USPS Informed Delivery
Many folks may not be aware, but the U.S. Postal Service has a service to notify you of what mail will be arriving each day. It’s Called USPS Informed Delivery.
USPS Informed Delivery – Yea or Nay?
When I first heard about this, I thought it was a great idea. Each day you get an e-mail with scanned images of every piece of mail that will be arriving in your mailbox that day. Completely unnecessary, but possibly useful when you’re expecting an important check in the mail. Or you’re getting a yarn delivery that you need to hide from your spouse (and no, I don’t do that…but some might find it useful).
A couple of things that I don’t like about this service.
- On a day when I’m not scheduled to get any mail, there is no e-mail sent. This leaves me wondering if the e-mail went to the spam folder of if I somehow got unsubscribed from the service.
- Four times, I’ve been notified that an official letter from Pennsylvania Department of Revenue was going to be in my mailbox. It was addressed to the corporation I run. Which means it involves corporate taxation. The first time, I worried for hours of what fresh hell was about to arrive. Turns out it was a survey to ask me to assess how much time it took to file my corporate taxes. Second time, I again worried for hours. It was a reminder to fill out the survey they sent previously. Third and fourth times, I worried less, but still worried. They were both the same reminders. Kind of annoying, no?
- The process for signing up for Informed Delivery is a little convoluted. But once it’s set up, there is nothing to do.
I do like that it tells me when packages are arriving. I also love looking forward to notifications of class action lawsuits. It usually means there’s a check (albeit usually small) in the mail. Yes, I fill out every class action lawsuit I’m possibly eligible for. I just got a $98 check from Facebook. But usually, it’s a check for $1.78, but I’m glad to get any check.
Should I or Shouldn’t I?
Overall, I’m glad to have Informed Delivery. I find it more useful than annoying. For U.S. readers, if you’re interested in signing up, you start the process on-line here: https://www.usps.com/manage/informed-delivery.htm
If you’ve already signed up for the service, I’d like to know what you think of it.
The first Chicklet is finished! And beautiful, I might add.
Personally, I think she’s a much nicer size than the worsted weight version. But I guess some folks would prefer something more substantial as an emotional support chicken.