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Bud
03-09-2009, 06:47 PM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the 'Priority' boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

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Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

[d]ragon
03-09-2009, 07:31 PM
Sorry to hear Bud that you couldn't send your frames. I've never used USPS so I've never had any problems. I usually send my stuff via FedEx. Fedex is pretty good except once their online order tracking said my racquet was still pending delivery the next business day even though it had already been delivered. I've never used UPS to send any racquets but I get my stuff from TW and send stuff back via UPS and have never had a problem with them. I hear some rumors though that UPS is notorious for throwing and kicking packages during transit (some posters here have complained of damaged packages and theres some videos on Youtube but not sure how real those are).

For packaging, I usually find some cardboard and make my own boxes LOL. Just some scissors, a ruler, and a staple gun, maybe some tape and that usually does the trick.

TheShaun
03-09-2009, 07:41 PM
we don't have those type of boxes provided to us in canada, so what i do is pop in to the fed ex depot grab two of their large flat boxes (these are free) come home and make a similar one to the USPS two boxes, then i just wrap it up in that brown package wrapping paper. or i should say my girlfriend wraps it for me. (sorry to the one TW buyer who got one wrapped by me.)

so i guess my point is just wrap the package with that brown paper.

lefty10spro
03-09-2009, 07:46 PM
You bozos ever hear of racket boxes that the things come in? I use those and have shipped dozen usps with no problems!

HeadPrestige
03-09-2009, 07:49 PM
left10spro... Most of us do not have a cache of racket boxes sitting around, and have multiple old frames.

Do you have a magical house/ apartment that can spawn racket boxes? Before you call people "bozos" try thinking a little.

jayserinos99
03-09-2009, 07:51 PM
Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

I use USPS Priority or if I'm in a pinch FedEx.

I use the modified USPS box method; I did get chewed out once when I used the flat rate boxes as the racquet box and I had to get that changed out. Other than that no issues.

If the USPS doesn't take my racquet box I'd probably invest in shipping paper. I used to go to the local tennis shop and pick up some of their racquet boxes and they used to give them out for free although I'm not so sure now.

Kot_Bigemot
03-09-2009, 08:33 PM
left10spro... Most of us do not have a cache of racket boxes sitting around, and have multiple old frames.

Do you have a magical house/ apartment that can spawn racket boxes? Before you call people "bozos" try thinking a little.
For real man!!!
WTF left10spro? Just watch what you say.

Kot_Bigemot
03-09-2009, 08:39 PM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the flat rate boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

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Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!
I was really surprised when i read your post man. My local USPS is cool, no problems. In fact i just sent a racquet on Sat. I walked in to post office with racquet in case, took 2 flat rate boxes, taped them together and went to the guy. No problems, he did masure the box and just took it.
Have you tried different post office? I noticed that the post office i used to go to, always gave me problems - the guy was just a plain A..hole. But again, it was just one lousy employee,, not USPS.
I say try different post office.

Bud
03-09-2009, 08:47 PM
You bozos ever hear of racket boxes that the things come in? I use those and have shipped dozen usps with no problems!

left10spro... Most of us do not have a cache of racket boxes sitting around, and have multiple old frames.

Do you have a magical house/ apartment that can spawn racket boxes? Before you call people "bozos" try thinking a little.

For real man!!!
WTF left10spro? Just watch what you say.

If we had spare racquet boxes lying around... you think we wouldn't use one?

Bud
03-09-2009, 08:50 PM
I use USPS Priority or if I'm in a pinch FedEx.

I use the modified USPS box method; I did get chewed out once when I used the flat rate boxes as the racquet box and I had to get that changed out. Other than that no issues.

If the USPS doesn't take my racquet box I'd probably invest in shipping paper. I used to go to the local tennis shop and pick up some of their racquet boxes and they used to give them out for free although I'm not so sure now.

I think I will buy a roll of shipping paper. I was thinking earlier... I bet the loser USPS clerk feels through the paper for a modified box underneath :evil:

What annoys me is the fact that this modified box 'rule' is selectively enforced at different USPS locations.

Il Mostro
03-09-2009, 08:53 PM
Box City, or your local equivalent, guys. I suspect that the box-****'s are post office specific though. Hopefully, the PO isn't making this a universal policy. You'd think they'd have other, more business critical, things to worry about.

zidane339
03-09-2009, 08:54 PM
Are you using the flat rate boxes or priority mail boxes?

