It Works

My mail began arriving at Earth Class Mail, today.


Here’s how it works. As new mail arrives, it goes through a machine that scans front & back of the envelope. It can read the address, so knows to which account to upload the images (I can view the back of each envelope as well). You should normally be able to tell if it’s something you wish to open and simply mark it to be scanned and/or shipped to you. If not, you can have them trash (recycle, of course) or shred. I just marked those three to be scanned and they promise to have it done by tomorrow morning.

Then I’ll deal with it, delete the scanned images, and I’m done. Paperless. No stacks of mail, and I can deal with everything anywhere in the world. I hear they’re working on being able to deposit checks you receive in the mail for you. That’ll be nice if they can swing it.

The only trouble, so far, is that it’s a bit arduous to get started. The USPS requires that you fill out a form appointing them as your agent, and to add insult, you must have it notarized. As if I’m not competent to manage my own affairs. I don’t need the USPS’s protection. I’ll take my own chances.

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  1. Richard Nikoley on March 28, 2008 at 19:05


    I would be happy to hail your personal decision to only do business with a company that might require such verifications and protections as a condition of doing business…I'd hail their policy as the other half of that mutually acceptable business transaction.

    It's not my point. A third party, the USPS, is requiring this, not ECM. I would not require it of ECM, ECM is not requiring it of me, so the USPS has no grounds to require it of us.

    I'm simply willing to take my chances. I'm perfectly happy that to you it may not be worth the risk.

    (…and BTW, if your argument is that the protection really is to keep ECM from being an agent in the hijacking of someone's mail, then my response is that's irrelevant. A determined thief could certainly find a way to fake a notarized document.)

  2. boo on March 28, 2008 at 18:08

    I don't understand your comment about the notarized form. Notarization verifies your identity by a trusted 3rd party, making it a bit more difficult for someone like, say, me, to fill out a form with your name and start receiving your mail.

  3. boo on March 28, 2008 at 21:47

    Sorry, I read that post too quickly. Unfortunately, this mindset is spreading through the country's business culture.

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