Mail is addressed to POSTE RESTANTE (or TO BE CALLED FOR), which is written after the full name of the recipient (as appears on the identification to be presented ie. the passport, if abroad), then the name and full address of the destination post office, thus:
If only addressed to a town name, for example POST RESTANTE, LONDON mail will go to the closest main Post Office branch.
The sender should also include their return address. In the United Kingdom, the Royal Mail holds mail posted from within the UK for two weeks, whereas mail posted from abroad is normally held for one month, if the recipient is at sea however, it will be held for two months. Where mail is not collected within that time, it will be returned to the sender, or if there is no sender indicated, will be treated as undeliverable. If the sender would like uncollected mail returned sooner, they can indicate this on the envelope. Timescales vary from country to country according to local practice.
In the United States, the US Postal Service uses the term general delivery and reserves the term poste restante for international mail sent to general delivery. Mail to general delivery is addressed thus:
In the ZIP+4 code, the add-on code for general delivery is 9999. The main Post Office in a community will hold such mail for up to 30 days.How to Ship Posters
There are NO EXCUSES for flimsy/careless packaging. The seller should expect that their package will be abused by the postal system. If a poster is not packaged well and it is damaged in transit, it is 100% the sellers fault because they didn’t take EXTRA precaution. If however the poster was expertly packaged and it arrives damaged, only then is it the fault of the postal system.
Do’s and Don’ts
● Do not use a flimsy thin walled tube. You should be able to stand on the tube without it bending. Seriously! The U.S. post office, UPS, and FedEx have a nasty habit of crushing industrial strength tubes, so a flimsy one will definitely not survive. Sadly, most shipping tubes found at professional packing supply stores are NOT strong enough. They will tell you they are very strong (remember, they are trying to sell you something!) but 99% of the time they are low quality and will get crushed if you use them. If this is all you can find, then you should use 2 tubes, one with a smaller diameter than the other and put one inside the other. Or, you can place one of these tubes inside a FREE triangular Priority Mail tube for extra protection.
● PVC pipe makes a PERFECT shipping tube. If you are a little creative you can make your own from materials at Home Depot. Try and get light weight 3″ or 4″ diameter pvc COEX drainage pipe. It is cheap, light weight, and strong. Regular pvc pipe works great also but it is heavier and will cost more, and it will cost more to ship it. Cut it to length and buy end caps or you can make your own out of cardboard. IF YOU LIVE IN A COLD CLIMATE WHERE IT IS BELOW FREEZING-DO NOT USE PVC! We have heard that pvc plastic can become brittle and crack/shatter in extremely cold weather. We haven’t personally had it happen, but others have told us it is possible. If you live in and are shipping to a climate where it is not cold, then PVC plastic will be fine.
● TRIANGULAR PRIORITY MAIL TUBES: DO NOT use just a Triangular Priority Mail Tube alone without putting the poster in another tube first. TRIANGULAR PRIORITY MAIL TUBES ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH BY THEMSELVES. REPEAT! TRIANGULAR PRIORITY MAIL TUBES ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH BY THEMSELVES. They are great for extra protection though. Double tubing (placing your regular cardboard shipping tube inside a free triangular priority mail tube) is considered a requirement if you want the poster to stand any chance of surviving undamaged.
● For one sheets and other paper posters (not cardboard stock), make sure to roll the poster into approximately a 1 1/2″ diameter and then wrap with paper or plastic and fasten it with tape. THE POSTER MUST BE ROLLED INTO A SMALLER DIAMETER THAN THE TUBE SO THERE IS AIR SPACE BETWEEN THE SIDES OF THE POSTER AND THE TUBE. Just placing it in the tube without rolling it into a 1 1/2″ diameter and resting up against the inner wall is a bad idea because if the tube gets dinged even a little, then the poster gets completely ruined.
● Do not use rubber bands.
● DO NOT JUST PLACE THE POSTER LOOSELY IN THE TUBE. REPEAT! DO NOT JUST PLACE THE POSTER LOOSELY IN THE TUBE! This can not be stressed enough. Damage to the poster will definitely occur if you are careless and just put the poster in the tube loosely.