I tape two priority boxes together

Keifers
03-09-2009, 08:56 PM
I use USPS Priority or if I'm in a pinch FedEx.

I use the modified USPS box method; I did get chewed out once when I used the flat rate boxes as the racquet box and I had to get that changed out. Other than that no issues.

If the USPS doesn't take my racquet box I'd probably invest in shipping paper. I used to go to the local tennis shop and pick up some of their racquet boxes and they used to give them out for free although I'm not so sure now.
I've gotten racquet boxes from my LTS. I just make sure to ask for only a couple of them at a time. Only downside: they're usually the thicker ones that can accommodate 2-3-4 racquets, not the nice thin ones.

m1stuhxsp4rk5
03-09-2009, 09:04 PM
that has happen to me before. this lady was a real jerk about it. saying she had never seen anything like that and it wasnt safe. she even charged me extra. i had to keep arguing with her. good luck with your problem

joe sch
03-09-2009, 09:18 PM
Bud,

Most of the PO's in OC, CA let me use 2 flat rate boxes taped together, although they claim the priority rate must be paid since this is a higher rate. I did have one double flat box get returned and I had to resend it.

It is frustrating to get different stories from different PO's.

Joe

antgun007
03-09-2009, 09:50 PM
When I shipped my racket through USPS, I just brought the racket into the PO and said box it and ship it to this address. She look at me for a sec and said 'no problem sir.' She got a box and taped it up good and tight and shipped it. SoCal is the place to be. Everyone is so chill here.

Thaychua
03-10-2009, 07:02 AM
Bud,
you can try inverting the box inside out. Take the two boxes and just peel off the tapes on the sides-and then just wrap it the other way around and you have a blank box--combine them and you're set.

I really don't know why they won't accept it at your post office. Maybe you are using flat rate boxes? My post office wont take the flat rate box because the flat rated is restricted to that box's dimension--if you combine them, the flat rate will not apply to the new dimensions.
They do have the non-flat rate boxes too--maybe you should try that.

SteveI
03-10-2009, 07:18 AM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the flat rate boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

Hi Bud,

The racket I shipped to you was the two box USPS Pri Mail system.. and they never give me a problem. I do have to be very careful when shipping Parcel Post. If the box was used at any point for Pri Mail.. you have to get all those makings off the box or it is a no go. They also really give you a hard time when you ship Media Mail... they keep asking... are you sure there is only media in there..and then they say.. they have the right to open the package to check.. I say.. go for it.. :-)

They can be a pain.. In my case. I do not have a really close UPS or FedEx location...

Regards,
Steve

Marc The Shark
03-10-2009, 07:27 AM
I didn't go through all the reply but could you simply keep doing the modified box thing and use that flat brown wrapping paper and wrap the box up so they can't tell it's a "modified" box and just ship it that way?

NineMileSkid
03-10-2009, 07:36 AM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the flat rate boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

Two words: FedEx Ground

NineMileSkid
03-10-2009, 07:38 AM
ragon;3195562']I hear some rumors though that UPS is notorious for throwing and kicking packages during transit (some posters here have complained of damaged packages and theres some videos on Youtube but not sure how real those are).

I've worked loading the trailers at UPS.

If you use them, you had better pack your package real, real, well.

psp2
03-10-2009, 09:37 AM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the flat rate boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

Here's another reason to befriend your local mom/pop tennis shop: FREE racquet boxes and plastic bags. I bet they throw away too many.

vkartikv
03-10-2009, 09:49 AM
It might just be that particular post office because I have had no trouble at mine. I mailed a frame a week ago and the postman gleefully accepted it :shock:

Thaychua
03-10-2009, 10:12 AM
Here's another reason to befriend your local mom/pop tennis shop: FREE racquet boxes and plastic bags. I bet they throw away too many.

Even better--befriend the local Usps worker. That's what i did. Everytime i come to ask for boxes, she'll give me a box full of those boxes(around 30?) And gives me discounts/advices etc..

Schills
03-10-2009, 10:17 AM
I didn't go through all the reply but could you simply keep doing the modified box thing and use that flat brown wrapping paper and wrap the box up so they can't tell it's a "modified" box and just ship it that way?


