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    Small Companies - PO Boxes

    Im not sure if this is the correct forum or not... but I have a question.

    Do any of the smaller webhosting companies uses PO Boxes or have one? I am intending to get one when I get home from vacation, but am just wondering how much they normally cost.

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    i think they are about 5 bucks a month around here.

    they shouldnt cost too much more than that.

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    Ours costs $50 per year.
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    Great... thanks for the information. Thats what somebody else told me but I just wanted to double check.

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    Depends where you are, ours costs $38/year

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    $20 for 6 months, smallest po box.
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    What happens if they can't fit your mail in your PO Box?

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    If something comes that won't fit in the box you have, they leave you a pick it up at the window card.

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    We pay 65 a year for ours!
    Mike

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    I get mine free. The postwoman and I just take it out in trade.

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    $27 per 6 months, for ours.

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    $18 for 6 months, smallest size, at USPS. I don't know how their rates compare to mail boxes at places like Mail Boxes Etc.

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    Originally posted by chrisb
    I get mine free. The postwoman and I just take it out in trade.
    What/?????

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    Originally posted by kreativ
    $18 for 6 months, smallest size, at USPS. I don't know how their rates compare to mail boxes at places like Mail Boxes Etc.
    Our's is the smallest one too, I wonder why it costs more...

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    Originally posted by iamdave
    Our's is the smallest one too, I wonder why it costs more...
    ROFLMAO!

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    Those prices are relatively cheap, I'm assuming most of them are located in the US? Here in the UK, we're paying about $150/year for a P.O. box, but that inlcudes the Post Office delivering any mail that is sent to it, so we don't have to go checking it or to go and collect the mail .

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    I had a box at Mail Boxes Etc. and if I remember right, it was something like $12 every 1 or 2 months. I cancelled it a long time ago so I can't really remember and now have my own office, so I have a "suite"-style PO Box downstairs that doesn't cost me anything.
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    Originally posted by ho247
    Those prices are relatively cheap, I'm assuming most of them are located in the US? Here in the UK, we're paying about $150/year for a P.O. box, but that inlcudes the Post Office delivering any mail that is sent to it, so we don't have to go checking it or to go and collect the mail .

    Alan
    That would be nice, to have the Post Office deliver all the mail that is sent to the P.O. Box...

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    $210/year here, but i'm not a webhosting company

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    Well here in Australia they cost $50/year
    I'm going to get myself one next week when i get my driver's licence back so i can show some sort of 'photo identification' becaue you have to be 18+

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    I'm cancelling one of mine nuthin - so you can have mine

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    Exclamation Post Box

    Cost is Au$99 a year, right in the city central CBD. Great!!

    Jason

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    Because our tiny city has grown so much that our mail started becomming unreliable, (Mailman would leave "we tried to deliver" notices in the mailbox, because he was too lazy to knock on the door and actually try to deliver, or somtimes they would return packages or mail saying the address did not exsist) I had to get a PObox. (That was fun telling a company I had ordered a custom part from, that my address did exsist and wanted the item re-sent.)
    I have one PObox at the US post office that is $20 for 6 months, and I can pick up my mail 24 hours a day. If there is a package, or something that is too big to fit in the box, they leave a note, and I have to go in during business hours to pick it up. The only problem is, they do not accept UPS deliveries.
    I was going to get another one at a mailbox service where they will accept UPS deliveries, but after calling around, the cheapest one was $20 a month. and a lot of them don't give you 24 hour access.
    So far I have managed to convince people to send things via the post office instead of UPS, but sometimes it can be a pain. A select few only use UPS, but I hesitate to give out my home address, because I get too much junk mail already. Odd, that junk mail never gets lost.
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    Here, in Breckenridge Colorado, the USPS is so lazy they won't deliver mail, so we have to buy a PO Box if we want mail.

    Horrible.

    Somehow school buses (delivering live children), UPS trucks, FedEX trucks and delivery men are able to make their deliveries every day, but the USPS can't deliver our mail.

