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Thread: When Shipping Quilts or Blocks

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    I sent out a package that was returned to me today. I had used a Priority Shipping box that had been previously used. Thinking to be thrifty AND to recycle, I put my squares in and wrapped the box with brown paper and sent it off.

    I DID NOT SEND IT PRORITY and that is where the problem arose.

    It seems that you can only use these boxes or envelopes for when you pay for Priority Shipping....even if you cover them up!!!

    Apparently the Xray machine picked up the logo and since my wrapped box was not labeled with a Priority Shipping Label/Postage Label it was returned to me.

    The post office informed me that these boxes are provided for free for Priority Shipping only...and other use is not acceptable...I even showed them that it had been used twice by others and there wasn't a place on it left for an address or labels...they said it didn't matter... If I wanted to recycle the box, to do so in a recyling bin.

    I thought I would pass this on with Christmas shipping around the corner...it takes longer to get items to their destinations, and I would hate for this to happen to you and make a gift arrive past Dec 24th.... or for a swap projects to be delivered late, or blocks promised for a special quilt like mine will now be!!!

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    I think that shipping things is just confusing anymore. My son is in Korea for a year and the shipping rates to send him anything is outrageious.
    Judy in Ohio

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    And they don't understand why everyone is switching to UPS and FedEx! Thanks for the heads up, amma. :)

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    Thanks for the heads up amma! When you order those boxes online, they make you "sign" a contract that is so bizarre. It says you can't use them for anything but priority mail. I've seen some creative garage sale signs made from those boxes! LOL!

    I ship a lot of stuff FedEx through my business and I've found their ground service is quite reasonable. And you don't have to pay for tracking. Plus your package is insured for $100, which is included in the price of shipping. The USPS should be worried about their competition.

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    Thanks so much for the heads up!! I frequently re-use boxes, so this is a timely warning to me.. one question .. did they refund your postage???

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    I think it all depends on what post office you talk to.
    I've reused the boxes, covered in brown paper bags and it has gone thru with no problem.

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    No refund of postage... they said I should have asked first! LMBO like I would have sent it that way if I knew...don't know?? why would I ask... kind of a vicious circle.... LOL

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    They did say that it could go through...if nothing alerts the person who is running the xray machine... I had 5 quilt blocks in the little box with some balled up tissue paper... and they seen the logo on the box somehow with the xray machine... don't know what else to say other than it is a gamble...

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    That really seems silly. If you wrapped it in brown paper what difference did it make. Like so many things they are hurting themselves with their silly rules. They need to worry about their competition.......or they may put themselves out of business.

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    Judy my son was in Korea for over a year and I found using the priority boxes the best way to ship. they do not add extra as long as it is a APO box.

    Linda D MI

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    Thanks for the information, Amma.
    I just did the same thing today and wonder if the box will come back to me! :mrgreen:
    I covered the Priority Box with brown paper since I didn't have any other boxes to use and I didn't want to send it Priority Mail.

    (last time I'll do that.............. :shock: )


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    Will be keeping my fingers crossed for you Joan!!! :wink:

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    That's crazy... :roll:

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    Since the post office distributes the boxes free of charge, they would probably lose money if they didn't have some type of regulation regarding their use. They have no way of knowing if the box is new or used when it's wrapped in paper. If you're sending something by priority mail, anyway, getting a free box is a good deal. (Not trying to be argumentative - just looking at it from the company's viewpoint.)


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    I've used one of those boxes before when I was in a jam and just had to have something. I broke it down though, turned it inside out and then taped it back together. Hope I don't go to jail for that!!!! :shock: :shock:

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    They do give us fits, don't they? One postal clerk won't let brown paper wrapped boxes through at all and one will help tape the paper down. Makes me crazy with all their rules and lack of being specific!

    Hugs,
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    Amma,

    Thank you for this advice. I have some priority boxes sitting here thinking that I would do the same thing that you have done. This is another example of why our government operations are not profitable.

    Recycle bin? Imagine that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    That really seems silly. If you wrapped it in brown paper what difference did it make. Like so many things they are hurting themselves with their silly rules. They need to worry about their competition.......or they may put themselves out of business.
    yup. Bc I have thought of doing this very thing. I had no idea...I believe most things are out of not knowing.
    Won't be doing this now, AND, gonna check out those Fedx prices, too. Thanks, Amma, ol' pal! :lol:

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    A lot of this depends on the Postal Branch that you go to....I will NOT go to the one that my mail comes out of, the people are rude and just snap at customers. I'll never forget the time I paid with a $5 for something and received my change in stamps, because she was nearly out of change. What can you do with a bunch of 5 cent and 10cent stamps???

    I just wanted to comment about turning the box inside out...can't do it anymore...they have writing all over the inside of the box, too.

    I keep 2 of each size that I would use here at all times for my shipping needs. When I use one, I get another. This system has worked for a few years......

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    Well, I just read every word on my box that I have on hand (a used one at that), and nowhere does it say that you may not reuse it. It does say, "Please recycle." Maybe that means use it again to me. Tell them to be specific.

    The inside of mine is just cardboard -- no printing on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Will be keeping my fingers crossed for you Joan!!! :wink:

    Thanks, Amma.
    And we wonder why the Federal Government "spends" so much money. :(
    It seems like a waste of time to "x ray" boxes if the intent is to "catch"people who didn't use the Priority boxes appropriately.

    And, for what it's worth, my PO said the rates will be going up again in the spring...... :shock:

    Sandpat----If you go to jail, maybe we can be cell mates anyway.....

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    Oh you made me wonder why my Sister hasn't called me to say she got the CD I mailed her. I used a box previously sent to me from a friend in Australia. now she paid for the stupid box, i shouldn't have to again.
    I guess I'd best call her tonight to see if she got it. sigh!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan

    Sandpat----If you go to jail, maybe we can be cell mates anyway.....
    Oh thank you! I'd love to at least have a sewing partner...do you think they allow needles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Quote Originally Posted by Joan

    Sandpat----If you go to jail, maybe we can be cell mates anyway.....
    Oh thank you! I'd love to at least have a sewing partner...do you think they allow needles?
    What about rotary cutters and scissors?

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    What is APO. Im assuming that is military. He isn't in the military. He is working there for a year.
    Shipping boxes to him will cost a fortune Im sure.
    Judy

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