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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 - 12 answers

What is going on with my mail?

My local post office happened to lose a piece of (certified) mail that was important to me- so I was busy chasing them around for the past month to no avail. However, today the green "return receipt" card finally arrived back on my doorstep. But unsigned and the (online) tracking still doesn't indicate it was actually delivered. Do they get sent back unsigned? Did it just fall off and get mailed here? Help solve my mail mystery! [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jun 18, 2014 - 4 answers

USPS lost my passport. What now?

Somehow the USPS has lost my passport, which was mailed from NYC to Boston. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by peacheater on Jun 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Oops UPS

I had a return to Amazon. I printed the label they provided and put it on the envelope. I didn't realize it was a UPS label and not USPS until last night when I went to check the status of my return. I had accidentally put the envelope in a USPS mailbox on Monday last week, April 1. What is going to happen my package? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Please help me send a SASE internationally.

I am in the US, and I would like to send letters to both the UK and Canada and include a self addressed stamped envelope. As of January 27, International Reply Coupons are apparently no longer being sold by the USPS . What are my options? [more inside]
posted by meggan on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

White ink addresses on dark envelopes and USPS... Can they be friends?

If I mail invitations addressed with white ink gel pen on dark red paper, will they make it to their destinations? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Jul 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Mail without a place

Some folks I know have found themselves in San Francisco without a place to stay, but I need to send them some stuff. Does anyone know which Post Office(s) in SF proper accept mail for general delivery?
posted by wierdo on Jul 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Had to move suddenly due to scary roommate. What will happen to my mail?

I had to submit a change of address at the last minute, and I'm very reluctant go back to my old address to get any mail that doesn't get forwarded. I have some questions about the mechanics of mail forwarding. [more inside]
posted by internet_explorer on Jun 23, 2013 - 12 answers

International postage stamps from a domestic source

I have a bunch of postcards I'm mailing out from within the US to people in the US, UK and Switzerland. I can put domestic stamps on the cards sent from within the US to our US address, so that the recipients can just drop it in a mailbox. Does the USPS or another entity within the US sell stamps that I can put on the postcards sent from the UK and Switzerland, such that the recipients don't need to buy their own stamps?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 10, 2013 - 10 answers

What can I do about my post office's failure to deliver mail?

My local post office doesn't deliver mail, or on the rare occasion that it does, it comes horribly late. What can I do to rectify the situation? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 23, 2013 - 17 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

What is the biggest box I can fit into a USPS drop box?

What are the maximum dimensions (in each direction) of a box that will fit in a standard USPS blue drop box of the sort that you find on a city street corner? [more inside]
posted by enn on Dec 27, 2012 - 12 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

PO Box closed. What now?

What happens to your mail when the PO closes your box for nonpayment? Forgot to pay my PO Box bill. The box has been closed. This is just in the past week or so. But what will happen to my mail? Are they holding it? Sending it all back to the original senders? Yes, I will call the PO tomorrow, but I will sleep better tonight if I know what's happening to my clients' checks, even if I can't fix the problem right now.
posted by liketitanic on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

shipping Internationally = help.

Please help me mail stuff internationally via USPS. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Nov 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Don't want to return to sender...

In the US, can you still forward USPS mail for free by writing the forwarding address on the front? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Aug 6, 2012 - 7 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

Return address, nah, that's just for show.

What's the best recourse when USPS loses a package (espicially when things may not actually be their fault)? [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Mar 26, 2012 - 19 answers

Return to sender, address unknown. No such number, no such zone.

I want to receive letters at my personal residence that are addressed to an art project of mine, and will not have my name on them. Will these letters be delivered, or do I need to take extra steps to ensure they won't get returned to the original senders? [more inside]
posted by avoision on Mar 2, 2012 - 19 answers

Package hasn't arrived. No tracking number. Lost cause?

Sent package from MN to Toronto 3 weeks ago. It hasn't arrived. I have no way to track it. Is this a lost cause? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Dec 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Stop sending my stuff to my ex's house. Seriously.

How can I make sure that absolutely nothing - not letters, not catalogs, not packages, nothing - with my name and old address on it is ever left at my old place? I am in the US. [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Oct 5, 2011 - 20 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

Is USPS mail an "essential service" for the purposes of tenant rights law?

Is USPS mail an "essential service" for the purposes of tenant rights law? [more inside]
posted by saizai on Aug 11, 2011 - 13 answers

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

Why does my postal carrier use such a small personal vehicle?

