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Can I Buy Stamps From My Mailman

At, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep.

can i buy stamps from my mailman

From your mail carrier. Get your stamps by mail; pay no fee for ordering and get free delivery to your home or office. Ask your mail carrier for a mail-order form. Fill out the form, make a check or money order payable to United States Postal Service, and mail it to the Post Office. Your carrier will deliver your stamps within a few days.

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638.

If you hate waiting in line at the post office to buy stamps, you're not alone. The good news is that there are now many ways to buy stamps that don't even require you to make a special trip to the United States Postal Service (USPS) office. Whether you'd like to buy stamps online, directly from your mail carrier, or while you're out running errands, it's easy to make your purchase.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the US Postal Service said that it's seen a "devastating" drop in revenue and needs funding from Congress to ensure it can keep delivering letters and packages to the millions of Americans currently sheltering at home.

If you get a text or email claiming to be from USPS about a package awaiting action or a delivery failure, don't click it: Delete it immediately. This is an attempt to steal your personal information. Find out how to protect yourself.

Informed Delivery is a free service from USPS that shows you preview images of incoming mail, as well as status updates about your incoming and outbound packages. You can see those notifications in a morning Daily Digest email, or at any time via the dashboard from your phone, computer, or the USPS Mobile app. Informed Delivery also has other features that make tracking and receiving your packages easier and more convenient.

Moving on, it turns out that the United States Postal Service has a number of obscure rules related to mail and postage that vary in accordance with geography. For example, if you live well outside a major city and far from any suburb or the like, your mail will in all likelihood be handled by a rural letter carrier. Due to the nature of their work, rural letter carriers are granted a host of perks not enjoyed by traditional mail carriers. These include the ability to wear their own chosen clothing and drive their own vehicle if they so wish. More relevant to the topic at hand, beyond the perks, they also are empowered to function as a sort of mobile post office.

The idea here being that people that live out away from more populated regions often have to drive a long way to get to the post office, so they simply empower their rural carriers to do many of these tasks right at your mailbox.

Finally, at this point you might be wondering how often people actually send mail with money, instead of postage, attached. It turns out not very often relative to the number of letters processed daily. According to USPS, they process approximately 187 million pieces of first class mail every day, of which, only a couple dozen items per day have money, instead of stamps, attached.

First, make sure to seal your envelope properly. Next, make sure all your address information is filled out correctly. Finally, make sure you have the proper amount of postage. Depending on how heavy your letter is, you may need multiple First Class stamps to cover the right amount of postage.

I have read and re-read the USPS rules on their website and still am not clear on this... I like to print the package label on paypal as media mail with dc. It would be very convenient to mail from home on a rural route. Can I do this? Or do I just try it once...

Yes, you only have to hand the package to a postal worker if it's over 13 oz and you use stamps. As long as you're using electronic postage you can send it out from your box. Assuming your mail carrier will pick it up, some may not be equipped to do so, but if you're rural, they're probably reaching all the boxes from a car/truck vs. hand carrying items. The electronic postage is traceable, so it can be left out for them, vs. stamps, which are not. It has to do with packages that could potentially contain dangerous items.

Should work Miriam. Just make sure the return address is a match for your mailbox, and the package is under 13 oz. But don't expect a local scan unless you actually purchase postage at the counter, postal employees are discouraged from 'gratituous' scanning, since the only one required is the delivery scan.

When you combine the convenience of Carrier Pickup with the ease of, you and your staff can skip the Post Office and send out everything you need without leaving your home or office. Not only does let you print official, USPS-approved postage from the comfort of your own home or office, it also gives you instant, 24/7 access to all the USPS services you need, including postage rate discounts, Certified Mail, USPS Tracking, insurance, and more.

Some pieces of mail require a signature from the recipient at the time of delivery. This includes items sent with Priority Mail Express (if requested), Certified Mail, Collect on Delivery, Insured Mail (over $500), Registered Mail, Return Receipt, Signature Confirmation, and Adult Signature.

Visit or call 18002221811 to get delivery information on Priority Mail Express and mail with confirmation services. You will need the item number from your mailing receipt or label.

You can file a claim for compensation for loss or damage of Insured Mail, Registered Mail, and Priority Mail Express. A claim can be filed online or the form can be downloaded from and mailed along with evidence of value. Visit or contact your local Post Office for additional information on how to file a claim.

Even if you don't know your mail person by name, you can still address them in a general way, such as "Our Favorite Mailman" or "Our Faithful Carrier." A simple note that says how much you appreciate the hard work they do (extra cute if your kids can write it out) will go a long way in making your postal worker feel special. Put it in an envelope and use stickers instead of stamps. (After all, they love mail, right?) You can also nab this free, downloadable template if you need a little help!

If you\u2019re a regular Uni Watch reader, you may recall that I recently interviewed Jimmy Lonetti, the founder of D&J Glove Repair, who at the time had moved his glove operation from his Minneapolis garage to a retail storefront. That interview included this tantalizing exchange:

Jimmy Lonetti: One reason I took the leap to opening the storefront is because I\u2019m pretty close to retirement from my main job, which is working for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier. We could do a whole talk on that, because I\u2019m kind of quirky when it comes to my uniforms for the Postal Service. I\u2019m the guy who finds the old patches on eBay, so I take the new patch off my shirt and put on the old one. Everything I have is vintage-looking.

That\u2019s how I started wearing the \u201Cstanding eagle\u201D patch. I like it better than the current logo. The standing eagle was introduced in 1970 \u2014 before that, they had this kind of Pony Express logo \u2014 and then in \u201993 they changed from the standing eagle to the current one, the \u201Csonic eagle.\u201D

He said we may have to consider workers whose paychecks come from taxpayers differently than those whose pay comes from private sources. The Postal Service receives no taxpayer subsidy (which is really true!) so our situation is different.

P.S. This Dicktation is dedicated to Nancy Schafer, letter carrier from Dundee, Mich. On March 8, 2011, Nancy was standing on a porch delivering mail when the porch collapsed, dropping her 10 feet into a fruit cellar and pinning her between two concrete slabs. She died from her injuries. On this day, due to no fault of her own, she left every bit of herself behind on her route. Rest in peace, sister.

Of course, you should feel free to use this opportunity to thank your mailman in whatever way you like (perhaps by offering to buy him some better shorts?) but at Hollywood Crush, we're ringing in this very significant holiday with a top ten of great, mail-related movies to get you in the proper mailman-thanking spirit. So read on to find out what's on our "special delivery" list...

Dead men tell no tales, but apparently, they can still buy stamps. Amazingly, this movie featuring Hilary Swank getting a series of letters from her deceased husband is adorable and uplifting (rather than creepy and... creepy.) The sexy Irish accents and sweet premise help, as does the fact helps that Gerard Butler is the dead guy. Meow.

The real fun of watching "The Love Letter" has less to do with the letter itself, and more to do with getting to shout, "Hey, isn't that [insert actor's name]?!" at the screen every five seconds. Look, there's Ellen Degeneres, pre-Ellen show! And there's that lady from Law & Order: Criminal Intent! And there's Tom Everett Scott, who's so damn cute when he's not playing a sleazy governor on primetime TV. Plus, Kate Capshaw getting her cougar on. 041b061a72


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