Scot’s Newsletter’s Unexpected Change of Address

Doesn’t it figure? I haven’t put out a call for monetary contributions to Scot’s Newsletter in roughly a year. In the last issue, I finally did. And, of course, that request ran into a snag.

There are two ways to send your donations to Scot’s Newsletter. All PayPal contributions reached me fine. But I can’t say the same about checks or cash sent via conventional postal mail. At some point in May or June, the UPS Store terminated my account for failure to pay the next year’s annual fee. I didn’t know about it because the company contacted me by sending the bill to my UPS Store box, not my address on file. Before the UPS Store bought out Mail Boxes Etc., I received notification if I didn’t pick up my bill before the due date. Not only had the UPS Store terminated my box, it had already re-rented it. When I walked in a week or two back to pick up my mail, the clerk handed me some other guy’s package.

In the end, the clerk found a small stack of letters to me in the back room that they gave me, all of which had June or very early July postmarks. If you’ve sent me something recently to the old address, I’m not going to get it.

I have a new box from the USPS, which came with some advantages — like it costs 50% less. Buh-bye, UPS Store. The new address is listed on the Scot’s Newsletter Donations page.

What If You Sent a Donation by Letter Mail?
On July 9, I deposited all the checks sent to the old address that I’m ever going to see. It wasn’t that many. If you sent your check since July 7, you sent it to the correct address, and I’ll get it shortly.

If you sent a check in May, June, or early July and have online banking, please login to see whether your check has cleared. If you’re not sure, feel free to contact me to ask whether I received your donation. If we come to the conclusion that your check was lost in the mail, canceling the check is an option — although, some banks charge more than you probably sent to cancel your check. My guess is that anything I didn’t get will be tossed out.

Once you’ve checked on your end whether your check has already cleared, please feel free to contact me to ask whether I received your donation. If we come to the conclusion that your check was lost in the mail, cancelling the check might be an option — although, some banks charge more than you sent me to cancel your check. My guess is that whatever you sent was tossed out.

My apologies. And thanks to everyone who donated. It helps.

Buying a Plasma, But Asks for Contributions?
It occurred to me that I might get this. A couple of people emailed me to question how I could be planning a plasma TV purchase and asking for donations in the same month.

While one of the messages was well meaning and kindly, I have to say that it’s frustrating to devote an entire weekend every month, as well as several evenings throughout the month, to the research and production of this newsletter and then have people wonder about my motives.

First of all, I never claimed or promised to be poor. This is a moonlighting endeavor. I have a real job like everybody else. Nobody but me really pays for the newsletter. Check the ad rates: I’m not making much money there, and I’m no salesman. The time I put into this effort comes out of time with my family. On what little the newsletter generates, my time isn’t compensated at all. The newsletter does not make a profit. My request for contributions is purely about financing the technology products and services I test and write about. Even then, the fees for advertising and your welcome donations don’t cover my costs.

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