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Old 11-15-2012, 20:13   #1
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I want to get rid of my mailbox

mine is fast becoming obsolete.

i get all of my bills (except one) through email. if i could get that last one taken care of, i really wouldn't need it anymore. everything else is just junk mail. i hate checking my mail nowadays.

i hope the day comes where i can just throw it away.

UPS can still leave packages at my door no problem.
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:14   #2
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:40   #3
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Is there a law that says you have to have a mailbox? I honestly don't know.
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:43   #4
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I love my mailbox, there's fun stuff in it at least once a week!
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:43   #5
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I believe part of getting a Cert of Occupancy is having the mail box in place.

Of course, what you do with it after that is really up to you
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:54   #6
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im still trying to figure out who that " return to sender fella is "
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Old 11-15-2012, 20:54   #7
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I removed my mailbox 14 years ago and set up a PO box.
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Old 11-15-2012, 21:19   #8
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I removed my mailbox 14 years ago and set up a PO box.
If i wanted to drop my address, i would do this and then eventually cancel the p o box. I doubt the mail would follow back to the last address.

Didn't Kosmo Kramer try this some 19 years ago?????
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Old 11-15-2012, 21:22   #9
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Can you have a "legal address" that has no way to receive mail? I would imagine it would be like removing your house numbers, which is illegal here. HH
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Old 11-15-2012, 21:24   #10
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I hate my mailbox as well. I get so much garbage that I have to check it once a week to clear it all out and throw it away. Otherwise I could go once a month without looking at it. I hate looking in the trashcan and seeing how much of it is just junk mail.
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Old 11-15-2012, 21:48   #11
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I don't think you have to have a mailbox. If you remove it you still do have your physical address but you just won't get any mail delivery. But if you do that and have, for example, a credit card, what would you do when it expires and they mail you a new one?
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Old 11-15-2012, 21:52   #12
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just don't check it. But you have to have an address for your Gov things like your DL, voter registration and such.
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Old 11-15-2012, 22:00   #13
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I don't think you have to have a mailbox. If you remove it you still do have your physical address but you just won't get any mail delivery. But if you do that and have, for example, a credit card, what would you do when it expires and they mail you a new one?
They'll send em fedex or ups if you ask.

I was traveling on business a couple weeks and left one in a restaurant. Called to cancel it and get a new one. Guy says I'll have it in 5-7 working days. Would that be ok?

I said the sooner you get it to me the sooner I can run up charges on it.

No problem, overnighted it.

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Old 11-15-2012, 22:33   #14
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If i wanted to drop my address, i would do this and then eventually cancel the p o box. I doubt the mail would follow back to the last address.

Didn't Kosmo Kramer try this some 19 years ago?????
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I've had the same PO box since 1996 at a MailBoxEct/UPS store. It used to be that one could set up a PO box without any ID. It's not that way any more. I remember filling out the paperwork when it became mandatory for for me to keep my box. It's been that way since the late '90s. IIRC it's Fed regulation.

There are ways around it though...
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Old 11-15-2012, 22:43   #15
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I get that.
If you quit paying for the box, would your mail follow you home to your address on the required paperwork?

Ok. Lets get wayyyy outside the box.
You get a po box.
Forward your mail. Then get a second po box. Forward your mail from there.
After A few months cancel the first po box.
Wait 6-12 months and then cancel the second po box.
The only issue is your mail going to the new owner of the first po box.

However, if you go paperless on your bills and credit cards, it could be done.
Your address will be known by internet groups like Intellius who gather info from utility usage.




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Old 11-15-2012, 23:27   #16
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I get that.
If you quit paying for the box, would your mail follow you home to your address on the required paperwork?

Ok. Lets get wayyyy outside the box.
You get a po box.
Forward your mail. Then get a second po box. Forward your mail from there.
After A few months cancel the first po box.
Wait 6-12 months and then cancel the second po box.
The only issue is your mail going to the new owner of the first po box.
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4.3.2 Verification
An application for Post Office box service may not be approved until the applicant's identity and current permanent physical address where he or she resides or conducts business is verified. Customers who apply online for a Post Office box do not receive their box number and keys (or combination number) until verification is complete and the application is approved. Verification criteria are as follows:

a. At the time of application, applicants must present two items of valid identification; one item must contain a photograph of the applicant. Social Security cards or credit cards and birth certificates are unacceptable as identification. The following are acceptable identification:
1. Valid driverís license or state non-driverís identification card.

2. Armed forces, government, university, or recognized corporate identification card.

3. Passport, alien registration card, or certificate of naturalization.

4. Current lease, mortgage, or deed of trust.

5. Voter or vehicle registration card.

6. Home or vehicle insurance policy.

b. The identification presented must be current. It must contain sufficient information to confirm that the applicant is who he or she claims to be and must be traceable to the bearer.

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However, if you go paperless on your bills and credit cards, it could be done.
Your address will be known by internet groups like Intellius who gather info from utility usage.




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Old 11-16-2012, 05:49   #17
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Why? Postal Service loses $5.2 Billion, April-June !

I need to stop sending postage paid envelopes in junk mail back with all the stuff in the original advertising envelope. I read about a guy that does this........!
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:00   #18
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Is there a law that says you have to have a mailbox? I honestly don't know.
I don't know about a law, but USPS won't deliver packages here to my physical address if I don't have a mailbox (even though I have a physical address posted for the 911 system). So I have a mailbox, a PO box for personal use and 2 PO boxes for the businesses. I get about 300 phone books and 4 million pieces of junk mail a year.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:16   #19
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If everyone ditched their mailboxes, what would the unionized postal workers do every day?

Oh, and you guys are completely ignoring the fact that Nana would no longer be able to mail you a check for your birthday.
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Old 11-16-2012, 07:47   #20
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I quit with my PO bx about 15 years ago. Got to dang $$$$$. I bought a very sturdy lockable mail box and put it up. Its large enough to handle some bulk packages (6"x8"x6") and capable of holding several days worth of junk mail and those special edition Cabela's master catalogs . I too get almost everything via online bill payer, it makes life so much simpler.......
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:07   #21
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Postal workers around here are too damn lazy to go door to door any longer so they require every home to put a box by the street.

Then, its only a matter of time until some idiot wipes it out with their car. My neighbors 2 and 3 doors down have to have theirs replaced at least 2x yearly.
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:49   #22
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But then how would the IRS get in touch with you?
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Old 11-16-2012, 09:55   #23
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About junk mail, I will not remove it from my mailbox, I just leave it in there. The mail lady eventually came to my door and handed it to me because she couldn't get anything else packed into it.

When I see junk mail, I see a grand oppertunity for our govt to get some serious revenue. There needs to be a junk mail tax. I don't think anyone would oppose it except the a holes that send it. Same with telemarketers.

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:22   #24
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Big basket by the front door. Everything gets dumped into there without a look. Maybe twice a month, while watching a football game or something mindless on TV, I pull the kitchen recycling trashcan over and go to work. There are usually a couple of catalogs i want to look at, a couple my wife wants to see, and maybe a coupon or two. The rest -- easily 90% of the volume -- goes.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:04   #25
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Maybe this question should go to your local Postmaster .
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