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The mail must go through!

Do you know of any children's books featuring mail? As in, a penpal or mailing letters. Specifically for an eight year old girl but I'm open to all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by cessair on May 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Finding a lost package on the weekend - USPS

Hi all, this is a far fetched question, but I'm hoping that someone here has an idea of what I can do. I shipped some fish out to Spokane, WA from New Berlin, WI Thursday afternoon, using express mail. The package did not arrive. I've contacted the 1800 number and opened a "research" case on it, but haven't heard anything. Today's latest news was nothing new. I'm hoping to try and chase the package down myself, as I or the receiver are willing to drive where ever it is stuck and get it ourselves. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 22, 2013 - 6 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

I just got charged for some other jerk to send mail.

This morning I collected mail from my PO Box, and was told there was another item with postage due. I paid the $1.50 and then was given three copies of form 3547, 'address forwarding service' for mail I never sent. How can I get this refunded and stop whoever sent it 'in my name'? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Oct 23, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I ship perfume, nail polish etc abroad from the UK?

Is there a way to ship perfume and nail polish abroad from the UK? People are telling me there isn't but I don't quite believe them. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Sep 28, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I get hold of a Royal Mail delivery envelope within the next 6 hours?

UK Filter: I need to buy/beg/steal a Royal Mail Special Delivery Envelope before 8.45am tomorrow morning. The post office does not open until 9am. I am in Belfast and I am all outta ideas.... [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy on Jul 9, 2012 - 6 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

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

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

Where should I put the Do Not Bend labels?

I'm about to send out about 100 envelopes (6 inches high by 9 inches wide) that I don't want bent. I'm going to have "Do Not Bend" labels printed, and plan to request that the envelopes be hand-stamped at the (U.S.) post office (and/or ask whether I can hand-stamp them myself at that location). The question: Where is the best place on this size of envelope to put a "Do Not Bend" label?
posted by limeonaire on Feb 24, 2011 - 10 answers

USPS assigning a PO Box without consent?

Can the US post office just assign you a PO box without your consent and refuse let you switch your mailing address to your home? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Dec 29, 2010 - 34 answers

Money Order Scam?

My coworker received 2 money orders via USPS priority mail today. They were in 2 different amounts, both addressed to him. The address and name on the FROM section of the money order were from a different name and state than the return address on the mail. He did not recognize either name or address. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Aug 24, 2010 - 13 answers

Postage required?

How can I tell whether these envelopes are really "prepaid" for usps mailing? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; on Jun 26, 2010 - 8 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 nitpicky is the Post Office with regards to Media Mail?

How does the Post Office confirm that media mail is actually media mail? I'm shipping four boxes of books from Los Angeles to Arlington. Each box contains a hodgepodge of hardback and paperback books. To keep everything from getting jumbled up, I've included either a bunched-up towel or canvas bags as filler material. Will the Post Office hold or return my boxes if they find out? Has this ever happened to you or someone you know?
posted by invisible ink on Mar 4, 2010 - 28 answers

Can I get a discount on postage for mailing 300 postcards to 1 address?

Can I get a discount on postage for mailing 300 postcards to 1 address? [more inside]
posted by boots on Jan 11, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I make ice cream and mail it as a surprise gift across the country?

How do I make ice cream and mail it as a surprise gift across the country? Need ice cream and postal advice! [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jan 5, 2010 - 21 answers

USPS Nightmare

snailmailfilter: I recently moved and the Post Office messed up my "change of address" card... for the past ten weeks, all of my mail has been forwarded to Las Vegas...... [more inside]
posted by peewinkle on Oct 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Zip, indeed.

Since we all have nine-digit zip codes now, why is it still neccesary to include the city and state in a postal address? [more inside]
posted by dinger on Jul 3, 2009 - 25 answers

How can I make the USPS do my bidding?

How do I get the post office's attention? My PO Box is basically embargoed, the key is lost, the mail has been piling up a month. Will they forward it to me or let someone else act as my agent? [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 25, 2009 - 5 answers

Ship it or leave it

Can I ship some camping gear ahead of my travels and pick it up from the post office or UPS Store when I arrive? [more inside]
posted by indyz on Jan 20, 2009 - 7 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

How much postage on a webpage?

Do you use Post Office broadband as your UK ISP? And if you do, what are they like? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Nov 15, 2008 - 2 answers

Incorrectly Issued International Reply Coupon?

Are the International Reply Coupons my girlfriend purchased done... wrongly? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer on Sep 20, 2008 - 4 answers

How do the eff do we make them stop?

Why am I getting snail mail and phone calls for two people who never lived in my apartment, but who share my last name? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Aug 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Post Office snake oil saleswoman?

Have you ever tried to send a piece of mail at the post office certified or signed? Yesterday I tried and the lady went into all this strange ins and outs to justify why I should pay $5 for priority mail envelop instead of the $2.50 (or so) I could pay to just track it (if I skipped the mailed receipt option). This included telling me I'd have to pay for the envelope (which is fine), but insinuating it would be expensive and deflecting how much an envelope would actually be (finally admitting it's only 10 cents). [more inside]
posted by cha4 on Aug 7, 2008 - 14 answers

Dollar Coin Conundrum

Convenient way to get dollar coins outside of a bank? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Jul 24, 2008 - 16 answers

Can un-stamped stamps be reused?

Can you reuse postage stamps if the Post Office doesn't stamp them? [more inside]
posted by nursegracer on Jul 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Why does the post office sell 42 cent stamps? Why do people buy them?

Why does the post office sell 42 cent stamps? Why do people buy them? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Jun 2, 2008 - 72 answers

Post office change of address card concerns

If I'm concerned about basic privacy, should I use the US Post Office change of address form? Has anyone had any negative experiences with it? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Apr 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Amazon and eBay best practices?

I need advice for selling my used stuff online via eBay and Amazon--more specifically, the shipping and order management part of it. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Apr 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Validity of a postmark?

Question about the validity of a "postmark" from the US Postal Service. [more inside]
posted by luser on Jan 31, 2008 - 9 answers

Calling all postage meter experts.

A postage meter was moved from a branch office in California to an office in Vermont. The machine has yet to be updated. Specifically, it still prints "sent from 90210" instead of "sent from 05602." Will the post office in Vermont return the metered mail because of this zip code discrepancy?
posted by who squared on Jun 27, 2007 - 6 answers

Selling Stamps to the PO

Ok, burning my question for the week with something really stupid yet I don't have the time to sit on the phone on hold or make the trip, so here goes: in the US, will the post office buy back your stamps at face value (and with no questions asked)?
posted by catcatwomanman on Oct 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Faster delivery if mailed by earlier collection time?

US Postal Service collection times: those blue boxes at the post office or street corners often list 2 or 3 different collection times. Does my mail really get to its destination faster by my getting it in the box by 12pm as opposed to 5pm?
posted by state fxn on Dec 29, 2005 - 18 answers

Stop the circulars

Isn't there any way to permanently block delivery of unaddressed junk (USPS) mail? The post office insists on cramming increasingly thick stacks of "Occupant", "Resident", etc mail into the box every day and it's become ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Nov 21, 2005 - 15 answers

How can I prove that someone owns a PO box?

How can I prove that someone owns a PO box? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Dec 30, 2004 - 26 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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