Send Secondaries Certified Mail?

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  1. CaNEM

    CaNEM Senior Member

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    Hey,

    I've been sending my secondaries through certified mail via the USPS (no return receipt). Is this a good idea? Anyone ever have any problems doing this? Suggestions?
     
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  3. ShakaSean

    ShakaSean Junior Member

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    i've been using Fedex's express saver option. It has online tracking and signature confirmation for a pretty decent price.
     
  4. chopsuey

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    i think it's funny how it never occurs to me to do these things...i was just about to send mine via regular mail. certified mail sounds like a good plan, now that i think about it!:p
     
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    could you guys please explain the various choices to me and what their prices are?

    What's the difference between Fedex and certified mail?? I always thought Fedex got certified. :confused:
     
  6. Explosivo

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    I find Priority Mail to work best. Only about 3 bucks per plus it gets there in 2 to 3 days.
     
  7. Dr. J?

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    Yeah, I'm with Tweetie on this one. What are my options and how much does each one of them cost? I need to cut costs at every corner cause I'm so broke I can't even pay attention.
     
  8. Mutterkuchen

    Mutterkuchen Senior Member

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    I disagree about priority mail, unless you can send it certified with return receipt.

    The best way is to overnight it or send it by FexEx's cheapest way, which will be able to track your envelope and track who signed for it. This option will tend to be expensive, though. FedEx has a new ground shipping option that is worth checking out.

    The way I plan on sending it is to send it regular mail, but get it certified with return receipt. Basically, it goes through regular mail, but you attach a post office post card which the recipient signs and dates. The post card is then removed from the package/envelope and mailed back to you. If you can do this Priority Mail, which is supposed to take 2-3 days, all the better. The cost of this will be around 3-5 dollars.
     
  9. CaNEM

    CaNEM Senior Member

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    Certified mail costs $2.30 plus postage (60center - $1 for most apps). THis means they have to sign for it, and you can contact the post office to make sure it was delivered, and see who signed.

    A return receipt is postcard is $1.75, and you can do this by itself or in connection with certified mail. This postcard is sent by the post office when they deliver your mail.

    SIgnature confirmation, another option, is similar to this return receipt, except the the addressee actually SIGNS the postcard before it is mailed back to you, instead of the post office just mailing it back.

    Priority mail is fast, but you do not get delivery confirmation unless you add it on.

    You can also do a delivery confirmation that you check online for 55 cents (45 center for priority mail) instead of teh postcard.
     
  10. ShakaSean

    ShakaSean Junior Member

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    pretty much the cheapest Fedex option is still going to be considerably more expensive than USPS certified mail. A 8x11-sized envelope will run around $10 for 2 day delivery but this includes all the tracking features. USPS priority mail doesn't have tracking unless you pay extra for it and even then, it's only updated once a day with minimal information. Fedex is constantly updated with detailed info. With certified mail, you get a receipt of confirmation sent to you via mail and I don't believe there is any online tracking. Personally, I trust fedex more for really important pieces of mail, we use it in the lab where I work regularly and have never had any lost or misdirected packages. The customer service is also impeccable. Sorry if this sounded like a fedex ad.

    ;)
     

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