In the past year, they have been scamming me.
Actually, scamming Dearest Sis
It seems lately (in the past year, anyway) every time I send her a parcel, it is delivered postage due.
Besides the embarrassment of sending something without enough postage, it also means that the delivery is delayed. I suppose the stamping of the front of the envelope or parcel is done by a person who only works certain days?
And the most annoying thing? I used the machine at the post office to tell me how much postage to put on!
Last December, while doing some post holiday sale shopping, I found a 'bubble gum machine' that had tiny trucks and construction equipment. I bought a couple and sent them to DS to use under her tiny beaded tree. Several weeks went by and they did not arrive. Finally, after a month or two, they showed up - postage due!
In the past week or so, she and I have been discussing button choices for the Baby Surprise Jackets that she has been working on. I have a pretty reliable vintage button stash, so she asked if I had any that would be perfect for the BSJ's. I looked through the buttons and picked a couple of styles that looked likely and mailed them off in a padded envelope. I weighed the envelope, which weighed less than 2 ounces and figured the postage from the on-line postage store on the weight of 2 oz.
When they arrived - sure enough, 51 cents postage due!
And, since I had not asked her to describe the colors, just relied on the blog photo, I was looking for the wrong button colors!
So - back to the button stash!
But this time, I made The Mister take them to the counter and have a postal worker put the required postage on the package.
DS confirmed that they arrived today, with no ransom required.
I foiled their scam by making one of their own deal with a customer (and for some of them, that seems to be quite a cross to bear!)
The next time I send something to her, I am going to the counter to find out how much postage is required, then go to the self serve machine to purchase it. If it ends up with postage due, my theory will be proven!
And I will expose their shenanigans to the world! (or maybe just post about it here...)