And if you don't have the brown paper, just cut up two grocery bags. Works like a charm.

sureshs
03-10-2009, 10:18 AM
Basically, the USPS is a big PITA when mailing racquets! Every time I take a racquet down there, I have to fight with them to take the parcel.

As we all know, many who use USPS, to ship racquets, simply tape two of the flat rate boxes together, which makes the perfect shipping container for 1-3 frames.

Well, I go to ship a couple racquets... and TODAY... their policy is they no longer accept these 'modified boxes' - for what reason I'm sure none of us could possibly even venture to guess. It's a used tennis racquet for christ's sake... not the Arc of the freakin' Covenant! Keep in mind too... I just received this same 'modified' box yesterday from another TT member, via USPS. Therefore, at his USPS branch, apparently it's OK to use these mailers :mad:

I read lately that USPS is in financial trouble... it does not surprise me with such lousy customer service and these silly, nonsensical rules that are selectively enforced depending on the USPS branch location.

OK... Enough commentary on our lousy USPS :twisted:

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Here is my question:

What other shippers/shipping services do TT members use for shipping racquets?

Where do you get the boxes? How much are they?

Do you simply cover these unacceptable boxes with shipping paper if your idiot post office won't accept them?

Any other pertinent comments or helpful suggestions appreciated!

I recently sent something abroad by their so-called Global Guaranteed Express and paid big bucks for it. While tracking the package on the web, I found that it was still sitting in the US after 2 days! I called them. The first operator could not get her computer to work, and she transferred me to the "international" operator. That guy scolded me for enquiring about the status, and hung up on me. I wrote a complaint thru the web form, and received a stock reply.

Finally, the package reached late. Now I have started the refund process because I am supposed to get my money back. I am told the check will arrive after 6 weeks.

Truth be told, the shipping partner of USPS for this service is FedEx, and they were the ones who didn't ship it out of the US in time. So I am not totally blaming the USPS for the delay, but only for their rude service.

nhatduongchi
03-10-2009, 11:40 AM
To BUD: As others said, you have to use the "regular" boxes, they're the same shape but don't have the words "Flat Rate" on it, then you can combine them and ship your rackets that way.

superjumbo
03-10-2009, 12:23 PM
I've been having the same problem as the OP for a few years now. I made a similar post in the past. For me, it usually depends on the person behind the post office counter. Some take the package without hesitation, others are real sticklers. It's most annoying when you get a person that's willing to take the package, then their anal retentive coworker comes out from the back office sees my package and then tells them to reject it.

They tell me taping the boxes together is called "piggy-backing" and that it can mess up the equipment in their system. I don't think it matters what type of boxes you use. They won't accept 2 boxes taped together in that way.

Bud
03-10-2009, 12:55 PM
Are you using the flat rate boxes or priority mail boxes?

I tape two priority boxes together

Two Priority boxes taped together!

The funny thing is... I just received that box via USPS the day before from another TT member.

furyoku_tennis
03-10-2009, 12:58 PM
what i do sometimes is i turn the boxes inside out so it doesn't say anything and then tape it and send it off. i haven't had any trouble from usps or ups when doing that.

superjumbo
03-10-2009, 01:00 PM
If you try putting paper over the two boxes, you have to then cover the entire package in tape. So you wind up wasting a whole roll of tape.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:00 PM
that has happen to me before. this lady was a real jerk about it. saying she had never seen anything like that and it wasnt safe. she even charged me extra. i had to keep arguing with her. good luck with your problem

It's a scam... there was another guy in the PO waiting for a supervisor... he had a very large box (5' tall) that had a very well taped cardboard 'cap' on top... and they were making him buy excess insurance in order to ship it.

The clerk was stating to him... if something happened to the box, she had to pay for the contents out of pocket :lol:

Come on... who'd believe something so ridiculous :roll:

I guess USPS won't be satisfied until they're out of business. Priority shipping is the ONLY thing they have going for them at the moment.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:01 PM
what i do sometimes is i turn the boxes inside out so it doesn't say anything and then tape it and send it off. i haven't had any trouble from usps or ups when doing that.

I tried that, too... and they turned it away because it was a 'modified box'.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:03 PM
To BUD: As others said, you have to use the "regular" boxes, they're the same shape but don't have the words "Flat Rate" on it, then you can combine them and ship your rackets that way.

I already corrected my original post. I meant the 'Priority' boxes.

