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How To Get A Tracking Number

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Keep a copy of all emails and communication made with the sender. As soon as you buy something online, make sure you get an email confirmation and a receipt. These are essential for finding packages, dealing with disputes, and tracking your order. If you have not received an email within 24 hours, email the seller requesting confirmation of payment and shipment.
Check your spam and trash folders as well, as most confirmation messages are sent automatically the second you place your order.

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Read any emails from the seller for a tracking number. Most sites will send you a tracking number as soon as they ship the package. If they do, you can use this number on the carrier’s website (USPS, FedEx, etc.) to keep up to date with your order. Note, however, that you can not get a tracking number until the order is actually shipped. If there is a handling period or your order still needs to be made, you will not see a tracking number until it is shipped.

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Check the online store you bought from for tracking information. Under “My Orders” on Amazon, for example, you can see a detailed breakdown of your order status, including if it has shipped, where it is now, and what the tracking number is.

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Contact customer service for your order if you don’t have a tracking number within a day of shipment. If you are sure your package is in the mail, but still don’t have a tracking number, call or email the company you purchased the product from requesting. Be sure to have any customer ID or receipt numbers handy so that they representative can quickly bring up your order.
If you’ve lost a tracking number, the customer service team for the company you ordered from should have one on file.

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Plug the tracking number into the appropriate delivery system to see where your package is. If you have a FedEx tracking number, go online to FedEx and type it in under “Track Package.’ This will help you see your package’s current location and when it should arrive.
If you lose a tracking number, and can’t get in touch with the company, call your local post office. They may have records of the package if it is delivered by the USPS. Otherwise, call your local UPS, FedEx, or DHL branch and see if they can help you, though it is a long shot

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Know in advance which US Postal Service packages include tracking information. If you are purchasing a product online, make sure that one of these postage types is included in your shipping information. For USPS, the following postage types include a tracking number:
Certified Mail
Collect on Delivery
Global Express Guaranteed
Priority Mail
Registered Mail
Signature Confirmation
UPS Tracking
USPS First Class Mail, Media Mail or Parcel Post do not include tracking. In some cases, you can add USPS Tracking to the products at the time of your postage purchase.

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Save your receipt from the post office. It will include the tracking number. Ask the postal clerk to highlight the tracking number on the slip if you are concerned. They length of the numbers changes based on the package, but it will be a long string of numbers, occasional prefixed by two letters.
Ex. 9208 8000 0000 0000 0000 00
Ex. CP 123 456 789 US

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Check the status of your package online. Go to USPS and type in the tracking number on your email or receipt. Press the “Find” button to track your package.
You can also text your tracking number to “28777” to get a text update of your package status.[3]
It may take 24 hours after dropping off the package for it to show up in the system, so don’t fear if it is not there.

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How To Mail A Postcard

Sending a postcard home shows your friends and family that you’re thinking of them. It can be a great way to preserve a snapshot of your time in an exciting and exotic locale. The process of sending a postcard is fundamentally similar to sending a letter: you’ll need to add the correct number of stamps; properly address the card; write your message; and find a place to mail it.

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Buy a postcard. You can find postcards at most local supermarkets, souvenir shops, and gas stations. Choose one that sums up the locale – something that gives the recipient a taste of your experience. If you have time, consider making your own postcard: you can use an online photo store, or you can do it yourself if you have access to a computer with photo editing and internet.

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Buy a stamp. A stamp is a proof of payment for your postcard: without a stamp, no letter or postcard will be handled by the post office. Depending on the destination, the price of the stamp will vary. Domestic stamps are usually cheaper than international ones. Some postal services will have one flat rate for all international destinations, but some others will have a range of prices depending on the distance to the country. Always check with the post office or the postal service website.
Depending on where you are sending the postcard, you may need two, three, or even more stamps. Look up the postage requirements for, say, “mailing from Tanzania to the U.S.”
You can usually buy stamps directly at the post office. In the U.S., you can buy stamps at most supermarkets, and some mini-marts or gas stations; you may even find stamps in vending machines and souvenir shops.
Make sure you have the most recent stamp. The price of stamps changes over time. Unless you send them often, one postcard stamp bought a while ago, may not be enough postage.

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Attach the stamp. Stick the stamp to the postcard in the upper right-hand corner. There is often a mark on the stamp or a symbol telling you where to put the stamp. Some stamps are self-adhesive, but others must be moistened.
If the stamp is self-adhesive, just pull it off the backing and attach it to the postcard in the proper place. Make sure it’s not upside-down! If so, however, don’t worry – the US postal service usually mails postcards with an upside-down stamps.
If your stamp is not the self-adhesive kind, you will need to moisten the back of the stamp to activate the adhesive. Some people lick the stamp to do this. If you don’t want to lick the stamp, then you can use a sponge, or even just dip a couple of fingers in some water. Moisten the back of the stamp until it’s a little wet, but not dripping. If it’s too wet, the stamp might rip or slide off the postcard.

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