Package Vanishes Into Thin Air Inside The Post Office

Package Vanishes Into Thin Air Inside The Post Office

Anthony’s faith in the U.S. Postal service was clearly misplaced. He dropped off a package with a prepaid label at a local post office, with the misguided belief that it would enter the shipping system, and that the delivery confirmation barcode on the label would show the package’s path through the mails. That’s not what happened. What happened was that the prepaid label, with no package attached, was returned to Anthony’s house. Where’s the package? No one knows. But it’s not the post office’s problem, since there’s no proof that he even mailed it in the first place. [More]

Here Are The Tattered Remains Of An Attempt To Mail Some Textbooks

Here Are The Tattered Remains Of An Attempt To Mail Some Textbooks

Victoria mailed some textbooks worth $275 in what seemed like secure packaging. The postal service returned the packaging to her, but the textbooks were never seen again. She opted not to insure the package, figuring that no one could do that much damage to heavy hardcover textbooks. She was overly optimistic. [More]

Postal Service Will Delay Mass Closures

Postal Service Will Delay Mass Closures

The outlook is grim for the U.S. Postal Service, with plans to close thousands of post offices and cutting processing centers, but the inevitable is being postponed for now. [More]

White House Developing Plan To Save USPS

White House Developing Plan To Save USPS

“I’m operating right now with a week’s worth of cash,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told Senators on Tuesday. After the Postmaster General went to Capitol Hill to pass the hat around, the White House announced it’s a few weeks away from developing a plan to save the USPS from bankruptcy. [More]

Ideas For Saving USPS From Bankruptcy

Ideas For Saving USPS From Bankruptcy

Before it even has a chance to deliver the next letter to Santa, the US Postal Service could be bankrupt. The USPS might not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment it owes this month. Lawmakers will hear all about it and ideas for staving off default in a Senate committee hearing today called “U.S. Postal Service In Crisis: Proposals To Prevent A Postal Shutdown.” [More]

Can My Co-Workers Rightfully Steal Mail I Have Sent To Work?

Can My Co-Workers Rightfully Steal Mail I Have Sent To Work?

If you have a regular 9-5 job, one way to be sure that you receive your personal deliveries safely is to have them sent to the office. Unless you’re reader A. and her husband. They work for two different small companies, and have discovered that any items mailed to them at work end up in someone else’s hands. Both A. and Mr. A have been told that all mail addressed to the office is company property, and belongs to either whoever finds it first, or management. This seems wrong to them. [More]

Woman Who Tried To Air Mail Puppy Won't Get Dog Back

Woman Who Tried To Air Mail Puppy Won't Get Dog Back

Many of you have been following the saga of the Minnesota woman who was charged with animal cruelty after trying to ship a four-month old poodle-schnauzer mix puppy to Atlanta via air mail. The latest update: Officials in Minneapolis have shot down her appeal to get the puppy back. [More]

Accused Puppy-Mailer Wants Dog Back

Accused Puppy-Mailer Wants Dog Back

The woman who tried to ship a four-month-old puppy from Minneapolis to Atlanta in an airless box using Priority Mail earlier this week reportedly would like the dog back. Will her request be granted, or will the puppy be made available to the numerous people all over the country who actually know how to keep an animal alive and have inquired about adopting him? [More]

Save Money On Postage By Buying Old Stamps At Discount

Save Money On Postage By Buying Old Stamps At Discount

If you send out a lot of physical mail, you probably won’t mind stumbling upon a way to shave 10 percent off your postal expenses. One labor-intensive yet effective method to trim your stamp expenses is to hook up with a stamp and coin collector shop and buy old postage at a discount. [More]

My Very Important USPS Package Is Doing Laps Around New York City

My Very Important USPS Package Is Doing Laps Around New York City

A piece of registered mail left Hong Kong on December 7th, and is on its way to Michael in Manhattan. While it has reached the correct city, tracking information shows that the envelope is currently doing laps from Queens to Manhattan. Michael just wants to show up at a post office and pick the darn thing up, but no one can intercept it or even tell him where it is until his neighborhood mail carrier attempts to deliver it at least once. [More]

Credit Bureaus Can't Keep Me And My Doppelgänger Separate

Credit Bureaus Can't Keep Me And My Doppelgänger Separate

An anonymous reader says credit bureaus can’t keep her identity separate with that of another woman with the same last name who used to live in her building. The reader says the bureaus won’t resolve her complaint, insisting the other woman has to take the initiative to fix the errors. [More]

DHL Pays Urban Denizens With Coupons To Deliver Packages

DHL Pays Urban Denizens With Coupons To Deliver Packages

DHL is trying out a new program called bring.Buddy where regular people can pick up and deliver packages along their daily route that they’d be traveling anyway. In return, the recruits earn free train tickets, coupons and carbon offset credits. And, of course, badges. The goal is to reduce costs and carbon emissions within dense urban environments. [More]

If You Want An Apple Store Gift Card, Don't Order It Online

If You Want An Apple Store Gift Card, Don't Order It Online

We at The Consumerist are known for our anti-gift card stance, but sometimes you find yourself in a situation where a gift is required and cash seems tacky. Vivian writes that she got an Apple gift card for her sister as a nice present, and it disappeared from her sister’s mailbox. Unlike other high-value items that they sell, Apple mails gift cards using U.S. Postal Service first class mail, and someone stole and spent the card. [More]

USPS Jerry-Rigs Amazon Package To Your Mailbox

USPS Jerry-Rigs Amazon Package To Your Mailbox

Who knew mailmen were so crafty? [More]

Tipsy Angry Man Dumps 32,000 Pieces Of Mail

Tipsy Angry Man Dumps 32,000 Pieces Of Mail

The check might be in the mail, but the mail is in the woods. [More]

New UPS Envelope Has 2nd Tape Strip So You Can Use It Twice

New UPS Envelope Has 2nd Tape Strip So You Can Use It Twice

From the department of “of course!” UPS has introduced a new reusable express envelope. It’s got a second adhesive strip that lets the recipient reuse the same envelope on a new shipment. [More]

Blockbuster Chases GameFly, Offers Game Rentals By Mail

Blockbuster Chases GameFly, Offers Game Rentals By Mail

Yesterday we noted that Blockbuster was launching a new DVD-by-mail rental service (which Netflix promptly one-upped by announcing a new streaming agreement), and today we’re getting tips from people that the beleaguered brick and mortar movie rental company is throwing games into the offer as well. FastCompany notes that GameFly offers around 7,000 game titles compared to Blockbuster’s library of 3,000 titles. On the other hand, Blockbuster’s rental plans start at $9/mo compared to GameFly’s $16/mo (both for one disc at a time). [More]

USPS Sends Your Package 5,586 Miles To Travel 120

USPS Sends Your Package 5,586 Miles To Travel 120

Jonathan is trying to figure out why the box of records he sent from Bell to Bakersfield, CA somehow took a 5,000 mile detour across the country and back first. [More]