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    A friend of mine has a PO Box. and after listening to why she does I am thinking of doing the same. I would feel comfortable doing fabric or book swaps if I have a PO Box. I do not and will not give out my address, phone number or my last name. Sadly in this world of you have to be careful. She also uses her PO box for her address on her credit cards and bank statements and for just about everything. You also can get a PO Box in a different state if you work in another state other then where you live.

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    When we were living in the Midwest, we used a p.o. box for all our mail. My husband's job required a lot of travel and I went with him most of the time. The mail was safe in the post office when we returned.

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    It is good but there are certain things that can only be delivered to a physical address such as Fed.Ex and UPS.

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    I went to a PO Box because one year my xmas cards that I put in the mail box with the flag up was taken by someone else and tore open and threw all over somewhere and someone found them and turned them into the Post office and they called me and gave torn up, ran over, cards and pictures. They were looking for money i guess.

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    I'm not quite understanding why you are leary about giving out your address. Anyone can look up your address by doing a reverse lookup using your phone number. Also, I would not want to waste gas going to pick up mail at the post office. Mine is not exactly around the corner. A friend of mine had a Xmas card returned because she mailed it to a street address instead of the P.O. Box the recipient was using. I would not have any idea of who all I needed to notify if I switched to a P.O. Box & would not want to miss out on a relative, etc. trying to get in touch with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    A friend of mine has a PO Box. and after listening to why she does I am thinking of doing the same. I would feel comfortable doing fabric or book swaps if I have a PO Box. I do not and will not give out my address. Sadly in this world of you have to be careful. She also uses her PO box for her address on her credit cards and bank statements and for just about everything. You also can get a PO Box in a different state if you work in another state other then where you live.

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    I would not give out my name. Just the PO Box and the first name to people I do not know for book swaps and fabric swaps. I do not have a house phone so that solves that issue...both my husband and I have cell phone. I also have rec'd mail all the time that does not belong to me in my mail box. Wonder how many Items that I do not receive.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I'm not quite understanding why you are leary about giving out your address. Anyone can look up your address by doing a reverse lookup using your phone number. Also, I would not want to waste gas going to pick up mail at the post office. Mine is not exactly around the corner. A friend of mine had a Xmas card returned because she mailed it to a street address instead of the P.O. Box the recipient was using. I would not have any idea of who all I needed to notify if I switched to a P.O. Box & would not want to miss out on a relative, etc. trying to get in touch with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    A friend of mine has a PO Box. and after listening to why she does I am thinking of doing the same. I would feel comfortable doing fabric or book swaps if I have a PO Box. I do not and will not give out my address. Sadly in this world of you have to be careful. She also uses her PO box for her address on her credit cards and bank statements and for just about everything. You also can get a PO Box in a different state if you work in another state other then where you live.

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    We had to get a PO Box after some incidents. Plus we have had our phone number unlisted for years.

    But their are some places/people that will only ship to a street address. We only purchase from those if we know the people or the site well.

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    Last time I applied for a credit card you could NOT have a PO box in your address. I notice other things have the same restriction.
    I don't have any problems using my real address, the people on this board are so nice, as are 99.99% of the people we meet everyday. If the ax man wants to come and hack you up, there is not much you can do, short of getting a gun and a big dog.

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    I am not driving to the post office everyday, but that is just me...everyone can make the decision on what is best for them.

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    My sister has one too...she does both depending on what it is. She only goes to the post office once a week...same with my friend. You do not have to go everyday. Both have family send mail to the house. I just think it may be a good idea for sites like these. Not that there is anyone bad here....but you never know. I do know people have problems with people taking packages when delivered and they are not home. sad that there are people out there that steal from others.

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    I Know I wouldn't have to go everyday, but I also know that it would bother me tremendously if I didn't.

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    I have a Mail box which is an actual street address rather than a PO BOX They will take packages and are just like the USPS but they are independently owned. We had our mail stolen too many times and with this I give what looks like a home address and I don't have to worry about strangers showing up at my door.

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    smart idea!!! I am going to look into that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    I have a Mail box which is an actual street address rather than a PO BOX They will take packages and are just like the USPS but they are independently owned. We had our mail stolen too many times and with this I give what looks like a home address and I don't have to worry about strangers showing up at my door.

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    UPS Stores will also frequently have "mail boxes" which allow you to have the physical street address, another option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbridges22
    It is good but there are certain things that can only be delivered to a physical address such as Fed.Ex and UPS.
    So true.....

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    I have had a P O Box for years - I live in a rural area where the mail boxes were constantly wiped out by accidents on this road. I didn't want to be crossing the road and standing by the box one day when someone lost control and hit me along with my mailbox and several others boxes that are there too. Mail can be taken out of a mailbox by anyone too, so you don't know if you are getting all your mail or not - they are usually looking for checks. I get absolutely no mail delivery here since I do not have a box here, I can pick mail up from my box at the PO 24/7. If something doesn't fit in my box they will leave a key for a locker with the number of the locker on the key. The key stays in the locker after I take the package out. You have the option of how you have your packages shipped when you order - anything I need delivered here I have shipped by UPS or FedX. The Post Office will also forward any mail to the box once you fill out the proper form and keep it current. They will require 3 types of identification before you can open one and they update that information periodically to keep their records current. Here they will lock you out of your box if you don't update your information in a certain period of time after they put a notice in your box.

