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Where do you put your flyers

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by mowerdude777, Mar 14, 2010.

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Where do you put flyers in this situation

  1. Put them at the front door

    41 vote(s)
    58.6%
  2. Put them at the mailbox

    19 vote(s)
    27.1%
  3. Both

    10 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. SuperiorService.110mb.com

    SuperiorService.110mb.com LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    My and many other mailbox also have a area for a newspaper. So if it was not legal the postmasters would not allow these types of mailboxes
     
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    This is the actual regulation section covering this:

    3.1.3 Use for Mail
    Except under 3.2.11, Newspaper Receptacle, the receptacles described in 3.1.1 may be used only for matter bearing postage. Other than as permitted by 3.2.10, Delivery of Unstamped Newspapers, or 3.2.11, no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items or matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle. Any mailable matter not bearing postage and found as described above is subject to the same postage as would be paid if it were carried by mail.


    I think that makes it pretty clear! You can't legally put your flyer in or on a mail box or it's post. You can put it in a mail slot in a door though. Where I am, the postal carrier will collect any flyers they find and you will be charged the postage that would have been due if you mailed them.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Yes, newspaper receptacles are permitted, with conditions.

    This is easy enough to look up and stupid to argue about if you don't know what you're talking about!

    3.2.11 Newspaper Receptacle
    A receptacle for newspaper delivery by private carriers may be attached to the post of a curbside mailbox used by the USPS if the receptacle:

    a. Does not touch the mailbox or use any part of the mailbox for support.

    b. Does not interfere with the delivery of mail, obstruct the view of the mailbox flag, or present a hazard to carrier or vehicle.

    c. Does not extend beyond the front of the mailbox when the box door is closed.

    d. Does not display advertising, except the publication title.
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  4. SuperiorService.110mb.com

    SuperiorService.110mb.com LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    3.2.11 Newspaper Receptacle
    A receptacle for newspaper delivery by private carriers may be attached to the post of a curbside mailbox used by the USPS if the receptacle:

    a. Does not touch the mailbox or use any part of the mailbox for support.


    Mine and many around here touch the mailbox and use the mail box for support as they are all in one. You have the mailbox on top and the newspaper slot on the bottom. One piece plastic form.

    Even though I have never heard of anyone getting any fine. Now if you were driving up to mailboxs and someone called the cops and they came and you had no flyers on you and in the mailboxes you already went to or mail in your truck then you would be screwed, but they would give you a warning if you were really passing out flyers.
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    Well apparently y'all are "SPECIAL"

    I didn't write the postal regulations and it's not up to me to enforce them. But I don't go around breaking federal laws to pedal my services. I use legal forms of advertising. Do as you wish. Just don't come crying here if you get busted!
     
  6. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    This just seems to have turned in to an arguement now. Can a mod please close this thread
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I'm not arguing...I'm giving facts that are readily available and supported by actual regulations. Whether people choose to ignore them is not my concern as long as it's not my mailbox (which by the way is on the wrong side of the road, lol).

    The purpose of this site is to share information, and I'm the only one who has backed mine up by citing specific postal regulations.

    Consider yourself informed and do with it what you please. :)
     
  8. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,732

    I just think this thread seems to have gone downhill. And just to let everyone know I am going to obey the rules and put all my fliers at the front door of the homes instead. I do not want any trouble from the postmaster so I am going to obey all the rules I need to. I am sorry if you felt that I was accusing you of arguing. -Ryan:waving:
     
  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    It's the law of gravity...everything tends to go downhill, lol. And no problem Ryan. Good luck with you marketing efforts.

    I think the bottom line is that the postal regulations are clear, but local enforcement will vary from area to area. I do know that around here they don't allow people to put flyers on or in mail boxes. They will collect any they find and use the contact information on the flyer to contact the company and bill them for the postage that would have been due if they were mailed. I don't know if they then send them out through the mail or what.
     
  10. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,720

    Because frankly if people aren't ignorant of the law to report it, they're either lazy or too busy.

    Here's a unique concept, md:
    Go up to the door, ring the doorbell, wait for the prospect to open the door to actually communicate with you! :waving:

    Yeah, you won't pass out nearly as many flyers that way, but I'll bet because you've had those very brief sales pitches one-on-one, at the end of the day you'll end up with more sales per neighborhood.
     

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