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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 1:40 pm    Post subject: USPS issues Reply with quote

USPS is experiencing problems today. As a result the USPS rates are not available. They are expecting to fix the issue by EOD.

Please make sure you set your flat rate or weight based shipping. It serves you as a back-up.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Based on a conversation I had this morning (Tuesday) with the USPS Internet Help Desk, this problem is fairly widespread and affects all the USPS address verification systems.

I was unable to print Click N Ship postage on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning, it appeared to be up, but attempting to enter 6 address labels resulted in 3 being rejected as bad address, plus twice it rejected my own ZIP+4 on the return address side.

All I know is, they're working on it. I just checked again, and the main CNS screen shows that the system is down. If they don't fix it by Wednesday morning, not sure how I'm going to deal with it.

Ray
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have a PayPal account you can do your labels through their multiorder shipping. I didn't get the discount but at least I got the label done.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I print postage at PayPal even if the payment arrived via Google Checkout ?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can use this link https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

But doesn't PP also get the info from USPS website and hence get effected by the USPS server issues?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently PayPal takes whatever you put in (or else runs their own address verification). I hope none of these addresses are bad. I just printed the first one via PP, and will slog thru this.

USPS still down, referring people to endicia.com and stamps.com. They must have one heck of a system issue.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Endicia and Stamps.com are both so bogged down they don't work either.
If the main USPS site is down, pay pal shipping will not work either. If I have any sales today, guess I will have to load up and drive the 12 mile round trip to the post office.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used PayPal yesterday and it worked for me just fine. Also today without any trouble. USPS site is still not working. Maybe PayPal has their own postage that was purchased like a business does. I don't know how but I just did a label and it was fine.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PayPal worked OK this morning (and thanks for the link). Slow tho. Also no SCAN form ( so I asked the local postmaster if they would please acceptance scan my packages ).

from what I can see, USPS is still broken. I can't imagine what could have happened that would break something this important, for this long.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I printed this morning with PayPal. It was about 10.00 am (central time). It worked fine. As fast as usual. I guess it is a bit of chance at this stage. It's probably made worse with the high demand on the holiday shopping season.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good News !

I just printed 8 domestic and 1 international with Click N Ship Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night Endicia was NOT making me happy LOL.... so I just quit till this morning & today it's all good again.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ACRead wrote:
You can use this link https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now

But doesn't PP also get the info from USPS website and hence get effected by the USPS server issues?


Oh thank you so much for this information. I have been scrambling to find the best way to ship labels for orders from Google Check-out. So happy I happened upon this. Very Happy Very Happy
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