Like I stated, I had just received a delivery from USPS in this 'modified box' the day before I tried resending it out.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:05 PM
Bud,

Most of the PO's in OC, CA let me use 2 flat rate boxes taped together, although they claim the priority rate must be paid since this is a higher rate. I did have one double flat box get returned and I had to resend it.

It is frustrating to get different stories from different PO's.

Joe

Yes, I always pay the priority rate when I use the 2 Priority boxes taped together. They will NOT let you send this 'box' via Parcel Post due to the fact it has the word priority on it.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:06 PM
When I shipped my racket through USPS, I just brought the racket into the PO and said box it and ship it to this address. She look at me for a sec and said 'no problem sir.' She got a box and taped it up good and tight and shipped it. SoCal is the place to be. Everyone is so chill here.

I'm in San Diego... that's as SoCal as you can get :p

No go on taped boxes.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:10 PM
Hi Bud,

The racket I shipped to you was the two box USPS Pri Mail system.. and they never give me a problem. I do have to be very careful when shipping Parcel Post. If the box was used at any point for Pri Mail.. you have to get all those makings off the box or it is a no go. They also really give you a hard time when you ship Media Mail... they keep asking... are you sure there is only media in there..and then they say.. they have the right to open the package to check.. I say.. go for it.. :-)

They can be a pain.. In my case. I do not have a really close UPS or FedEx location...

Regards,
Steve

Hi Steve... yes, it was your box I tried resending out.

It's simply a case of selective enforcement throughout the USPS system. You get a clerk who's on the rag (most of them) and they think they're GOD. I have to chuckle when they pull such a 'power play'.

Again... I was in there last Friday and the SUPERVISOR took the same type of taped box from me (because they were very busy and the postage was already on the box)... and threw it in the back, no questions asked.

They need to get their acts together.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:12 PM
I didn't go through all the reply but could you simply keep doing the modified box thing and use that flat brown wrapping paper and wrap the box up so they can't tell it's a "modified" box and just ship it that way?

Yeah, I mentioned that in one of these posts. Going to wrap it in shipping paper.

Hopefully, the clerk won't try feeling up the parcel to determine if the box underneath is 'modified' :shock:

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:13 PM
Two words: FedEx Ground

What does the average cost usually run for 1 racquet? 2 racquets?

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:14 PM
It might just be that particular post office because I have had no trouble at mine. I mailed a frame a week ago and the postman gleefully accepted it :shock:

I believe this has much to do with it.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:15 PM
And if you don't have the brown paper, just cut up two grocery bags. Works like a charm.

Great suggestion! Thanks.

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:18 PM
I've been having the same problem as the OP for a few years now. I made a similar post in the past. For me, it usually depends on the person behind the post office counter. Some take the package without hesitation, others are real sticklers. It's most annoying when you get a person that's willing to take the package, then their anal retentive coworker comes out from the back office sees my package and then tells them to reject it.

They tell me taping the boxes together is called "piggy-backing" and that it can mess up the equipment in their system. I don't think it matters what type of boxes you use. They won't accept 2 boxes taped together in that way.

Lol! We must use the same post office. That's exactly what happened. The clerks are like a bunch of automatons.

furyoku_tennis
03-10-2009, 01:19 PM
Hopefully they won't deny it because the shipping paper is 'modified'

Shaolin
03-10-2009, 01:20 PM
Bud--just use 2 Priority boxes taped together like you usually do, but get some cheap butcher-type paper (cheap brown paper that comes in sheets) and cover the box in that. Butcher paper is really cheap, would probably cost you like 50 cents to cover the box. You can still ship it Priority but they wouldnt know you are using 2 boxes.


edit, didnt see the above post by Schills...

Bud
03-10-2009, 01:23 PM
Bud--just use 2 Priority boxes taped together like you usually do, but get some cheap butcher-type paper (cheap brown paper that comes in sheets) and cover the box in that. Butcher paper is really cheap, would probably cost you like 50 cents to cover the box. You can still ship it Priority but they wouldnt know you are using 2 boxes.


edit, didnt see the above post by Schills...

The idiot clerks at my post office would probably ram their fingers through the paper to see the box :grin:

superjumbo
03-10-2009, 01:23 PM
Bud--just use 2 Priority boxes taped together like you usually do, but get some cheap butcher-type paper (cheap brown paper that comes in sheets) and cover the box in that. Butcher paper is really cheap, would probably cost you like 50 cents to cover the box. You can still ship it Priority but they wouldnt know you are using 2 boxes.


edit, didnt see the above post by Schills...


