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Just wanted to give people a heads up. The USPS starting to do really underhanded things.

I don't understand any mail service not knocking on the door, but I can let that pass.

I cannot let pass the fact that despite signature conformation (I really wish I had screen caped the tracking page) a package was left outside on my porch in the rain. The signature conformation sticker no where to be found.

When I went to check the tracking it no longer said signature conformation. I believe the shipper when she says it WAS on there, because I saw it online before the change.

I was lucking she wrapped the petticoat (for my wedding dress) in plastic or it would have been ruined.

I've also had them shove a signature conformation inside the mailbox once, and it got bent up...but that's a different story.

It may just be the USPS in my area, but I thought I'd give out a warning.

Wrap EVERYTHING you send in plastic, and keep an eye on the tracking to make sure it stays signature conformation if that is how it is sent.

I've cross posted this to the Fursuit community, however I figured other artist would want to know this as well.

Sorry if this doesn't belong here.
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Jan. 30th, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah I have to say, normally I've not had issues with them. But I'm so upset. I ordered some clips/straps for badges and it was marked delivered. But I was home all day, looking out the door a lot because I had been waiting for them a while. Didn't show up. I call and they said it's been delivered and I'm SOL. How did something walk off in a high end neighborhood while my desk is next to the door and I've never heard a knock and with me looking outside all the time.

I've unfortunately ordered prints as well as custom artwork that has been bent and put into my tiny mailbox with many stickers and stamps saying "do not bend". It's going completely downhill. I'm really sad too, I've never really had issues before.
Jan. 30th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
I have gotten a few complaints from commissioners that my envelopes have arrived bent, even with large letters everywhere saying "DO NOT BEND." I've also had things arrive ripped open and rain soaked. I always send things out in bubble wrap lined packaging and a piece of HARD cardboard shoved inside now.
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
One time I wrote "DO NOT BEND" on and envelope and the lady at the post office proceeded to cover it up with masking tape saying that I'm not allowed to have those words on there unless I pay for them.

Never happened any other time I went to a post office. Was odd. o_o
Jan. 30th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
That's a pretty big crock. She was probably trying to scam you out of a few bucks to pocket.
Jan. 31st, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
I think I can explain this one. :)

If you write DO NOT BEND, it DOES cost extra because the envelope will be treated like a parcel (hand-sorted) instead of a letter (machine-sorted, which can cause the contents to be damaged when they go through the sorting machines' rollers if it shouldn't be bent). That's something the USPS has only started cracking down on as of a few years ago, though. So enforcement of it is still spotty, though an employee caught *not* enforcing it can be fired.

Now-former USPS employee (former because I got sick of the bullshit ways the USPS was/is screwing over its own employees and customers), signing off!
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Put in thick cardboard around the images. I do that and it pretty much solves the bending issue.
... just go to the grocery store and pick up all the boxes they throw out. I cut them up and use them to line ALL my letters.
Jan. 31st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
This, I have a small stockpile of cardboard cut down for this use. It's worked out for me even sending things as far as US to Germany without damage so far. That and I <3 page protectors.


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