Monday, January 25, 2010

Extra Postal Charges ..... Interesting...

Knowing the way our government controlled agencies work any thing is possible.

I guess Joe consumer gets scammed again.......

or

Is it just union rhetoric to get the business back to their boys and / or shut down the competition.????

As a retired old fart with both facilities near me I will try it and see and let U know the outcome.

Ralph.

I wasn't able to verify this on Snopes.com

This was sent to me by a postal worker ( Makes me suspicious right there!!!! ) who wonders how an outlet that is anti union and pays minimum wage can charge MORE than the unionized Post Office.

Canada Post:

I learned something over Christmas that I feel compelled to share with you. This won't change your life dramatically or help you survive the apocalypse but it will save you some dollars ($$$).

I recently mailed two identical packages via Canada Post one week apart. One would think that the postage should be exactly the same...well, let me tell you...

Package # 1 was mailed from an actual Canada Post postal outlet. Postage came to $11.74. Since I knew a second identical package would be mailed in about a week's time, I bought sufficient postage for the second pkg while I was there.

When it came time to mail Package #2 I happened to be closer to a franchised postal outlet in a nearby retail shopping mail so I planned to drop package #2 off at the franchised CP outlet. When I handed the pkg to the clerk to be put in the outbound mail bag, I was informed that I did not have sufficient postage attached. The clerk proceeded to inform me that I needed to purchase and additional $6 worth of stamps if I planned to have "them" submit my pkg to Canada Post for delivery. After explaining how I knew exactly what the postage should be, the clerk offered some lame excuse that CP is unionized and they can say and do anything with impunity and if I wished to mail that pkg at that outlet, I needed to purchase more stamps.

I told the clerk they were out to lunch and took back my package and headed to the "real" Canada Post outlet to raise hell....Much to my surprise, the Canada Post employee took my package, weighed it and tossed it in the mail bag ready for transport to the sorting facility to be sent on its way. I was informed the amount of postage attached was sufficient and that was that.

The Truth comes out:

Still perplexed by what I was told by the franchised location, I fired off an email to Canada Post for clarification. The reply I received is reprinted below.

The summary: Real CP outlets charge postage for packages at the published Canada Post rates.

Franchise locations can charge whatever they like. If you regularly mail packages at franchise locations you are probably paying too much. Franchise locations are found in shopping malls, drug stores and private businesses everywhere. From now on, all of my mailing will be done from a real Canada Post location.

Here is the complete reply:

"A postal outlet is not a federal government agency and is not owned or managed by Canada Post. For example if the postal outlet is within grocery store or pharmacy it would follow the stores working hours, therefore if the store must be closed, so will the postal outlet inside.

Only Canada Post Depots and Corporate Post Offices are obligated to follow the price of stamps and postal products that are legislated by Canada Post. Any commercial and private establishment may charge extra fees as a convenience (?) to their customers. It is at their discretion to apply additional service fees to products that they sell. We suggest visiting a Corporate Post Office in order to avoid paying additional service charges that corner stores or other establishment may implement on their products..

Regards,

Veronika Strofski

Customer Service "

Thanks Ralph B.

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