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Is the USPS exempt from parking tickets?

Idle curiosity: Are USPS delivery cars/trucks legally exempt from parking tickets and violations, or do parking checkers just ignore them because, well, it's the government?
posted by hafehd on May 6, 2012 - 9 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

I want to be a good online seller. How casually should I give a refund?

What's my responsibility to a buyer who I shipped to in good faith, but he claims he didn't receive his item? [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Mar 23, 2012 - 7 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

Mail carrier is committing mail fraud

my postal carrier has been stealing, losing and holding back my packages for several months. he's under investigation by USPS and has been reprimanded. but he's still on my route and has started screwing with my packages again. it's all documented, but the USPS investigation is going at a snail's pace. this is mail fraud - but i have no idea where to turn next. attorney general? private lawyer? what kind of private lawyer? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet plots an escape on Feb 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Lost in Transiliteration

Help my package not get lost in transliteration! How do I address (Roman or Cyrillic) a package to Moscow? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 8, 2012 - 7 answers

Can I share the (marshmallow) love?

I have perfected homemade marshmallows and they are delicious! They are so delicious that I want to send some from San Francisco to a friend in England. The only trouble is that the marshmallows have a coating of white powder (confectioners' sugar and a little cornflour) to ensure they don't stick together and create one big mess. Am I asking for trouble by sending this stuff via USPS internationally? [more inside]
posted by RosiePosie on Jan 3, 2012 - 9 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

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

Did we anger our letter carrier with our gift?

My wife and I moved into a new house this year, with a different mailman and a different UPS driver. Since we just had our first baby, all of our holiday shopping has been online. To express our thanks for their efforts, we bought some gourmet chocolates from a local chocolate shop for them, and left a nice card attached to both. Neither was accepted, just left sitting where we left them. Did we run afoul of some UPS and USPS regulation, or was it a crappy gift?
posted by tkerugger on Dec 19, 2011 - 11 answers

You've got Brown!

Is there any difference between UPS Basic and UPS Mail Innovations? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Dec 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Magazine circulation data?

"Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation." Where can I find them all? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Dec 9, 2011 - 2 answers

USPS insurance appeal?

Appealing a claim denial from the USPS? [more inside]
posted by kaszeta on Nov 21, 2011 - 6 answers

is my awesome present for someone simply lost forever?

The US Postal Service said my package was 'undeliverable' despite the fact that I live at the address provided, and get all my mail here. They didn't make another attempt. The tracking said it will be returned to sender if possible. This was about a month ago. I emailed them, and got a response that basically said 'oops, sorry. this kind of thing can happen. we have a lot mail to deal with and don't track anything and you are basically screwed.' Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by asimplemouse on Oct 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Have I been given the wong (tracking) number here ?

I've ordered a dress on behalf of the wife and it is being made and shipped from the Ukraine. They have given us a tracking number, but I suspect it is an incorrect one: The number supplied starts with RA, then has 9 digits and ends with UA. I've looked at the USPS Track & Confirm page and there is no RA suffix, only RE - and they always end in US, not UA So have I been given bogus info ?
posted by Webbster on Oct 14, 2011 - 9 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

Why can you print every kind of postage except the reasonably priced ones???

Shipping dilemma: I have 30-40 boxes at my house I need to ship via parcel post. I thought I could print the labels at home and then have them picked up for a fee by the post office, but I've hit a snag... [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Jun 26, 2011 - 20 answers

Playing games through the (snail) mail.

I'm interested in novel recreational uses of snail mail, both historically and currently. Aside from pen-palling and exchanging goods, what kind of games or similar activities take place via old fashioned letters and postcards? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 5, 2011 - 26 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

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

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

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

I don't want to become known as the "tiny rocks bomber"

I want to give some trinitite as a Christmas gift. This involves transporting it across state lines. Am I going to run into problems? [more inside]
posted by kagredon on Dec 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Shipping charges

Online payment system with integrated shipping charges calculator? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Nov 2, 2010 - 3 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

What hardware and software do I need to print postage for a lot of envelopes?

What hardware and software do I need to print postage for a lot of envelopes? [more inside]
posted by JPigford on Oct 11, 2010 - 7 answers

WTF USPS?

For some reason my local PO could not deliver two packages to my workplace. Should I write them off as forever lost? (Anon in case sellers mentioned use AskMeFi.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 2, 2010 - 6 answers

How to track down snail mail phishers?

Has anyone received a phishing letter (snail mail) from Card Center, 5050 Kingsley Drive, Cincinnati OH 45263? [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie on Sep 7, 2010 - 7 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

Moving cross-country. No new address. No money... Yikes!

My girlfriend and I are shipping all non fixtures from our 1 bedroom apartment across the country. We will not have a new address until after we move. What is the best way to ship everything? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy on Aug 11, 2010 - 8 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

Refunded lost item surfaces, what now?

An item that I ordered many months ago, that was determined to be lost by the USPS and the value refunded to me finally arrived. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Joe Chip on Jul 26, 2010 - 10 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

Why is there media mail?

Media mail doesn't seem to make economic sense, and I'm curious why it exists... [more inside]
posted by paultopia on Mar 5, 2010 - 23 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

scared shipless

i need to ship a bunch of family photos across the country, but i'd be devastated if they got lost by UPS or the post office. what can i do to help ensure that my priceless memories reach their destination?
posted by phoeniciansailor on Jan 2, 2010 - 12 answers

When you gooo, will you send back a letter from America?

What are some cool things I can get in exchange for a self addressed stamp envelope and maybe a small fee? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 31, 2009 - 16 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

How do I get my package that's been "Inbound Into Customs" in NY for 12+ days?

My perfectly boring package from Sweden has been listed as "Inbound Into Customs" since September 4. How can I find out what the problem is? Can I get it cleared somehow? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I get package sent to wrong address?

I purchased an item on eBay which was sent out via USPS Media Mail 2-3 days ago. I just realized that I gave out an incorrect shipping address and that the address I supplied doesn't even exist. Is there anything I can do now to get my package or do I have to wait for it to be returned to the sender? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Jun 4, 2009 - 3 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

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

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

How long will my package be at the post office?

How long does the United States Post Office hold a package for a missed delivery? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Nov 19, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I avoid doing Halloween as a ghost?

Just moved- how can I intercept something sent via overnight mail to my old address without waiting for USPS to forward it to my new address? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Oct 29, 2008 - 7 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

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