I've tried covering the box in heavy brown paper, like paper bags but in a longer roll. When I do this they tell me the whole box then needs to be covered in tape. That wastes a whole roll of tape.

I haven't tried it in a while so maybe things have changed.

superjumbo
03-10-2009, 01:26 PM
Lol! We must use the same post office. That's exactly what happened. The clerks are like a bunch of automatons.

I have 5 different post offices within driving distance. They all give me problems. I usually just keep trying until I find an employee that accepts it. It's a huge pain!!!

I've tried UPS but their rates are ridiculous. UPS was like $13 and USPS was $7. Plus USPS priority mail gets there in 2 days!

Shaolin
03-10-2009, 01:27 PM
The idiot clerks at my post office would probably ram their fingers through the paper to see the box :grin:

I've tried covering the box in heavy brown paper, like paper bags but in a longer roll. When I do this they tell me the whole box then needs to be covered in tape. That wastes a whole roll of tape.

I haven't tried it in a while so maybe things have changed.


Good lord, what kind of n a z i s are running the USPS nowadays?

BreakPoint
03-10-2009, 01:34 PM
You get a clerk who's on the rag (most of them) and they think they're GOD. I have to chuckle when they pull such a 'power play'.

ROTFLMAO!! I'm sorry but this line really made me laugh. :lol:

Anyway, I've used the two Priority Mail boxes taped together method tons of times at different post offices here in NorCal and I've never had a problem with USPS accepting them. Once in a while, I'll get a funny look from the clerk but they always accept it without hesitation.

sureshs
03-10-2009, 01:35 PM
It might just be that particular post office because I have had no trouble at mine. I mailed a frame a week ago and the postman gleefully accepted it :shock:

They are called mail carriers these days, because many of them are women :-)

Also, the PO counter guys are usually not mail carriers.

His glee is a little worrisome - he may have taken the stick for a demo in the evening ...

And of course whenever I go to a PO, I am reminded of the fat guy in Seinfeld (what's his name?) and how Jerry explained to him that the postal service is not really needed :-)

sureshs
03-10-2009, 01:36 PM
ROTFLMAO!! I'm sorry but this line really made me laugh. :lol:

Anyway, I've used the two Priority Mail boxes taped together method tons of times here in NorCal and I've never had a problem with USPS accepting them. Once in a while, I'll get a funny look from the clerk but they always accept it without hesitation.

Careful - he may go postal on you

vkartikv
03-10-2009, 02:09 PM
They are called mail carriers these days, because many of them are women :-)

Also, the PO counter guys are usually not mail carriers.

His glee is a little worrisome - he may have taken the stick for a demo in the evening ...

And of course whenever I go to a PO, I am reminded of the fat guy in Seinfeld (what's his name?) and how Jerry explained to him that the postal service is not really needed :-)

Newman! And it's Kramer, not Jerry, who goes to the PO to request he not receive any more mail.

But there is also the mail fraud episode:
Newman: Goods are rarely damaged during transit.
Seinfeld: Define rarely.
Newman (fuming): frequently!

vkartikv
03-10-2009, 02:12 PM
Forget racquets - I had to put two boxes (flat) together to mail my little niece her 24" x 18" colouring activity book. The PO worker at the counter actually helped me put the two boxes together. I suppose that's the friendliness you come to expect from a smaller town...

sureshs
03-10-2009, 02:27 PM
Newman! And it's Kramer, not Jerry, who goes to the PO to request he not receive any more mail.

But there is also the mail fraud episode:
Newman: Goods are rarely damaged during transit.
Seinfeld: Define rarely.
Newman (fuming): frequently!

The one with the postmaster general? I am not only a postmaster but also a general?

But I believe it was Jerry who listed all the ways one could avoid using the PO.

Thaychua
03-10-2009, 02:28 PM
Bud, your best solution: drive an extra 5 minutes and find another post office and hope they are not on their rags.

Bud
03-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Bud, your best solution: drive an extra 5 minutes and find another post office and hope they are not on their rags.

