Thank you for bringing this very important issue to our attention
: that postal reform is being discussed and that we can submit comments to the PRC until 4:30 pm July 21st (tomorrow).
I am writing to beg you to update the instructions on your blog post or very few will figure out how to comment. I tried to comment today by reading your blog post and the instructions on the PRC website and could not. It is the most user-unfriendly website I have ever seen. I had to call Mary Hanks at PRC to be walked through the process.
I then compiled careful instructions on how to post and shared them on Amazon seller forums- Amazon promptly censored my posts by deleting them. They also threatened to revoke my "posting privileges".
I explained the only violation to their forum guidelines was posting outside links and asked if I could re-post the subject matter, which is highly relevant to selling on Amazon, without the links. Glenn from seller support responded no, I could not as I was soliciting people to take action outside of Amazon, and he restated the threat that my ability to use the forum would be revoked if I attempted to post anything they deem inappropriate.
Ina, most people will give up as commenting is so confusing on that site without proper instructions. Your blog post did not explain all the steps and the online website instructions you referred to also does not explain all the steps. Please share so people will comment in the few hours left!
1.) Once you have successfully created a temporary account using this link
and by creating a username with all letters, this is how to proceed.
2.) Please understand there are two ways to weigh in. The less effective quick non-public way to leave a comment that will make it to Postal Regulatory Commission attorneys and analyst is to simply click the "contact us" white envelope in the upper right hand corner of the website.
A form comes up where you can fill out name, contact info etc and your comment. Fill all the fields out. Your comment is not posted on the website, it is simply forwarded to the attorneys and analyst working on this docket. They don't share your info, but see the comments. Be sure to include Docket IM2016-1 in that comment.
If you wish to leave a more powerful formal comment that carries much more legal weight and becomes a permanent part of the record of this docket, then you create a business letter with your comment in a word processing program such as microsoft word, and you upload that file after you have created it (which I will clarify the steps for in a minute).
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT ALL INFO IN YOUR COMMENT LETTER GETS POSTED PUBLICLY THIS WAY, SO YOU MAY OPT TO LEAVE YOUR PHONE NUMBER OFF THE TEXT OF THE LETTER, ETC.
Your uploaded letter with your comment gets displayed publicly so choose your content there according to your privacy desires. But enough information must be included for it to stand as a legal document from a known citizen who can be verified.
3.) Once you have written and saved your comment in a word processing program such as microsoft word, you click the white "file online" cloud with an arrow inside it on the upper right hand corner of any page on this website.
You will see a screen that says "Welcome to filing online, so-and-so name here, temporary account holder". Underneath that are options; you click on "create filing record".
4.) Now you have a form to fill out. First field is the docket number, for which you must choose IM2016-1 from the drop down menu .
-authorized by: your name
-filing party: don't worry about this field
-document title: comments of first name last name, business name.
-Click "upload files from computer". It takes you to a screen where you click the choose file button (any file ending in .DOC, .WPD, .RTF, .XLS, .DOCX or .XLSX).
After you have chosen the file for upload, there is a button that says "upload file and return" that you must click. Then you are taken back to the original filing template screen with your document showing as attached.
There will be a button underneath the "upload file" section that says "convert to PDF". You have to click that button. Then the system automatically generates a PDF from the original file you uploaded and attaches that to the comment you are filing. The system requires PDF's, it requires this step.
-Comments for the docket staff: can leave blank
-Defer filing: check the box that says "no deferral"
-At the very bottom click the box "submit filing record"
Then a detail review page comes up where you must once again click "submit" or the comment does not go through. So you will have clicked a box that says "submit" twice or the system will not get your comment.
Please take time to upload a formal letter comment. If you do not want to take the time to do this (took me less than 5 min with instructions) then please at least click the "contact us" link and submit an informal comment for the attorneys and analysts to review.