A Strange Postmark!

By Deepak Dube

\"\"I had recently received a letter postmarked \” Bulk Mail Found In Letter Box \” .This is the first time I have seen such a postmark. What , according to the postal norms, is \’bulk mail \’?  Clearly, \’ bulk mail \’ is not to be dropped in a letter-box . How is \’bulk mail \’ handled ?The letter that I received with this postmark was delivered routinely as an ordinary mail with the normal Rs.5/- stamp affixed. The cover does have a \’due\’ postmark also.Could it be for the default indicated by the postmark in question. Or , is  it for some extra charge for  \’bulk  mail \’ ?  However, no dues were charged while the letter was delivered .  It had been delivered as an ordinary mail. Could this issue be thrown some light  upon ?

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2 Responses to A Strange Postmark!

  1. SUNIL KUMAR GARG says:

    As far as I know bulk mail users get a heavy discount. I once noticed
    a Rs.3.- franking mark on a envelope that would have otherwise
    cost Rs.5.-
    I suppose a bulk-mail stamped cover when found in a normal letter
    box must have been returned to the sender with a DUE. Who after
    paying the due must have postage-stamped it with correct rates &
    then dropped it in an ordinary-mail letter box. I suppose.
    (New, untrained staff problem at the sender end, perhaps.)

  2. N.A. Mirza says:

    When mail is send in large quantity, the postal service provide concession in the form of lower prices compared to a single letter for which a sender pays according to a regular or normal postage rates. Mr. Garg is, therefore, right. According to Wikipedia, Bulk mail broadly refers to mail that is mailed and processed in bulk at reduced rates. The term does not denote any particular purpose for the mail; but in general usage is synonymous with “junk mail”. For example, the United States Postal Service (USPS) defines bulk mail broadly as “quantities of mail prepared for mailing at reduced postage rates.” The preparation includes presorting and placing into containers by ZIP code. The containers, along with a manifest, are taken to an area in a post office called a bulk-mail-entry unit. The presorting and the use of containers allow highly automated mail processing, both in bulk and piecewise, in processing facilities called bulk mail centers (BMCs).
    In 2009, the USPS announced plans to streamline sorting and delivery, which would recast the BMCs as “Network Distribution Centers”.

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