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  posted on 11/12/2002 at 10:00 PM
I have a bit of an issue. I offered up a show about 6 weeks ago, for postage only- well before I had decided to move back to Massachusetts. I received the package from the person today- and not only was the package ridiculously late in arriving (it was metered over a month after the deal was struck) but he sent a metered strip for the return postage. The meter is now expired, as it was run the same date as the package it was sent in.
Because this person took so long to get the postage to me, I ended up thinking I had burned an extra, and offered it up as a clearinghouse item just before I moved. So now, my burner is still not up and running, I sent the copy I had to someone else, and I still don't have the agreed to stamps that I specifically requested in the original offer, anyways.
Sorry to be so long winded, but I was wondering if I could get some in put from the group here as to how concerned I should be about getting this show out to this person. This would require hunting down someone who can let me use their burner, and possibly paying the shipping costs, to boot, since the postage that was sent is no good.
I love spreading the music around, but I feel like my good nature was trampled on a bit here. What ch'all think?[Edited on 11/13/2002 by finklewicz]

 

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  posted on 11/12/2002 at 10:53 PM
Keep the disc or put it in a drop box somewhere with his address as the receiver and the sender.......... Blanks that is as well..........

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  posted on 11/12/2002 at 10:55 PM
I think I'd Eat A Peach!

Sorry not tryin to be a smarta$$. Perhaps you contact the person and explain why it's important to send Stamped mailers for return as opposed to metered and timelyness. Otherwise he's gonna make the same mistake again. Burner down sucks. If it's an ABB show I have, I'll help him out. To be honest I would have made the same mistake on the postage recently if the Post Office guy hadn't explained it to me. It was before I had seen McNichols site. I understand your frustration but we all gotta learn from someone. Maybe you offer to let him try again once you are up & running.

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  posted on 11/12/2002 at 11:09 PM
I think I took you up on that offer - all you wanted was postage, you supplied the CDR (Philips, right?) and the bubble mailer...
Since that was pretty much really a "freebie" offer, I would normally say to just kick in the postage and include a note (or EM, PM) explaining how the person could/should do the right thing next time...
BUT...since you can't burn right now, I'd either (1) tell the person "sorry, too late" (with the explanation that you moved, things aren't set up, etc.) or (2) tell the person "you're gonna half to wait for however long it takes me to get my system back together, and oh, by the way, you still owe the postage if you're still interested."

I'd probably go with number 2...

 

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  posted on 11/13/2002 at 12:14 PM
Communication is key when making trades and BnPs...I don't see anything wrong in emailing this person and telling him what the problems were and politely explain how to fix it....

I always try and let people know if their package will be a few days late and then let them know when I sent it so they have a good idea when it should get there....

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  posted on 11/13/2002 at 03:38 PM
As far as the metered postage goes, I was always under the impression that metered postage was no good except for the date and place that it originated. But someone sent me metered postage on a recent B&P and I took it to my local post office and they told me it was good to use as long as it wasn't post-dated (dated in advance), I showed it to the post office lady and she said I could use it, so I did. I did e-mail the person and told them that metered postage was no good, but maybe it is. I guess I'll find out when they get their package.
As far as the length of time, PM or e-mail them, maybe they are a newbie and need a little direction. Send them a link to the McNichol site.

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  posted on 11/13/2002 at 03:57 PM
Hey, folks... That's me! I'm the metered man!!!

First, I appreciate Stoney having the courage to PM me personally and tell me his thoughts about the meter, as opposed to coming here and posting it for all to see without contacting me...

As far as metered postage goes, it's good as far as I know. The post-office looks at it like this: regardless of who sends what from where, the postage was paid for.

As far as the late mailing, I posted a while back that I went though a dry financial period and that everything would be a few weeks late. Everyone is now caught up, so that's all taken care of.

Like they said, communication is the key.

 

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  posted on 11/13/2002 at 05:05 PM
It's all kewl bro I never could understand the big deal about the postage I do stamp mine, but have received several B&P's with metered postage on them, i burned the stuff stuck the envelope in my mail box and off it went each time without a glitch. Now if you take it to the post office I guess some postmaster could get Anal otherwise it should just flow on thru.

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  posted on 11/13/2002 at 11:41 PM
Thanks for the input folks.

1. I've had postmasters get anal and not let me use meters with the wrong date. Using stamps takes away at least one of the many oppertunities the USPS has of not getting the package where it needs to go.
2. I neglected to follow my own advice- communicate. It's easier to fix other people's probs than it is to fix my own, I guess...
3. I didn't want to single him out publicly that's why I didn't use his name... Part of the reason I posted publicly was to bring the issues of timeliness and meters to everyone's attention again.
4. I wanted to close this post with something funny and amusing, to lighten things up a bit, but I'm too tired! Work was a long day- time for bed...

 

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