Weekly Prophet, Special Edition  

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Hello, students!!!
I know, I said this would be weekly, but sometimes in the beginning of the swap there is need to a few more frequent publications of the Weekly Prophet :) Grab a cup of Joe while we go over some things.

Dates To Be Aware Of

We are doing things a little different this time around concerning the mailing of packages. We are asking that NO packages are mailed until Friday, March 6th. Why, you ask? Because this swap is about more than the sending and receiving of a kit, and the activities in the swap are partially what make this swap different from most of the swaps out there. This swap is about the journey not just the package. If it was only about the swapping I would not extend this swap past 6 to 8 weeks!

So, concerning the mailing of packages these are the dates which are on the calender that you need to be aware of:

March 6 - First Packages Allowed to be Sent.
Please do not send out your packages before this date.

March 27 - April 17 - Early Send Bonuses
Packages sent within these weeks will receive a 50 pt. bonus per student for your House. If you will be mailing oversees, please keep in mind that some packages take up to 6 weeks in transit and you will need to send as early as possible.

May 1 - Last Packages Are Due Out

Mailing Requirements


For those in the U.S. you will be required to purchase a Delivery Confirmation when you send your package off. Delivery Confirmation provides both proof of mailing and allows you to track your package to make sure that it gets to it's destination. When you purchase the Delivery Confirmation option you will need to email your tracking # to your Head Girl

Delivery Confirmation provides proof of mailing at the time of mailing and date and time of delivery or attempted delivery. A delivery record is maintained by the USPS. Delivery Confirmation is available with First-Class Mail and Priority Mail. For an additional fee, Delivery Confirmation may be combined with restricted delivery or return receipt.

Flat Rate Boxes
Hopefully many of you know about this option, which the postal service provides. Flat Rate boxes!! Whatever you can fit into this box will only cost you $9.95 to ship, plus your Certified Mail. The joy of it is that you can get the boxes from the postal service for free. You can either order them online or visit your local postal site and request them in person. There is also a larger box option at $12.95.

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6 comments

does it need to be shipped USPS, or can i do UPS since i live next to one and kinda send a lot of things thru them, i'm pretty sure they always give you a tracking number with Priority mail??

February 6, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Yes, you are absolutely allowed to ship UPS. As long as a tracking # can be provided you are good to go.

February 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Does this mean if I send on March 6th, there is no early bonus? Just want to make sure I'm helping my house out as much as possible.

February 7, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Question, can you send flat rate to an international address? I checked USPS website and I could not find any info. I probably just don't know where to look. I was wondering if anyone know from experience.

Pandora Phelps-Gryffindor

February 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Pandora - I know there is flat rate to Canada, but you have to use the little flat rate box and whether it is cheaper or not probably depends on the weight of what you are sending.

February 7, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Tia, you are correct. You can send on March 6th, but there will be no bonus.

February 8, 2009 at 9:00 PM

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