Introduction: How to Send Mail Free (no Stamp)

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Heres a simple step you can take if you need to mail something but have no stamp.

Step 1: Simply...

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Simply switch the two addresses so that whoever your sending the mail to is in upper left hand corner. This is usually the return address area.

Step 2: Now...

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Now just put your address in the middle of the envelope and stick it in your nearerst corner mailbox.
Because there is no stamp, your letter will be returned to sender. Which is actually where you want it to go!


melllic (author)2016-09-07

That's Mail Fraud!

brocknadine09 (author)melllic2017-02-27

NO IS IS NOT melllic

brocknadine09 (author)2017-02-27


TreyI3 (author)2017-01-17

Wow, this is the time we live in when even a simple post on the internet gets turned into a name calling contest.

You should all feel real proud of yourselves. Bravo. Way to find a way to insult each other on a simple internet post that has nothing to do with what you're talking about. Again, bravo. You continue to find ways to make the intelligent drop their jaws

doubls (author)2016-09-11

My customer's renter thought this was a cute trick. The first time he did it the letter was "returned for postage" to my customer, so I put a stamp on it and sent it on its way (back to him). The second time I left an envelope for my customer asking for reimbursement for the stamp I used to send the rent check back to the prankster. And his rent was late two months in a row.

ScottT89 (author)2016-05-21

@3967..Wow, jokes on me. I was all set to announce sighting a 'miracle' & something I thought I would never see in my lifetime. A Liberal who not only questioned his position but converted. But it was just an epiphany..for me that is, cuz after a second read- "this left thinking is part of the problem" it was not about being a leftest but about using that side of the brain. I think? I mean..come on. A lib changing his stance- that's gotta be up there with UFO's & Dodo bird stuff. Right?

BurgersBytes (author)2016-01-19

Freeloaders make everybody ELSE PAY!

No, freeloaders make everyone realize that there are poor among us all. I know that I am wasting my time arguing, but damn it all, we live in a time in which it should all be free anyway.

rhkramer (author)thomcomstock2016-01-20

On what basis should everything be free? Must anyone work to provide goods and services for others (ranging from food and clothes through to medical care and on up to luxury goods)? If so, are you willing to work some number of hours per week to feed me, my children, or pay for my Lamborghini? (If so, please let me know ;-)

thomcomstock (author)rhkramer2016-01-20

Do you pay for a Lamborghini? No, to make the world free only requires autonomy. I find that all of the people that are opposed to this (freedom through autonomy) just happen to be either capitalists or the the Neuveau Riche .

Nouveau riche
clevy2 (author)2016-01-20

Doesn't work. I tried it once as a teen and the post office delivered the letter to me with a postage-due envelope. In more recent years, any time I've ever received a letter with insufficient postage, it came with an envelope that read my mailman paid the excess and to leave x-amount in the envelope for him. Happened several times over the years.

clevy2 (author)clevy22016-01-20

Plus it's illegal, but I figured enough people said that ;)

KittiCarlisle (author)2016-01-19

Really? This is fraud. It would best to remove this post. That's not going to happen as I see it's been up a long time. If you need 50 cents to mail a letter try "Go Fund Me" or, get a job. :)

I agree that it is fraud, or some such man-made sin. What I disagree with is your attitude. I do not believe in capitalism. I see that for some, a 50 cent stamp equals less than 1/100,000th of their annual income and for others it equals more than 1,000th of their own. I see men and women paying court fines of $1,000. How is this justice if one person makes more than $100,000 a year and another is living under a bridge?

3967 (author)thomcomstock2016-01-19

I agree on one Point with you but disagree with your attitude :).

First yes income is not equal spread, second there is injustice spread. But rethink your attitude, justice is a man made concept. You just expect justice as normal state. Justice must be created, its not the normal state of the world. If you expect just to get justice for free well no wonder we have so much injustice. I say this, because one in the past i thought like you until i understood that this left thinking is part of the problem. i you think you are poor an have a disadvantage, the odds getting out of this stage will naturally lower than if you thik you can escape poverty. Its psychology 101, think->speak->act = reality. Its different to tell the hole story in a small comment, but maybe some will think a second. Anway this concept is a funny prank but i think when overdone its gets to the point its a crime. greetings

thomcomstock (author)39672016-01-20

I myself behave in a manner in which my fellow humans are my equals... if not in almost every other way, at least economically. I do not actually believe, nor behave as though justice exists at all. You, 3967, have mistaken my writing of words for deeds undone and thoughts unsung. Perhaps you might better ask me for clarification of my meaning than assume that you have understood it all from the brief glance I have lent you. Most autistic persons, like myself, do not make general statements about human behavior that are not well studied.

As well, crime too is subjective. You speak of crime as though it is derived by nature. Crime, like justice, is a construct of the human mind and has no real meaning beyond the need of the word to benefit the confining social structure of the user.

3967 (author)thomcomstock2016-01-20

Well i can agree that ther definition of crime is man made also, but i understood you first point that you mean justice in a moral-like way not the legal way. When i said crime i mean the defenition of the Legal system. You say you dont make general statements about human behavior but you said in your first sentence that you act like you think they are equals, well being human can be confusing. I dont believe humans are equal, i believe more they are individuals with various degrees of similarity :). Anyway its hard to judge someone out of a comment, so the human way is to make assumtions based on past experiences (which you do too). Thats called interpolation ;D. greetings

thomcomstock (author)39672016-01-20

I do not find much, if anything in your last statement to disagree with. In fact, I very much like how you think. I hope that we cross paths again,... soon.

