Stopping Post Office Packages in transit after you Ship
The U.S.P.S. Post Office offers a mailer service called Package Intercept for domestic shipping. It allows the sender to ask the USPS to stop a package in transit, redirecting it to the back to sender's local Post Office.
This service could be very useful for that time when the buyer contacts seller with "oh, my shipping address is wrong," or maybe PayPal "stops," or "holds payment" or some other issue such as an incorrect labeling. If the value of the shipment is worth it, this service may be worth it.
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How Does It work?
Nov 2012 update: USPS sign up at this link. It appears it is only available to shippers that have a imprint (debit account) to pay for the service:https://pi.usps.com/cpi/howItWorks.jsp
"...[a]lso new for 2012 is Package Intercept for commercial mailers, available through a customer interface on Business Customer Gateway. For $10.95 plus Priority Mail postage, customers can request mail be intercepted before final delivery is attempted to the initial delivery address. The shipment can be returned to sender, held for pick up at a Post Office, or redirected to an alternate address. Intercepted packages are shipped using Priority Mail.
Package Intercept is NOT a free service.
For $10.95 plus Priority Mail postage, customers can request mail be intercepted before final delivery is attempted to the initial delivery address. The shipment can be returned to sender, held for pick up at a Post Office, or redirected to an alternate address. Intercepted packages are shipped using Priority Mail.
Package Intercept is available by submitting PS Form 1509 (Link to Form 1509 here: http://about.usps.com/forms/ps1509.pdf), Sender's Request for USPS Package Intercept Service, and
Paying a nonrefundable per-piece fee to initiate the process at the Post Office of mailing.
Package Intercept can be used for any mailable Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, and Package Services, letter, flat, or parcel with a track-ing barcode.After the service goes all online in In late 2012 services are being enhanced and at that time expanded options to include redirecting items to a new address or to a Post Office as Hold For Pickup will be implemented. At that time, Form 1509 will be discontinued. (There is now no link for doing this request online.)
Items located will be redirected to sender.
For all mail pieces that are redirected to the sender, the sender may be subject to payment of the applicable postage.
Package Intercept is not available to international and APO/FPO/DPO destinations or on mailpieces requiring a customs label.
USPS does not guarantee the interception of a mail piece.
Parcels may not measure more than 108 inches in length and girth combined.
Package Intercept is not available for any mailpiece that indicates surface-only transportation such as Label 127, Surface Mail Only, or bears other hazardous materials markings such as Consumer Commodity ORM-D.
Source: This guide originates from a 2012 Post Office Bulletin, and is buried deep in the USPS online web pages.
http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2012/pb22329/html/info_007.htm (you need to cut and paste emails since eBay does not allow links in guide postings.)