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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroDad View Post
    I believe I just called the 800 number. My guess is that the person who originally inputted the data for the address in their system (or the optical recognition software if they use that) miskeyed the zip originally so when it was scanned it came up with a different zip than where it was and was automatically routed back. Still took way to long for someone with a brain to step in and fix it and the person I got when I called claimed to not be able to do anything about it, just had to let the system work it out.
    You're lucky there was someone with a brain around. I'm fairly certain that is a scarcity in the post office!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnemec View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AstroDad View Post
    I believe I just called the 800 number. My guess is that the person who originally inputted the data for the address in their system (or the optical recognition software if they use that) miskeyed the zip originally so when it was scanned it came up with a different zip than where it was and was automatically routed back. Still took way to long for someone with a brain to step in and fix it and the person I got when I called claimed to not be able to do anything about it, just had to let the system work it out.
    You're lucky there was someone with a brain around. I'm fairly certain that is a scarcity in the post office!
    Just one person with a brain is good enough for government work.

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    Realize this is not quite on topic, but such a weird story I have to share:

    Sold a book on eBay in December. Tracking showed it arrived, buyer said they never got it. It was only $20, so I just refunded rather than argue with them.
    So, today it came back marked return to sender. Box had been opened and retaped. Still wrapped in my bubble wrap but probably resealed as Dust jacket was now on upside down and backwards. Instead of the peanuts I packed it in, the box was packed with newspaper -- from what seemed to be some sort of shopper in Washington. D.C. -- even though the package was sent to Texas (and supposedly delivered there).

    So I wonder just where my little book went on its adventure ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
    Realize this is not quite on topic, but such a weird story I have to share:

    Sold a book on eBay in December. Tracking showed it arrived, buyer said they never got it. It was only $20, so I just refunded rather than argue with them.
    So, today it came back marked return to sender. Box had been opened and retaped. Still wrapped in my bubble wrap but probably resealed as Dust jacket was now on upside down and backwards. Instead of the peanuts I packed it in, the box was packed with newspaper -- from what seemed to be some sort of shopper in Washington. D.C. -- even though the package was sent to Texas (and supposedly delivered there).

    So I wonder just where my little book went on its adventure ...
    That's pretty awesome that you got it back! Packaged a bit different, dust jacket on wrong, but at least it didn't get committed to the USPS void.

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    Now that is a strange story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Now that is a strange story.
    Yeah, it just seemed so strange that somebody obviously took the time to open it, examine it and then repackage it. If it somehow got delivered to the wrong person -- which seemed to be what the postal clerk thought from what she could tell -- did they open it and decide it wasn't worth keeping? I guess I should be happy I got it back, but just weird

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    Now that is a strange story.
    Yeah, it just seemed so strange that somebody obviously took the time to open it, examine it and then repackage it. If it somehow got delivered to the wrong person -- which seemed to be what the postal clerk thought from what she could tell -- did they open it and decide it wasn't worth keeping? I guess I should be happy I got it back, but just weird
    Perhaps the erroneous recipient chose to read the book prior to repackaging and returning it?
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    Have a new low to share from my local post office. It was raining all day on Thursday. My mailbox lets in a little water, so when I saw the mailman, I immediately ran out to get the package. He was a few doors down, so the mail wasn't in my box for more than 5 minutes. Regardless, as the book was on it's side, no way this happened in my little mailbox:






    The idiot driver must have had it sitting in a tub of water. Luckily, the guy that sent it put several layers of bubble wrap around the proof, so it arrived as advertised. I was FURIOUS though. I am now keeping a file.

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    This is why I always ship books in taped bags. Not fool proof, but helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnemec View Post
    Have a new low to share from my local post office. It was raining all day on Thursday. My mailbox lets in a little water, so when I saw the mailman, I immediately ran out to get the package. He was a few doors down, so the mail wasn't in my box for more than 5 minutes. Regardless, as the book was on it's side, no way this happened in my little mailbox:






    The idiot driver must have had it sitting in a tub of water. Luckily, the guy that sent it put several layers of bubble wrap around the proof, so it arrived as advertised. I was FURIOUS though. I am now keeping a file.

    With your history of bad USPS deliveries, I must ask, have you ever been part of an anti-government group? Radical left/right wing tendencies? Outspoken opponent of The Establishment? Ever attend any meetings of "like-minded" individules? (not here of course, we are all perfectly safe). Ever had repeated sightings of people wearing any light-gold shaded coats?

    Of course....it could all just be a coincidence..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwalker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dnemec View Post
    Have a new low to share from my local post office. It was raining all day on Thursday. My mailbox lets in a little water, so when I saw the mailman, I immediately ran out to get the package. He was a few doors down, so the mail wasn't in my box for more than 5 minutes. Regardless, as the book was on it's side, no way this happened in my little mailbox:






    The idiot driver must have had it sitting in a tub of water. Luckily, the guy that sent it put several layers of bubble wrap around the proof, so it arrived as advertised. I was FURIOUS though. I am now keeping a file.

