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Topic: OT+A New Year Untraditional Traditional Offering (59 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
*This packaging is the property of the U.S.Postal Service and is 
provided solely for use in sending Priority Mail.  Misuse may be a 
violation of federal law.*  I just copied that from the flap of a 
Priority Flat Rate Box (used) that is on a shelf in my garage half full 
of old nuts, bolts and other junk.
What in the world did I start here?  First I have to say, I agree with 
miKe on the misuse issue - if we are talking about new boxes.  I 
personally use DHL boxes for DHL shipping and USPS Priority boxes for 
their intended purpose with USPS.  (I did once use two Jumbo DHL boxes 
to build my first prototype Turbo Bean Cooler, but even then I didn't 
get the boxes from DHL for that purpose - they were boxes I already had 
- and I didn't ship it away to anyone).
Now I'll give this thread another twist.  Once someone has used the USPS 
Priority Mail box for it's intended purpose (sending Priority Mail via 
USPS), doesn't the box become trash or recycle material?  What 
difference does it make whether it goes out to the curb on recycle day 
to get used to make paper products or whether it gets turned inside out 
and used to ship something via private carrier (UPS/DHL/FedEx/etc) or 
used to package apples that I give to my neighbor?  It is just a box. 
Is this *used* box *still* the property of the USPS?  I think not and I 
think at this point I am free to use it however I wish.
Now in all honesty, in my e-mail to Lynne I wasn't specifically thinking 
of *used* boxes.  She wanted to fill a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and 
send biscotti to someone.  My offer was to pay for DHL shipping by 
billing to my DHL account.  My bad when I suggested turning the USPS box 
  inside out.  But if she has a *used* USPS box I don't see any 
difference between use of that box or one that had JC Penny painted on 
it - turn it inside out and use it.  I hardly believe *that* is the 
*misuse* that *may* be a violation of federal law.  Alot of hair 
splitting here... and I might be wrong.  I certainly wouldn't want to 
argue this in front of a federal judge, but I don't think this would 
change the price of a 41˘ stamp either.
If Lynne chooses to use the Flat Rate Box and ship via USPS Mail, I will 
match Brett's kind offer of paying for shipping + $10 for supplies.  She 
can keep leftover funds for Sammy.
JavaJerry
miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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