May 18, 2010

How Can This Measure Up?

Dear Postmaster,

I am confused at how things measure up.  This yellow envelope which measures 4 5/8" x 5 3/4 " costs .44 cents to mail.  Two weeks ago I mailed this blue envelope to California.  It measures 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  It was returned to me with the stamp, "$.22 Postage Due".  Now, that makes $.66 for roughly an extra 3/4" height.  It seems a bit steep to me!  Is it really that much heavier so as to cause the mail man to work $.22 cents extra???  When he is already driving down that route anyway???  

And how about this one???  The white envelope that was returned to me the other day.   Stamped "Return to sender:  undeliverable."  The reason? TOO SMALL!  You have got to be kidding.  I measured just to find out what the discrepancy was.  It measured exactly 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". 

That is 1/2" half inch less than the yellow envelope.  A half inch larger requires more money  to mail and a 1/2" smaller can't be delivered at all??? It just doesn't measure up!

Do not think that it went unnoticed that my stamp was marked, so that I lost $.44 on an envelope you didn't take anywhere.  After I put it in another envelope and stamp and mail it again the math boils down to this.

Whereas it cost me $.66 to mail an envelope that was too large, it will now cost me $.88 to mail an envelope that is too small! 

Sirs, it just doesn't measure up!


A reformed letter writer



  1. Sounds like an overly picky post office! I recently mailed a handmade extra thick card in a handmade envelope. It was an unusual size and shape and there was no extra fee at all! I took another odd shape and size (2 handmade cards in one envelope)directly to the post office in case there was an extra fee and again, no extra charge and it went to California. One 44 cent stamp! It seems that there would be a more uniform ruling for post offices.

  2. I agree. It doesn't measure up. But then is the government. :)

  3. What hassel. Somethings just make you go Hmmmm? Blessings!

  4. Crazy, isn't it?

    Blessings, andrea

  5. Kat,

    This was a great post and completely put a smile on my face. I noticed to that since we vote by absentee ballot, meaning we mail them in, we know are required to pay for postage and it's .66 cents to mail them in. They use to be postage paid. I mean seriously where to all those campaign dollars go when people are elected?

    Here is hoping that your night is going better!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat