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Old 01-05-2013, 03:28 PM   #1
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I will have a kitchen scale soon. Although I got it for making cosmetics, I'm hoping to also be able to sell more things and just put them in my personal mailbox for my letter carrier to pick up. That would be great, as I presently can't get to the post office very often.

I have a question though: Does the tracking/delivery confirmation that comes with paypal postage fees automatically activate when you have a carrier picking it up at your mailbox? I assume that they scan it, and it's a done deal. Or do you need to go to the post office in order for that to work? .

And are their size or content limitations on what can be picked up from your mailbox (other than that it fits into it)? I have gotten conflicting information on this. Are small priority boxes, 4x8, 6x10, and 8.5x12 bubble mailers all acceptable in your mailbox provided they fit??


I've actually sold quite a few things on eBay before, but lacking a scale I never looked into this option.

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Ours using usps app said to say how much they pick up so they know of they need to bring truck to get our if they can carry on bag. So total weightneeded. Schedule pickups. All I know.
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Hi lemons, I actually don't think my local post office participates in the package pick-up program where you call ahead (unless I spoke to an ornery and misinformed clerk). But they do pick up mail from your mailbox. So I'd still like to hear from those who just leave their packages in their mailboxes... particularly re: the paypal tracking.

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Hi lemons, I actually don't think my local post office participates in the package pick-up program where you call ahead (unless I spoke to an ornery and misinformed clerk). But they do pick up mail from your mailbox. So I'd still like to hear from those who just leave their packages in their mailboxes... particularly re: the paypal tracking.

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The other mamas have addressed the DC but I wanted to add that the call ahead/scheduled pick up if for Priority only anyway. But, I just set packages by my mail box and never had my mail guy not take it.
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The other mamas have addressed the DC but I wanted to add that the call ahead/scheduled pick up if for Priority only anyway. But, I just set packages by my mail box and never had my mail guy not take it.
Or return merchandise. I usually pick my cheapest package to go priority and have him grab my packages. We can not set packages at our box.
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The other mamas have addressed the DC but I wanted to add that the call ahead/scheduled pick up if for Priority only anyway. But, I just set packages by my mail box and never had my mail guy not take it.


I don't know what the deal is where I live, but one time I was *standing* by the mailbox waiting for him with a package with the appropriate postage, and he told me he could not take it. So I'm guessing the fact that it fits into the mailbox is a bare minimum requirement here....
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I don't know what the deal is where I live, but one time I was *standing* by the mailbox waiting for him with a package with the appropriate postage, and he told me he could not take it. So I'm guessing the fact that it fits into the mailbox is a bare minimum requirement here....
Did you have printed postage from Paypal or usps?
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Did you have printed postage from Paypal or usps?
No, not at that time, although the postage was more than covered.
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There is done threads saying PO not scan paypal printed stuff so your might want to check with post Master on scanning. It is schedules you put in app. You can say to holds mail too our that's what app says.
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There is done threads saying PO not scan paypal printed stuff so your might want to check with post Master on scanning. It is schedules you put in app. You can say to holds mail too our that's what app says.
I don't mean to be dense, but it sounds like you have an iphone app? I don't have a phone capable of that stuff. Thanks for the heads' up on the apparent lack of tracking if you do not bring packages to the post office (I guess that's what you mean??). I'll try to look that thread up. Thanks.
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