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Old 06-14-2022, 06:57 AM   #1
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Latest wrinkle from the Post Office

During our trip last year, we had family members gather up our mail, magazines, small amazon deliveries, what-have-you and drop them into a priority mail box and send it off to whatever General Delivery address we were near. We used pre-paid Priority Mail shipping boxes that I had ordered from usps.com.

It worked great - The kids would tape up the box, text us a picture of the shipping label and drop it in the package bin at the local post office. We would track the package using the number on the shipping label and go get it when it hit the nearby post office.

Well...This year, we did the same. But this time the Priority Mail bounced back and forth between the home base local post office and the regional sorting facility about 4 times and was finally returned to the home base as "Insufficient Address". The local post office couldn't tell us why it got bounced back.

So finally after talking to someone at the regional post office, they told us that pre-paid priority mail has to be scanned at the time of mailing and the delivery address entered into the system at that time. Otherwise the scan code sends it back to the address of origin - which is where usps.com originally delivered the pre-paid mailers.

Ok. What a pain. Instead of the family member dropping the package into the 24 hour 7 day a week package bin at the local post office while on the way to work school etc, they now have to stop during business hours, get into the long line at the post office (our local post office is always busy).

Just of word of warning to those travelers out there that use a similar system.

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Just buy the postage online and send them the label to print and slap onto the box. Then they can just drop it as they have in the past.

But there is a flaw in your process somehow. Priority Mail requires a bar coded label be used - you can’t hand write the From/To on the Priority Mailer container and apply the appropriate postage. Priority Mail doesn’t work that way.
Not to mention that Priority containers are not premarked with a bar code of where the Post Office delivered them to prior to actual addressed mailing.
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Old 06-14-2022, 07:25 AM   #3
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We have used the USPS priority mail packages for several years now to have our friend forward our mail. I never thought you could simply toss them into a mail box. She stuffs them as full as possible then goes to the local post office and they weigh it and send it on. Not sure why they want it done that way but it was explained to us when we initially started using those packages. Even though these packages are a flat fee (around $8) they still need the weight and their own sticker I guess.
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We have used the USPS priority mail packages for several years now to have our friend forward our mail. I never thought you could simply toss them into a mail box. She stuffs them as full as possible then goes to the local post office and they weigh it and send it on. Not sure why they want it done that way but it was explained to us when we initially started using those packages. Even though these packages are a flat fee (around $8) they still need the weight and their own sticker I guess.
The Priority Mail system is a part of the “If it fits, it ships” program that the Post Office advertised a few years back. It is a flat fee depending on the envelope or box is.

There are regional mailers as well. You have to watch and make sure which one you get.
I always used the non-regional as I had regional ones returned even if I had the properly printed and paid for postage label on the mailer.

I used to repair controls for Bosch dishwashers and return shipped USPS Priority all the time.
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Priority and Priority One mail from the USPS is a joke. We stopped using this very unreliable service and started using Fed-EX flat rate 2-day envelopes.

It got to where the USPS service was taking 10 to 14 days for the mail to arrive from 100 miles away. Following the tracking, it left Livingston, TX went to Houston, TX, went to AZ, back to Houston, went to CA, back to Houston, back to Livingston, back to Houston and finally Tomball, TX (a suburb of Houston). Then it would set at the post office in Tomball for 2 or 3 days before it was finally delivered.

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Priority and Priority One mail from the USPS is a joke. We stopped using this very unreliable service and started using Fed-EX flat rate 2-day envelopes.

It got to where the USPS service was taking 10 to 14 days for the mail to arrive from 100 miles away. Following the tracking, it left Livingston, TX went to Houston, TX, went to AZ, back to Houston, went to CA, back to Houston, back to Livingston, back to Houston and finally Tomball, TX (a suburb of Houston). Then it would set at the post office in Tomball for 2 or 3 days before it was finally delivered.

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My experience as well. Ordered some boat parts from Seattle. Originally shipped north to Everett Wa, then south to Olympia, then north to Tacoma, finally south to Portland Or. where they sat three days, then on to Hoodsport Wa.
12 days to ship 75 miles seems a bit bizarre to me.
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Have the 'family' just keep your mail....sort thru it/notify you and then you can tell them to open this one or that one

Collect it when you get back from trip

Not as if you are FTng.



Majority of our 'mail' goes in the trash anyway
Important stuff rarely goes via 'snail mail'
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We have not been on the road at any one point to need to deal with this yet. Hopefully this year will be the year.

My plan is what OB posted above. I will have family sort the mail since most of it is junk anyhow. Things that are important if possible will be dealt with online, as we do now. Anything that has to be done in paper can either be scanned and emailed to us or just mailed in worst can scenarios.
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Show me any service that is today what it used to be - and that includes the US Mail.

As long as our wine shipments continue to arrive on a timely basis (most if not all are not USPS), I can live with the remainder.

Funny, seems when Amazon uses the USPS to ship goods, they seem to arrive when they should.
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Priority and Priority One mail from the USPS is a joke. We stopped using this very unreliable service and started using Fed-EX flat rate 2-day envelopes.

It got to where the USPS service was taking 10 to 14 days for the mail to arrive from 100 miles away. Following the tracking, it left Livingston, TX went to Houston, TX, went to AZ, back to Houston, went to CA, back to Houston, back to Livingston, back to Houston and finally Tomball, TX (a suburb of Houston). Then it would set at the post office in Tomball for 2 or 3 days before it was finally delivered.

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For this reason we have stopped using USPS. We had a package that went from FL to Co to Chicago to CA and then 4 weeks later (after we left the resort) it arrived (in CO) and had to be returned to FL.

Another important document sent "overnight express" took 9 days (4 days too late for the deadline) to arrive.

So we are done with the postal service.
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Agree the post office is bad but don't believe Fed Ex or UPS is much better. I have a package sent FedEx back in Dec that still shows delayed in transit and no one can tell me anything. Luckily the shipper replaced long ago. I just keep looking just for the grins.
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I have myrvmail.com out of Crestview, Florida and either packages or mail will be scanned, you can decide if you want it forwarded to you or not. You will get an email to check your mailbox. They can open and scan the contents of letters too - so you can deal with them on line, if you want. Or shred and recycle like they do with all the junk mail. Has worked very well.
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I can't believe we still have a postal service.

Losing 80 billion dollars a year for the last 10 years.

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I can't believe we still have a postal service.

Losing 80 billion dollars a year for the last 10 years.

LOL I would like to see some evidence of what you say, but I know it doesnt exist. For years when I worked there the USPS was on a three year plan. Whenever they raised rates they raised them enough with the expectation that they would make money the first year, break even the second year, and lose what they made the first year the third year, and the cycle would be repeated as costs rose.

However, in 2006 the US Congress passed and the President signed a law that required the USPS to make a payment of about 6 billion each year to the US Treasury for future retiree benefits, even to the point where the payments would cover the retirement benefits for 75 years into the future. Not only did the law do that, but limited rate increases.
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