call or email every person that we don’t receive an RSVP from.  Between wondering if they got the invitation in the first place, or the possibility that their RSVP got lost in the mail on the way back to us, you just never really know.

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Happy Donut: That is so true…anytime you say wedding lets add on a dollar each. I’ve always been on the USPS side but now I’m not surprised they’re going out of business. Maybe we should’ve all just done evites. LOL. So much for trying to keep it traditional.

Post # 13
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52 posts
Worker bee

@milesbella: So true. Our RSVP date by is September 10th…..so the monday following we will be dividing up our lists to start calling people and getting a final headcount and to see who never received an invite. Good luck with your calls! I’m glad to know its not just me. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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