    With your history of bad USPS deliveries, I must ask, have you ever been part of an anti-government group? Radical left/right wing tendencies? Outspoken opponent of The Establishment? Ever attend any meetings of "like-minded" individules? (not here of course, we are all perfectly safe). Ever had repeated sightings of people wearing any light-gold shaded coats?

    Of course....it could all just be a coincidence..........


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    While I am pro "no bra" at home, I have never burned one (they are expensive!) and definitely prefer to shave. And while I firmly believe that somewhere in the depths of the FBI there is a file on me, it is not due to anti-government groups but rather my weird and varied interests. So no reason I can think of for them to destroy my boxes, save for the fact that I am what is referred to as a "package heavy" address (otherwise known as I buy a lot of stuff!). Oh well.

    But thanks for the laugh, guys!

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    This is a first. At least for me it is. Got some books delivered in a cereal box... good for a laugh of two... Luckily the books weren't damaged.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    This is a first. At least for me it is. Got some books delivered in a cereal box... good for a laugh of two... Luckily the books weren't damaged.

    Ha - I got some in a super-sized Cheez-It box a couple of weeks ago!
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    Shipped a package from NYC to Tennessee

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    I once had someone open a case in eBay against me because USPS sent the package from SC, to NC, to Montana. He lived in NC, and wanted to know what I did!

    Eventually, though, it made it back. I guess the post office wanted to take it on a little sightseeing across the country first!

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    I have a package I am currently trying to track down that according to the USPS was delivered to my house on Feb. 16. I did not get it and have my doubts as the tracking shows it went from New York to New Jersey to Bell Gardens, CA, to Federal Way, WA, to St. Paul, MN, before finally arriving at my local post office outside Minneapolis Feb. 10. USPS then claims it sat at my post office for 6 days until being delivered on Feb. 16. Very weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsweet View Post
    And it was priority mail!
    As they so often point out at the post office "Now it's not guaranteed to be there in 2 to 3 days."

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    Glad to hear I'm not alone! Have another package that's on it's way back to me now. It was delivered to the recipient's PO Box and then an hour later was marked return to sender. I contacted the buyer and he said that was not his doing, he wants the book, and was going to ask USPS why they sent it back after only being available to pick up for one hour.

    Good luck everyone!

    Edit: Well, I actually wish I was alone in having issues. When things go wrong it's somewhat reassuring to know others are in the same boat though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfehr View Post
    Glad to hear I'm not alone! Have another package that's on it's way back to me now. It was delivered to the recipient's PO Box and then an hour later was marked return to sender. I contacted the buyer and he said that was not his doing, he wants the book, and was going to ask USPS why they sent it back after only being available to pick up for one hour.

    Good luck everyone!

    Edit: Well, I actually wish I was alone in having issues. When things go wrong it's somewhat reassuring to know others are in the same boat though.

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    Well, my package was returned to sender because I used a USPS Priority Mail box and paid for USPS Media Mail postage. The wrote "Postage For Priority Required", "Priority supplies are free, but require priority postage." and "Must pay priority postage when using priority supplies" on the box. I've sent things Media Mail using priority supplies a number of times in the past and this is the first time I've encountered this issue. Of cause they sent it all the way to the destination before sending it back to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfehr View Post
    Well, my package was returned to sender because I used a USPS Priority Mail box and paid for USPS Media Mail postage. The wrote "Postage For Priority Required", "Priority supplies are free, but require priority postage." and "Must pay priority postage when using priority supplies" on the box. I've sent things Media Mail using priority supplies a number of times in the past and this is the first time I've encountered this issue. Of cause they sent it all the way to the destination before sending it back to me.
    Sending it all the way to the destination before sending it back with those notes sounds like a classic USPS maneuver. It was probably some hard-on at the destination post office that got his or her panties in a twist about a Priority box with media mail postage and sent it back just to be an asshole. On a somewhat related note, I've been told before at my post office that I can't use liquor store boxes to ship stuff, but just the other day I received some books through the same post office in a cut up Bacardi rum box. It all depends on whose behind the counter sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfehr View Post
    Well, my package was returned to sender because I used a USPS Priority Mail box and paid for USPS Media Mail postage. The wrote "Postage For Priority Required", "Priority supplies are free, but require priority postage." and "Must pay priority postage when using priority supplies" on the box. I've sent things Media Mail using priority supplies a number of times in the past and this is the first time I've encountered this issue. Of cause they sent it all the way to the destination before sending it back to me.
    That really is a mistake on your part. Whether they should have caught it earlier is a matter for discussion.

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