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I have a business client who said they sent out a letter last week. I just received it today and noticed that it was postmarked Jun 27 (Monday).

Could the postmark have been delayed or do you think the client is lying?

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Technically last week could have been Saturday night at a blue box that didn’t get picked up and sorted until Monday. If they mailed it Thursday or earlier I would have expected it to have an earlier postmark.

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There is no way to tell one way or the other.

The mail could have been misplaced at the post office or elsewhere prior to postmarking and not postmarked until Monday. The mail could have been forwarded to another post office that did the actual postmarking after the mailing date.

If the mailing date was that critical, the client should have hand dropped off the letter to the USPS counter and/or obtained a better proof of mailing.

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Ok, so a letter gets postmarked when it gets “picked up” at the post office. For example – if you drop a letter in a box today and it says, picked up today by 5pm and you put it in before 5, it will have today’s date on it.

I have put things in the corporate mail room on a friday at like 11am, and then found that i actually missed friday’s mail, and then it didn’t go out until Monday. Depending on where your client put the mail – it’s plausible.

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Thanks for the replies. That’s what I figured. He could have left it in his mailbox Saturday night and “it went out last week” would be valid. I’ll give the client the benefit of the doubt. There have been a couple situations where I suspect some dishonesty but for odd reasons…maybe I’m too suspicious.

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:D
This is why legally important* mail should be postmarked both inside before you seal and mail it, and outside too.
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I recently began noticing how much of my mail arrives
without
a postmark now. They all have the “Presorted First-class Postage Paid” in the corner. No date stamping anywhere on the outside.

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marie17 wrote:Ok, so a letter gets postmarked when it gets “picked up” at the post office. For example – if you drop a letter in a box today and it says, picked up today by 5pm and you put it in before 5, it will have today’s date on it.

I have put things in the corporate mail room on a friday at like 11am, and then found that i actually missed friday’s mail, and then it didn’t go out until Monday. Depending on where your client put the mail – it’s plausible.

It’s also possible for a letter to sit in a corporate mail room for a long time. I once received a letter from a bank confirming my request to close an account. The postmark on the letter was two and a half months after the date on the letter. (I didn’t complain because I had already checked my credit report and knew that the account was closed.)

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It’s also possible for a letter to sit in a corporate mail room for a long time

Me too – -which is why whenever I need to make sure something gets out on a certain day, I never trust my corporate mail room (sorry guys)

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For normal mail that is dropped in a box, even at a post office, I believe the “postmark” is stamped when it is processed, usually at a regional facility. In some areas, the post office might stamp the postmark.

I believe at the post office service counter (when it is open, of course) you may request that the letter be postmarked at the post office (not 100% sure any more).

The letter may have been dropped in a box late Friday (where there was no Saturday pickup) or on Saturday after the last pickup for the day. Then, I believe, it would get the Monday postmark.

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norookie wrote:😀 This is why legally important* mail should be postmarked both inside before you seal and mail it, and outside too. 😉

How do you postmark inside before you seal and mail it?

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dm200 wrote:For normal mail that is dropped in a box, even at a post office, I believe the “postmark” is stamped when it is processed, usually at a regional facility. In some areas, the post office might stamp the postmark.

I believe at the post office service counter (when it is open, of course) you may request that the letter be postmarked at the post office (not 100% sure any more).

The letter may have been dropped in a box late Friday (where there was no Saturday pickup) or on Saturday after the last pickup for the day. Then, I believe, it would get the Monday postmark.

Of this I have no doubt. Think about all the procrastinating people we see at the post office on TV every year on April 15th when they have to get their tax returns mailed out by the deadline.
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I have a mail machine at my office that stamps it on the date I do it. So they could have run it through the machine, and then not sent it til they wanted to.

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mtb286 wrote:Thanks for the replies. That’s what I figured. He could have left it in his mailbox Saturday night and “it went out last week” would be valid. I’ll give the client the benefit of the doubt. There have been a couple situations where I suspect some dishonesty but for odd reasons…maybe I’m too suspicious.

In my area, and perhaps nationwide, the postal service has cut back on the staffing of post offices. In my area if you drop off a letter inside the lobby of the *main* post office on a Sunday after 4 pm it won’t be postmarked till Monday. There are signs there telling you this. Plus there are many blue mail boxes that have pickup in the AM on Sat and that’s it for the week. So if you drop mail in this blue box after noon on Sat it will get a Monday postmark. I’d give your client the benefit of the doubt too.

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chaz wrote:

norookie wrote:
:D
This is why legally important* mail should be postmarked both inside before you seal and mail it, and outside too.
:wink:



How do you postmark inside before you seal and mail it?

:D
Hi Chaz, You go to the PO and have the USPS employee postmark a few pages

inside the envelope, then you seal it , and they take it

That way the party your telling the check is in the mail on a certain date, see’s it was.
:wink:.

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marie17 wrote:

It’s also possible for a letter to sit in a corporate mail room for a long time

Me too – -which is why whenever I need to make sure something gets out on a certain day, I never trust my corporate mail room (sorry guys)

Same here. I don’t understand why people trust their employer to handle mail at all (unless it’s a small office and you actually know that it’s going out). Company workers are not US Post Office employees. There is zero recourse if anything happens.

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