7 responses

  1. Annie
    June 15, 2008

    My USPS contacts are currently out of the state on vacation, and I don’t feel like making the hubby get the reasoning out of his parents via cell phone.

    Maybe, someday, we’ll have an answer for you.

  2. Bill
    June 15, 2008

    I would love for someone to explain this to me, if only so I can have a better feeling about our government.

  3. Chris
    June 17, 2008

    I think you’re on the right track with the ‘traceability’ argument rather than the ‘inspect for unsafe contents’ argument. I think the purpose is to provide a trail of some kind leading to the sender.

    I’m guessing that all postal meters/kiosks have either identification codes or monitoring cameras (like the main postal counter). Online postage requires a paper trail also: credit card, etc. These can be obscured (a hat) or faked, but ultimately the trail exists. I’m guessing it’s completely legal to drop off a package wearing a clown suit, but I bet you’d get special attention.

    Stamps are truly anonymous. Anyone with cash (untraceable) can walk into any grocery or convenience store (too many to correlate to) anywhere in the country and buy stamps (untraceable). To correlate a particular package with the location the stamps were purchased would be a ridiculous exercise in statistics. The postal drop boxes are likewise untraceable.

    So I would agree that although the paper trail (or electron trail) of an online postage purchase is tenuous at best, it is considerably more solid than stamps.

  4. Jess
    November 11, 2010

    I just ran into this problem today trying to mail a heavier than usual letter. The post office was closed for veterans day and I had no clue whether my letter weighed more than 13 oz. So I didnt mail it. Its very annoying!! Not everyone has a scale for weighing mail in their home.

  5. Roberta
    February 25, 2014

    My goodnessakes just buy a little food scale at the dollar store and go online to USPS.com and print your postage online and leave it in your mailbox for your carrier to pick up……..no problems whatsoever……the post office really does come to you when you need it…….

  6. Bill Ruhsam
    February 27, 2014

    Roberta: You obviously didn’t read the first paragraph. Try again.

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