Did the post office quit forwarding letters?

@shaggin (36287)
United States
January 2, 2011 7:49pm CST
I know when I get mail from businesses it always says forwarding system requested on it. When I mail a card or letter first class and I dont know if the address is still the same I write on the bottom If address has changed or is incorrect please forward. Well I sent out a lot of cards for Christmas. One from my friend who lives in CT and moved the card came back and had a sticker on it with my friends new correct address. While I appreciate knowing her new address now I have to pay another 44 cents to remail her card. My mother friend who lives in NY and moved her card went to her old address and was not forwarded. Luckily her father lives at that address so she still got her card thank goodnes. I dont know if they just decide around the holidays not to forward things because they are to busy or if they no longer forward mail at all anymore.
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@cream97 (29169)
• United States
30 Mar 11
I don't know why the post office carrier did not forward your mail the very first time. Since they knew her address already. Why make you pay an additional 44 cents just so that they could remail the card for you? It sounds as if they are just trying to get more money out of you. I get really angry when someone would send me a letter and then they did not put the correct amount of postage on it. By the time that the mail gets to me, I have to pay the difference. I feel that I should not be left responsible for paying the extra postage when someone sends me a letter. And then as soon as I don't put the correct amount of postage on a letter or mail that I am sending out, the post office will send it back to me and tell me to add more postage. Now, if I can't get away with it, then others shouldn't be able to either.
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@shaggin (36287)
• United States
31 Mar 11
I get my exes mail all the time as well and he hasent lived with me in 13 months. When he moved out he did what he was supposed to do so his mail would get sent to the correct address but to often I still got his mail anyway. It didnt really bother me I would just give it to him when I saw him. Sometimes I only check my mail once a week though so lol he didnt like that.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
4 Jan 11
Not really sure if the post office quit forwarding letters, but isn't service like this one of the reasons why the post is getting to be obsolete? If they don't extend the service by forwarding the mail, and the sender has to shell out more stamp money, then people would just stop sending by snail mail. Specially if it is as easy to forward emails.
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@shaggin (36287)
• United States
5 Jan 11
I think the postal workers just complain to much. I dont think things are as bad as they say. Online shopping is huge so even if people are sending less letters through the mail they are paying for more packages to be shipped to them or paying for more packages that they have to ship. Letters cost less to send them packages of things. The prices for mail has to be high due to the gas used to transport the mail I understand that but I really wonder if it needs to be as high as it is!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Jan 11
I have never heard of them sending anything back with the new address...why didn't they just send it on...did no good for them to send it back to you...other than to get another 44 cents out of you. But good grief, how stupid of them. I believe that they will forward first class for a year, then they return and the do not ever forward third class or magazines. Speaking with regard to my local PO...they employ some of the rudest, most unfriendly people in the world at this PO. If this happened here, it'd be that the postal person just did it cause it was easier on them...not cause it was the right thing to do. My daughter took her christmas cards to this PO...some included photos so she waited in line to have them weighed for the extra postage. The postal woman, told her that tshe had to go to that weigh station on the wall and weigh them herself and just write the postage amount on the envelope, then bring them back. So my daughter did, although I knew that was not right. I have mailed things like that before and that is what that postal window is for...weighing and postage! But She went and weighed and wrote and went back to her and then she told her that they would all have a "surcharge" applied to them cause they were thicker than a certain size. So they were 78 cents for postage and I forget the additional charge for the "surcharge" but it went over a dollar, so she just took a few out that she knew she wouldn't be seeing and mailed those and then just put the rest in her car and hand delieverd them when she saw that person. I know about that "surcharge" for a bulkier or thicker envelope that is smaller than a 65x7 size, but even that is so unfair. So the postal worker has to watch the machine a little better and put that one through by hand...so what. They make a high salary and fantastic benefits...its their job to get the mail out.
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@shaggin (36287)
• United States
3 Jan 11
Wow I cant imagine having to pay over a dollar just to send a card out. Its getting ridiculous how expensive it is to mail things anymore! I know they dont forward any other form of mail except first class but as far as I knew they always forward first class mail as long as it hasent been over a year. These two moved and it hasent been a year yet so they should have forwarded things. I think like you said they just sent it back because it would be easier and they could make another 44 cents off me when I had to resend the card.