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Re: New coloring Puzzle Postal Tracker is now closed
Board: Postals
Reply to: #970284 by IrishRef
Jan 14, 2019 1:38pm
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This coloring puzzle is now full.
video of tapping a padded envelope?
Board: Postals
Jan 27, 2019 10:29pm
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I went on youtube to look for a video showing how we tape an envelope for a postal. I couldn't find one. Does anyone know of one and have a link. I tried to explain it over the phone and a friend wasn't understanding.

Thanks,

~Aurora
still searching
Re: video of tapping a padded envelope?
Board: Postals
Reply to: #970729 by The hicks from the sticks
Jan 28, 2019 6:21am
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It seems like I remember seeing a picture at one point, but that was almost 5 years ago.

This is how the help section has it worded:
https://www.atlasquest.com/about/wiki/question.php?wikiId=110

I know, I'm not much help. I take a picture of my envelopes later and uploaded it if you'd like. I have had a bunch come in for the swap I'm hosting.
Re: video of tapping a padded envelope?
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Reply to: #970737 by photopam
Jan 29, 2019 5:35pm
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Thanks I did see that in wiki.
I need to be able to share it with an online Book club.
I offered to do a round Robin book exchange and they are insisting on using flat rate boxes. I was trying to explain how to tape a bubble mailer for re-use, I thought a video would help. I did get an AQ main with a step by step with photos. I will share that link.

~Aurora
Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Jan 31, 2019 9:10pm
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I have enjoyed the mystery postals by IrishRef. IrishRef said that I could do mystery postals too. Here is my first. I hope that IrishRef is also okay with me copying the rules.

For those who are new to mystery postals and for those who need a refresher the rules follow.

To get this postal you will have to guess the theme/name/subject of the stamp. Clues will be posted on the postal boards and on the tracker (See link below). I will try and post one per day. For each clue posted each person may make one guess prior to the next clue being posted.

Guesses should be sent to Oberon_Kenobi via AQMail, not posted on the boards! Guesses will only be accepted from AQ members through AQMail.

Even if you have no clue take a guess anyway. Half the enjoyment is seeing the range of incorrect answers and how people connected clues for those guesses. You will only get a response from OK if you: A. Have the correct answer, B. Are very close or I need to clarify your guess, or C. Your guess peaks my fancy.

The first 12-15 members correctly guessing will be notified by AQMail. The variable number is because if I get some correct ones on the same day where it fills up I would like to be able to include those. Tracker order will typically be determined by order correct answer receipt (Exception to this are international winners who will be at the end of the tracker). The correct answer with how each clue is related will be posted once the postal is full.

I will attempt to be as opaque and obscure as IrishRef. IrishRef has no idea about the topic of this mystery postal so is allowed to guess as well. Good luck to you all on my first mystery postal.

Clues:
1. 50
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #970918 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 1, 2019 7:52am
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Another day, another clue.

Clue: 76
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #970935 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 1, 2019 5:22pm
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Thanks to a question by someone, here is a slight change to the rules:

Since I posted the first clue so late in the day on Thursday, I'm letting those who post on or before Saturday to make up to three guesses. In other words, since by Saturday this tracker will have been up for three days you will have a total of three guesses to have given by then. So if you gave three daily guesses by then, those are the three guesses you get. If you first see this on Saturday you may send in three guesses on Saturday. You can figure out the cases in between those two examples.

If you fail to exercise this option by Saturday then you only get one guess per clue I post. So, after Saturday you only get one guess per clue that I post.
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #970953 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 2, 2019 1:53am
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And by Saturday I mean you have all day Saturday to get your third guess in.

Since it is Saturday now (and I'm up now) here is your clue for Saturday:

Clue: 75

And for those wondering, these numbers aren't for a combination lock.
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #970965 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 3, 2019 7:05am
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Another day, another clue. This time it is other than a number.

Clue: Harry
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971001 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 3, 2019 2:12pm
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This is the 4th clue?
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971012 by Phoenix Rizing
Feb 3, 2019 7:09pm
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Yes. This is the 4th clue. I should start numbering them, starting tomorrow.
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971014 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 4, 2019 5:02am
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No correct answers yet. I have noticed that the answers I have received are in one or two clusters each day. I'm interested to see where today's clue leads.

Clue 5: Poland
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971019 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 5, 2019 5:16am
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One correct answer yesterday. There should be some more today so keep guessing.

Clue 6: New moon
Book Postal Now Open
Board: Postals
Feb 5, 2019 4:41pm
IF you are interested in a Book Postal Sign up quick before it fills;
first 6 get in.

Here are the details
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971045 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 6, 2019 2:26am
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Another correct answer came in.

Clue 7: Tom
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971120 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 7, 2019 6:25am
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Clue 8: Roger
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971171 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 8, 2019 4:26am
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Three correct answers yesterday.