    And they raise their rates every few months. I won't even buy a book of stamps anymore, I can't keep track of how much it costs to mail something.

    Sorry about the rant. I hate the USPS. It's the worst.

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    Originally posted by driverdave
    Here, in Breckenridge Colorado, the USPS is so lazy they won't deliver mail, so we have to buy a PO Box if we want mail.

    Horrible.

    Somehow school buses (delivering live children), UPS trucks, FedEX trucks and delivery men are able to make their deliveries every day, but the USPS can't deliver our mail.

    And they raise their rates every few months. I won't even buy a book of stamps anymore, I can't keep track of how much it costs to mail something.

    Sorry about the rant. I hate the USPS. It's the worst.
    forced to get a p.o. box? now that just has to show you how lazy the usps is getting in Breckenridge, Colorado

    thats just horrible.

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    Well, it's not just Colorado.
    We had to set up an account with Mailboxes, etc. because the "we tried to deliver" notices were getting all too common.
    I must say that the guys at Mailboxes, etc. are very friendly and helpful. I recommend them! (or at least our local branch )
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    When I inquired about the cost of a PO Box at my local Mailboxes Etc, they said $100+/year. So I went with USPS PO Box. In my area, it costs $44/year.

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    Originally posted by Jessicam
    When I inquired about the cost of a PO Box at my local Mailboxes Etc, they said $100+/year. So I went with USPS PO Box. In my area, it costs $44/year.

    Jessica
    With a MailBoxes Etc... You can put 123 Any St. Unit 123, however with a P.O. Box it is P.O. Box 123.

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    Mailboxes Etc is pretty expensive. Frankly I don't know why anyone would choose them over the Post Office, when a USPS box is cheaper ($30/6 months here)
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    Originally posted by FDrive
    Mailboxes Etc is pretty expensive. Frankly I don't know why anyone would choose them over the Post Office, when a USPS box is cheaper ($30/6 months here)
    Heh, seems like iamdave answered that one for me as I typed
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    $30 bucks for 6 months where I live

    Has anyone gotten a 'Private Mailbox' from a place like Mailboxes etc.? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I heard you could put down Suite # instead of P.O. Box to give it a more legitimate ring.
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    Originally posted by iamdave
    Our's is the smallest one too, I wonder why it costs more...
    I would think the rates were standardized too, but probably just supply and demand.

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    Originally posted by MadSkilage

    Has anyone gotten a 'Private Mailbox' from a place like Mailboxes etc.? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I heard you could put down Suite # instead of P.O. Box to give it a more legitimate ring.
    Hmm, so would it cost more for something like this?? That's a pretty cool service.

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    $80-120 bucks from where i am. Daylight robbery!

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    with a PO Box you can only access your box during the hours they are open. Atleast that is how it is for my pobox.
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    johnallen, not all of them. Some of them have 24 hour access. My city doesn't but a neighboring one that I drive through frequently does.

    As far as this:
    With a MailBoxes Etc... You can put 123 Any St. Unit 123, however with a P.O. Box it is P.O. Box 123
    It used to be that way. At least in my state, not anymore. A couple of years ago, there was a ruling on it, and you cannot use suite number, it must be PB number. The PB stands for "Personal Box"
    So instead of the USPS's
    Yourname
    PObox 12345
    city, state zip
    You would have:
    Yourname
    123 mailboxstreet
    PBbox 12345
    city state zip
    Not much of a difference.
    There are many other rules too. You must present your drivers license to get one. PO or PB boxes for personal use are considered private, and unless you use the mailbox to break the law, no one can find out the details (real address) of the owner of the box. PO or PB boxes for Business use however, are public information, and your home address (the one shown on your drivers license) can be obtained easily.
    After all that, the only advantage of a mailbox service over a United States Post Office box is that the mailing service will accept deliveries on your behalf from UPS. Hardly worth the extra $20 a month for me, but if it works for you, great!
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    42 for 6 months

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