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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2008, 08:39:40 PM »
Hey!  867-5309 is the number I use!

Or, I give them the phone number we had when we lived in Galveston, 15 years ago...because it was so easy to remember. 

It's great until your oblivious son, who otherwise NEVER hears a word you say, says, "Mom - that's not our phone number!" when I give it to the ToysRUs or LinensNThings people (who always ask!  ::))



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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2008, 10:08:03 PM »
For a while I was giving out my number with a couple of digits transposed. But then I realized that means somebody else has to suffer the sales calls that eventually come from giving your number out...

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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2008, 10:15:11 PM »
That makes you an awful nice guy Rick...not many folks would care about those receiving solicitor calls.

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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2008, 10:50:11 PM »
I could transpose two of my digits and give them Borders Book Store's number. I wouldn't mind them getting some unsolicited calls. I certainly get enough calls that are for them.

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« Reply #24 on: January 15, 2008, 11:45:12 PM »
I agree that you can't live in paranoia -- and a lot of times that's what it is. People will adopt some new seemingly-brilliant strategy they heard about in an e-mail and ignore all the other hazards they surround themselves with every day.

Pretty much my point.  Having a fit about lead paint on a toy that your kid shouldn't have in his mouth in the first place, while feeding him fast food.
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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2008, 08:03:09 AM »
BF  :agree2

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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2008, 08:59:51 AM »
I hear everybody ~ And I know there is no way to plug every possible leak of information and live in anonymity. But I just figure there is no sense in handing out a road map and broadcasting that you're an easy target.

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« Reply #27 on: January 16, 2008, 09:15:23 AM »
Exactly!  ;)
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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2008, 03:33:45 PM »
Having a fit about lead paint on a toy that your kid shouldn't have in his mouth in the first place, while feeding him fast food.

Yeah, it's a funny world.

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« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2008, 03:35:01 PM »
I hear everybody ~ And I know there is no way to plug every possible leak of information and live in anonymity. But I just figure there is no sense in handing out a road map and broadcasting that you're an easy target.

Exactly also!

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« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2008, 05:29:42 PM »
  BF said: "The PO will provide the address of anyone with a PO Box."

This made me take notice this am, Fredd, and I just drove over to my post office and the central post office (different town/zip code)  BOTh offices denied that this is true, and actually were alarmed that I even raised the question, until I pointed out that I was an online seller with children at home - and wondered how easily a perfect stranger could get my home address.

Both told me that an inquiry would have to be from a legal authority and with justifiable cause (FBI, CIA, Police, Fire, and Bureau of Alchohol and Tobacco are only ones with the authority - so says the postmaster(s) here.

I have no idea if this is universally true - I failed to ask any further when I found out that our 2 post offices can't/won't do it.   :whew

Fredd, do you know that this is true at your PO?

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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #31 on: January 16, 2008, 06:31:56 PM »
Thanks for the heads up Kim.
I have some pkgs coming into the Post Office and will ask tomorrow.

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« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2008, 08:37:57 PM »
  BF said: "The PO will provide the address of anyone with a PO Box."

Fredd, do you know that this is true at your PO?

I'll double check.
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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2008, 10:57:34 PM »
@kim - the postmaster is mistaken (or is lying to you).  They have made it more difficult to get the real address of someone with a PO box, but it's not impossible (and isnt restricted to law enforcement / govt agencies).  Anyone that claims that they need the info for potentially serving the person can put in a request for the real address.  

Of course, anyone can claim to be a creditor that is owed money...   Yeah, it's a crime to get the info under false pretenses, but if the person is out to do harm, do they really care about one more added charge if caught? 

edit to add - here's link to the form for getting it   http://www.usps.com/foia/_rtf/39CFR265-266.rtf




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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #34 on: January 17, 2008, 07:41:57 AM »
Hmmm... That is not good.  :( Way back in the dark ages, (70's-80's) when I worked at the local sheriff's office, you had to be law enforcement to get that info. Evidently that has changed, and not for the better.  :0195
Now, I know there are other places like Mailboxes, Etc. that are similar to a PO Box and advertise that your "address" is a street address instead of a box #. I think I'll take a look at that and if there is one locally, I'll find out if they give out the address of the renter without a court order.
I'll report back a little later.

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« Reply #35 on: January 17, 2008, 08:40:38 AM »
Thanks Kim and Steve for the info - good to know!


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« Reply #36 on: January 17, 2008, 08:50:30 AM »
Okay, so the only answer is to go live in the woods or on a boat at sea and be self sufficient and cut yourself off from the rest of society. Even then I bet the crazy meanies can still find you.
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« Reply #37 on: January 17, 2008, 08:56:19 AM »
Jeri you are just to funny :laugh:

But yeah basically that's it :nana

My overall belief on alot of issues is there is a happy middle, you can't live in fear and close yourself off from the world but at the same time you can't ignore things and just hope for the best.

The bad, the ugly and the negative will always be out there and I think the first major step is becoming aware of the dangers in life.  Locking your self up and hiding isn't going to fix it.  Make sense?

Personally I focus more on the things I can control rather then those I can't!


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« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2008, 03:49:19 AM »
Okay, so the only answer is to go live in the woods or on a boat at sea and be self sufficient and cut yourself off from the rest of society. Even then I bet the crazy meanies can still find you.

You mean like that island where well over half the adult male population were discovered to be pedophiles?
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Re: Selling Kids Clothes? Protect your Kids Online
« Reply #39 on: January 18, 2008, 06:38:00 AM »
OK! Here's the report: I now have a business address!!  :D!  :D!  :D!

Although I am currently a FedEx kinda gal, I went to the UPS Store that is close by and talked to them. 
  • They give you a "street address" to use, like 1234 Orange St. #123, instead of a PO Box. The #123 is the box #, but you can use Suite, PMB etc instead of #. You just can't use POB or it will go to the Post Office...
  • Not only do you have the box, but you can receive packages there from all carriers, USPS, FedEx, DHL and of course UPS. They will sign for them for you and call you (if you wanted that). ALSO ~ since this is a BUSINESS you are shipping to, you get the BUSINESS rate!
  • They have "Personal", "Business" and "Corporate" boxes, small, medium and large sizes, respectively. You do not have to take the bigger box(es) as a business, if you don't need it. I forget all the prices, but the "Personal" was $120/yr and the "Corporate" was $240/yr. I think "Business" was $180/yr. Of course, you can rent for 3/mo, etc. but it was more economical to go the year.
  • I don't know about all of them, but mine has 24/7/365 access. They have a gate they pull around the rest of the business and I have my own door key! They are open 8-6:30, but if you have a package you can't get to until after hours, they have a place to put them that you can get them.

Last, but not least:
  • They WILL NOT release renter's information to anyone but law enforcement with a court order!!!
I signed up on the spot.  :up I would suggest asking the questions anyway if you are considering the UPS Store, just in case something is different between operators. But this was ideal for me. Now I have to switch all my address stuff around. I am on :c9!!

  

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