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August 07, 2019



I have Informed Delivery and I mostly don't pay attention to it. However, a postcard went missing and I was able to read the scan of it. You're also able to report missing mail based off these scans but you only have 7 days to do so. I missed my window so now I guess that postcard is lost forever.


I have Informed Delivery that I use mostly for Postcrossing. Otherwise, not sure it is needed. I have my doubts that if I report missing mail to the Chicago PO that it will be recovered. Sorting mail for a large high rise must be tedious and I am pleased to say that most mail arrives.

Rachel S

I have it. I'm glad I've reserved the address so it doesn't get accessed by scammers, but at the same time...what if you move? I've never tried to switch it to another address. I don't know if that's a hassle or not. What if the person who lived there before you had it but never updated their address to their new domicile? Honestly it sounds like it creates more headaches than it solves, but it is sometimes nice to know my package is actually due to arrive on this day, or it's like a sneak peek of snail mail I get - I know what the envelope looks like and who sent it, but the letter itself is still a surprise.

I think it also makes me more aware of how often we get mail for a previous resident; I'm not always the first to the mailbox so those missives get trashed or returned before I see the mail...except with Informed Delivery, I see it first!

I'd say the main drawback is that you can't really authenticate who is peeking in your mailbox. I think a PO box is a really good investment, especially in big cities where apartments are commonplace and apartment mail slots may not be secured at all. I just don't receive sufficient volume of mail to justify the expense, and I keep thinking I'm going to leave this city.


Thank for the post! This has been on my mind to try.
FYI: I just signed up.


So I have been on Informed Delivery almost since it began - two or so years ago. NEVER has an image of a letter that I mailed showed up in the scans until today. Donovan, I mailed you a postcard a few days ago with the return address (mine)on the upper left. Lo and behold, that image is in my Informed Delivery scan today! We will see whether that card ends up:
a. with you
b. with me
c. never ever seen again land


I've really enjoyed it. Being at one address, with all mail to one box. Most of the time the mail shows up that day & I get excited when a colorful /decorative image pops up. I also like it tells you about packages too. I did have one piece of mail lost for a few days and marked it as undelivered. It showed up within 48hrs.

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