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Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 28, 2014 7:42pm
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I am not at all saying I am doing this ;), but what about stamps that have been put on an envelope, that was meant to send back a charitable contribution in? I am not giving any money, should I just throw away those 4? cents? Don't even know what it costs to send a letter these days, except "forever"

Bokmal
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843740 by Bokmal
Apr 28, 2014 9:32pm
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If it's anything like Canada, these days most charities purchase an "inducia" from the post office. That is essentially a number in a postage-like rectangle that gets printed on the "postage paid" envelope. The purchaser of the inducia (the charity in question) only gets charged for those envelopes that are actually put into the mail. So if you use their envelope to mail something other than what was supposed to go into it (ie a donation to the charity) you are stealing from the charity. Are there still charities that put actual stamps on envelopes? Possible, but doubtful.
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843747 by Water Lily
Apr 28, 2014 9:42pm
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Are there still charities that put actual stamps on envelopes? Possible, but doubtful.

There are still a few that do. My father-in-law, who lives with us, gets them occassionally. He cuts them out, puts them in drawer, then never uses them. Go figure.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843740 by Bokmal
Apr 29, 2014 12:23am
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In "Steal This Book" Abbie Hoffman suggested this method for dealing with junk mail: The junk mail invariably includes a return card or envelope marked that the postage will be paid by them. Just slap that card on a brick and drop it into a mailbox. After the s-mail spammers have to pay for shipping themselves a few bricks, maybe they'll decide to use more acceptable methods of promoting their products.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843668 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 4:53am
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I asked at my post office about the stamps that are NOT cancelled. And I quote "If the carrier is too lazy to cancel them, then yes you can reuse them. Just don't put tape on the stamps." I rarely get packages where the stamps are not cancelled. I have made LTC's with stamps that come on letters or packages used or not. So you can reuse them just work them into your LTC's. Then everybody is happy.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 5:39am
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Sounds like you know what you're talking about.

My dad was a postal clerk for over forty years. I think he started when he was in Korea; after he was wounded, they put him in the postal service, and when he came home, that is what he did.

When we were kids, my sister and I would walk up to the PO and just walk in the back doors to see dad, and all the other clerks and carriers would wave and say hi. Now, we'd probably get arrested.

Jaxx
Re: Preparing for our cross-country letterboxing trip
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843426 by Grumpy Grinch
Apr 29, 2014 8:22am
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Oops... you forgot to ask if I had my bags packed to join in....

Bags packed.... check

Wendy :)
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843804 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 10:27am
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And they are all completely understandable, but sad. The world has changed alot, from even when I was a kid..... It's funny; my sister and I were talking just the other day about how we used to visit the PO when we were kids. We'd stop at the German Deli, get some free bologna, cut through the deli and out the back door and then into the back door of the PO. Sometimes, we'd play on the "boats".

And it's not like we lived in Mayberry!!! LOL

Jaxx
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
Apr 29, 2014 12:18pm
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Abbie Hoffman should have done a fact check with the postal service before publishing.

Oh, well, it made for a funny suggestion anyway. Personally, I just toss junk mail in the trash.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843849 by Kirbert
Apr 30, 2014 6:50am
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Personally, I just toss junk mail in the trash.

I shred it and put it in the compost bin. That way, the junk mail is helping me in my garden, not hurting me!
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #844018 by Sudoku Crazy
Apr 30, 2014 1:25pm
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Now that is a very GREEN way of handling junk mail. I luv it!
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #844065 by Water Lily
Apr 30, 2014 11:04pm
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It'd be even better if those junk mailers would be so kind as to print their unwanted blurbs on unbleached, recycled paper.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #843772 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 6:21am
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I don't put a brick on them. I just write a very polite, "No, thank you!" in magic marker on the applications, stuff them back into the envelope and send them back. I hope that works for the post office! I've been thinking it might just help save a job or two, given the volume of junk mail. It also seems as if I have been taken off a few of the lists since I started doing that, because I don't get as many junk mail things in my mailbox -- of course that could also just be because they've moved to email spam, instead! :)

