Thursday, January 23, 2003


The venerable old post office still carries the mail and also can provide "supply" services to your door. For years the U.S. Postal Service has provided "stamps by mail" service, allowing consumers to order stamps and have them delivered with regular mail service.
Did you know other supplies used in regular mailing also can be delivered by the carrier without your ever having to go to the post office? A great variety of "non-stamp" items are available, either for order through mailed-in forms on the Internet at or through the system's toll-free number: (800) ASK-USPS.
Among the most popular items that can be ordered are:
-- Express Mail and Priority Mail labels and boxes.
-- Shipping tapes bearing USPS logos and marked as "Express" or "Priority."
-- Other forms for a variety of special services.
The best part is the items are free -- just as they would be were you to pick them up at your local post office -- and there is no shipping charge.
A recent test of the ordering system showed it took less than a week from the time the phone call was made until the items -- Priority Mail boxes for shipping video cassettes -- arrived.
By the way, the boxes mentioned, designed for shipping two video cassettes, can be used in shipping a wide variety of Priority Mail items.