What is the best book on the history of sending mail, news, orders and other information by ship?
posted by michaelh
on Jul 18, 2014 -
I've just moved into a new apartment, and the previous residents were apparently single-handedly keeping the direct marketing world in business. Every day my mailbox is filled with catalogs. How can I most efficiently stop this onslaught? I live in Wisconsin (USA).
posted by philosophygeek
on Sep 11, 2013 -
Will forwarding our mail twice in three months raise any red flags with anyone? How about three times in seven months? I also need some general help on mail management and state residency since we plan to be mobile next year (we live in an RV). [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Sep 3, 2013 -
My parents sent me some china and glassware through USPS (they insured the package) and some of it broke. It is old. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess
on Aug 27, 2013 -
I want to change the world. Or at least make it easier/faster/cheaper to send my niece and nephew, currently living less than 500 miles from where I live
, a flipping Christmas package. Who should I bother to help get this done? [more inside]
posted by SMPA
on Dec 19, 2012 -
Looking at the Universal Postal Union pages
on the matter, addresses on envelopes are usually right-justified and appear below the stamp. Why is this the case. Also, are the UK and Ireland the only exceptions?
posted by Talkie Toaster
on Aug 1, 2012 -
My postman or somebody in the mail chain between him and Netflix shipping centers has cracked or destroyed several DVDs en route to me. I know he destroyed one by shutting my mailbox door over the midpoint of the disc, but with the others I'm not sure where it happened. How do I address this so that I don't become liable for the damage or lose my account? And how do I maximize my credibility? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Priority Mail or Express Mail? This Saturday I'll mail a flat envelope from NYC to a P.O. box in Bethesda, MD (20824); I want it to arrive by this Tuesday. Do I need to spring for Express Mail? Anecdotes welcome.
posted by lorimer
on Jun 27, 2008 -
I received a surprise gift in the mail and there was no return address. Is it possible to track down the sender? [more inside]
posted by blithely
on Jun 9, 2008 -
The Postal Service of a few different countries is a factor in where I decide to move. [more inside]
posted by Rykey
on Sep 2, 2007 -
I mail stuff all the time, usually books, and have to go to our terrible post office (long waits, willfully obstructionist employees, etc.) to mail a book via media mail. Yet I can't just weigh it at home and put stamps on it because the Unabomber had to ruin things for everyone, so there is no anonymous mailing of anything over a lb. or so.
Furthermore, the postal kiosk, available 24 hours, won't even print out the $4.05 postage for flat fee priority mailing, let alone media mail postage.
Does anyone know if Zazzle
stamps meet the postal requirements for non-anonymous mailing? If so, that would be great.
posted by craniac
on Jun 8, 2006 -
I was crushed to hear the Iron & Wine version of Such Great Heights
played over an M&Ms commercial last night. Who's getting paid, and how much? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on Jul 8, 2005 -
What's the most you can cost someone who sent you a prepaid business reply mail envelope? I just got one of these, fishing for a tax-deductible donation to a 501(c)(3) group, one I would pay money to see stomped to death.
I want to hear from people who've done this and suffered no repercussions, as well as any former or current USPS employees who might know where that fine line is. I'm also open to anything that keeps me on the mailing list, but still costs them more in postage than it's worth.
posted by trondant
on Feb 22, 2005 -
Lost package through the United States Postal Service: I sent a box to myself full of books from one end of the country to the other. One of those three boxes has gone missing, and I want it back. Do you have any ideas (other than to keep hoping it shows up...) to help me recover it? [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab
on Aug 30, 2004 -