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Old 12-20-2008, 07:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK so I get this in the mail today...

"This item does NOT QUALIFY for delivery confirmation. Items mailed any other class than Priority Mail must meet required 3/4" minimum thickness or be rigid & over 1/4" thick requirement. In order....blah blah blah"

So I mail in a bubble mailer like most everybody, it is rigid, IMO, and it is more than 1/4" thick at its thickest point.

So what gives.....you guys have this happen before?? Should I blow it off or send something to the IG or talk to the local USPS?

I think it was probably some pissed postal employee (female) having a bad day and trying to save the world from delivery confirmation madness...at least the person didn't go nuts and shot the place up.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wrap mine in bubble wrap to make them 3/4" . The y told me that a long time ago and no problems ever since.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is most likley an one time incident. For DC packages must be 3/4" thick. Bubble mailers do not fall under the 1/4 rigid rule. This is why everyone typically puts a packing peanut or two inside each envelope.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I stick a packing peanut in all my bubble mailers to avoid that problem. Some times they let the thin ones go, but once and a while you run into an anal postal inspector who sends it back. Happened to me when I first started selling/trading.
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I have never had a problem. Don't add any extra padding to any of my bubble mailers. Guess my mail carriers like me......doesn't hurt that I slip them a nice bottle of holiday cheer this time of year
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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WHEW!! Well I'll be packing a few peanuts in my bubble mailer then...amazing, who comes up with such a silly rule anyway?
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Just curious as I use Paypal shipping for everything and I quit worrying about thickness since they put a DC on everything anyway but can the USPS refuse to scan it and use it because its not thick enough even though you paid for it?
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I have never had a problem. Don't add any extra padding to any of my bubble mailers. Guess my mail carriers like me......doesn't hurt that I slip them a nice bottle of holiday cheer this time of year
Your a lucky man. My carrier is basically useless. She only comes by every day or so and doesn't take my bubble mailers most of the time. So when I get home I have new mail with my outgoing stuff still in the box and have to go drop it in a PO box
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:59 PM   #9 (permalink)
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WHEW!! Well I'll be packing a few peanuts in my bubble mailer then...amazing, who comes up with such a silly rule anyway?
The 1/4" thing probably has something to do with keeping the items from being lost. Too thin and it could slip in between cracks (or seats). Just a guess though. USPS has some stupid rules and I stopped worrying about them a while ago lol
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Yeah Ive never had any problem sending bubble mailers, I actually never knew there was a thickness rule, I usually use paypal.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:05 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Just curious as I use Paypal shipping for everything and I quit worrying about thickness since they put a DC on everything anyway but can the USPS refuse to scan it and use it because its not thick enough even though you paid for it?

I use the PayPal shipping and I guess they could have shipped it back but, this was just a "Let you know Warning"

The letter seemed to imply that they didn't have to scan it though not really, we won't send it.

It also stated that it would cost $3.68 to ship it Delivery Confirmation. IN FACT it says postage due??

I contacted the buyer....hopefully the guy didn't have to fork over some cash to get the card...There goes my DSR LOL
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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All I know is there is a postal code somewhere in Florida that will stiff you everytime. I always do the peanut thing. TWICE I tried to send a guy his package and TWICE it came back. Both times the peanuts had been smushed flat. Coincidence, I think not!
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Guess I will go back to throwing a packing peanut back in there. Thanks Blowout for the many packaging peanuts you provide with my orders.
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I think it was probably some pissed postal employee (female)
wow, you really are a jerk. looks like you need to go thru some sort of sensitivity training.
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wow, you really are a jerk. looks like you need to go thru some sort of sensitivity training.
Married 14 years...you?
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The comment was very much sexist.

I've had a few come back for the 3/4" rule as well, and I've had others get forwarded onto the buyer with priority rate postage due, which I've refunded the buyer as its not worth the negative feedback, paying return shipping, and eating the sale.

Not sure we have any postal employees on here, but I know we've got at least one UPS worker...FYI I'm not wanting to piss off either. I love my mail and since blowout uses UPS I'm on a 1st name basis with my local driver...in fact I'm making him work extra this week so I might have to find another beverage for him to enjoy as I know they're working long hours right now. But given the economy, any job right now is a good one!
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I'll send you to this one FESTUS

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Old 12-20-2008, 08:48 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The comment was also based on hand writting...what is "jerk" nice??
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Not saying the Jerk comment was the best choice of words in the English vocabulary, but certainly not the worse I've seen used.
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:06 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I give up...I'll tell ya what I'll go give my wife a kiss and tell my two daughters a bedtime story

Hope this thread saved someone from a honest great fun loving postal employees strict adherence to postal code not matter if it's a male or female (Has to be one or the other right??)
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Does this really need to turn into a PC discussion? I'm sure it wasn't meant in a defaming way, just an off the cuff joke. People are getting too damn sensitive about things in this country and its getting ridiculous.
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My post office does the same, has to be thick enough and sent at the parcel rate ($2.05 with DC under 1 oz). Peanuts work for me one on each side of card, thanks to BO I have lots of them to use
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My post office does the same, has to be thick enough and sent at the parcel rate ($2.05 with DC under 1 oz). Peanuts work for me one on each side of card, thanks to BO I have lots of them to use
You should use paypal shipping and save some money!
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Yes, I've had it happen. I just shove a packing peanut in there and it qualifies for their 3/4" rule
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I have never had a problem. Don't add any extra padding to any of my bubble mailers. Guess my mail carriers like me......doesn't hurt that I slip them a nice bottle of holiday cheer this time of year
Ah-ha! Alcohol does solve problems! I knew those people at AA were full of crap
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