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09 December 2010 @ 12:59 pm
 I have, more than once, had issues with our local post office.  Issues of packages mysteriously not arriving at their destination, or taking two weeks, when it should only take two days.  This all might be just one random post office worker causing me grief, but the upshot is, I hate going to the post office more than most people.  Every time I have to go there and mail something for a customer, I get irritated and grumpy for no good reason.  

Recently, Amazon offered a postal scale for $20 during their Black Friday deals.  I thought, what the heck, and picked one up.  I was fairly disappointed when I signed up for the USPS's Click n Ship service, only to discover they didn't offer the affordable first class mail option, and the cheapest I could print from home through them was the more expensive priority mail service.  So, I thought I'd give paypal's shipping option a try.  OMG, it's awesome!  In about five minutes, I just packaged and bought postage for my most recent Etsy sale straight from my paypal account, so it comes right out of the money paid to me for the item.  It came with delivery confirmation, an e-mail to both me and the customer, and even tracking, for the same or less than it would have cost me to drive to the post office, stand in line, and basically spend an hour of my life getting something mailed.  

Janice, please let me know if you received an e-mail with tracking capabilities.  Because if so, that is the most awesome feature of this entire thing!  

I may (almost) never go to the post office again!  *is off to go put the package into outgoing mail*

The Mad Lorimadlori on December 9th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Whoa, you just discovered this? Yes, it is awesome! The recipient can view the tracking information on their transaction details (when you click on "details" in the list of transactions in the overview page).

I only haven't been using it lately because I'm out of printer ink and I don't feel like spending eighty bucks on new ink. But yeah. Print label, tape on package, drop off at PO, in and out in three seconds.
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 9th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
I just never looked into it, knowing it would be pretty unusable without a scale to weigh with. Somehow, I just never looked into how much those were, until it popped up on a lightning deal! :)

But I'm grateful to have discovered it now!
xlanaxlana on December 9th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
i got the email. can't wait to get the package. (-:

do you want me to forward the email to you?
rhienellethrhienelleth on December 9th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
YAY! Sure, that would be great! Just to see what my customers will be getting from paypal. :D

*does a happy dance*

You know what I'm most excited about? NEVER having the issue of "package mysteriously drops off the face of the earth" again. I asked about tracking at the post office, and they said it couldn't be added to first class (or even priority, if memory serves) mail. Those lying liars. Somehow, it manages to do it through paypal!
kistha on December 9th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Yay for no more postal grief!