:lol::lol::lol:

Bud
03-10-2009, 05:12 PM
Took it to another PO a bit ago and they didn't even bat an eye at the BOX. He took it and thanked me. Grrrrrrr :evil:

jimbo333
03-10-2009, 07:38 PM
I received a box last week that was open at both ends, and the tennis racquet was still there!!!

It was fully open at both ends, absolutely amazing the racquet was still there:)

Schills
03-10-2009, 08:34 PM
Forget racquets - I had to put two boxes (flat) together to mail my little niece her 24" x 18" colouring activity book. The PO worker at the counter actually helped me put the two boxes together. I suppose that's the friendliness you come to expect from a smaller town...

Here in Los Angeles I have no problems using the boxes taped together, which I received from other TTW members. My post office doesn't hesitate for a second.

Fearsome Forehand
03-14-2009, 03:27 PM
With USPS, you have to use Priority Mail MAILING boxes to get the best rates. If you use two flat rate boxes, they will probably try to charge you twice the flat rate or just reject the taped together flat rate boxes outright. USPS flat rate service assumes a certain size box that is within a certain weight

I don't think there has been a change in USPS policy. It sounds like the OP ran into a not so knowledgeable clerk with an attitude. (There is one clerk at my local PO who is an idiot and I refuse to go to her. I let the person behind me in line go ahead and wait until one of the good clerks becomes available.)

Racket sized boxes that meet the non balloon rate size criteria are hard to find unless you have access to a pro shop. The taped together PM Mailing box thing is great and has made shipping rackets a breeze compared to the old days of searching for racket sized boxes.

I think Fed Ex Ground is more expensive than USPS but they have real time tracking instead of the truly lame delivery confirmation system of USPS. USPS is actually more convenient than Fed Ex for me so I tend to use USPS.

If you prepay postage and print your own mailing labels off paypal or the USPS site, I would also advise everyone to get an acceptance receipt from the USPS clerk. It will list the time and place of acceptance and the tracking number. Often the USPS clerk just takes the box and says thanks, no receipt. For instance, if you give the box directly to a carrier, no receipt. After having an expensive racket go cross country to a buyer point to point without ever being scanned once by USPS, I always go to the PO and get an acceptance receipt.

Bud
03-14-2009, 03:45 PM
I received a box last week that was open at both ends, and the tennis racquet was still there!!!

It was fully open at both ends, absolutely amazing the racquet was still there:)

Sounds like a curious postal worker :)

I think Customs checks the contents, occasionally, if you received it from outside the country. They should have taped it back up properly, though.

What kind of racquet was it?

Bud
03-14-2009, 03:50 PM
With USPS, you have to use Priority Mail MAILING boxes to get the best rates. If you use two flat rate boxes, they will probably try to charge you twice the flat rate or just reject the taped together flat rate boxes outright. USPS flat rate service assumes a certain size box that is within a certain weight

I don't think there has been a change in USPS policy. It sounds like the OP ran into a not so knowledgeable clerk with an attitude. (There is one clerk at my local PO who is an idiot and I refuse to go to her. I let the person behind me in line go ahead and wait until one of the good clerks becomes available.)

Racket sized boxes that meet the non balloon rate size criteria are hard to find unless you have access to a pro shop. The taped together PM Mailing box thing is great and has made shipping rackets a breeze compared to the old days of searching for racket sized boxes.

I think Fed Ex Ground is more expensive than USPS but they have real time tracking instead of the truly lame delivery confirmation system of USPS. USPS is actually more convenient than Fed Ex for me so I tend to use USPS.

If you prepay postage and print your own mailing labels off paypal or the USPS site, I would also advise everyone to get an acceptance receipt from the USPS clerk. It will list the time and place of acceptance and the tracking number. Often the USPS clerk just takes the box and says thanks, no receipt. For instance, if you give the box directly to a carrier, no receipt. After having an expensive racket go cross country to a buyer point to point without ever being scanned once by USPS, I always go to the PO and get an acceptance receipt.

It was two Priority boxes taped together. I had just received it (via USPS) from another TT members a day or two earlier.

No, the clerks have been hassling me for months... each time going in the back to ask the supervisor. I mean, how many times do they repeat this behavior? It was the same clerk!

Finally, they said they weren't taking those 'modified boxes' any longer. So, I drove to another post office and they accepted it no questions asked.

... And they wonder why they have so many complaints and are constantly in the red.

