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    Default Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    Quote Originally Posted by southerngardens View Post

    Because of its alcohol content, perfume is considered a hazardous material for shipping purposes. That’s why USPS has modified the Retail Customer Experience HAZMAT question to help employees understand whether a customer’s package contains perfume.

    Retail associates must not accept packages containing perfume to be mailed internationally or to an APO/FPO or DPO location, regardless of its quantity or mail class.

    When sent domestically, perfume also cannot be mailed using Express Mail, Priority Mail or First-Class Mail. But a package may be sent if it meets the following conditions:

    · The package is sent using Parcel Post (to be renamed Standard Post effective Jan. 27, 2013).

    · The perfume container doesn’t exceed 16 fluid ounces.

    · The customer confirms the perfume is sufficiently cushioned to prevent damage.

    · The container is strong enough to prevent damage during normal handling.

    · The package is marked “Surface Only” or “Surface Mail Only.”

    Customers can ship only one bottle of perfume in a single mailpiece. Gift sets containing more than one bottle of perfume, regardless of ounces per bottle, are non-mailable. The perfume bottles must be separated and mailed as individual mailpieces.

    For more information, please refer to the DMM, Pub.52 or a BMEU manager
    Thank you so much for that helpful information.

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    I use the kiosk to send packages out -that way I'm not lying to a person,just a machine.
    Unfortunately this tactic doesn't work for inernational packages though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by galwaygirl001 View Post
    I used to go with 'cosmetics' or 'fragile collectible'

    I think it is a completely stupid rule, I mean they sell perfumes on planes and you can carry them on in your luggage so what is the problem?

    My only worry is if customs discover fragrances destined for airmail / arrived at the destination country via airmail, will they destroy it?
    I went to a different post office in Belfast than normal, when shipping a decant. Was asked what I was posting, said as usual, "It a sample of foundation". Was told you cannot post it!!!!!!! Walked out and went to another post office said foundation, no problems. My normal post office the woman behind the counter just says, sending samples, I reply yes. No problem, never has been.
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    My local post office has, for a few years now, had a sign posted with pictures and text description of things, including perfume, that couldn't be shipped by Priority Mail. I've used a few priority return labels for fragrances and never even been asked what the package contained. I've not shipped anything since the beginning of the year but will keep this in mind the next time I do have something to send.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
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    I do hate rules that suddenly make criminals out of people who previously doing things that everyone felt were harmless.

    I have a 20 ml decant coming from Israel, that I suspect will have to travel across the breadth of the US to make it to my house. I'll be interested in seeing how it comes, and how long it takes.

    And what about those spray samples that come here from Lutens in France ?

    Oh the horror !

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    As an update, I went to my city's main post office with a cologne in a plain brown box. The counter person went through the standard question -- flammable, hazardous, or perishable -- then asked the new question I've been getting since the 1st of the year: any lithium batteries or perfume. When I said yes (I'm not going to lie), I had to ship via ground. At least this time I knew that was likely, and didn't use the dedicated priority box.

    The clerk confirmed that this is something the post office cracked down on as of January 1st. It may have been a rule before then, but the clerks weren't specifically asking about it. Now they are.
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    I guess there must have been loads of fatal accidents and plane crashes due to a little perfume bottle lately.
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    ^^^Didn't you see the cutting floor scenes from Cast Away... The air crash in that movie (FedEx, right?) was attributed to three 1 ml vials of The Dreamer spontaneously combusting.

    I'm so politically incorrect on this issue I think I'll just not say anything.

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    USPS as a company doesn't care what you're shipping. It's the airlines that created the "no fragrance" rule. Since USPS piggybacks their packages onto commercial planes, they must follow the airline company rules.

    It's dumb that they still allow you to carry several ounces of fragrance with you or in your luggage though.. or maybe they've stopped allowing it since Jan 1st?
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    The fact that this change is as of jan 2013 explains a lot. I am preparing to ship some fragrances and had googled this but did not remember it being the case the last time I did a swap. Looks like USPS ground from here on out.

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    Default Re: USPS and mailing fragrances

    you can always tell them something fragile like it's a small figurine or statue. they can't open it or shake it. it's against the law.

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    USPS clerks are now asking for the actual content of shipments to Canada where no perfumes may be sent as there is no more ground option.

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    Crazy. With the current financial state of the USPS, you would think they would want all the business they can get...guess not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Crazy. With the current financial state of the USPS, you would think they would want all the business they can get...guess not.
    Well they figured out how to increase their profits. Raise the rates of International mailing through the roof. Last month I could mail Small Flat Rate Priority Mail box to Canada for $12.95. Price today is now $19.95. Holy cow, not the 7-9% increase they talked about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    Well they figured out how to increase their profits. Raise the rates of International mailing through the roof. Last month I could mail Small Flat Rate Priority Mail box to Canada for $12.95. Price today is now $19.95. Holy cow, not the 7-9% increase they talked about.
    Really...well, bad news for the Basenotes marketplace.

    It's been a pleasure swapping with you guys down there lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiveHippo View Post
    Really...well, bad news for the Basenotes marketplace.

    It's been a pleasure swapping with you guys down there lol.
    What it means, we'll have to start using first class mail more often. The problem with First Class Mail, you will not know the exact weight until the item is mailed, so it is a guessing game what the postage will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PalmBeach View Post
    What it means, we'll have to start using first class mail more often. The problem with First Class Mail, you will not know the exact weight until the item is mailed, so it is a guessing game what the postage will be.