Webfoot
Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 6:35am
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We lowered the quantity from 20 to 12 for lack of signups, hopefully to encourage sign ups.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844164 by Webfoot
May 1, 2014 7:49am
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My husband switches them around and sends them each other's offers.
Re: Postage question
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844164 by Webfoot
May 1, 2014 10:24am
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I just put a "no circulars" sticker on my mailbox (called a "letterbox" here, but if I said that on these boards, I thought it might confuse people). The post office here doesn't deliver junk mail to you if you have a "no circulars" sticker.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844168 by SeerMeesh
May 1, 2014 12:39pm
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where is the link/
Re: Postage question
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Reply to: #843674 by LuLaHe
May 1, 2014 12:41pm
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That is what we, in the counseling profession, call Criminal Thinking. It may not hurt a lot of people, but it isn't right just the same. I am one to have it every now and then.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844233 by Sea Maid
May 1, 2014 1:15pm
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Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844244 by Raven
May 1, 2014 1:39pm
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Thanks. I was having difficulties typing with a troublesome 3year old getting into things.
Re: Ltc Percy Jackson
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844249 by SeerMeesh
May 1, 2014 1:54pm
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Nap time! Even if it's for you, lol!
Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 2:20pm
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Hubby sent this (food for thought) to me today, reckon is because I have been mumbling yet again about planting a rest area series on our yearly I-95 FL/CT road trip.

http://fox8.com/2014/04/30/treasure-hunt-prompts-bomb-scare-at-i-90-rest-stop/?hpt=us_bn9

Three Flamigos
Reading about Postal Packages...
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 1, 2014 3:10pm
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Oh my Dear Friend Wry Me... I received your postal package in the snail mail and handle the item inside. Still find it amusing, and the thought of what you did with it still puts a smile on my face,... but it is back in the zone where it was intended, the owner was happy that it was back and thankful. I will get with you at next meeting of great minds and settle the postage bill with you =P : name your poison to which we will drink to a creative solution's demise...lol

Yours truly, truly what the voice in my head have not told me.

~Stormie~ aka DustySandStorm
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 3:10pm
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I understand the State Highwayman's concern, but "not to do this in a public place"?? Where does that leave us? - private property? Maybe the person who threw the package behind the tree needed to be a little more discreet, although you can't really see truckers if they're sitting in their cabs.

Thank goodness geocaching was named as the culprit, not us (wink, wink). :D
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 4:06pm
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Geocachers.......... {{{Sheesh!}}}

Pete
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844291 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 4:14pm
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You make some very good points!
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844262 by Three FLAmigo's
May 1, 2014 4:26pm
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I read that article and also thought "where does that leave us to plant?"

If not public places then where?

Certainly schools are not good places to plant, one would never want to look suspicious anywhere close to a school.

In the good ol' days, it was kinda fun to be a renegade. Nowadays, not so much.

right
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844291 by Early Risers
May 1, 2014 5:28pm
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attached to bridges or railroad trestles, attached to mail collection boxes in major cities with major pedestrian traffic around, etc. These are also places where lunatics might plant bombs. And incredibly small bombs can do incredibly major damage

I have been thinking of removing two boxes I have at a large bridge near a defense plant. They are actually just stamps in a very small magnetic keyholder in the bridge joints. Any chance these little keyholders could be viewed as threatening? Otherwise, the locations are perfect and there really isn't anywhere else to hide them.
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
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Reply to: #844297 by airstream dreams
May 1, 2014 6:57pm
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Certainly schools are not good places to plant, one would never want to look suspicious anywhere close to a school.

Are you kidding? I've found literally a hundred boxes or more at city parks that border elementary and high schools planted by experienced boxers and novice brownie troops alike. There are tons on college campuses. Don & Gwen have a series of three at Cal State Long Beach that have been there for over ten years. There was one years ago in the math building at UCLA where you had to do a series of higher math problems to work out the floor, room number, locker number and combination to a padlock: still one of my all time favorites. In fact, someone called The Collegian just maxed out the new boxes list just today.

And as for:
In the good ol' days, it was kinda fun to be a renegade. Nowadays, not so much.

...may I point out that 99 percent of letterboxes and geocaches have been planted post-9/11. So to what good ol' days do you refer? There is no need to be paranoid or frightened of everything. This is an innocent arts-and-crafts, puzzle-solving, outdoor activity. If you are intelligent enough to use discretion and common sense, relax and enjoy the fun.

K
Re: Bomb scare....This one in Ohio rest area
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #844277 by KO
May 1, 2014 7:39pm
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although you can't really see truckers if they're sitting in their cabs

I found a box at a rest stop once that was on the truck side. I went into the woods with my pack and my daughter, who did not want to get nature on her, said she would stand on the sidewalk and "stand guard." I went in, stamped, and came out. I did also wonder if there were any drivers in their cabs. Later I also wondered if they thought I was using the bathroom. I wonder if they had a good laugh.