The risks of swapping ATCs internationally


Oh I am so very sad! I always take my envelopes with ATCs in them to the post office for mailing and to ensure that the thickness fits the Large letter/Small letter requirements. I have mailed a ton of them out (20 or more) and gotten quite a few ATCs back, but yesterday the unthinkable happened. I had mailed a couple of ATC coins off to The Netherlands. At the local Post Office it was deemed the right thickness and the “standard” to Europe postage of £1.70. The woman took it from me at the counter and dropped it in the bag. I received the coins from the person who mailed to me in very good time and she was super generous, sending more than I expected. Then she sent me a message asking what the envelope looked like. I sent an image of maybe the one I used (I have a few) that I print out when I need to mail something

and then she explained why – apparently her post man, hiding the envelope from her view, told her that there was postage due of £3.60 (!!) and would not let her see the envelope but insisted she pay before she could look at it. She refused and he took the letter away. The coins inside may very well now end up in the bin in some foreign country.

Wwwaaahhhhh! I am at a loss. Is it the mailman who is dodgy here? Is he trying to pry some money out of someone? Is it my local PO that bollocksed it up with the postage somehow? Was this not my envelope but some other one (seems the most unlikely scenario) or something else entirely? In the end I felt so bad I had a go at making another set. Not sure they are as good, but it’s something anyway:

I wonder if this is a sign to move on? Ya gotta wonder…. I really need to at the very least figure out what to do with these birds I watercoloured. I didn’t use them on the swatch backgrounds but they are very cute and need to find a home!

Darn it. I am enjoying this process and making the small art pieces and I am angry this happened.

Grrrr. I just needed to vent for a bit.

6 thoughts on “The risks of swapping ATCs internationally

  1. What a stinker! My daughter has a PO Box number over in USA, but sometimes I put both her address and the Po Box no… Weeks later the card came back..’unable to deliver’ package badly damaged… and the hiden birthday money, gone; She told me later, (apart from never putting money in there) that if they first see the address and not the PO Box number, they know they don’t deliver so far up into the mountains that they just chuck it in a returns box… after having a quick look to see what was in it. The little birds are very churppy!

  2. I have been waiting 2 months for my ATCs from Canada. Have to wonder if someone thought the envelope had gift cards and stole them….had a mail carrier get arrested a few years ago for stealing mail. Just a bummer….

  3. Maybe you should put the ATC’c and envelope inside a plain envelope?

  4. So sad, people are so grrrr. I wonder if she has a post office there like we do, can she talk to his boss. This does seem sketchy

  5. Love those little birds. I understand your frustration and anger at the Post Office. This happened to me and I was told the contents must have moved after it was excepted! I feel quite strongly that once it has been accepted at the Post Office, then that should be enough, but I do take care that the contents can’t shift now. If you put your address on the back I thought the item was returned, but perhaps not when it leaves the country. X Angela

  6. I think it’s a very silly postman. Had she seen such a beautiful envelope she would have paid the money straightaway. She needs to complain to her delivery office!!!
    I am sure your birds will find a home soon.

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