In which a Media Mail package gets some sort of barcode upgrade; but what kind?
September 20, 2011 5:13 PM Subscribe
Postal Service Filter: What's up with extra barcode stickers next to postage on two Media Mail packages I sent today?
posted by midatlanticwanderer to Law & Government (6 answers total)
Earlier today I mailed two packages (bubble mailers with one book each, sold on Amazon) via USPS Media Mail to the recipients: one in Pennsylvania, the other in Hawaii. I did not request, nor was I charged for on the receipt, any delivery confirmation or any other sort of tracking. But the clerk still put a separate sticker with a barcode that said "USPS tracking number" above it next to the standard sticker that indicated the postage I had paid.
Has this happened to anyone else? Is it some sort of extra tracking the Postal Service is doing with Media Mail (perhaps related to possible inspection of the packages' contents
)? Maybe something for statistical purposes? Or am I missing some other explanation?