BTW, if you sign up for the USPS email alerts (from the tracking webpage)... it's real-time tracking. It tracks the parcel from point to point.

jimbo333
03-15-2009, 04:40 AM
Sounds like a curious postal worker :)

I think Customs checks the contents, occasionally, if you received it from outside the country. They should have taped it back up properly, though.

What kind of racquet was it?

It was an old Yamaha YCR124, nice racquet:) But seriously the box was open both ends???

jimbo333
03-15-2009, 04:43 AM
It was two Priority boxes taped together. I had just received it (via USPS) from another TT members a day or two earlier.

No, the clerks have been hassling me for months... each time going in the back to ask the supervisor. I mean, how many times do they repeat this behavior? It was the same clerk!

Finally, they said they weren't taking those 'modified boxes' any longer. So, I drove to another post office and they accepted it no questions asked.

... And they wonder why they have so many complaints and are constantly in the red.

BTW, if you sign up for the USPS email alerts (from the tracking webpage)... it's real-time tracking. It tracks the parcel from point to point.

Even from US to UK, USPS Priority Mail International has tracking via the customs details. Lots of people don't know this, but it's really useful to find out when the package is going to arrive in the UK:)

Bud
03-15-2009, 06:46 AM
Even from US to UK, USPS Priority Mail International has tracking via the customs details. Lots of people don't know this, but it's really useful to find out when the package is going to arrive in the UK:)

Yes... you're talking about the number on the customs form, correct?

GS
03-15-2009, 08:52 AM
I've always taped 2 Priority boxes together in the past with no problem. Then a new lady at my post office charged me double, so I don't deal with her anymore. UPS charged me big bucks to send 2 sets of grommets recently, so I might try FedEx next....

Blade0324
03-18-2009, 09:32 AM
I was just turned down by my local Post Office yesterday when trying to ship in two boxes taped together. I was using the flat rate boxes and the guy told me that I would have to pay 2 times the flat rate price since there are 2 boxes. Then he said it still might get returned to me this way. All I had to do was get two regular non flat rate boxes and tape them together and no problem. Shipping was cheaper this way too. I explained to them that I had done this before no problem and they said I was lucky before and it should not have gone. I can't figure it out. Anyway after that I went to my local tennis shop and they gave me 4 racquet boxes. Said they usually just throw them away.

quest01
03-18-2009, 09:40 AM
Whenever I deal with USPS, I print the postage online and then request a pickup for the next day. I use the same method when it comes to shipping a tennis racquet by using 2 priority mail boxes taped together and just recently I purchased a pack of priority mail boxes and shipping peel off labels from the USPS website. It's a lot easier using peel off labels then taping or gluing the label to the box.

purple-n-gold
03-18-2009, 09:49 AM
I've mailed USPS numerous times with taping 2 boxes with no hassle at all,the clerk has even done it for me.

Bud
03-18-2009, 03:04 PM
I've mailed USPS numerous times with taping 2 boxes with no hassle at all, the clerk has even done it for me.

I wish we had your clerks here at this USPS branch. I bought some brown shipping paper for those times I need to mail from the local PO.

michael_1265
10-30-2013, 09:34 AM
Reviving this old thread, all I can say is that the USPS is one of the most aggravating organizations I have ever dealt with.

To mail racquets I (used to) use a PO near work. Unfortunately, this post office was the home of the Mail N A Z I. If I printed my E-Bay mailing labels the night before, he would reject my package (at which time I would take it to another PO and it would be accepted). One day, I came in with two USPS boxes taped together for two tennis racquets, and he said, "You can't get the flat rate with that", and I replied that I had weighed it, measured it, and applied the appropriate Priority postage. He said okay. Two weeks later, I did the same thing, I was walking out as he was picking it up, and two days later it arrived at my house, rejected. I immediately covered up the rejected markings and successfully mailed it at another PO.

What is wrong with these people?

thisiscrazy
10-30-2013, 10:45 AM
If you have a tennis store near you, or maybe a chain sports store that sells racquets, check with them to see if they have any tennis racquet boxes they are going to toss.

I was able to do this twice with my local tennis store.

Sure is a lot easier than taping boxes together.

StringingIrvine
10-30-2013, 11:10 AM
I've sold some big items on **** and had to find ways to ship them. Similar story where I taped multiple boxes together AFTER the manager of the PO said I could. I took it back the next day and they had changed their mind.

