I recently took on a very small project of printing and mailing a postcard for a local non-profit group - under 150 pieces. I donated my time and costs for getting a mailing list for them. Because it was so small and virtually no budget, and the local printers had minimums, setup fees, etc. that made it not feasible to order from them, I ordered postcards from an online East Coast print company that was offering a great deal - and they provided mailing services as well with a guaranteed two-day turnaround. Sounds like a great solution, right? Except it was for a specific event and the postcards never arrived in time for the event even though the postcards were sent 1st class.
The print company dropped the postcards into the mail stream when they said they would (two day turnaround) The Post Office said they did not think we allowed enough time. WHHHHAAAATTTT? Eight days for delivery not enough time???????
So what's the moral of the story??? Not sure if I should focus on the fact that the Post Office now believes eight days is not sufficient time for 1st class mail to get delivered OR to extol the virtues of using local printers who would drop the mail locally. On the other hand.... the nonprofit didn't have the funds to use the local source, so the alternative was not to do the advertising to start with.
In the end......... the event didn't get the promised advertising, the donor who paid for the mailing is out some money and I look bad for suggesting a service that didn't pan out. Hmmmm - sometimes ya just can't win :(