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Puzzling Mail Carrier Behavior

Can someone familiar with post office procedures tell me if this is a messed-up as I think it is? One day, two independent packages expected that day were, according to the USPS tracking page, scanned as both "Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available)" and "Delivered". All four scans had the same timestamp, 2:16 pm on the day they were due. Someone was present at that time, no delivery attempt was in fact made. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on Jul 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Is the United States Postal Service under attack?

I read somewhere that the United States Postal Service does not receive any federal or state funds from taxes, that they do all of their own accounting. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Oct 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Need a surrogate older sister... where to find?

What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 3, 2013 - 104 answers

Addressing an Envelope When the Recipient's Name is Unknown to You?

Hi everyone. I recently visited an online map where people who share a very unusual niche hobby place a pin where they live, voluntarily including an address or name if they'd like, and I found to my pleasant shock that a fellow enthusiast lives only a few blocks from me. He/she left a contact address but not a name, and I'd really love to write to this person, but I have no idea what the normal etiquette is for addressing a personal envelope to an unnamed recipient (to be clear, I don't mean the letter itself, but the envelope). [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on Apr 14, 2013 - 17 answers

YANAMC, YANMMC, but maybe you can answer this anyway

Why would a letter come back "not deliverable as addressed" when the address is correct? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Apr 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Postcard to Japan

I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

Data sort help

Is there an off-the-shelf MSExcel function or 2.0 tool that will allow me to "return" a US City/State based on 5-digit US postal codes. I have 160 postal code queries to perform. The postal code data is in MSExcel. Something like this. I do not have MSAccess and I am a Mac user.
posted by jeffmac on Jul 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Which is the cheapest postage meter?

I want a cheaper postage meter. I am tired of paying $30+ bucks a month to Pitney Bowes to rent their postage meter. What is the best/cheapest other postage solution? [more inside]
posted by bq on May 25, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this weird little card?

What is this weird little card that I got in the mail? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 11, 2012 - 4 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Going postal over delivery failures.

Here we go again: This is now multiple times that the wonderful USPS has, given a package sent to me through their service, made the tracking unavailable until after the date they supposedly delivered and then claimed that it's been delivered when I've had no sign of it. Where do I actually find out what the handling policies of the USPS are supposed to be, and who can I complain to that's higher than my local branch? [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Dec 26, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I contact the South Korean post office?

As an English-speaker in the US, how can I contact a South Korean post office to resolve a delivery problem? [more inside]
posted by brain on Feb 17, 2011 - 1 answer

Cheapest way to mail and track documents going from US to Russia?

I need to mail some important documents from the US to Russia via a method that is trackable. The cheapest price I can find is $28.95 via USPS. Does anyone know of a less expensive method that includes tracking information? These are just paper documents, not a package. Thanks!
posted by emily37 on Jan 5, 2011 - 9 answers

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada?

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Dec 16, 2010 - 21 answers

Deliver me MORE!

I have, unexpectedly, found myself to be enjoying the music of The Postal Service. What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Nov 25, 2010 - 38 answers

Small business needs to keep postal mailbox costs low

I need to receive business shipments. How can I keep my postal mailbox costs low? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Was my letter really delivered on the 4th of July?

I sent a certified letter to a large business last week and just checked its status on the USPS web site to see if it had been delivered. The site tells me that my letter was indeed delivered. On July 4. Which is a Federal holiday. On which they don't deliver the mail. Okay, I guess the Federal observance of Independence Day was on the 5th this year, but that's only because the 4th was a Sunday, On which they also don't deliver the mail. So does this make sense? Do they really deliver mail on Sunday and the 4th of July?
posted by Naberius on Jul 6, 2010 - 11 answers

How do Post Office Workers Handle Stamps?

How do post office workers handle the insane amount of special stamps? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on May 11, 2010 - 15 answers

How do companies afford to ship internationally?

How do companies ship their products internationally so cheaply? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Apr 15, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm an adult. I should know how mail works.

If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Poor little banjo on the doorstep

How do I receive a USPS Parcel Post package that is (probably) getting delivered to my (closed) office this week? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Dec 28, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a way to order and mail a British Postal Order online?

Is there a way to order and mail a British Postal Order online? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Oct 10, 2009 - 10 answers

Postal Address in Niagara Falls

Postal Address In Niagara Falls, NY - I live in Toronto Canada and would like to have a postal address in Niagara Falls, NY. Some offerings (e.g.) free Amazon music downloads, (or buying songs from Amazon), rebates, etc. Of course I can provide identity - passport etc. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bright77blue on Jun 2, 2009 - 4 answers

Where can I find inspiration for a postal adventure project?

Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

fauxstal address problems

[Postal_Filter] I sent out 45 postcards to friends for X-Mas. They had a "From" address (labeled as such) and a "To" address (also labeled as such). Somehow, the Post Office sent it all to the "From" Address (not return to sender for insufficient postage or anything). Do I have any recourse in getting these sent to the right address? Is it bad protocol on my part to put a very visible "From" Address on a postcard?
posted by Franklin76 on Dec 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Post cards and Florida

Post Office Post Card Filter - how can I find out how many post cards have been sent from Florida over the last century? [more inside]
posted by mad_little_monkey on Dec 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Postcode ranges in Australia?

I am looking for a source on the internet that will give me ranges for postal codes in Australia for metro areas, eg, 3200-3500 is Melbourne where the range would include all suburbs generally agreed to be part of metro Melbourne. If they aren't really in a range, than a list of all the Melbourne metro postcodes would work. I feel like I have only found ranges by state but those include rural areas. Any help very appreciated. The cities are Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
posted by jules1651 on Oct 8, 2008 - 3 answers

See the tear standin' in my eye

The USPS lost the contents of a media-rate package. Many books within. What are the odds I'll get any of it back? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Dead Letter Office

What happens when I tell catalogue people I am dead? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Vintage Stamps for Face Value

Where can I buy vintage, valid US postage stamps for face value or near face value? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Sep 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Find post code with latitude & longitude.

Find post code with latitude & longitude. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Aug 19, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I apply for an ideal job whose application deadline has *just* passed?

How do I apply for an ideal job whose application deadline has *just* passed? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Can an American visit friends in Kyrgyzstan safely?

Is it safe/practical for an American to visit Kyrgyzstan for leisure? And can their postal system be trusted? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 29, 2007 - 15 answers

Lost Letter Laws

It's illegal to open someone's 'mail'. But when does it become mail legally? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jan 5, 2007 - 7 answers

zip+4 to lat/lon? Where? & precision necessary?

I want a free-as-in-beer way to put in a ZIP+4 postal code and get back a latitude and longitude. Unless that's more precision than I need for terrestrial astronomy. [more inside]
posted by pax digita on Dec 12, 2006 - 6 answers

How is a postage stamp authenticated?

How is the authenticity of a postage stamp verified in the normal mail delivery process? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

Help! I'm wasting half my day filling out the same forms over and over...

I fill out a lot of the same postal form, just with small amounts of different information in it. This form needs to be printed out a couple dozen times a day. Is it possible to dreates a PDF in Acrobat or Indesign that has a user-fillable text box that will show up when printed? I'm currently just editing and printing a Word doc, which is less than ideal.
posted by clango on Oct 18, 2006 - 9 answers

predict my future: prison or evening news?

predict my future: prison or evening news? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 11, 2006 - 13 answers

I want to mail three boxes of from Philadelphia to Spain. What's the cheapest option?

I want to mail three boxes of from Philadelphia to Spain. What's the cheapest option? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Postal System - mail routes

Postal service - how does a letter travel from Canada to Namibia - via Europe? Does it go to one country in Africa, and then to Namibia. I have looked everywhere, UPU etc, but cannot find an answer. Is there a directory of physical postal routes? Thanks! BB [more inside]
posted by bright77blue on Jul 30, 2006 - 5 answers

When will our neighborhood get door-to-door USPS mail delivery?

Why do some neighborhoods get USPS mail delivered to their door (or at least to their property) and other neighborhoods get USPS mail delivered to mailboxes on the street near the recipients' property but not on it? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Apr 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Snail Mail Spam, how to stop?

It seems like almost every time i open my mailbox i get this advertising mailer in there. How on earth do i go about complaining and get this crap to stop! I assume there are laws like there are spam these days, if you say "unsubscribe" they have to obey? Googling for it only came up with the link i pasted above and looking on the Kansas City Star website was no help either. Any advice?
posted by joshgray on Mar 30, 2006 - 19 answers

Why does some of my mail have small scribbles on it?

Why does some of my mail have small scribbles on it? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Feb 25, 2006 - 7 answers

USPS Sunday pickup times

What happens to a piece of mail after it is deposited in a USPS mailbox that lists a Sunday pickup time? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Feb 5, 2006 - 7 answers

this is why i shouldn't be a manager

tax idiot filter: I need to get some things postmarked today. It's 6:30pm where I am. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jan 31, 2006 - 14 answers

How to snail mail a document from a web form?

MailADocumentFilter: I want to auto-snailmail a document. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Jan 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Writing to folks in Russia

How do I find a postal code for St. Petersburg, Russia? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 9, 2005 - 5 answers

I am seeking alternatives to Royal Mail's Presstream magazine distribution

I am trying to a UK-wide postal distribution system for a bi-monthly magzine. [more inside]
posted by ajbattrick on May 13, 2005 - 4 answers

Sorting Snail Mail

SnailMailFilterFilter: Are there any failsafe rules to separate USPS junk mail from real mail (or vice versa) without opening it? I know I needn't worry about an ink SoBig virus, but I just hate being suckered into opening an important-looking envelope only to find another Visa/MC application. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by klarck on Dec 1, 2004 - 14 answers

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