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Old 09-10-2007, 01:59 PM   #1  
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I'm getting ready to send some cards out, A2 sized, but with some dimension. I have the 3d foam tape and ribbon on the cards. They definitely aren't flat, what is everyone's experience on the post office?

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Old 09-10-2007, 02:40 PM   #2  
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this was posted on Nancy's blog (aka stampinat6213)

http://stampinat6213.blogspot.com/20...crackdown.html


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Old 09-10-2007, 03:13 PM   #3  
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I mailed a few cards a couple of weeks ago from a tiny, rural PO. I took them in and the Postmaster put them through 'the slot' (I had already pushed them through my Fiskars trimmer so already knew they fit, but was concerned about the bumps) and said that even though the cards were bumpy (brads and ribbon knots) that since they fit, they were just 41 cents. I was thrilled! My cards made it to the final destination without incident. As mentioned before, it just depends on where you mail it and who does the calculation of postage costs!
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Thanks for the blog link, I made some 5x5 square cards and am glad to be reminded that I can order 58 cent stamps on line. I'd rather not be trekking to the post office all the time.
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Judy ,

When you order postage online, there is a surcharge. However if you get the home delivery stamp pamphlet from the post office and order through that, there is no extra charge for home delivery of stamps. You can't order the .58 but you can get .41 and .17 booklets.
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I've never had any trouble sending highly embellished items through the mail. I do think some Post Office's are more lenient than others though!
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Old 09-11-2007, 11:35 AM   #7  
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First of all, I've cut down on the number and kind of embellishments I put on my cards unless I'm going to hand deliver them. BUT I can't just send a naked card :>) If in doubt, I'll put some "padding" (another piece of CS) on the side where the bumps are; and, making sure it's still 1/4" or thinner, send it on. As far as I know, no one has had to pay extra postage and they dont' come back to me.

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I have found that an extra card-sized piece of cardstock helps to shield the "bumps" from brads and such.

Also, if you can insert the card in the envie so that the "bump" is on the opposite end from the stamp, and facing the back side of the envie, that seems to help with the machines processing the mail.
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I went to the PO yesterday and the lady at the counter was so rude! I only took the envies there because I was out of stamps and needed another roll. She informed me (I never knew) that the envies with embellished cards were more because of the bulk. I have never had to pay extra postage, nor has anyone that I've sent to had to pay extra. I was amazed. Then she proceeded to charge me over 7.00 for 8 envelopes.... I was shocked!

I really never knew that they had a restriction on them... I guess you learn something new every day!
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:31 PM   #10  
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Thanks for the tip about fitting thru the fiskar trimmer!
Apparently, some POs were distributing them. I had went to the po and asked for the card w/ slot, and they wouldn't sell me one. It would be helpful, if they sold or give away the cards w/ slots, so we can do it at home. I have always held my breath, and took my chances about sending cards out w/ embellies, but they made it to their destinations w/o problems. Only 2 were ever sent back to me for extra postage, and those were the ones weighed by the postal workers (what's wrong w/ that picture???)....of course this was back in may, when all the rates, etc were new. Now I think they may be more lenient. Way toooo much trouble to stop each card and measure if it will fit in the slot....wait til the holidays!

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