9. Dick
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971200 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 8, 2019 11:10pm
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A three more correct answers. It is after midnight local time, so another clue.

10. Cooler
Is anyone having this problem?
Board: Postals
Feb 9, 2019 8:45pm
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So I have joined several micro postals and have never had any problems. Until now. For the last two weeks, the post office has been holding a bunch of my envelopes. Then I would get a bundle of them at once, owing $.15 on each of them. At first I thought the postage of each envelope had gone over cost of a single stamp. But today my husband left the post office on an errand, saying a there was a very disgruntled employee there who said I needed to pay extra postage when I send these envelopes out. The employee said that because the business sized envelope was lumpy, as even though it had an appropriate stamp on it, I need to pay for an extra stamp because the envelope won't go through their machine and will jam it up. So I should pay for an extra stamp to avoid the machine.
But I don't put my outgoing mail in my box or my post office, as I take my outgoing mail to work. (I go to another post office multiple times a day for my job, and they have never said anything to me about this).
Has anyone had these problems, or have heard of this?
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971236 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 10, 2019 12:09am
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A correct answer.

Clue 11: Air Force
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 10, 2019 3:44am
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Fill out a report form from the Post Office and report this employee to the Post Master.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 10, 2019 5:12am
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My counter lady has been very nice about letting me know that “lumpy” takes an extra stamp. She said the PO is cracking down. I bought a roll of “extra ounce” stamps which also work for the non-machine able, and put one on every outgoing Micro. It’s still much cheaper than parcel rate. Most still arrive here with just one forever.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 10, 2019 6:02am
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I have toured the downtown Minneapolis postal center .... the machinery is amazing!! Very few people handle our mail. I try to remember that machines are doing the work of sorting. The more I think about how my mail interacts with the automated postal systems and prepare my items to be greeted by automatons, the better my mail goes through. Little things like printing in all caps, typing addresses and paying extra for a square envelope or a stiff gift card can make a big difference in the overhead conveyors.

When the machines jam, it is not pretty.

IMHO the postal service is still a great bargain.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 10, 2019 6:40am
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Yes, I just finished my first micro postal. To be sure I had it right I took it to the post office. All the guy said was “weight was right but bulky”. So I went home and shaved it thinner. When I returned the second time, he took enough time to tell me if anything is in an envelope other than paper it costs .71 rather than .50 (old rates). It didn’t matter the weight to him. I shaved it even more but mailed from another post office. I followed up on the postal and no one seemed to have to add postal, that I know of. Must be the crack down.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971280 by BinoBoxer
Feb 10, 2019 7:12am
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Yes, I just finished my first micro postal. [...] I followed up on the postal and no one seemed to have to add postal, that I know of.

I'm currently in a micro-postal. There is one that is bulky and needed more postage. Another came postage due, but didn't take extra postage to send. All of the rest comes and goes with FOREVER postage.
Re: Mystery Postal #OK2019A
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Reply to: #971273 by Oberon_Kenobi
Feb 10, 2019 11:56pm
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Clue 12: Book
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 11, 2019 9:58am
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I haven't had problems (yet). I think from your post, you've gotten to the crux of the matter ~ disgruntled employee. He/she would probably complain about other things too.

Here is the link to the specifics: https://www.usps.com/ship/letters.htm
"Non-machineable items include lumpy or rigid envelopes, and those that have clasps, string, or buttons. Unusually shaped square or vertical envelopes will also cost more to send."

Now, I've always wondered - a lot of charities like to send appeals with coins (nickels, or other items) in their envelopes. Those seem pretty "lumpy" to me, but they seem to get processed fine.

And, what happens if you add that extra postage, and mail from a post box? How does the post office "know" to separate that rectangular envelope from all of the rest, so it won't jam the machines?


In any case, when I prepare a micro, I try to reduce the lumpiness by making the envelope thickness as uniform as possible, or making it a gradual increasing-decreasing thickness, so the envelope won't jam the machine. I secure the stamp so it doesn't slide around, and put the stamp in the middle, often surrounded by a few cut sheets of paper that folks use for logging in.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971271 by The Beach People
Feb 11, 2019 12:18pm
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All of our clerks used to feel the envelopes when I would take them in and add postage for any bumps. Our new clerks don't do that. You might try putting it inside a greeting card or thin cardstock on each side of the stamp. They don't charge extra for bumpy greeting cards usually. I started using greeting card-sized envelopes and had no problem.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971328 by Topcollector
Feb 11, 2019 12:33pm
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On regular plbs, one of our nearby p.o.s had this ancient woman who would bark "What's in there?" Instead of the q's she is supposed to ask. Thankfully, she retired & replaced with a very friendly agent.
Re: Is anyone having this problem?
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Reply to: #971333 by J Walkers
Feb 11, 2019 4:46pm
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Just imagining all those possible shocking answers you could have given her.