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What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 09, 2006 03:17PM
I dashed into the post office at lunch to drop a couple returns to Netflix in the box...

I was faced with the choice of two slots in the Post Office wall; "Stamped Mail Only" or "Metered Mail Only". WIth a small sign noting that incorrect choices would delay delivery, and the unspoken truth that it would unnecessarily annoy postal workers.

So... what IS "Metered Mail"?
Does that mean pre-printed material with bar-codes on it? Such as Netflix envelopes?
Kinda hoping so, since that's the slot I dropped 'em in.








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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 09, 2006 03:23PM
the machine at school... that imprints the mail for that day. The meter that has to be recharged (with cash) and then they can just run envelopes through it.

You recognize this...right?





goto usps.com and put "meter" in the search.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/09/2006 03:25PM by Jimmypoo.
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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 09, 2006 03:27PM
the meter is only good for that day indicated on the "stamp."

They are key-lock devices, and also permit you to charge it with XXX dollars, and send items of any value that the scale indicates is necessary. 37 cents for item one, $4.25 for item #2, etc. You punch in the meter and it either prints out a label or direct on the envelope.
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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 09, 2006 03:32PM
The USPS uses stamps where Europeans use the Metered mail system because
of course they are metric stamps, Hope that clears it up :-/



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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 09, 2006 03:35PM
That's true - I forgot to mention that.

If you send AeroMail, you must list in the meter the height of the plane, the speed and the distance in kMeters in the "imprint."

Thanks for adding that, Phil!

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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: bill b
Date: January 09, 2006 04:17PM
Good luck trying to send a letter with just 37¢ postage on it.
-or 00¢, for that matter.
smiling smiley
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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: wurm
Date: January 09, 2006 04:46PM
I must confess that at a previous place of employment, one time I set the date back a day to get in under a "must be postmarked by..." deadline.

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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: bangman
Date: January 09, 2006 04:55PM
The meter is the best, that and the term "backdating."



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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 09, 2006 06:51PM
I once back-dated this girl I was dating.

It was her idea. I guess she had back-dated before.

grinning smiley
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Re: What is "Metered Mail" as opposed to "Stamped Mail"?
Posted by: ADent
Date: January 09, 2006 11:20PM
According to this: [skippus.blogspot.com] the Netflix envelopes belong in the Metered slot.

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