USPS Non Machinable Charge?

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Original Post

I recently mailed something in a regular letter envelope. It was a bit bulky and they charged me an additional $0.20 for "non machinable charge" because they had to hand stamp it.

Has anyone else had this? I've been mailing these for over a year and have never heard of this.

Posted at 1:06pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

Responses

Yes, I've had that happen to me before. If it is bulky or an odd shape there is an extra charge.

CaramelJubilee

Posted at 1:08pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

brigit says

I have found is my almost two years on Etsy that every trip to the PO is a new adventure. No two postal clerks are alike and the postage fee depends upon how they see the package. It is very possible that two identical packages have two different mailing costs. I have given up trying to figure it out!!

Posted at 1:10pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

brigit is right on the money. I shipped from MD to Montana for a price. While I was in NC last week, shipped SAME item from NC to FLA.....$.25 more. So I go to one little PO that has one worker.

Posted at 1:14pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

Also , if it is not bendable, such as a CD.....I have been charged more.
If it cannot fit through the machine.....

Posted at 1:15pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

No, it was bendable. I usually go to the post office by my work, but the usual clerk wasn't there.

Posted at 2:15pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

It is for all the reasons above that I stop by the post office on my way to work in the morning or later in the evening and use the Automated Postal Center machine. It is much friendlier that most of the clerks and I've never heard from a buyer that they received a package marked postage due (shipped 500+ packages over the last 3 years through ebay).

Posted at 2:17pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

NavyBlueCrafts
NavyBlueCrafts says:
I recently mailed something in a regular letter envelope. It was a bit bulky and they charged me an additional $0.20 for "non machinable charge" because they had to hand stamp it.

Has anyone else had this? I've been mailing these for over a year and have never heard of this.
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Not exactly, but items over a certain thickness can't go at the basic letter rate. They are considered a "package."

Posted at 2:18pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

This is the reason I print my labels from PayPal. Never had problem with that.

Posted at 2:20pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT

I usually run into a problem when the people who work in the back come up front to "help". They always read the shipping rules differently.

Posted at 3:05pm Jul 3, 2009 EDT