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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : USPS - New hoops to jump through

 

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18 Jun 2022
10:51:44am
I just returned from mailing a stay-flat (photo mailer). As i have done dozens of times before I said "First class non-machinable please". The clerk took the stay flat and gently bent it. When i got my breath back he said that they have a new directive- if an item is rigid (can't be bent) it has to be sent as a parcel even if it is less than 1/4 inch thick.

Kind of makes you wonder what "non-machinable" means now doesn't it...i wonder how many items will be destroyed by over zealous clerks trying to bend a stay-flat 90 degrees - don't laugh - I had that happen once....

Too bad Congress has no control over DeJoy - he is slowly destroying e-commerce.
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18 Jun 2022
04:42:06pm

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re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

it's not just USPS, it is worldwide. Within the EU it is still relatively easy, although it is expensive, but when one has to send outside the European Union all kinds of weird and unpractical regulations come into play which makes it virtually impossible to sell things to people far away. I used to sell quite a few cds and vinyl albums but for customers in for instance Japan or USA it has become so expensive that I cannot think of a reason why anyone would want to try and sell a cd for 5 euros only to be forced to charge 20 euros shipping and tax. Until recently I was able to send cds as a heavy letter (at approx. 5 euros) but that's impossible now. The risk of it being held by customs is too big.

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18 Jun 2022
10:09:56pm
re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

Funny that Governments loudly promote diversity, world-wide community, and international cooperation.

Yet the Government-run postal services (world-wide) continually ramp up “us-first-and-only” policies and impede international communications/interactions with paperwork, fees, taxes, etc.

Is the UPU now in the business of shutting down all paper interactions that aren’t restricted to a pre-defined Geographic border? Will I soon have my postcard from Ontario to my sister in Nova Scotia intercepted or surcharged?

This has become absolute lunacy!

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19 Jun 2022
05:27:15am
re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

I wonder how a more flexible flat is easier to deal with a rigid flat.

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In loving memory of Carol, my wife for 52 years.

18 Jun 2022
10:51:44am

I just returned from mailing a stay-flat (photo mailer). As i have done dozens of times before I said "First class non-machinable please". The clerk took the stay flat and gently bent it. When i got my breath back he said that they have a new directive- if an item is rigid (can't be bent) it has to be sent as a parcel even if it is less than 1/4 inch thick.

Kind of makes you wonder what "non-machinable" means now doesn't it...i wonder how many items will be destroyed by over zealous clerks trying to bend a stay-flat 90 degrees - don't laugh - I had that happen once....

Too bad Congress has no control over DeJoy - he is slowly destroying e-commerce.

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18 Jun 2022
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re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

it's not just USPS, it is worldwide. Within the EU it is still relatively easy, although it is expensive, but when one has to send outside the European Union all kinds of weird and unpractical regulations come into play which makes it virtually impossible to sell things to people far away. I used to sell quite a few cds and vinyl albums but for customers in for instance Japan or USA it has become so expensive that I cannot think of a reason why anyone would want to try and sell a cd for 5 euros only to be forced to charge 20 euros shipping and tax. Until recently I was able to send cds as a heavy letter (at approx. 5 euros) but that's impossible now. The risk of it being held by customs is too big.

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18 Jun 2022
10:09:56pm

re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

Funny that Governments loudly promote diversity, world-wide community, and international cooperation.

Yet the Government-run postal services (world-wide) continually ramp up “us-first-and-only” policies and impede international communications/interactions with paperwork, fees, taxes, etc.

Is the UPU now in the business of shutting down all paper interactions that aren’t restricted to a pre-defined Geographic border? Will I soon have my postcard from Ontario to my sister in Nova Scotia intercepted or surcharged?

This has become absolute lunacy!

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19 Jun 2022
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re: USPS - New hoops to jump through

I wonder how a more flexible flat is easier to deal with a rigid flat.

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