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mail delivery innovation
minutiae Posted 2004-04-30 19:46:08 by Jim Crawford
The mailbox at my new place is small, so I've been worried about large packages, and had only been ordering borderline stuff. The first package that crossed the border arrived today, and the method used to handle it was actually quite elegant.

See, in addition to the per-user mailbox, there are several large mailboxes that can be allocated as needed. In my personal mailbox I found a one-use key to one of the larger mailboxes, along with instructions that the mailbox would retain the key. Really a very clever mechanism.

I still don't feel completely safe ordering large packages, though, because I don't know what happens in the case when there are no more large boxes to allocate.

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Posted by Anonymous (sugigrl) on 2004-05-03 12:35:06
I'm sure no one has thought of making a copy of the "one use" key, I'd be scared that someone else who's gotten a big package before would be tempted to get your big package but then they'd have to neurotically check daily since they won't know when one was delivered.

if in the event the large ones are taken, you'll get a postcard in your normal mailbox saying the post office has a package and either they will try again to deliver it or you can go down to the post office to pick it up
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Posted by Jim Crawford on 2004-05-03 13:02:16
 I'm sure no one has thought of making a copy of the "one use" key


It wasn't standard key stock, thankfully, so making a copy would be trickier than just taking a trip to Home Depot.

 if in the event the large ones are taken, you'll get a postcard in your normal mailbox saying the post office has a package and either they will try again to deliver it or you can go down to the post office to pick it up


Going down to the post office is what I was afraid of. What a hassle!
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