FlytrapCare Carnivorous Plant Forums

Sponsored by FlytrapStore.com

Have excess seed? Share it with other members here.

Moderator: Matt

By ChefDean
Location: 
Posts:  2541
Joined:  Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:44 am
#363012
The post office is doing something hinky, but there's a way to counter it.
I've recently received envelopes back that I sent a month ago, with the USPS stamps and stickers stating "no such number", " illegible", "unable to forward", "return to sender", and "postage due $3.65". And that was just one envelope. Bullspit!
From now on, on your request envelope that you send to me, put my address as the mailing address AND the return address.
On the SASE, put your address as the mailing address AND the return address. This way, if they try this crap some more, when they return it to the sender, it should still come back to you.
I've messaged the members whose envelopes came back to confirm addresses, then I will re-send the seeds.
Bless their little, letter carrying hearts.

Edit: I read through responses to this and I realized that it sounds like I'm suggesting something hinky myself. Let me be clear that you still need to put the proper postage on each envelope. Still do the return address trick thingy, but affix the stamps.
Sorry for any confusion.
Matt liked this
User avatar
By Matt
Location: 
Posts:  21878
Joined:  Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:28 pm
#372209
Panman wrote:Unfortunately, we have found that the nonmachinable stamp does not prevent it from going through the machine.
Absolutely true. Leah and I ship quite a few seed orders and always select non-machinable postage for those orders, but they often still go through the machine. So annoying!!
User avatar
By Panman
Location: 
Posts:  1067
Joined:  Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:41 pm
#372270
Case in point, below is a picture of the seeds I just received from Dean. In the top right you see a non machineable stamp along with non-machineable being written under it. It is also written along the bottom of the envelope. You can also see the machine cancel on the stamp and the sorting information stamped on the bottom. To the right of the white plastic box, you can see the imprint of the box left on the envelope as the post office machine it tried to crush the life out of the seeds. Additionally, the dimensions of the envelope are such that it is supposed to be rejected by the machines. So, long story short, keep paying the extra postage for nonmachineable but be sure that the seeds are packaged adequately to protect them from the inevitable crushing.
IMG_20012021_141541_(2000_x_1500_pixel).jpg
IMG_20012021_141541_(2000_x_1500_pixel).jpg (482.56 KiB) Viewed 372 times
Last edited by Panman on Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:50 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Matt liked this
By hungry carnivores
Posts:  556
Joined:  Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:31 am
#372271
Panman wrote: Wed Jan 20, 2021 7:26 pm Case in point, below is a picture of the seeds I just received from Dean. In the top right you see a non machineable stamp along with non-machineable being written under it. It is also written along the bottom of the envelope. You can also see the machine cancel on the stamp and the sorting information stamped on the bottom. To the right of the white plastic box, you can see the imprint of the box left on the envelope as the post office machine it tried to crush the life out of the seeds. Additionally, the dimensions of the envelope are such that it is supposed to be rejected by the machines. So, long story short, keep paying the extra postage for nonmachineable but be sure that the seeds are packaged adequately to protect them from the inevitable crushing.
IMG_20012021_141541_(2000_x_1500_pixel).jpg
Keep in mind this has your full name and address, as well as its corresponding FTC username. If you don't want that here, I suggest you use a 'blur' tool on photopea.com before uploading.
User avatar
By Panman
Location: 
Posts:  1067
Joined:  Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:41 pm
#372272
Thanks. I fixed that.
hungry carnivores liked this
By sundewd
Posts:  5
Joined:  Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:53 am
#372362
I use a cardboard insert to make the whole envelope rigid. And have a red ink NON-MACHINABLE stamp which I put on both sides. (It was $10). It must be handed over to avoid the intake machining. I have also observed some machining marks still on these envelopes, from asking the recipients. But when I was sending through regular envelopes dropped in the box they were being machined every time and only 1 out of dozens of orders actually had issues so I think it isn't the machining necessarily itself that damages but either certain machines having higher pressure, or the letter becoming part of a jam in a machine. So in that regard reducing the exposure to the machines, even if not entirely, could still help reduce the machining damage to seeds. For that example envelope I would have written non machinable with a sharpie and slightly larger printed all caps and on the back as well.
CP Plant Club

Panman, as you're aware, I'm in North Atlanta! Zoo[…]

Meme Battle

*boss music starts playing* https://uploads.tapat[…]

GEEZ

I agree, mine had some rotty roots. Not nearly a[…]

Problem

To err is human, to totally mess things require[…]

Personal Memes

Time to contribute! https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.c[…]

Thanks in advance.

Pre-mixed Soil Recommendations

I've always prepped my own mix, but this year du[…]

Gemmae arrived safe and sound. Thank you!

Support the community - Shop at FlytrapStore.com!