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    The only thing you cannot do in real life is live in a PO BOX so said the lady at the drivers' license office to the man in front of me!

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    I live in a city, have a street address, have a mailbox beside my front door and still have to pick up my mail. What they're doing here (Ontario) is using 'super mailboxes'. Each block or so has a multi mailbox - each box with a lock and key, you can mail letters there, and there are a couple of larger cubby holes for small packages. The postman will leave a key to the cubby in your mailbox and you just put it in with outgoing mail once you've retrieved your package. Larger packages they will try to deliver once. If you're not at home then they leave a note and you have to pick it up at your region's post office.
    Sometimes it is a bother, but most times we just stop on the way home from where ever. At least the mail is locked, protected from the elements, and the dog doesn't eat it coming through the mail slot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I would not give out my name. Just the PO Box and the first name to people I do not know for book swaps and fabric swaps. I do not have a house phone so that solves that issue...both my husband and I have cell phone. I also have rec'd mail all the time that does not belong to me in my mail box. Wonder how many Items that I do not receive.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I'm not quite understanding why you are leary about giving out your address. Anyone can look up your address by doing a reverse lookup using your phone number. Also, I would not want to waste gas going to pick up mail at the post office. Mine is not exactly around the corner. A friend of mine had a Xmas card returned because she mailed it to a street address instead of the P.O. Box the recipient was using. I would not have any idea of who all I needed to notify if I switched to a P.O. Box & would not want to miss out on a relative, etc. trying to get in touch with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    A friend of mine has a PO Box. and after listening to why she does I am thinking of doing the same. I would feel comfortable doing fabric or book swaps if I have a PO Box. I do not and will not give out my address. Sadly in this world of you have to be careful. She also uses her PO box for her address on her credit cards and bank statements and for just about everything. You also can get a PO Box in a different state if you work in another state other then where you live.
    Then you need to complain to the post office if you are not getting mail or getting someone elses. They have an obligation to you to deliver mail properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I would not give out my name. Just the PO Box and the first name to people I do not know for book swaps and fabric swaps. I do not have a house phone so that solves that issue...both my husband and I have cell phone. I also have rec'd mail all the time that does not belong to me in my mail box. Wonder how many Items that I do not receive.
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I'm not quite understanding why you are leary about giving out your address. Anyone can look up your address by doing a reverse lookup using your phone number. Also, I would not want to waste gas going to pick up mail at the post office. Mine is not exactly around the corner. A friend of mine had a Xmas card returned because she mailed it to a street address instead of the P.O. Box the recipient was using. I would not have any idea of who all I needed to notify if I switched to a P.O. Box & would not want to miss out on a relative, etc. trying to get in touch with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    A friend of mine has a PO Box. and after listening to why she does I am thinking of doing the same. I would feel comfortable doing fabric or book swaps if I have a PO Box. I do not and will not give out my address. Sadly in this world of you have to be careful. She also uses her PO box for her address on her credit cards and bank statements and for just about everything. You also can get a PO Box in a different state if you work in another state other then where you live.

    Hmmm. Just a thought. Many people wouldn't consider swapping fabric or blocks with someone with no last name. Yes, we need to be careful living in this world, but if I ever have to collect mail from a PO box and disguise my identity from a bunch of quilters, well then just lock me up and throw away the key.

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    we use a post office box mainly because it is more convenient for us. here in northern michigan plow trucks tend to take out mail boxes every winter and they are expensive to have to replace over and over--and if they 'hit' after the mail has been delivered, well- you might find some of it in the spring...and our post office is on the way home from work so it's not out of the way.

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    And then there are those of us who do not have a choice. Our town of 2000 does not have home mail delivery. They deliver to those who live in the country, but us "town folks" have to have a PO Box. It is not usually a problem unless I am dealing with a "city" person who does not understand our mail delivery.

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    I use my home address for most mail, since I have a slot in the door for letters/etc. The Mailman himself suggested that when he had a small package that he could stick it in between the screen door and house door, then lock the screen. Larger packages he can put down behind a shrub and beside the porch, out of the sight of passersby. I also have a post office box for valuable stuff, and check it every week. I try not to often order large stuff that could be stolen, but sometimes do, so have it delivered to my brother's Security office.

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    Even with using a cell phone number, it's ridiculously easy to find information about people. I used to work for a bank and we had access to a website where you could do free searches on people. You then paid if you wanted the report with all the details. I searched my name, found my SSN plus I was slightly linked with my parents', found every address my parents and I ever lived at as well as some property my dad put in my name and sold 10 years prior. If I had pulled the report, it would've shown full information about my car/license, any tickets, any properties I own, any businesses I'm apart of. Scary stuff.

    When I had just met my now husband whilst working there, I did a search on him (and he has a common name). That was it. The search found his SSN plus every address he lived at. And that was just the free search.

    So you can do a PO box to avoid giving out your address, but it is very easy to find. Oh, and you could search people by any phone number, including your cell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Yes, we need to be careful living in this world, but if I ever have to collect mail from a PO box and disguise my identity from a bunch of quilters, well then just lock me up and throw away the key.
    Amen to that. We DO have to be careful in this world, but you can also worry needlessly. Your human instinct alone should tell you what and where to be careful. Quilters, IMHO, do NOT fall into the "be careful" category.

    If you are having problems with mail delivery or receipt, let the post office know ..... and have some trust in your fellow man (or woman). :D :D

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