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kc2006
03-26-2006, 10:01 PM
I know this is talked about a lot on the boards but I can't find an answer to this, I'm going to check usps's site to see if I can find anything for sure but lets see if anyone knows this (for sure).

Putting flyers out, and I've been putting them in the paper slot of the mail boxes or in the actual paper box's that the local paper has. Haven't gotten any calls from the post office yet and I put the flyers out a week ago so I think I'm good to go but just want to make sure before i put this next batch out.

Xterminator
03-26-2006, 10:03 PM
as long as it is not inside the Mailbox you are ok I put mine on the outside with tape

Xterminator
03-26-2006, 10:04 PM
I called the postmaster too make sure

Runner
03-26-2006, 10:05 PM
Just stay away from the box and the flag. technically, yes. the way it is written, it IS illegal, but I don't think they are going to split hairs.

kc2006
03-26-2006, 10:12 PM
I just emailed the usps, going to call tomorrow. Like I said in the email, the slot is used for newspapers which do not have postage and are not affiliated with the USPS...so technically I should be allowed to put a flyer in that slot too. We'll see what they say I guess.

grandview (2006)
03-26-2006, 10:20 PM
You have to watch out if you do a half fold or a tri fold of you flyer the paper will jam it to the back and won't be seen. Yes, try and tape in in so the paper will just slid over it.

StBalor
03-26-2006, 10:36 PM
I am pretty sure it is illegal to put flyers anywhere on or in the mail box. Now with that said it really depends on the mailman, he will be the person who turns you in. I usually just ride along with my 14 year old son stopping at mail boxes while he puts flyer in the flag. But there is 1 neighborhood in my area that i will not do this because the mailman is a real pain. I have problems with him even when i am cutting a yard, he is always complaining about where and how i park my truck and Trailer. He has also turned me in for putting flyers on the mailbox in this community before. That is why i put them in the doors in this specific community. Although they can fine you for putting them on the mailbox, they will most likely call you and tell you not to do it anymore.

kc2006
03-28-2006, 12:07 PM
Got an email back and they're basicly saying it's illegal for a flyer without postage to touch any area of a mailbox or anything supporting the mailbox (pole, any part of the structure). So basicly the local newspaper is commiting a crime every day of the week by using the "paper slot" that are built into mailboxes...

I was going to call the local office and ask about that but I don't feel like getting in a fight today.

newz7151
03-28-2006, 12:49 PM
Got an email back and they're basicly saying it's illegal for a flyer without postage to touch any area of a mailbox or anything supporting the mailbox (pole, any part of the structure). So basicly the local newspaper is commiting a crime every day of the week by using the "paper slot" that are built into mailboxes...

I was going to call the local office and ask about that but I don't feel like getting in a fight today.

You know.. this just really gets me. It's another good example of the crappy gov. in this country though. YOU pay for the mailbox. YOU pay for the post. YOU pay for the time to put it up. YOU pay to maintain it. When I get a check in the mail from the USPS for $300 (which is what I would estimate it cost for our steel post and concrete and install), then they can tell me what the heck to do with it. And if putting stuff in the newspaper slot is illegal, why doesn't the USPS file suit to stop sale of mailboxes with newspaper slots built into them? Might as well just give every American a free camel and a tent.

ATVracer
03-28-2006, 03:07 PM
I will have an answer soon since I work for the USPS. This is a technical question and as far as I am concerned I see nothing wrong with placing them into the NEWSPAPER portion of the box. Will keep you posted.

HK45Mark23
03-28-2006, 03:09 PM
Well actually the feds govern every thing about your house and yard. They regulate how the utilities are supplied and how you handle them in your home. They regulate by requiring a permit and inspection how your electrical, plumbing, sewage, HVAC, insulation and even the very way your house is constructed. But maybe you did not think about that. As far as this paper box goes, it does not matter if you use it for fliers. The only thing that will place you in violation will be if you place your flier in the actual mail portion of the box or in the flag. By the way, if you live in the county, they will not deliver your mail if your box is inaccessible from the mail vehicle. So donít block your mail box by parking with in 15 feet before or after it. They must be able to pull up to it directly.

ATVracer
03-30-2006, 08:15 AM
I finally recieved a response for the paperbox issue. You can legally put flyers into the newspaper part of a mailbox as long as it is in the newspaper portion of the box and not attached to the post or flag. I am talking about those plastic boxes that have both a paper and mail slot. This was what our Indiana USPS stated and it should be good in all other states as well. Good luck.

kc2006
03-30-2006, 12:35 PM
Thanks ATVracer!

Today is the last day that I'm putting them in the paper boxes so I'm almost home free incase they do have a problem with it. After today it'll be all doorhangers.

dcondon
03-30-2006, 02:14 PM
I finally recieved a response for the paperbox issue. You can legally put flyers into the newspaper part of a mailbox as long as it is in the newspaper portion of the box and not attached to the post or flag. I am talking about those plastic boxes that have both a paper and mail slot. This was what our Indiana USPS stated and it should be good in all other states as well. Good luck.



My mother is a Postmaster and she told me the same thing. She said her office dosen't inforce it anyways.

jproffer
04-09-2006, 12:36 AM
they're basicly saying it's illegal for a flyer without postage to touch any area of a mailbox or anything supporting the mailbox

Man that really stinks 'cause alot of mailboxes are on the house. So by the letter of the law, I can no longer put siding or a roof on a house without some serious jail time.:laugh:

That's just assenine...I say put 'em in the paper slot. Whether USPS likes it or not, the paper portion of the box is NONE of their business.

tjslawncare
04-09-2006, 12:44 AM
I just tape 1/4 page fliers or business card size ad's on the mailbox front. no calls from the PO yet.