Postmarks on Saturday after PO Closes

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Any ideas? I neglected to send out a large rebate and now I see that it needs to be postmarked by May 28th (tomorrow/sunday). Its 3pm here on the East Coast and post offices are closed already. Any suggestions as to where I can send it out that will postmark it today?

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Where did you purchase from? Most retailers have a "soft" and hard postmark date so there is a little bit of a cushion. Most manufacturers do not.


Its a Linens N Things rebate. $100 gift card for a purchase of a Dyson vacuum.

Mark

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Go to the main post office. Most of them do mail pick ups late on Saturdays.

Just don't send it at all right now. Call them in 4-5 weeks to check the status of your submission to learn that it was lost and ask how you can resubmit your copies <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif" border=0>

We have 24hr PO here in NYC/LI.

Some airports have 24 hour po's.

Most Post Offices have an automated machine in the lobby to send packages, purchase stamps, etc. Get a large envelope (8x10) and use the machine to mail the envelope with your rebate. The machine will print the postage label, and it will have today's date on it. It will cost you more to mail than a standard envelope, but it will be postmarked today. I was in the same situation a while back with a bunch of Home Depot paint rebates.

If you live in a larger city (one that has a mail processing post office) you can go at any time and have it postmarked for that day. There is usually a bell or special phone in the front part of the post office.

I know its too late now but Saturdays the PO I work at (Long Island) is open till 4.... Where on the East Coast are you? There are a few 24hr offices.

Merrifield, VA post office is open till 8, I believe.

But east coast is a broad area.

BetterDays said: [Q]Most Post Offices have an automated machine in the lobby to send packages, purchase stamps, etc. Get a large envelope (8x10) and use the machine to mail the envelope with your rebate. The machine will print the postage label, and it will have today's date on it. It will cost you more to mail than a standard envelope, but it will be postmarked today. I was in the same situation a while back with a bunch of Home Depot paint rebates.
This is a good idea. You don't need a large envelope at all, the machine can dispense regular size stamps as well with the right value.

Went to Fedex. Lady took one look at the envelope and said that they don't deliver to PO boxes. Doh! Decided to head to the local major city and see when their post office was open till. Last collection time ended up being 8pm so I was okay with just throwing it in the mail box. However, if I got there after 8, I'm guessing I could have used the idea above to put the envelope in a larger envelope and pay for postage with the lobby machine. But are we sure this counts as a postmark? Don't they stamp it with a different date when it actually gets mailed? What happens if you take it home and don't mail it for a couple weeks?

Mark

rebatechick said: [Q]Where did you purchase from? Most retailers have a "soft" and hard postmark date so there is a little bit of a cushion. Most manufacturers do not.
Care to give some details on this? I know that places like Walgreens are not picky about their rebate dates, they will accept late postmarks. I was not aware that other retailers were as forgiving.

BTW, many post offices in my area are now open until 4pm on Saturdays 7pm weekdays). If you get the mail there after 3pm Saturday it won't start moving until Monday, but you can get the clerk to hand postmark it for you to be safe. I actually did that with my Lincoln AAdvantage test drive certificate today (although it was before 3pm, I decided to play it safe and get it postmarked).

billrubin said: [Q]rebatechick said: [Q]Where did you purchase from? Most retailers have a "soft" and hard postmark date so there is a little bit of a cushion. Most manufacturers do not.
Care to give some details on this? I know that places like Walgreens are not picky about their rebate dates, they will accept late postmarks. I was not aware that other retailers were as forgiving.

BTW, many post offices in my area are now open until 4pm on Saturdays 7pm weekdays). If you get the mail there after 3pm Saturday it won't start moving until Monday, but you can get the clerk to hand postmark it for you to be safe. I actually did that with my Lincoln AAdvantage test drive certificate today (although it was before 3pm, I decided to play it safe and get it postmarked).

Ive also had no luck at all with late postmarks. I used to see people post they got a grace period - not me. All the things Ive sent even when I explained in a note that the deadline was on a Sunday and the PO was closed so I sent it Monday ---- forget it.

Ive also noticed theyve tightened up all around on rebates at many places. When I contacted several a while ago more and more claimed they didnt take resubmissions (!) but would make one exception in my case. And recently Ive seen more and more say they wont reissue expired checks. In the past people posting turned me on to the fact they would so I contacted Kingston Memory and several other firms when I inadverdantly missed the deposit deadline cause the check was found under my bed, or behind my desk etc. too late. They were great. Now I missed a CompUSA FMI deadline by 2 days and forget it bud. You miss it and tough luck. Creative also has a thing on their rebates that says they will not reissue any expired checks.


MMinjin said: [Q]However, if I got there after 8, I'm guessing I could have used the idea above to put the envelope in a larger envelope and pay for postage with the lobby machine. But are we sure this counts as a postmark? Don't they stamp it with a different date when it actually gets mailed? What happens if you take it home and don't mail it for a couple weeks?
I was concerned about that too and stopped a postal employee leaving that night to ask her. She confirmed that the date the machine prints on your postage is the postmark date. To her credit, my Home Depot rebates were processed without any issues, so I'm assuming what she told me is true.

Also, someone else in this thread pointed out that you can print postage for regular sized envelopes as well. I can't confirm that, but I'm inclined to try that next time I run into the issue.

Glad you got your rebate in.

Yes, the Automated Postal Machine (APM) located in many USPS lobbies (24 hour open area, in my PO anyway) will print postage that you can put on any mailable item.

The only downside to using this for rebates is that the lowest value stamp an APM will sell with a date on it (and therefore, serving as a postmark date) is $0.50. If you want $0.37 stamps, the APM will only sell them as a booklet of standard self-stick postage with no dates.

I have sent a few rebates this way; the only one (out of 2 or 3) that I got the check for was from XM Radio for a MyFi bought at Christmas.

I used the APC yesterday to get a stamp for .39 and it shows the date. just click on mail an envelope, then accept weight, then purchase the .39 stamp. the one here prints a .39c stamp with a date.



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