02/16/2021 at 6:25 pm #85962ThomasLParticipant
- Location: Not In Denver, Colorado
I am not sure if this subject came up before and/or if people know about it. I sure did not.
It is for resellers like myself who go to the Post Office on a daily basis. My biggest problem with the Post Office is the scanning of the label, because of that, if i can’t catch my Mail Carrier I go to the Post Office and stand in line ( if the line is short) otherwise i just dumb my packages down the Package Drop Thingy.
The other day, i was informed that the Self Service Kiosk Machine also can scan in your packages before dropping them down the Drop Thingy. All you need to do is click “other services” on the touch screen and then “Scan Your Labels” and the build in scanner in the front of the machine will scan your tracking bar code and print out a receipt.
For me it changes a lot of things, i am not worried when a package leaves the post office but i am concerned when the scan shows up on Ebay. After a few days of testing it seems that the scan from the machine shows up on time the same way as a scan from my Mail Carrier or the Post Office Desk.
It allows me to go and drop my package before or after hours, do the scan, it shows up on Ebay within 30 minutes, at least the last 3 days it did.
I hope that will help at least 1 more person in this group. It sure helped me.
02/16/2021 at 9:20 pm #85966
I did hear this somewhere. I am not sure if it was here or at the post office. However, my PO package drop thingy (I think that IS the technical term for it) can only fit smaller packages. I’m pretty sure the 12x12x8 won’t fit. In addition, many times in the past it was full or close to it, which is part of the reason I decided to wait in line to get them scanned. Of course, the main reason was to make sure my metrics were good on eBay.
Since I usually have at least one package that is pretty large, I haven’t tried it. However, I should keep it in mind. While the day after day pandemic long line at the post office has died down, it would be nice to skip waiting when I have smaller packages.
02/18/2021 at 9:07 am #86007JayKeymaster
- Location: Virginia
That is nice if a post office has that option. Hope it spreads to smaller towns.
02/18/2021 at 2:43 pm #86019soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
Lol. I’m not sure my little town will get a self-service kiosk in my lifetime – unless they close the branch altogether. I would be thrilled if we could get a package drop off chute/box – also not going to happen. But that’s totally okay – I love my little PO!
02/18/2021 at 9:52 pm #86024
I sold smaller items Tues/Wed/today. Because it was snowing all day and I had to attend to my part time job, I didn’t make it to the post office. But, this evening it stopped snowing, we shoveled the driveway, and I went and used the kiosk for the first time!
I had something I sold on Tuesday evening that I couldn’t get out Wednesday, and I have two day handling. I saw a note on Facebook that eBay would be lenient because of the weather conditions, but I’m glad I shipped it out.
So, yeh, thanks!
02/18/2021 at 10:10 pm #86025TimoParticipant
- Location: Metro Atlanta
@Sharyn: Good to know.
Our post office has a counter space where one can leave packages with eBay labels for ‘acceptance’. But they are hit or miss at giving timely scans on this. So we often choose to wait in line to get a clerk for timely acceptance scans.
Do you suppose we can use the kiosk to scan the items and then put them in the drop box? Often the drop box is too full. Then we could still get scans from the kiosk and perhaps but the items on that counter?
02/18/2021 at 10:15 pm #86026
I normally wait in line and get my boxes scanned, but I wasn’t able to get to the post office today during operating hours. You can use the kiosk to have the boxes scanned. Select “other services”, and it is one of the options. Thankfully, the drop boxes were not full. I did get one box stuck (which they will see in the morning), and I had some difficulty using their larger drop box for a bigger box I had. It all worked out in the end.
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