Dear Miss Snark,
I’m nitwit of the day and it’s not my fault. (well, it's not mine, and it's not KY's...that leaves only...Bill E. Goat!)
I just got back from the post office, sending out another batch of queries to my potentially favorite agents.
Following your advice, I’ve enclosed five pages and put together a neat little package in a 9 x 12 envelope with an SAE.
To save myself time, I had the post office weigh the package so that I could buy the right combination of stamps.
They advised it 63 cents and sold me a book of 39’s plus a book of 24’s == 63. I sent out four of these packages to my top agent choices just the other day.
Today, at a different post office, they weighed one of these letters. It was 24 cents off. Now, I live with the fact that these queries, to my top choice agents, will come with a “postage due” stamp. What can I do? Is there anything I can do? And if you were to receive such a thing, would you toss it in the trash?
It is obvious that I put the stamps on myself—that I was trying to do everything right. Does that count for anything?
I’ll be dipping into that bucket of gin shortly.
Ok, Miss Snark confesses she has not left the confines of the 212 for some time but surely "electronic scales" have arrived in at least the lower 48 states. Haven't they? These are handly little free standing machines, somewhat like ATMs. It weighs the package and dispenses the postage. You affix postage. You mail packet. They beat the hell out of standing in line I gotta tell you.
Now, if a packet arrives here and there's postage due, someone else deals with it, cause Miss Snark isn't allowed to interface with members of the US Postal Service after that disturbing incident wherein she mailed herself to Mr. Clooney...was a riot squad and homeland security REALLY necessary?
When mail does arrive with postage due, they pay it and throw it in the incoming basket. Mistakes happen. Just don't do it again or we'll stamp you "return as tinder".