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Finished..... [Dec. 15th, 2003|03:14 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Whee! Finished up that last commission. But really I still have one more to do, so it wasn't the last one, lol. BUT you guys can watch me paint this one if you like, hehe....

Watch my webcam here

Man - I went to the Post Office this morning and it was so crazy - the line was the longest I've ever seen. And of course I get there with a big box of smaller boxes (mostly "The Art of Faery" copies), and a box of mailing tubes full of prints, and a stack of smaller prints, and customs forms and insurance requests and DAMN I got glared at, lol. By the people in line at least. The Post Office workers seem to like me, thank goodness, but the people behind me in line always seem to give me dirty looks =P

I kind of understand though - I know that the lady behind me doesn't want to watch me send out four dozen boxes just so she can ask how much postage she needs to mail her postcard back home to Ireland. I probably would glare too.

I'm thinking maybe about this next year starting to arrange Priority Mail pickups at my apartment (where a post office truck comes to your home to collect as many packages you want to give them). This means I'll get an account at USPS.com and print my own postage labels. Of course, this will only work for Priority Mail though, not for Regular US Mail, Overseas, Airmail, etc. But I'd say 80% of my shipping is Priority Mail, so I think it would be worthwhile. The rest of the stuff can just be done at the Post Office, but I won't be so guilty about holding up the line ;) Meh, we'll see.

Off to work.

[User Picture]From: brilliant_snark
2003-12-15 01:13 pm (UTC)
*tapping a large poster tube against my palm threateningly* So it WAS you....

*giggle* *grin*

Boy are people gonna love me and my confusing shipment of goodies to Iraq and California!
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[User Picture]From: winjimir
2003-12-15 01:17 pm (UTC)
I go to a very tiny post office, and get those looks too, but there is usually someone who will show up with all the stuff they need to mail in a bag, and they try to do all the packaging in line(grrr)
At least I show up ready to go, forms filled out, boxes taped up...I'm sure you do the same too. Maybe that's why the workers at the post office like us?
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[User Picture]From: elfies
2003-12-15 01:34 pm (UTC)
I am so bad...LOL... I mostly asking my husband to send it! Shame on me...
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[User Picture]From: krisgoat
2003-12-15 01:54 pm (UTC)
Wow that’s funny! We went to the post office today too and we also ran into the longest post office line ever!!! It was actually pretty comical! Everyone was in a good mood soz it went pretty fast :)
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[User Picture]From: malikasaghir
2003-12-15 02:20 pm (UTC)
the post office workers are so nice-they will hold the door open for me when i come at the last minute and they are getting ready to close and i still have to pack the box and get the forms ready and such and they are so cool about helping me fill the stuff out...they see someone else running to the door and they will be like-sorry we are closed to them. I see them so much though and i am always falling apart i think in a rush somewhere..it cracs them up.
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[User Picture]From: blu_moo
2003-12-15 02:24 pm (UTC)
Way to go Jasmine!
You picked what the USPS says is the busiest shipping day of the year!
What fun you must have had. And the joy you brought others was equally as great, I am sure. ;)
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From: lilackat
2003-12-15 02:57 pm (UTC)
I get the same thing when I take all my eBay packages to the post office! But the people behind the counter get mad too! :P
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[User Picture]From: alohashark
2003-12-15 03:33 pm (UTC)
I went to the post office today too. I was there on line for over an hour. It was the longest line @ the post office I have ever seen. :-/
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2003-12-15 04:51 pm (UTC)
YAY!! I received my books! Thanks so much for taking the time to personalize all of them:) It will make everyone faery happy! The only complaint I have...there just aren't enough Jasmine pages!! LOL I guess I'll just have to wait for "Strangeling: The Art of Jasmine Becket-Griffith" to hit the stands! In the meantime, I'll settle for an air freshener;)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2003-12-15 05:05 pm (UTC)

Hehe.... you might not have to wait too long.... I've got some ideas and new projects up my sleeve ;)
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[User Picture]From: josephine76
2003-12-16 01:32 am (UTC)
Ha ha ha! I can really imagine the looks on the people's faces in the post office. "But but... but they are only christmas cards. I have many friends." lol.
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From: zyll_art
2003-12-16 01:58 pm (UTC)

Post Office Shipping And The Like

Hi Strangeling,
This is Zyll. I guess this will 'out' me as a closet Strangeling Journal reader, but oh well. Wanted to chip in my 2 cents on shipping via the USPS.

I've been Ebay shipping using the Post Office since 1998 in one form or another. The new 'Click N Ship' service offered by the Post Office allows you to print out labels that are identical in design to the ones used by Stamps.com, however, the Post Office on line service doesn't support insurance. I don't know if you insure your packages, but the Post Office service doesn't yet support that option.

I've been using Stamps.com for about 3 years. I'm not getting a commission from them or anything by suggesting them, but they just upgraded their service to compete with the one offered through the Post Office. If you do a lot of shipping (which you do, I gather) you can get the service for $18.99 a month. They just started offering their own insurance (which is a little cheaper than the Post Office and supposedly they pay claims easier and faster---it's a new offering, so I don't know if the easier and faster thing is true yet or not) They also offer the option to insure your packages through the Post Office and you can get stickers or forms from the Post Office to comply with their insurance as well.
They haven't quite made the billing smooth on their own insurance (stamps.com insurance) yet, though. (They bill it once a month with the $18.99. Hopefully they will just bill it with the postage in the future.)

I'm not sure about the Post Office service, I bailed out reading up on it when I found out they don't support insurance, but with Stamps.com you also get free Delivery Confirmation and a way to check the status of your packages on line. This helps a lot when a customer says they haven't received a package. You can go right on line and let them know the status. Often, the Post Office attempted delivery and the package is waiting for them at their local branch.

Also, if you shop around on the internet, there are usually incentives for signing up with Stamps.com for the first time. Some offer gift cards, some offer a free shipping scale, free postage, etc. I always notice the offers, because I use the service, but I can't enjoy any of the offers because I am already signed up! :(

With stamps.com you can put a card on file to charge your postage amounts to. I have my PayPal debit card on file, so I get 1.5% back on postage purchases.

Beyond postage, I made arrangements with my local Post Office to drop off packages in the back of the building, at the loading dock. If they already have the internet postage labels on them, they don't have to do anything with them--just throw them in a bin.
I tried this approach after arranging the pick ups. Pick ups will cost you about $10.00 each time. For me it wasn't so much the expense as it was having to have a check ready for each pick up. Also, it's sort of like waiting for the cable guy. They give you a range of about 5 hours (like 12:00pm to 5:00pm) and they can come any time in that time frame. Sometimes I would just begin packing, and they would show up at noon. I wasn't ready, so they said they would come back at 5:00. If they got behind, they would not come back that day, which can mess you up if all your postage is dated for that day!! You can post date them for the next day, to be safe, but I just opted for dropping off.

But pick ups are as good as your own personal mail carrier. If you have a great mail carrier, they can help you out a lot on arranging pick ups. I've even had mine offer to pick up my packages on their route (I ship from my home) free of charge, but I said no. I didn't want them to get in trouble, and I also have a lot of temporary mail carriers run my route, who may not want to do that, so you can also judge your own scenario, depending on your relationship with your mail carrier.

So, there is my shipping novel. I know you are very busy, so you need not reply. I just wanted to share my experience with USPS and hope you find something you can use in the above.

thanks for the great journal!

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