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Best Books on shipping mail/news/orders/etc?

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 - 1 answer

Stop the catalogs!

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 - 15 answers

Will forwarding our mail twice in three months raise any red flags?

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 - 6 answers

On the boulevard of broken china

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 - 11 answers

It shouldn't be this hard when Toronto is barely 100 miles from Buffalo, OK?

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 - 21 answers

Why are delivery times for post to Vancouver so unreliable?

Why is post from Europe to Vancouver, BC so extremely unreliable in terms of delivery time? [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow on Sep 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Addressing: the question

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 - 7 answers

In which a Media Mail package gets some sort of barcode upgrade; but what kind?

Postal Service Filter: What's up with extra barcode stickers next to postage on two Media Mail packages I sent today? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Shipping for a framed, fragile photo?

How do you ship a framed picture? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Jun 7, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I be in two places at once when my mail isn't anywhere at all?

USPS mail forwarding: Can I have permanent and temporary change of address requests at the same time? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Buying a Rottweiler and seeking my revenge

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 - 12 answers

Money is tight but I'll do the $16 if I have to

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 - 9 answers

Tracking a mysterious sender of vinyl records?

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 - 17 answers

Lost In Translation (and in the Postal System)

Are there any Czech speakers out there who can help me track down the recipients of this Christmas present? [more inside]
posted by polyester.lumberjack on Dec 27, 2007 - 7 answers

How Do The Postal Services of These Countries Compare?

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 - 9 answers

Who's got music recommendations?

Got any band recommendations? [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 on Dec 10, 2006 - 34 answers

How to be a mail carrier?

How would someone go about getting a job as a mail carrier? [more inside]
posted by magodesky on Nov 12, 2006 - 15 answers

Mailing books from home, cheaply.

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 - 22 answers

Such a great paycheck.

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 - 16 answers

What's the most you can cost someone who sent you a prepaid business reply mail envelope?

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 - 15 answers

Lost Post Office Package

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 - 8 answers

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