Thread: USPS and mailing fragrances
You know, Kumquat, I think including the letter made the whole package go First Class.
I buy more than a few bottles on ebay and just about all come USPS First Class or Priority. One guy recently said the PO told him that it could not be sent with any of their services, so he eventually decided to use FedEx, but before that it's been at least 90% First Class or Priority.
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I shipped some samples out the other day and even told the guy, unsolicited, that they were perfumes. He didn't seem to care.
I sell fragrances from time to time on eBay. Some are new in box, and some have been previously used. I recently mailed a 1/3 full bottle of Marc Jacobs. The buyer asked for a refund because the bottle was not as advertised. I requested a photo of the item as she'd received it. The liquid had turned dark and she said it was all "gassy". Perhaps I've been duped or perhaps there is something to shipping fragrances by ground and not via Priority mail. I lost on that deal and had to refund selling price and shipping. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
I recently experienced a major change in my post office. Previously(2 months ago?) they would ask if it was perfume, I'd say yes and they'd ship ground for about $2.95 for a batch of samples in a padded envelope. Now, for the same, they charge $6.95 and ship it Standard Post instead of just First Class Ground. However, I went to a different PO a couple weeks ago and they shipped it First Class Ground, boxes too, for the half price option. They stamped it all over with stamps which say Ground Shipment Only, Liquid, and ORM-D. But my regular PO won't do that. It is making me crazy.
Oh, and Kumquat, I have had several experiences with that kind of thing too. There is a special rate for Media Mail which I use to ship books and periodicals. If you include any type of note or receipt, then it can't go Media Mail. It's a stupid technicality.
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May I suggest having a talk with your local postmaster-- tell him what happens at the other PO and ask him why his PO is forcing you to go to a higher cost shipping method. He may be unaware that the employees are doing this.
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I'm kind of miffed at this entire "no shipping" to APO thing. I'm currently deployed to Afghanistan with the Air Force and my wife attempted to ship me a package with a bottle of cologne in it for Christmas. Since she was honest with the postal employee when they asked if it had "perfume or cologne" in it - they refused the package. I don't know why you can't ship these things - since I can put them in my luggage and bring them on a plane (which I had done as well). I'm fairly certian my luggage was handled far more roughly than any package would be - and everything was fine.
Anyway, just wanted to vent. I'm now going to go back to smelling like Afghanistan, instead of LPH.
I go to a mailing service. They are great. They never enquire about the contents. Just be sure it is sealed and wrapped securely in bubble-wrap and peanuts.
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I think there is something about shipping dangerous goods in accepted quantities via air mail. I've received packages from Europe marked " DANGEROUS GOODS IN IATA EQ" with a special alert label. I know this is air mail because it leaves Europe and arrives in the U.S. on the same day.
Shipping with USPS goes without a hitch if I use Priority Mail and if the piece can fit in their small fixed rate box. Either their box or my own, I print the postage at home on my computer, package it so it doesn't rattle around and drop it into their drop off mail bin. That way I don't have to answer questions at the postal window where some of my local post office people see themselves as agents of Homeland Security, and some don't care at all what I've put in the box. I've not had a problem mailing things this way.