ProRock (author)2012-07-12

My local mailman will leave an envelope in your mailbox saying that you forgot your stamp, and explains that he would appreciate if you left 50 cents in the envelope to cover the cost of him putting one on for you.

thomcomstock (author)ProRock2016-01-19

Very cool!

penguinlady (author)ProRock2015-01-13

if you genuinely forgot to put a stamp on the letter. that's pretty nice if your postman

ekiessling (author)2014-04-03

People,,, you need to chill out....this was just for fun obviously.

thomcomstock (author)ekiessling2016-01-19


TeresaM7 (author)ekiessling2016-01-19

Maybe. But I have known people who use this method to send letters.

ChristineB25 (author)2016-01-19

Here at Canada Post we tax them so price of stamp plus surcharge.

kathynv (author)2012-12-04

Here in the US, that is mail fraud, and is punishable by time in prison. If you're really being frugal, prison is the ultimate in low budget living: food, rent, clothing, medical care are all gifts from the taxpayers. There isn't a whole lot of choice of room, menu or clothing, but that might be part of the fun of it.

Seriously, the typical US Post Office will dispose of letters sent without postage, which keeps the letter from going where it was supposed to, and wasting everyone's time. It's less than a half a buck to mail a letter, which would be a bargain at twice the price. After all, I can't buy an apple as cheaply as I can mail a letter, which can go first class to Hawaii (about as far from Boston as you can get within the US) for the same $0.45 that brings it across town. Even if it goes across town, that $0.45 is far cheaper than the cost of my time and fuel to hand deliver a letter. Not worth the risk.

TeresaM7 (author)kathynv2016-01-19

I remember when it was $.03 to mail a letter. Yeah, I'm ooooooooolllld!!!

mickeypop (author)TeresaM72016-01-19

your still a youngster. as a kid 3 cents was special delivery (now they call it Airmail) a normal stamp was 1 cents

Broom (author)kathynv2013-01-03

Best answer.

heidigail (author)2016-01-19

Oh my gosh! I thought about doing this when I was extremely poor, instead I just told my in-laws that I couldn't afford to mail them pictures of my baby and they sent stamps. I hope that no one actually does this. Maybe you should delete this before someone does it and says that you told them to do it. I wonder if you could go to prison for this as an accessory.

silveravnt (author)2016-01-19

This is why we can't have nice things. Mooching theives.

ahornedo (author)2015-01-18

Stick to emails... no stamps needed.

laduh (author)2015-01-08

Does this acually work?

nismo451 (author)2014-08-02

defrauding the usps is about 35 yrs in fed pen.

SethK (author)nismo4512014-09-19

They should be glad their systems are getting circumvented every now and then. It's how they get better. Cut through the red tape and expose the flaws. Any company worth its weight in stamps should take some initiative and hire the people who figure this stuff out as security analysts.

zacy5000 (author)2014-04-15

But this method takes weeks for the letter to be returned

Tgizzo (author)2014-03-12

Good thought, but it is mail fraud and illegal

jtobako (author)2009-09-08

This MIGHT work if you are sending a letter in the same zip code (in which case hop on your bike and save your parents the cost of the envelope) but it's not going to get past the routers if it's farther than that.

brupbacher (author)jtobako2010-06-03

Re:  "save your parents some money"

Am I the only person on this website who is over 18?

jtobako (author)brupbacher2010-06-04

Mentally, socially or chronologically? : )

Advar (author)jtobako2013-08-31

For some, date of assembly! ;)

kathynv (author)brupbacher2012-12-04

Nope. I'm 18 several times over. Heck, my kid is over 18.

Pippikins (author)brupbacher2011-03-20

well I"m 23. I didn't even think there would be a lot of teenagers on here considering how much membership costs. and being a member makes things a lot easier. But I guess the majority(not all) teenagers have a lot more time, energy, and less responsibility than the average adult taking care of a family on minimum wage.

jtobako (author)Pippikins2011-03-23

Just look at a list of the instructables available, and some of the comments on them, and make your own determination of average age ; )

When the first comment was made, there wasn't a cost for membership-as far as I know, there still isn't, you just have to jump threw more hoops to get at things.

Pippikins (author)jtobako2011-03-23

true. true. I go through the instructables too fast so I took the easy way and paid for pro membership.

dudemanclc (author)brupbacher2011-02-04

ya probably

vov35 (author)2013-04-03

of course the address is 0420. I'd refer you to steal this wiki if the site weren't down.
oh wait, there's a dropbox mirror

vincent7520 (author)2013-03-23

Rules have changed over here : sender has to pay an extra tax. So it means that real receiver will be asked to come to the post office where he / she will be asked to pay more than the stamp price to get the letter.
So this should be checked according to country where you send it to.

Good idea though.

I didn't know John Doe lived in Some St.
Also thought his city was Everywhere. This may be close to Anywhere but not that close !…

schumi23 (author)2013-02-17

I believes this appeared in Phrack magazine a lot of years ago first, no?

steve6221 (author)2013-02-11

This is so cool of an Idea.
Now I can do mass mailings for free.

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