[Government Service Flame Filter] My postal carrier uses their own vehicle, which is a small old Ford Ranger and only puts the mail in the cab, sometimes I don't get mail until 7:30 or 8 p.m., why would they do this, is there some sort of benefit? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Dec 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Where's my mail?

I am missing four weeks of mail by virtue of the USPS screwing up. Help! [more inside]
posted by griphus on Oct 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Envelope help

Quick question about the USPS: Can I ship a flat-rate Priority Mail envelope by printing postage for it online and then dropping it in a blue USPS mailbox? Or do I need to take it to a post office?
posted by mekily on Aug 5, 2010 - 13 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

Can I put 2 Forever stamps on one envelope?

Can I put two Forever stamps on one envelope? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Feb 26, 2009 - 4 answers

No mail you say?

About 3-4 times a month, no mail is delivered to my building of 5 apartments (7 tenants) is this unusual? [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack on Jul 9, 2008 - 22 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

How do I stop a fraudulent mail redirection from the U.S. to the UK?

How do I stop a fraudulent mail redirection from the U.S. to the UK? [more inside]
posted by satellitebadger on Mar 14, 2008 - 2 answers

Missing package, lying mailman.

My mail carrier is lying to me about a delivery. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Feb 6, 2008 - 23 answers

How can I get a letter there fast?

I sometimes want something I send to reach the recipient as quickly as possible, but I don't care to pay for priority service. How can I find out what the quickest local US mail dropoff would be? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Feb 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Gotta mail books fast.

I need to mail books fast. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 on Dec 18, 2007 - 6 answers

I want my snail mail!

How can I get the USPS to consistently deliver my mail to my home? I have been randomly missing important letters for at least two years. I've contacted numerous people at the USPS, but it's done no good. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2007 - 12 answers

Can I influence how Amazon ships to me?

There seems to be no pattern at all re. whether Amazon ships to me via UPS or USPS. Since USPS is much, much more convenient for me, is there any way to influence this in the future? [more inside]
posted by lorimer on Oct 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Small-town girl doing some big-city mailing

NYC SnailMail DumbFilter: If I put a normal outgoing letter in my apartment's mailbox, is that acceptable? Or do I need to find a blue mailbox?
posted by lauranesson on Sep 22, 2007 - 16 answers

Wait, this isn't mine!

I accidentally opened a piece of mail that was addressed to the former owner of my house. Due to the nature of the mail I feel I should make sure it gets to either the addressee or the sender (a person, not a company I can easily call up). But how should I do that when I've obviously opened it? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jul 15, 2007 - 19 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

Where is my package?

Where oh where have all of my wifes clothes gone? A postal Mystery in 3 parts. [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall on May 31, 2007 - 7 answers

Where has my parcel gone?!

I’m trying to track a parcel posted in the US with the USPS to my work address in Nottingham, England. I have a tracking number, but all the information I can get is this: [more inside]
posted by timpollard on Mar 28, 2007 - 11 answers

Will the USPS reject a letter weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp?

Will the USPS reject an envelope weighing 1.1 ounces with 1 first class stamp? [more inside]
posted by duncantuna on Feb 20, 2007 - 12 answers

Envelope blues

I have an envelope that's about 10"x13". Inside, I have maybe 15 pages of college application materials. And I have $3.90 in stamps. How the hell do I know how much postage I need for this thing? Should I try to figure it out myself, or should I just take it to the post office and have them figure it out?
posted by punishinglemur on Oct 1, 2006 - 12 answers

Missing eBay package

My boss purchased a rather pricey item on eBay and we have not received it. She did not request signature confirmation or shipping insurance. She did receive a USPS tracking number and, according to that number, it's already been delivered... 'cept, you know, it hasn't been. Are we SOL?
posted by brundlefly on Aug 29, 2006 - 17 answers

How flexible are the USPS's postcard size guidelines?

How flexible are the Postal Service's postcard size guidelines? [more inside]
posted by sandor on Jun 30, 2006 - 11 answers

Should I stop purchasing Delivery Confirmation?

Bah! My online store made a sale on April 24th for around $40, and shipped out the order USPS Priority Mail. Delivery confirmation (no insurance, no signature involved) indicates it was delivered on April 26th. Today, I get an e-mail from the customer asking where it was. A correspondence later, the situations seems that she never received it. [more inside]
posted by arrhn on May 8, 2006 - 13 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

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