Post # 1
This is invite-related, but it’s more a vent that anything else. I designed and assembled pocketfold invites and Fiance got one weighed at the post office so we would use the right amount of postage. Great, right?
Well, my beautiful invites with pretty printed envelopes went out on Monday – right on time!
Yesterday, I open our mailbox to find three of them rubber-banded together with a sticky label/note thing on the front of the top one, that says that they require 20 cents more postage.
Thus my frustration – the post office told us which postage to use! Now I have to buy more stamps (and end up with two on each envelope, which won’t look as nice). Also. the one on top now has a weird residue over the address where the note was attached. Plus, I only got 3 back, even though we mailed them as a batch. Where are the other 100?!? They’re all going to end up going out later than they should and at different times, assuming we remail them as we get them. And what if we don’t get them all back?
Fiance and I put in many hours making the invites perfect and getting them out on time. I could scream… or cry. Any bees up to cheering me up or offering advice? (Or help me strangle the woman who weighed our invites?)
Post # 3
Sorry this happened.
I posted this a while ago:
I got this info from a friend who works at a post office window.
Up to 1oz $.45
Easch add’l ounce add $.20
Square envelopes $.20
They should have told you that the square envelopes cost more when they weighed it.
Post # 4
@LadyBear: Totally been there and done that. I had about 25 envelopes make it with two stamps and I had 5 come back requesting more postage. They were all mailed at the same mail box, at the same time, in the same place, on the same day. NO IDEA how they said yes to 25 and no to 5, being that they were identical.
I’d call up someone in a week and ask if they got their invite.
Post # 5
If it makes you feel any better, I had the same problem with the post office in Germany. I mailed about a dozen local invited any 2 came back. I think thereS’ a bit of luck and I guess it just depends if the carrier delivering the mail wants to send it back or not. Is it possible that the three that came back were all sent to the same zip code? If that is the case, chances are good they were sent back by the same person and it is hopefully an isolated case.
Post # 6
@slicey19: The three that came back were to recipients in PA, OH, and New York – not the same area, but maybe the same regional sorting? I hope this is isolated incident.
Post # 7
I know this is highly frustrating for you (as it would be for me if I were in your shoes). I just wanted to point out that you shouldn’t worry too much over how the envelopes are going to look. I think most people just rip into things and don’t take too much time to examine the envelope it arrived in. 🙂 Now, I WOULD take time to admire the inner contents!
Post # 8
I was told different things by different people at the post office. I also got one back for being ‘too thick’ only because it was crumpled in the mail. I feel your pain!
Post # 9
When I sent out my STD’s they were 1oz (1 stamp) but were teetering on the edge, and when they put the stamp on it pushed it over the 1oz limit so I had to go up to the next highest amount.
so, perhaps when they weighed them there was no stamp and the extra weight of the stamp pushed it over the edge?
Also, not that this is helpful to you now, but might be helpful to other bees: If you made them yourself then they won’t all be exacty the same, right? i mean even small variations might have tipped the scales, a little extra ribbon or what not on one might tip the scales as well.
Post # 10
weird heh, don’t know whaat they think, have they ever think that it might cost them more by delivering those letters back to you to add extra stamp and then to the recipient
Post # 11
>< that’s a pain.
The post office destroyed a couple of my Save-The-Date Cards I got a couple of empty enverlopes back inside a clear one with a note from the post office apoligising for tearing the envelopes and losing the contents.
Luckily I had extra Save-The-Date Cards, but they didn’t even give me any free stamps with the apology so for each one that was destroyed I had to spend another $1.20 on postage ><
Post # 12
@LadyBear: thats awful. I once got a invite to someones wedding and there was a sticker on it saying delayed due to insufficent postage, so maybe some got delivered and some didnt? I would go back to that same post office and ask to speak to the manger and find out what happened to the others.
Post # 13
Ugh I would definitely stop in to the post offce and ask about the other invitations. We had similar issues when mailing out our invitations. I knew it would be about 85 cents on each one and budgeted accordingly. When I took them to the post office near my house, the guy put the envelope on the little scale and several options showed up on the screen, 85 cents, 1.95 priority, and like 4.95 overnight. So I told him I would like the 85 cent option, and he goes, Oh this is too thick to send you have to send them priority. I was like WHAT! That would have been more than double what we anticipated and we also sent out around 120 invites. I was nearly in tears.
Then it dawned on me to try a different post office. I went to the one near my work and they let me do the 85 cent option with no problem and no questions asked. They even let me hand cancel them all. There were a few more we sent out a few days later, and the lady remembered me and was super accommodating.
My suggestion is to go to the post office and see ifthey did in fact mail out the invites or if you can get them back. Then try another one nearby that may be better to work with!
Post # 14
@Lee_Ann: I was no where near one of the weight boundaries, yet I was quoted 2 different prices based on weight. The frustrating thing is they wouldn’t tell me the weight. After being told 3 different things by 3 different people, I weighed one myself on an analytical scale.
Post # 15
I sent out my 50 invites and got 1 back, and this one even weighed less then some of the others because it didn’t need an RSVP envelop since they are RSVP’d online already. It was the most mindboggling thing ever and I am glad that it wasn’t just me!
Post # 16
Posts like this make me very nervous to pop mine in the mail next month. ><