Someone said she was being geeky when she gave me her 9 digit zip. I thought she was just being practical. If you have someones full zip you can screw up the rest of the address and the letter or package will still be delivered. I always use it. OK I'm a geek so maybe she has a point.
danced with Lazlo · 18 years ago
i knew my 9-digit zip when i was a kid, but never bothered to learn it in any place i've lived subsequently
Which makes me laugh since it was around when you were a kid. I think of it as a new fangled invention.
Phoenix · 18 years ago
I think I used in the first 2 weeks after I had moved here because I was so proud of having it :D But now I got lazy...
Andrea Krause · 18 years ago
it is rather helpful, actually. I don't know mine either. But I should! :)
Misch · 18 years ago
Actually, it screws some things up, especially if you've found a poorly coded database (like the one the Red Cross made for the America Eats Out [or something like that] fundraiser.) It treated the 0XXXX zip codes as XXXX, and searching for a 0XXXX zip code would return no results. (It looked like all of NJ wasn't participating.)
I dunno... I've never had a problem. *shrugs*
Maybe it helps more in big cities.
You have never had a problem? You never had mail take more than 1 day to get someplace? You never ever misaddressed something? You never had someone misaddress something to you?
Mail will get there if you don't use the zip code at all but it makes the system work better. The same is true with the 9 digit zip. It won't prevent all those problems but it will on average get to the destination faster and get lost less often.
I have been giving mine out since I realized I had mine memorized. Somehow 1937 just stuck in my head.
I started using it whenever I had it ever since I sent Misch a package and left off one digit of his address and it was returned to me. With the 9 digit zip it would have gotten there.
The nine digit ZIP is mostly for pre-sorted bulk mail. Companies use it to get better postal rates.
Knowing the five digit ZIP is enough to get the mail to its destination, and it will sometimes arrive (albeit later) if the ZIP is incorrect.
The +4 will help it get into the system quicker, but only marginally. First class mail crosses the country in three days or less (barring abnormal mail volumes). Individually mailed pieces still have to be sorted into delivery sequence, while the bulk mail arrives at the carriers case in sequence.
My apartment has 2 different and equally acceptable addresses (#2R and Ste. 3). The two addresses have different +4's. I have a problem with my carrier dropping mail from other addresses into my box. All of the misdelivered have +4's for #1R.
The only problem I've ever had with a five digit ZIP was the first letter I ever mailed. Stamps were 17 cents then, and that letter taught me that the return address goes in the corner. :-)
You don't need them in Canada, there are so few people everyone is on a first name basis :-)
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 5 months ago
I just had the perfect example of why you should use the 9-digit-zip.
I had to overnight FRFF tickets to some Budgiedome performers. I wrote Howard instead of Hayward in the address. The Post office called me (at an ungodly hour) because there is no Howard avenue in the town and I gave them the correct one. If I had used the 9-digit-zip it would have been delivered without having to call me. It is a fail safe when you make a mistake on the address.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 4 months ago
When you send something express mail the form has a place to send the sender's phone number and another for the recipient's.
Bender · 16 years, 4 months ago
Also, if you have a name and address, it's not too hard to look up a phone number. Even if it wasn't provided, it's easily findable.
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