One of the things I appreciate about living in the USA is the better state of postal services. I appreciate handwritten notes on paper and special packages sent in by loved ones or stuff I ordered over the Internet, especially if I am assured that these would be sent to me in just a few days, not weeks or even months. So far, I have never had a problem with the United States Postal Service (USPS) and other courier companies. Hence, I am as happy as a Manila clam.
Here are some useful tips (discoveries) to note when dealing the USPS and other courier services:
- If you live in an apartment complex like we do, you will not get a mailbox (that blue metal box with a red flag) at your doorstep. Instead, you will be assigned a pigeonhole, usually marked with your apartment unit number.
- You do need special stamps if you want to send something out of the country (i.e. not the USA). I actually sent out 3 postcards without knowing this, so I just wasted stamps and very, very cute postcards L
- You can actually print your own stamps! It’s legit! No need to go to the post office!
- The Postman comes in like clockwork, every single day. Ours comes at 2PM, so I know when I should drop by the pigeonhole and pick up our mail.
- Some mailing supplies like envelopes and boxes are FREE! You don’t need to buy any! I love freebies!
- If you live in an apartment complex and want to send outgoing mail, you don’t need to go to the post office to send it. Leave the mail in your apartment complex’s outgoing mailbox and NOT the pigeonhole.
- FedEx, UPS will not always ask you to receive your mail / packages. They will just knock on your door and leave it on the doorstep. True story! (I sure am glad I am always there to pick up the mail / packages at the door. I’ve heard that there are some people who steal other people’s mail / packages. What if you had a Smart TV delivered to your doorstep and someone stole it? Yikes!)
I’ve read that the USPS has its flaws. But is it that bad? Really??? I used to have a pen pal back in the day of no Internet and a single exchange spanned months because that’s how long it took for the mail to arrive. Plus, the Philippine postal office can steal stuff from your mail. Yes they do! Oh, and in Dubai, you needed a PO Box to personally receive mail, which is why people usually piggyback on their office’s PO Box. Bugger.
Have you got any First World postal service tips to share?
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