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Do I ever need to add postage to a postage paid envelope?

Asked by SuperMouse (30788points) May 17th, 2009

I’m mailing a ton of papers back in a pre-paid envelope. I know it is going to be more than the normal postage. Does the person who sent the envelope cover the difference or should I add stamps?

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FrankHebusSmith's avatar

you shouldn’t need to….

Strauss's avatar

Only if you are sending something that weighs more, or if you want to upgrade to, say, next day air or something like that.

casheroo's avatar

Yes. I found this out the hard way. My papers never arrived, nor were they returned to me. So, I have no clue what happened to the envelope containing my social security numbers for all my family members, birth certificates, driver licenses, bank statements…it’s all out there somewhere :(

chyna's avatar

To be safe, yes, i would add postage.

pinkfloyd's avatar

You don’t need to add any postage to a paid envelope as the name suggests, it is paid, which means that the company and the post office have a private agreement between them. If you are still unsure, just take one of the empty envelopes and take it to a post office to confirm.

chyna's avatar

Maybe you can PM Astrochuck to be sure.

AstroChuck's avatar

No, unless you have the blank prepaid envelopes that have the postage amount listed on them. I’m not even if sure we (USPS) even carry those anymore. The prepaid addressed envelopes you’re given by businesses are paid at the other end so you needed worry. Everything is charged to their account. Weight isn’t a concern either.

Don917's avatar

The blank envelopes with the postage printed on them are called stamped envelopes, and they are still sold ( 54c each ). The envelopes distributed by various businesses that state “postage will be paid by addressee” with the large black bars on the right side are called BRM ( Business Reply Mail ). Businesses that receive these envelopes generally set up accounts with money that will pay for the envelopes as they come in. Heavy letters are just charges 17c for each additional oz. over the first oz.

AshlynM's avatar

If you want to ensure that they arrive to their intended destination, then yes you should add extra postage.You should take your envelope to the post office to be sure. You should also send it certified mail to ensure proof of delivery.

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