1. It makes it very hard to get it out.
2. The edges are unprotected as it slides up and down causing dings.
3. If the tube gets dented then it will cause dings all up and down the poster.
● Protect the ends/edges of the poster from getting damaged by using cushioning material like bubble wrap, a paper towel, tissue paper, plastic bags from the grocery store, etc.. This is an extremely important step that many people forget.
● Use plastic or cardboard end caps on the tube and tape them closed to the tube. Do not just place tape over the ends of the tube without using some form of end cap.
● DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!!!! If you are shipping 4 or more rolled posters rolled up together…..BE CAREFUL!! the edges must be lined up exactly or the poster edges will get crushed under their own weight!!! We see this all the time!!! People ship us Mint perfect condition posters with no flaws, but they arrive with the edges crushed.
● Do put the poster in an envelope or plastic bag prior to putting it in the outside envelope/package.
● PROTECTING THE EDGES IS THE MAIN GOAL.
● Do use at least 2 pieces of strong cardboard as stiffeners. 4 is better. Thin masonite particle board or plywood is best.
● Do NOT just put it in a flimsy envelope.
● Make sure the poster does not come in contact with the inside sticky seal of Priority Mail envelopes.
● The envelope and cardboard stiffeners should be larger than the folded poster by at least one inch around the edges so it can absorb postal impact. If a folded poster measures 11″x14″, then the cardboard and envelope should be at least 13″x16″. The poster should be in a plastic bag and then taped to the center of the cardboard.
● The packaging you use is critical. We use UNASSEMBLED Priority Mail Boxes and Express Mail boxes. You can get these FREE at the post office. WE DO NOT ASSEMBLE THEM INTO A BOX. We put the poster and cardboard in FLAT and then just tape the ends closed. This creates a very strong FLAT package.
● The only time we suggest you assemble the box is if you are shipping A LOT of flat posters where it is just not possible to fit them in the unassembled flat box/envelope. The amount varies, but you can usually fit at least 10 folded posters in a flat unassembled box.
● Why don’t we assemble the box? We receive shipments of posters every day. Often times we get in a folded poster that was shipped in a box with bubble wrap. The box will be very lightweight and contain mostly air. These packages frequently get damaged/punctured by other packages in the giant mail bins at the post office. An assembled box full of air is usually not strong enough to survive a trip undamaged. We see it ALL THE TIME!!
● Be sure to use enough tape to seal up the ends very well. You should use postal insurance if you feel it is necessary.
FOR VERY VALUABLE POSTERS
● For Domestic Shipping within the U.S.
The BEST way to ship a very valuable item is by REGISTERED INSURED U.S. MAIL. All of the above packaging instructions apply. When shipping this way, all seals and openings must be secured with brown packaging tape. Shipping by Registered Mail is the safest way to ship something. The package is tracked every step of the way. Everyone who comes in contact with it must sign for it.
● For International Shipping to outside the U.S.
The best way to ship is by U.S. EXPRESS MAIL WITH INSURANCE. Please be aware that if you do use insurance you must declare the value on the customs form and the recipient of the package may be responsible for import fees and taxes which could be quite high.
How to Package and Ship Photographs
Here are the steps to package and ship photographs:
1.All my photographs are printed from a commercial photography lab as I don’t print them out myself.
2. If the photograph is purchased from me online, I print the invoice.
3. I cut and paste the shipping address into a label form that I have created in Word. The label matches the priority labels you can pick up for free at the Post Office. I print out the label and cut off the top of the priority label and attach it to the cardboard envelope.
4. After 2 minutes, the signature is dry and I place the photo onto a 8×10 mat board and into the acid free bag. The bag is self-sealing.
5. I place my photography label on to the back of the bag.
6. I write a little thank you on the invoice.
7. I place the photo into the cardboard envelope with the invoice included. The cardboard envelope is also self-sealing.
8. I mail the envelope.
When you have a system in place, the whole process takes about 3-4 minutes (not including printing your own prints).
