Weird question: how can I postal mail a package without revealing my sending location

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by motulist, Jul 4, 2010.

  1. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I want to postal mail (or fed ex, or UPS, or whatever) someone a package, but I don't want them to be able to see which state, zipcode, or post office I sent it from. Is there any way to do this? Do package re-mailing services exist? (I googled but couldn't easily find a place that does this.)

    p.s. Don't worry, this isn't anything nefarious. I'm trying to send a surprise gift to someone, but I'm sending it from a state that would make it immediately obvious who had sent the package if they see the sender location info on the box.

    Is there any way to do this?
  2. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    I don't know how to do that, but would the receiver open an anonymous package or stuff from a stranger?
  3. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    Send it to someone else, in a different state, to send for you?
  4. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
    I didn't know ted kaczynski was allowed internet access. Hey Ted!
  5. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Hmm, I know that I would. I would speculate that most other people would as well. I mean, why wouldn't a person open a package addressed to them just because they didn't recognize the return address?

    That a good idea, and I considered it, but there's a couple of reasons why I'd like to find another way to do it if possible. Firstly, it's kind of embarrassing, because I'd have to explain that I want my friend to re-mail this for me because I want to send this girl a surprise romantic gift while I'm away in another state. Secondly, I may want to do this a few times before I officially reveal that I'm the sender, so it'd be a kind of big favor to ask a friend to re-mail 3 or 4 packages over a few days instead of just 1. If I can't find an alternative way to do it, then I'll get one of my friends to do it for me, but I'd really rather be able to do it on my own if possible.
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    depends how closely they look at it but just put a bogus return address on it. That should be enough to prevent any farther looking into it. The stamp of its location of were it was mailed more than likely would not even get looked it because of that.
  7. thatoneguy92088 macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2009
    You can put whatever you want as a return address. If they ask just say that is your address and you are visiting from out of town. Unfortunately, if the package has to be sent back, it will never get back to you. I worked at UPS, and we never looked at peoples IDs to verify the return address or anything.
  8. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    Doesn't the postal office stamp it though, to say it's gone through? I always thought they did, and that the stamp is unique to state/area? I'm just guessing though.

    If not...then just don't put a return address? Or like others said, put a fake one.
  9. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Two options I can think of. First just drive away from your location and then put a fake return address.

    Second there are package remailing services. Just google remailing service. It costs money.

    Why do you need this service?
  10. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I thought you could just have two boxes, the first delivered to your friend put inside a second box addressed to the postmaster of another post office.

    My understanding is the postmaster will open the package and ship the package inside.

    Not sure what the rules are any more though. It's a different world these days.

    You could probably call your post office (and raise suspisions).
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    He said it was a surprise.

    Really the only way I've seen to do this is either use a remailing service as suggested or send from Amazon or a similar site.
  12. Ttownbeast macrumors 65816

    May 10, 2009
    trying to keep them pot brownies untraceable huh? :D
  13. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    This is probably going to be the best option ... bogus return address and hope they don't look at the postmark. The postmark is unavoidable.
  14. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
  15. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    If it was easy, anyone could do it ... now only those dedicated enough are stalkers. :p
  16. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    How are you traveling?

    Why can't you just mail it the day you leave? If revealing your home state is also a problem, then you'll have to stop along the way.
  17. magamo macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2009
    Hmm. I guess I'm a minority then. If it were just a letter or something from a stranger, I guess I would too. But if it's a large anonymous package or something, as someone mentioned along the line of Ted Kaczynski, it'll kind of look suspicious to me... I might report it to the local police. And if it turned out to be a series of fancy presents over a few days from a total stranger, I'd be freaked out. Hmm, maybe I'm just paranoid.

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