A buddy let me know last week that USPS PO boxes now have street addresses. Why is this important? Well, I wrote about it once before, but now I think it’s even more imperative and I’ll tell you why in a bit. By the way, I just realize this is OLD news since commenter anthonyjh21 told me about this 6 months ago. My weak defense for not doing this earlier is because at the time, I was into reselling but now that I’ve moved back into heavy MS, I realized the other huge benefit – business billing addresses. First let’s talk about how to get one.
How to get a USPS PO Box
The forms you need to get one are here. Prices will vary based on where you live, but you want to sign up for the annual box since that’s cheaper than the 3 month or 6 month plan. I wanted to get the smallest box 1, but there was a waiting list at my location, so I went ahead and got box 2. I think it came out to be about $12 a month when you prepay a full year. The process took about 15 minutes. Make sure you bring a 2nd form of ID that is stated on the form. If an item is too big for the PO Box, they’ll leave a note and you can pick up the item at the clerk for free (some mailboxes will charge for this.) Some USPS locations will have small storage lockers so if a package is too big, they may leave it in there instead of holding it behind the desk (time saver.)
Someone else mentioned that they also forward mail from the PO box to their home address. I haven’t done this yet since I’m fine with picking up my mail at USPS. When signing up, you can also sign up for alerts on when you get mail, and you can also sign up for signature delivery dropoffs (so you don’t have to wait at the clerk.)
AMEX Business Billing Addresses
I’m sure there are others that know more than me about this topic, so just bear with me. You should all know why business cards are awesome – their balances aren’t reported to your credit reports (except for Capital One.) Another additional benefit is that the business billing addresses aren’t reported to your credit reports either. This is important because I once changed my Cap1 address to a buddy’s address in NY so I could try to sign up for one of those prepaid cards, and now that address is on my CR (to add insult to injury, I was still denied for the card.)
How to add a billing address
In the screenshot below, go to Account Services and you’ll see the ‘business address’ field.’ Click EDIT next to it and add your USPS street address. And that’s it!
So why do all this?
Well if you are unfortunate enough to not get any Giftcardmall orders to go through, you can try this to see if you can get an order to go through. Or let’s say a certain web site has a daily limit per address/card, well now you can scale up. Or maybe you’ve been banned from a retailer; this is your way of starting fresh. Those are just some of the reasons; I’m sure there are more.
I’ve only done the above for a month now, and I can tell you that my AMEX business card paper statements are sent to the PO Box. I haven’t tried this with other banks, so YMMV.