I have serveral other horrible stories but i'll keep them to myself. If I start typing them out i'll just get furious and ruin my day :evil:

I did want to respond and let people know: UPS WILL SHIP ITEMS IN USPS BOXES. YMMV I'm not sure if its just the ups stores here in southern CA but on multiple occasions 5+ i've gone to usps taken their free flat rate boxes and shipped them at UPS.

Bud
10-30-2013, 11:13 AM
Glad I no longer mail many frames. USPS is a big PITA.

jonestim
10-30-2013, 11:16 AM
I don't use the USPS flat rate boxes, but instead the free large Priority Mail boxes taped together. I would expect to get rejected if I used the flat rate boxes.

loosegroove
10-30-2013, 01:28 PM
Unfortunately, this post office was the home of the Mail N A Z I. If I printed my E-Bay mailing labels the night before, he would reject my package (at which time I would take it to another PO and it would be accepted).

When you create the shipping label online, you have the option of changing the shipment date to as late as a few days from the current date.

michael_1265
10-31-2013, 04:35 AM
If you have a tennis store near you, or maybe a chain sports store that sells racquets, check with them to see if they have any tennis racquet boxes they are going to toss.

I was able to do this twice with my local tennis store.

Sure is a lot easier than taping boxes together.

I will probably do that. The boxes are easy to put together, though. They have their own adhesive strips, and I can do a great job in five minutes.

michael_1265
10-31-2013, 04:39 AM
When you create the shipping label online, you have the option of changing the shipment date to as late as a few days from the current date.

No way! I could have saved myself a lot of trouble.

Thanks for the tip.

HRB
10-31-2013, 04:49 AM
Use the "bay" and PayPal for all your racquet transactions, print your own labels, tape the boxes together NEATLY (that is why most get rejected, take the damn time to do it right...I've gotten racquets that look like a 3 year old packaged them..WTF?) and snub your nose at USPS **** when you arrive and just drop it off completely ready and with postage.

At that point when you come in completely ready and just to drop it off you blatantly point out that their job is not needed and as always in jeopardy so they silently accept it and move on!

If they give you any grief say something like "damn, can't wait to they get this easy shipping thing down to the point where we don't even have to deal with you...oh well SOON ENOUGH!"

Most of the PO Offices I use are fine...less work for them.

coolblue123
10-31-2013, 05:44 AM
For some reason when I prepare and print the USPS mailing forms from the bay, it's a couple of dollars more expensive than if I bring it to a PO and have them do it.

I just use two priority mail boxes taped together as well. But I always have to stuff some newspaper to make sure the racquet doesn't shift around in the box.

DustinW
10-31-2013, 05:56 AM
I don't use the USPS flat rate boxes, but instead the free large Priority Mail boxes taped together. I would expect to get rejected if I used the flat rate boxes.

This is the answer. You have to use the Priority boxes and not the flat rate boxes. I have never had any problems using this method. In fact, I think the USPS service is great because I never have to go to the post office. I pay and print shipping from home, and they pick it up at my house. Honestly, it couldn't be easier.

Bdarb
10-31-2013, 07:07 AM
This is the answer. You have to use the Priority boxes and not the flat rate boxes. I have never had any problems using this method. In fact, I think the USPS service is great because I never have to go to the post office. I pay and print shipping from home, and they pick it up at my house. Honestly, it couldn't be easier.

Cool story bro, read the thread where he posted like six times that this is EXACTLY what he did.


Bud, I have had issues like yours, and I find it depends on the worker or the kind of day they're having. I always try to start with a smile, but sometimes leaving with one is nearly impossible. I wish USPS wasn't the best answer but its worth dealing with the hassle for the cheap fast shipment. UPS is bad and FedEx takes forever.

Thank you whoever mentioned the postmaster General Seinfeld episode. I also love when Newman is depressed in another episode because he is supposed to get the "most sought after route" in the US, Hawaii hahahha

HRB
10-31-2013, 12:11 PM
For some reason when I prepare and print the USPS mailing forms from the bay, it's a couple of dollars more expensive than if I bring it to a PO and have them do it.

I just use two priority mail boxes taped together as well. But I always have to stuff some newspaper to make sure the racquet doesn't shift around in the box.

They call that "some reason" convenience!!! Not having to stand in line and dealing with a grumpy postal worker, just running in a dropping it off...well worth it!