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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2012 06:14:39 PM »

Yeah it's tricky!  I just very recently accidentally sent a swap item without a DC# because it was in a normal letter envelope, and it was paper.  I didn't realize the swap wasn't a "papercraft" swap (I guess I didn't know swaps had categories Smiley ), there was never anything in the questionnaire about getting a DC, and I'm used to doing a lot of ATC swaps where I just resend if the post office decides to eat the envelope... so it was just confusing all around!  Also, the little post office here is a bit tricky, and they don't usually offer options, they just put all the info into the system and my mail is off in a blur!  Needless to say, I am ready to resend if my package doesn't make it!
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2012 07:26:23 AM »

I lucked out at the post office the other day - The person at the counter told me my package was actually too thin for a DC but since I had it filled out already she would let me use it.
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« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2012 05:14:46 AM »

The Post Office says one thing one day, and another on a different day. Here is a link to the USPS Domestic Mail Manual about DC: http://pe.usps.com/archive/html/dmmarchive0810/s918.htm
And here's the info I found when I looked it up in the USPS FAQ: d=false&vendorKey=&objTitle=&versionId=8403&searchProperties=type:natural&naturalAdvance=false&allStr=&phraseStr=&anyStr=&noneStr=&keywordStr=&tTitle=&topicFromSub=&topicsORSubUrl=&report%280000%29=p{2f661e40-6973-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&bcobjectId={409592d0-6974-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&search=delivery%20confirmation&topicAndSubtopic=Business" target="_blank">http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?session={b23d1c10-8305-11e1-68f3-000000000000}&event=1&view%28%29=c{254f6d60-57e2-11dc-51b6-000000000000}&objectId=&eksObjectId=&objectType=Case&isJumpEnabled=false&isContentJumpEnable d=false&vendorKey=&objTitle=&versionId=8403&searchProperties=type:natural&naturalAdvance=false&allStr=&phraseStr=&anyStr=&noneStr=&keywordStr=&tTitle=&topicFromSub=&topicsORSubUrl=&report%280000%29=p{2f661e40-6973-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&bcobjectId={409592d0-6974-11dd-e6c4-000000000000}&search=delivery%20confirmation&topicAndSubtopic=Business$ALL

...I'm still confused and I still think it pretty much depends on what kind of mood the Postal workers are in that day, though...  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2012 07:47:21 AM »

Gosh! It is confusing. Someone in the felt badge swap was told that the package has to be 3/4" thick to be considered a parcel.

I don't know if that's the official rule or if that was just what the PO person required on that particular day Smiley.

I think sending in a padded envelope is probably a safe bet.
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2012 11:22:26 AM »


That is really helpful.  I'm going to print that out and bring it with me the next time I try to send something with a DC.  From the wording, it sounds like if something is rigid enough it can be thin and mailed regularly with a DC. 

This is more than the post office has told me.  They left out that 'rigid' part.  And what is REALLY confusing, is that is says in that FAQ that whatever you are trying to mail with a DC should be able to retain its shape if it is over the required 3/4''.  I have been getting away with wrapping things in a piece of tissue paper and stuffing it into the smallest envelope possible.  I doesn't fit through the slot, but you can squash it and it would fit through.  The postal people don't ever try to.  (Thank goodness, cause I might have said something about it before, not knowing that they probably ARE allowed to manhandle your mail to see if the shape can be 'compromised.') 

Thanks for the links!  I have tried to look up this info before and gave up on it, just to go to the post office and ask and be confused.
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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2012 11:27:43 PM »

I'm a bit late to this party, but as a postal employee, I think I can shed a little light on WHY letters don't get DCs as opposed to parcels. It's very simple; first class letters are processed through high-speed automation machines, and these machines don't scan barcodes like DCs or certified mail or priority mail--in the cases of certified letters, the mail carriers scan the letters when they deliver them. If a first class letter somehow gets a DC label on it and is run through the machines, chances are that label won't ever get scanned.

Priority mail/parcel post/media mail on the other hand is processed on different machines (or, in a smaller facility like the one I work at, these packages are sorted manually). These machines, or the clerks sorting the packages manually, are equipped with a scanner to specifically look for those DC barcodes.

So basically, if you ship something priority mail as opposed to just plain old first class, it's guaranteed to be seen and scanned and trackable since it's handled separately.
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« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2012 05:59:48 AM »

Good to know. Thanks for that info, CraftyOctober!
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« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2012 07:55:19 AM »

That's great info, CraftyOctober! Thank you for shedding some light on this for us.
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« Reply #18 on: May 19, 2012 06:45:37 AM »

This worries me sometimes, because small package surface and air mail in Canada does not always have a tracking number, when sent to the States.  I think it has to be a certain size and weight before they do.  So I often take pics of the receipts and package, before mailing. 

Also, if the package is too small, as I recently found out, there is a pay penalty too, and no tracking Sad
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« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2012 02:45:47 PM »

Only US residents are required to get a dc for sends within the US. Everyone else should save their postal receipt until their partner verifies that the package has arrived.
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