    I just got back from the post office and was told that in order to ship perfume it has to go ground only and that they not only xray/scan packages but they also randomly open them to see what's inside. She warned me that if I lie about a package they'll find out and I could go to jail. It's a federal law, federal offence and they have cracked down starting Jan 1st of this year. Scare tactic? yes maybe.... I asked if I ship it ground what do I write on the box? I asked if I am suppose to write "ORM-D" And she said no, you have to have a special label, writing will not do, they won't accept it. She said to go to some website (I managed to forget all of that info on the way home) and that I can print the photo and make my own labels or I can buy them. Ok so even if you write "Surface Mail Only" on the box, and "Fragile" you still need that ORM-D Sticker.

    I have perfume that I need to sell and ship and my buyers do not want to pay an arm and a leg to have it shipped to them, nor do they want to wait two weeks to get it. I'm not sure what to do. I've read so many forums where people say to just "LIE". But if you lie and something happens, guess who they go after!!! There are heavy fines for doing that and possible jail time. Ignorance of the laws/rules is no exscuse. Besides I hate lying and won't do it.

    A friend wants to buy three bottles of my perfume. The bottles are 3.3 oz each, and according to what I read here you can't send them all together in the same box? She is not going to want to pay for three packages to be shipped. How crazy when they all fit in a tiny box. This is stressing me out.


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    I have flown back from Paris with 15 bottles of perfume in my checked bag so surely this can't be an airline restriction... I think it is totally ridiculous to restrict perfume shipments by the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudiabarclay View Post

    A friend wants to buy three bottles of my perfume. The bottles are 3.3 oz each, and according to what I read here you can't send them all together in the same box? She is not going to want to pay for three packages to be shipped. How crazy when they all fit in a tiny box. This is stressing me out.


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    Pack the real good and take them to the UPS store or FedEx store. They won't ask any questions. Just make sure to ship them ground.

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    My local UPS store recently asked me "What's in the package?" When I told them the truth they told me they couldn't ship it and that I would have to take it to another UPS store many miles away that was able to handle fragrances. They wouldn't even ship it UPS Ground.
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    You know, after spending HOURS online looking up "how to ship perfume using the USPS" I have found it seems each state/post office makes up their own mind what you can and can not send. Noone seems to have the actual facts. I don't use UPS or FedEx. They are expensive.

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    I asked if I am suppose to write "ORM-D" And she said no, you have to have a special label, writing will not do, they won't accept it. She said to go to some website (I managed to forget all of that info on the way home) and that I can print the photo and make my own labels or I can buy them.
    Jeeze, you go to the Post Office, and they can't even provide a person with the proper "official" materials needed to comply with their own shipping requirements ?

    What's next ? I have to print my own stamps at home ?

    This all sounds pretty questionable to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andregooren View Post
    Similar regulations just went into effect in Europe. Perfumes can no longer be sent via airmail. If you think ground shipping is bad imagine the implications for overseas shipments.
    Quote Originally Posted by donna255 View Post
    On the front page of Les Senteurs they have a notice suspending all international shipping. They are trying to find a courier who will do it for them. New EU rules came in it seems on the 14th Jan, which will effect worldwide perfume shipping through the postal services.
    For clarification, the regulations you refer to apply to United Kingdom, since Royal Mail no longer accepts international shipments containing alcohol (as of 2013-01-14). There are no EU-wide regulations that apply to shipping perfume and similar goods, at least not on the scale of online shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudiabarclay View Post
    I don't use UPS or FedEx. They are expensive.
    However in some situations, that might be one's best choice regardless of the extra cost.

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    I was sending mail (forwarding) to England from my home in the US. It was to my brother who had recently moved. He had been staying with me. I put it all in an envelope and took it to the post office. The clerk asked if there was a note (to my brother) inside. I stupidly told the truth and said, Yes. Whereupon he snatched the envelope from me and said it would cost $5.00 to send. I should have taken it back and walked away but I was so stunned I just paid the fee. He actually smirked at me! I was so annoyed I never went back. Now I always go to a mailing service shop- Mail Plus. They never ask what's in the package, I mark it. 'Fragile' and everything has gone smoothly.
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    So, they charged you extra for a note written to your brother? Strange.
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    Yes, I had the impression it would have been next to nothing or even a service offered by the post office if I hadn't written a personal letter. Anyway, they also always ask if there's anything liquid or hazardous while the Mail Plus place never does.
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    If you enclose a note they add the cost of a first class letter.

    The charge is legitimate, but I would have been annoyed at his having asked about it, and the smirk. I've never been asked whether I had enclosed a note in my packages!



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    Didn't know about that..next, they may ask, 'So, what exactly did you write to him?'.
    Never been asked about any notes either. Once, I was sending baby clothes to someone..in the same state. I go to ship it and she feels the package..it's soft cause there is clothing in there..apparently, she didn't like that, looked at me strange and asked what was in it. 'It's baby clothes.'..I wanted to proceed with..'is that ok to you?' I got a bit mad about that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Yes, I had the impression it would have been next to nothing or even a service offered by the post office if I hadn't written a personal letter.
    That seems a bit absurd to me. Legit or not, how much extra weight could that note have added?
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