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If you are a quilter who sends fabric or blocks by mail, I would like to know if you are having problems.  I mail at least 30 envelopes per month by USPS and have done so for many years with only a few problems.  I have copies of all the new postal regulations and have an authentic postal scale.  I print my own stamps and get my packages ready to mail at home, but take them to the PO for mailing.  In the last few months, I have had multiple packages returned, with many different reasons stamped on the envelopes.  Twice, they have sent packages, going out to someone else, back to my address and twice they were just wrong and I had to go to the post office to get their error corrected and  save my postage.  I am wondering if my PO just doesn't like ME or is everyone having problems.  Please let me know!

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Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on June 28, 2013 at 5:16pm

I am so glad that the PO hasn't just singled me out.  I think I will look into alternate mailings, UPS and Fed-ex.  The postage went up only 1 penny per stamp, but it is costing 3 to 5 stamps more to mail the same packages!  If it is my fault, I don't mind paying the extra postage, but when you send 2 identical packages to the same area and one goes through and the other is sent back, it drives me NUTZ!

Comment by Scott Benson on June 28, 2013 at 11:00am

I'd hate to say it, but it has started to feel like the post office is creating these kinds of problems more and more to make/save money. I don't know for sure if it's cracking down where they used to be lenient, an overworked crew, or a diabolical scheme to make the post office more like the DMV, but I've noticed really strange complaints lately. I used to work at Walgreens, where you could get your passport photo done. We never had a passport application get rejected by the government over our pictures, but right about when our local post office started cutting their budget, the postal workers started rejecting our photos and telling our customers that we were no good at taking them, and that they should always get their passport photos done at the post office (for almost $10 more!). I know that doesn't really help the problem, but rest assured that you're not the only person who feels singled out by the post office from time to time! Good luck in the future!

Comment by Carol Lee Poulis (CP from Texas) on June 27, 2013 at 8:33pm

Thanks for the suggestions!  Most of them have already been implemented already.  I weigh and measure each envelope and add extra postage if they are too thick or too heavy.  But, still some are being returned.

Comment by Janet/MO on June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm

Carol, most of the people who participate in my swaps send a self-addressed stamped envelope along for me to return their blocks.  I have learned the hard way to take those to the counter and have them weighed anyway just as a double ck.  Also, if you are using envelopes that you purchase at stores their bar code can wreak havoc with the automatic readers at the PO.  So now I take a black magic marker & cross out that bar code before I use the mailer.  Another thing is the thickness of the envelope.  They are much stricter about that than they used to be.  If they are thicker than a certain amount they will charge you extra so I always run my hand over them to get out as much excess air as I can.  I do agree though about the inconsistency.  The other day I mailed a block inside a birthday card for about a dollar less than I was told it cost to mail just a block a few days before. 

Comment by Jodi Cramer on June 25, 2013 at 12:07pm

The post office in our area (CO) is going through a lot of changes, down-sizing, cutting hours, closing distribution centers, etc. It has resulted in generally poorer service. We no longer have a post master/mistress in charge of our local p.o., just an hourly worker, who now has to get the same amount of work done in fewer hours. When I told her about my problems she recommended tracking each package. More time & money, fewer headaches. As long as the postal service is losing money, I don't see things improving much. Talk to UPS. With as much business as you have it might be a better deal to go with them. They will pick up, saving you a trip to the post office. Good luck!! And let us know how it works out.

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