New, Easy, Simple Customer's Guide To Mailing

Posted: Monday, November 24, 2003

(NAPSI)-Throughout the holiday season, the ease of mailing packages and obtaining postal supplies will allow consumers to have a first-class experience.

For example, consumers can now purchase stamps wherever they see "Buy Stamps Here" signage, including 17,000 ATMs, and more than 40,000 supermarkets, drug stores and banks.

In addition, the U.S. Postal Service has developed the "Customer's Guide to Mailing," which provides clear, concise information on virtually everything consumer customers need to know about mailing. This free guide is available at Post Offices and at www.usps.com/customerguide.

Packaging Tips

To help make sure that gifts arrive on time and intact, the Postal Service offers these tips:

Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents.

Cushion package contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap, or Styrofoam peanuts. Pack tightly to avoid shifting.

Always use tape that is designed for shipping.

Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape or cellophane tape.

Put the delivery and return addresses on one side only of the package, but place a return address label inside the package.

Stuff glass and fragile hollow items, like vases, with newspaper or packing material to avoid damage due to shock.

Remove batteries from toys. Wrap and place them next to the toys in the mailing box.

Obtain Express Mail and Priority Mail boxes, envelopes and tubes for free from your post office.



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