Hints & Tips:
The post office has a lot of different size boxes that you can get for free. Your local post office only has a few of the selection. Go on line and you can order whatever you need and the boxes will be delivered to your house. The post office also has a service that you can print out your own labels and postage.
If I am shipping more than 1 print at a time to a single person, it is better to use priority mail and place the prints that are packaged with the acid free bags and the mats into the priority mail envelope (and you don’t have to use the mailing cardboard envelope. Just make sure that you place the prints facing each other inside the priority envelope. It is actually less expensive than using 2 or more cardboard envelopes and the postage.
The costs are approximately as follows:
1. Acid Free Bag - $.09 cents
2. Mat Board - $.45 cents
3. Photography Label - $.02 cents
4. Mailing Cardboard Envelope - $.75 cents (unless you are using a PO envelope)
5. Postage - $1.50
The whole packaging and postage for an 8×10 print adds up to about $3.00. I hope this has helped you to package and ship photographs.How to Ship a Package AbroadStep OneCheck the destination country’s size and weight limitations. Packages shipped abroad usually must be smaller and lighter than those shipped within the United States.Step TwoMake sure that your package is packed securely and that you have included contact and delivery information inside in case the outside label is lost or damaged.Step ThreeFill out a single address label with clear and complete delivery and return information. Be sure to include the receiver’s name, postal code and phone number.Step FourPut any packing slips on the same surface as the address label to avoid confusion.Step FiveAsk the shipper for the proper documents to fill out. Destination countries and shippers require an itemization of the package’s contents.Step SixMail your package as early as possible to give it plenty of time to reach its destination.Step SevenInsure the package if it contains valuables, and provide instructions for the deliverer in case the recipient is not at home.
There are two important but inobvious principles of package-wrapping technology: First, keep the paper and the package straight and square in relation to each other. Second, keep the paper slightly under tension as you wrap it around the package. That’s how you get that sleek, tidy look: pull it tight, keep it square. You can see this inadvertently illustrated on this site. The woman does demonstrate basic wrapping procedures, but she doesn’t pull her paper snug as she goes. See the photo of the finished package at the top of the page? Her wrapping paper buckled when she tied the ribbon on. Loose paper is the commonest way to screw up gift wrapping. Further useful principles: Before you do anything else, take the price tags off the gifts. Do them all at once, right at the beginning. You won’t remember to check when you’re wrapping your fifth package and you’re up to your elbows in ribbons and gift cards. Have a large flat clear area to work. If it’s the floor, sweep it and give it a quick swipe with a wet paper towel before getting down to work. Little bits of grit can do a surprising amount of damage to wrapping paper. Have some bits of tape already torn off the roll and stuck down lightly by one corner on a hard, smooth object. You don’t want to be messing around with a roll of tape at crucial moments, because you need your hands for the paper.How to Ship Packages for Cheap using the United States Postal Service - USPS
If you’re going to be mailing stuff, why pay for envelopes and boxes when the USPS will send you great ones for free?
This is a guide to using the free services from the USPS
This is what you need:
Go the United States Postal Service online and check out all of the free! flat rate boxes available.
Yes, everything is free and they will even DELIVER them to you for FREE!
You can order any supplies you’ll need online. They’re free and they’ll be delivered for free.
You can ship anything that will fit in the box to anywhere in the United States regardless of weight! You could ship lead weights and it would cost the same as sending feathers!
Need to send something international? Send 4 lbs in this envelope to any country for just $11 or $9 to Canada and Mexico.
Schedule a pick up (for free!) or just drop them off at the your local Post Office. Paying will be easy, you already know how much shipping is
So, if you sell things on eBay or otherwise do a lot of mailing and have been paying OfficeMax for envelopes and boxes… don’t. Order this stuff, it’s free and usually even better!
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Packages Domestic (Within the US 48 contiguous States)
Letters and Envelopes International
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