I wanted to share with you a lesson I learned at the Post Office the other day in hopes that it might help those of you who are in the same boat as I.
I've been using these same labels on my envelopes for 5 years or more. Suddenly, they're no longer acceptable in a postal system that has completely automated standard letters. Apparently, because my return address is so close (on the same 4" label) to the recipient's address, the machines are reading mine before it reads the other and all of my letters are being returned.
I'm very sad about this because I loved these labels and they look great on the red envelopes I use. On the other hand, I have to be practical. Don't know what the new solution will be.
In the meantime, they told me at the PO that the letters should go through if I just put an X through my return zip code. The machine reads the X and is forced to scan below it.
I was further told that these labels would still be fine for packages, which are not machinable. That's a good thing since I have 300+ already-labeled envelopes just waiting to be stuffed with copies of I'd Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist's No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.