Saturday, November 20, 2010
Screwing with the Post Office
Well. Just saying.
Of course there is no one in the place since it is Saturday. No problem. I have one calendar packages and two calendar packages. I take a one calendar package, place it on the scale of the self serve postage machine. It weighs the package and asks, like, 95 questions and then I key in the zip code. It offers me several options to send the package, or should I say "large envelope not over 3/4 of an inch thick or more than 14 inches on any given side."
I choose. Cost is $2.07.
This goes on for 5 large envelopes not over 3/4 of an inch thick or more than 14 inches on any given side. Then it refuses to acknowledge that there was a 1 lb package on the scale. I took it off. The screen zeroed out. I put it back on, it went to 1 lb. I have a hard time believing that one calendar is one pound, but I wanted to mail them off without appearing to be a terrorist sending illicit packages in the post. That is why I didn't go to FedEx or UPS. I figured I needed a few guns more than a package to get arrested at the post office.
So I take a couple of other one calendar packages out and the machine refuses to acknowledge these either. I have 4 two calendar packages so I pop one of those puppies on the scale and it registers as 1 lb 14 oz. So that tells me that one calendar is NOT 1 pound, but I don't want to appear to be argumentative, so I accept the verdict.
It seems that two calendars cannot go regular post, they must go priority at $5.15 which is more than twice than one calendar. But I remain calm. I purchase the Priority Stamp and try a 1 calendar package again.
It works. For 2 more calendars, then I get the same deal. I grab another 2 calendar package and this time it reads as $1.90. Hey, I buy the $1.90 stamp and get an idea.