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Old 12-18-2015   #1
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So frustrating!

Just found out that the local NYC USPS post office didn't scan the priority package info when Philippe, the publisher of my book, Never Seeing Nothing dropped them off (on Monday 12/14) Evidently, if you use self-printed postage labels -- like the kind you can generate online -- and if you then drop off the package in a designated mail slot -- the post office won't have a record of the package until it's delivered. Which, considering tracking is built-in to the cost of shipping is pretty frustrating. So, if anyone is sending say a classified or eBay item, make sure you not only wait in line for a clerk, but that you make sure they scan it in. Oh, well it's Holiday time -- so I guess we're lucky they can deliver everything.

Anyway, to anyone who ordered a copy of the book, sorry for the confusion. Going forward, Philippe will bring a copy of War & Peace to read while waiting in the post office line. If anyone ordered a copy this past weekend and hasn't received it, please PM. Cheers.
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All international packages have to be handed to a postal employee and scanned, even when the label is printed on-line.
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Just found out that the local NYC USPS post office didn't scan the priority package info when Philippe, the publisher of my book, Never Seeing Nothing dropped them off (on Monday 12/14) Evidently, if you use self-printed postage labels -- like the kind you can generate online -- and if you then drop off the package in a designated mail slot -- the post office won't have a record of the package until it's delivered. Which, considering tracking is built-in to the cost of shipping is pretty frustrating. So, if anyone is sending say a classified or eBay item, make sure you not only wait in line for a clerk, but that you make sure they scan it in. Oh, well it's Holiday time -- so I guess we're lucky they can deliver everything.
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completely false info.

online printed postage most certainly does get USPS tracking

its possible either that post office just missed the scan during this time of year -

or the class of shipment chosen by the sender does not have tracking.

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All international packages have to be handed to a postal employee and scanned, even when the label is printed on-line.
that depends upon the country you are shipping to.

Most foreign countries do not require postal clerk shipping.

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completely false info.

online printed postage most certainly does get USPS tracking

its possible either that post office just missed the scan during this time of year -

or the class of shipment chosen by the sender does not have tracking.

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Philippe dropped off the padded envelopes in NYC with priority postage. When he went to the post office they told him they don't scan the priority in unless handed to a clerk.

My wife dropped off an identical envelope with the same pre-printed shipping label on Long Island -- but at a small post office -- and she handed it to the clerk -- and that one was scanned in with tracking available.

So, to say the info is completely false is completely false.
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Philippe dropped off the padded envelopes in NYC with priority postage. When he went to the post office they told him they don't scan the priority in unless handed to a clerk.

My wife dropped off an identical envelope with the same pre-printed shipping label on Long Island -- but at a small post office -- and she handed it to the clerk -- and that one was scanned in with tracking available.

So, to say the info is completely false is completely false.
go to USPS.com, ship a priority package.
or call the USPS 800 help line.

there is no such thing as USPS priority mail shipping without tracking.
-- it does not exist --

your local post office might be too lazy to scan in priority mail packages,
but that does not keep priority mail packages from being tracked in transit and upon delivery.

check Philippe's receipts.
If there is no tracking # on the receipt,
Philippe did not ship them by a trackable shipping method.

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Ok just for clarification what happened is that the post office did not scan and process the packages until 4 days after I dropped them off. Because of the lines and because the mailroom inquiry window was closed I used the drop slot. The lesson is get your packages scanned at the point of origin otherwise they may get lo-priority treatment and you wil have no recourse

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December 18, 2015 , 7:29 pm
Departed USPS Origin Facility
NEW YORK, NY 10199
Your item departed our USPS origin facility in NEW YORK, NY 10199 on December 18, 2015 at 7:29 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination.

December 18, 2015 , 2:22 am
Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
NEW YORK, NY 10199

December 18, 2015 , 1:07 am
Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility
NEW YORK, NY 10005

December 13, 2015
Pre-Shipment Info Sent to USPS
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Guys... There is no sure fire method to usps shipping during the holidays.
I dropped off 4 packages on 12-11-2015.... all 4 scanned in by clerk.
Only 2 showed scanning the first couple days.
2arrived and then tracking showed delivered but not until then.
Another has arrived and still shows "electronic shipping information... Blahblah blah... (The buyer emailed he received it.)... Stil does not say delivered.
The last just started showing tracking today (international).
It's the time of year... Just relax and wait like we used to do

If one is doing ebay, get a scan form and insure everything for the full purchase price.
There is no other guarantee against fraud.
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This must be an East Coast modification.
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I sent a priority package last week and the clerk said Christmas rush =up to 6 day delivery window.
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No worries here the book will arrive when it does
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I gather you put the mail in a slot on
Did you drop off at Hanover?

Origin Sort Facility is -- 1 Hanover St Fl 1, New York, NY 10005, that is a small Post Office near Wall Street (I have been there many times myself).
I dropped off at John St , not Hanover - but otherwise good points
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No worries,my copy arrived in the mail today
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I'm seventy and have never had anything lost in the mail. I used to go stand in line at the PO for work every day. Early on I got suspicious when a lady behind me said into her phone, "I've been waiting in line at the post office for 45 minutes!" Now I had only been in that line for 15 minutes, so I wondered... So I made it a project to time my waits at the PO. The times ranged from 0 to 27 minutes over three months, and average was 12 minutes and change. This is the fairly busy central PO in a town of 170.000. I think the USPS is utterly amazing.
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I'm seventy and have never had anything lost in the mail.

Amazing record!
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