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Under certain conditions, that can be illegal.
Maybe you should first check the information on the linked site from the post where it is written under what conditions you can design your own stamps. It's pretty obvious that you can't just draw "Camille, the stoned ferret" on an envelope and get away with it.
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Old 15.10.2011, 00:37
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It's pretty obvious that you can't just draw "Camille, the stoned ferret" on an envelope and get away with it.
Aww shoot!

Well, maybe they'll design some legal stamps with "Camille, the stoned ferret" on them.
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Re: How to post a letter???

Best thing to do is to go to the post office pick up a token, wait for your token call... walk to the counter and the person at the counter should be able to weigh it and let you know all that you need to.
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Old 16.10.2011, 19:00
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Re: How to post a letter???

You know how to post something on the internet but not how to post a letter or ask someone at a post office. INCREDIBLE
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Old 17.10.2011, 10:01
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How do you answer the phone here? (Stating your last name instead of hello)
That's only true in the German-speaking part.

Here, one responds with "pronto", which is Italian for "ready"!

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Re: How to post a letter???

I searched and this seems to be the best thread for my related question. Is it possible to send something from your house or do you always need to find a mail box or go to the Post Office?

I am in Zurich (in an apartment) and have the standard (I think) mail box with a slot in the top and a box in the bottom anyone can open for newspapers, phonebooks, etc.

Thanks in advance for any advice
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Old 16.11.2011, 23:39
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Re: How to post a letter???

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I searched and this seems to be the best thread for my related question. Is it possible to send something from your house or do you always need to find a mail box or go to the Post Office?

I am in Zurich (in an apartment) and have the standard (I think) mail box with a slot in the top and a box in the bottom anyone can open for newspapers, phonebooks, etc.

Thanks in advance for any advice
there's normally a yellow postbox somewhere you can stick your stamped letters into.
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Old 16.11.2011, 23:42
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Re: How to post a letter???

...and normally letters are not 'collected' from houses. Occasionally, if you know the postman and he knows you, he might offer to take a letter which you happen to be carrying towards the normal letter box, but he certainly isn't obliged too - it's probably not even allowed.
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I have arrived in zurich just a month ago. Now, I have received a letter from Stadt Zurich. It is a form and I signed it but I don't know how i can post it to the address?? I mean should i use some stamp? and where to hand in the letter??
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Old 22.11.2011, 21:44
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Re: How to post a letter???

Has everyone had their fun groaning at the newbie?

You should be ashamed of yourselves! Any gentleman would realise he had overstepped the mark and remove their groan(s).
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Old 22.11.2011, 21:54
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I searched and this seems to be the best thread for my related question. Is it possible to send something from your house or do you always need to find a mail box or go to the Post Office?

I am in Zurich (in an apartment) and have the standard (I think) mail box with a slot in the top and a box in the bottom anyone can open for newspapers, phonebooks, etc.

Thanks in advance for any advice
You need Swiss Courier. They will collect a letter from your door,

http://www.post.ch/post-startseite/p...ier-inland.htm

Swiss-Courier, the courier service of the post collects, from your address. He brings the quickest way to the recipient - operating up to 22 clock.

Your items are delivered quickly and directly with the postman's car. Or optionally combined with the web. With Swiss-Courier, you definitely benefit from an extremely fast, cost-efficient service. Supplies reach the recipient within hours across Switzerland - up to 22 clock.
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Old 22.11.2011, 22:32
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Swiss-Courier, the courier service of the post collects, from your address. He brings the quickest way to the recipient - operating up to 22 clock.

Your items are delivered quickly and directly with the postman's car. Or optionally combined with the web. With Swiss-Courier, you definitely benefit from an extremely fast, cost-efficient service. Supplies reach the recipient within hours across Switzerland - up to 22 clock.
How long do you have to live in Switzerland until you think that not having to walk 5 mins to a postbox is worth CHF 128 ("cost efficient" )?
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Old 22.11.2011, 22:41
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How long do you have to live in Switzerland until you think that not having to walk 5 mins to a postbox is worth CHF 128 ("cost efficient" )?
Well Mr Enquirer, there are people who are bedridden, people who are too busy, people with more money than sense, people with hideous facial disfigurements. and if the alternative is a taxi, that price is cost efficient.

I really don't care, I was answering a question put by a member, jfd134, though this might have been a joke.

Answering a query is a major function on this forum. Taking the piss is a secondary.
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Maybe you should first check the information on the linked site from the post where it is written under what conditions you can design your own stamps. It's pretty obvious that you can't just draw "Camille, the stoned ferret" on an envelope and get away with it.
Not sure about nowadays, but in 1962 I received a postcard sent from Spain addressed to:

Mlle la petite Odile Merci facteur!
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Switzerland

3 days after if was sent.
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Answering a query is a major function on this forum. Taking the piss is a secondary.
Pot - Kettle - Black. To direct someone who's wondering whether the postman will collect letters on his round to a same-day courier service (when all he really wants to know is that he has to take his letters to one of those yellow boxes) is straight from Mr. P. I. Stakers book on internet etiquette.
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Old 22.11.2011, 23:25
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Re: How to post a letter???

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Pot - Kettle - Black. To direct someone who's wondering whether the postman will collect letters on his round to a same-day courier service (when all he really wants to know is that he has to take his letters to one of those yellow boxes) is straight from Mr. P. I. Stakers book on internet etiquette.
Well you are right I just wanted to know if the postman picked up letters like in the States but I just didn't know the proper technique. Really not a big deal to drop it off at the post office for me. Don't need the courier service at the moment, but could be helpful in the future so thanks anyway
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Old 23.11.2011, 00:04
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Re: How to post a letter???

I have left stamped mail in the slot on my front door and it has been picked up by the mail carrier. That was before I knew better, which occurred approximately 2 minutes ago.

They didn't write me a note, knock on the door or fine me. They probably just thought, "Poor crazy American. Doesn't even know how to mail a letter."
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Re: How to post a letter???

Somebody else on this thread posted out the same info that was originally in this post---that in the United States mail carriers DO pick up stamped mail left by customers. It's irrelevant that I briefly worked as a mailman. What matters is whether their Swiss counterparts do the same, and I honestly don't know.

What might be useful though is that if the OP goes to Swiss Post's web site (they have English as a language option), it's possible to find out where the nearest post office or mailbox is.

http://www.post.ch/en
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Pot - Kettle - Black. To direct someone who's wondering whether the postman will collect letters on his round to a same-day courier service (when all he really wants to know is that he has to take his letters to one of those yellow boxes) is straight from Mr. P. I. Stakers book on internet etiquette.
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I have left stamped mail in the slot on my front door and it has been picked up by the mail carrier. That was before I knew better, which occurred approximately 2 minutes ago.

They didn't write me a note, knock on the door or fine me. They probably just thought, "Poor crazy American. Doesn't even know how to mail a letter."
Was your letter delivered or returned to you?
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Re: How to post a letter???

It was delivered .

Of course, I did learn very quickly that I would RECEIVE no mail until our names were on the mailbox, even if all of the powers-that-be knew exactly where to find us (and would, in fact, address reminders to "Herr und Frau Joy at correct address). Yes, we've all been through it, but it still amuses me.
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