P.O.'d at the P.O!
I had trades returned to me recently (I mailed them from my box) by my local PO stating that they have to go package rate. Though inconvenient, I took them to another city and mailed them for 88 cents each at the large envelope rate and none were returned.
I recently offered three SASBEs privately. All of the envelopes arrived with 88 cents METERED postage, indicating that the POs they were mailed from knew their own rules and regulations and did it correctly. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were all stamped POSTAGE DUE, and there was a PO envelope filled out saying I need to pay an additional 43 cents on each one to my local PO!
NOW, assuming that they DID need to go at the package rate (which isn't the case--they only contained stamps and a return label), but assuming for the sake of argument it was true, it is not my fault that the other POs did not do things right (even though they did). As I mentioned, the envelopes were weighed and measured or however postage is determined, and the senders PAID what they were told was the correct price to send them, so why should my PO tell me that I have to pay for the mistakes (even though they aren't) of their fellow POs in other states?
Though inconvenient, I can continue to mail my trades out from other cities and avoid my local PO in sending, but now that they are assessing me extra postage for RECEIVING trades and SASBEs, there is no way around it.
I spent 45 minutes on the phone with the local postmaster, a nice woman who nevertheless told me it has been the policy for 5 years to assess any padded mailer the package rate (which I know is not true as I have mailed many trades for large envelope rates there until recently as well as receiving trades with no extra postage assessed). When I explained the situation of receiving METERED envelopes, she promised to look into it and get back to me. She did admit that there seems to be a lot of confusion but that she was told by the regional office that all padded mailers were considered packages. Three days later and I still haven't heard back. Even if/when I do, I am not confident she will have the right answer.
I am so PO'd at my PO!