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michael78651
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05 Apr 2012
09:11:06pm
You probably should have covered up the return address, and probably yours as well. Non-members have access to sites like this, and hackers could possibly get through. There is always the potential of compromising one's address.

This would indicate to me that the outside wrapper was either opened or damaged during transit to the point that the contents were in jeopardy of falling out and being damaged or lost. USPS was just trying to protect what was being sent to you.
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musicman
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05 Apr 2012
09:24:49pm
re: BodyBag Mail

Okay folks -

let's try this again;

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there....that's more like it.


Anyway - what can you tell me about this?

I know a few things....just wanted everyone else's opinions.




Randy

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musicman
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05 Apr 2012
09:37:33pm
re: BodyBag Mail

So, Grant -

did this originally have a stamp on it?

I see the spray on cancel goes all the way across to the upper right corner, as if the stamp or label came off.


.....and why was it surcharged an extra 20 cents?

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StampCommune
05 Apr 2012
09:48:45pm
re: BodyBag Mail

Hi Randy,
Wow, I kept trying to zoom in to figure out which stamp that was...yes it HAD stamps on it. I have been using .22 .20 and one centers. Usually if a item is thicker, usually 3 stock cards, I add a additional 20 cents for the thickness and write "NON-MACHINABLE" at the bottom front.
They must have thought it required additional postage, surprised it got forwared like that.
Weird, very weird.
Grant

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musicman
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05 Apr 2012
10:34:42pm
re: BodyBag Mail

yeah....that's what I thought as well...weird.

I would have thought it would be returned for postage.

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michael78651
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05 Apr 2012
10:52:10pm
re: BodyBag Mail

Randy, just remember...there is a reason why USPS is $8 billion in the red.

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DRYER
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06 Apr 2012
10:21:53pm
re: BodyBag Mail

Grant:

Please continue to use real postage stamps; metered mail in a stamp club is akin to waving a white flag and saying the postal system is victorious. What's the difference of a few weeks wait when we'll all be sleeping for eternity?

I'm a penny-lot customer of yours but will quit bidding on your lots if you revert to metered postage. This is not a threat or a promise, just a statement of fact. Hang in there. Don't let the b------s grind you down.

John Derry


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07 Apr 2012
07:29:43am
re: BodyBag Mail

An interesting discussion

The use of 20 and 22 cent postage would have had no effect on this piece. Why. Because postage of that face is all tagged, and it's the tag grant that propels the piece through the automated system.

Oddly, this went through the automated system by virtue of the spray on cancel, which was applied near the start of its journey in Grant,s state, not Randy,s. and the cancel was applied near where e postage is traditionally affixed. The thickness wasn't sufficient to kick it out of the automated stream.

And its lack of postage is not why it's in a body bag. Michael provides a likely answer to that.

And I second John's plea: don't abandon postage for meters, unless you're sending to a meter collector.

David

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musicman
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09 Apr 2012
09:54:00pm
re: BodyBag Mail

Grant,

Did YOU tape the envelope closed?....or did the P.O.??



It looked as if it was done by you, as I have recieved other covers from you that were taped as well.

...and if this is so - that Grant taped it - then there was nothing wrong with the envelope. It wasn't damaged.


Randy

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StampCommune
10 Apr 2012
01:53:12am
re: BodyBag Mail

Randy,
Yes I seal them with two pieces of tape on each side of the flap.
Another thing...if I remember correctly, I used a one two-cent red and a self adhesive one-center. The 20-22 cent stamps and the 2-cent red I can see coming off but that one-cent self adhesive would have never come off..at least I don't think it would.

Grant

PS: I'm still going to use stamps...

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