I entered the world of MPP via the Local Post Collectors Society and

soon after was off and applying for my permit. I had to apply for it at the main branch of the Santa Fe postoffice and no one had a clue what I was asking for. I had to tell them where to find the form and what this was all about. Basically it took about two weeks and many phone calls as each person had no idea what an MMP was. Finally after going through about 5 different folks my application was handed to someone in the bulk mailing department and approved. I went on down to the department and found I was issued #46 and am on file in the bulk mail department. Well I asked if I am the first person to apply for this why am I not #1? The answer was because I am #46 bulk mail. I decided not to agrue and thank her for the permit. I also asked if it was ok to take my mail to a more convient branch and she sadi yes,fine. Then I asked if it mattered what I put on my stamp concerning the numbers. She said it did not matter and I could put whatever I wanted. Again I thanked her and left. I ordered my stamp via Joseph Lo Preiato and was soon cancelling my own mail. BUT I ran into a dissagreeable clerk who told me what I was doing was not legal. Only USPS clerks can cancel mail. I showed him my permit and he said it was wrong! This is for bulk mail only. I told him where to look and he went to the DMM and found the info, but he said I have to have my mail approved each time and this still isn't right. So I gave up going to him and hand delivered my mail to different clerks. I even asked if I had to stand in line each time or could I just drop it off to a clerk who was with someone else. No problem she said just come on up. So for about two weeks as was well until I went up to that other clerk who I asked to check the postage on a letter that had been returned. He again was very mean and said this is not ok and said he even showed me the rules. He was very pissy and I paid for my extra postage and left......to be continued......

Part two....

I then called Sylvia the woman who issued my permit. She said she would speak to the clerks at the branch I use. She later called me from there and said she explained it to them but what I probably needed to do was to xerox copy each piece of mail I was sending so they could have it on record. I tried to explain to her that I didn't think that was in the rules. She finally said well maybe but you will have to come up to a clerk and have them weigh all your pieces of mail. She also told me to call yet another person and he would explain it better to me. I eventually got a hold of this person who didn't have a clue as to what I was talking about of what the problem seemed to be. I had to tell the whole story from the get go. He said no way to I have to copy all the mail, all the USPS needed was a sample of my cancellation. He said I should call the postmaster directly. Heck, that who I thought I was speaking with, nope he was the Business Mail manager and he didn't know why Sylvia told me to call him. Sigh...this has been so frustrating. I have two calls into the postmaster to try and resolve this confusion...stay tuned....

Part Three......

Well, I called the postmaster everyday for a week and never got through to him. I was finally handed over to the very first person I spoke with back in June. She still was unfamiliar with an MPP so I told here what page to go to. I explained my plight and she said it would be she who would go and speak with the tellers at my branch. She seemed sympathetic and suprised my the clerks attitude. I hung up and thought maybe this will help. I went again with my mail the next day and that clerk would not even look at me. Perhaps he thought I was trying to get him in trouble but all I was trying to do was not have him refuse my mail and educate him. Ah well, at least there are a few nice clerks who get a kick out of the vintage stamps we use! Now the next question is how do we avoid being overcancelled?????

Part Four.......

I went down to the postoffice and into the bulk dept. where Sylvia had issued my MPP. I asked how I could avoid the overcancelling. Friends had told me post offices had a bulk bin and if my cover were put in there they would not be overcancelled. Nope she said, not true. All our mail goes to Albuquerque to be cancelled. I asked if there was anyway to avoid this. NO! Was all she said. I could tell she did not want to deal with me so I left.

I have been getting mail art everynow and then in those semi clear envelopes the USPS uses for first day covers and asked a nice clerk for some and now I think my mail is not being over cancelled. And since joining ACE I have been getting covers in clear, light weight envelopes with folks MPP's cancelled and then sealed. So perhaps the problem is now solved. For all my other mail I just cheat alittle and only cancell the lower stamps, after all, it will go to Albuquerque and get a second cancell. I have now decided that's ok except on certain covers. So life goes on....

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