I did a search, albeit a hasty one, for info on PO boxes on the forum and didn't find the answer to my question. I am thinking about getting a PO box for my wife and I to use.
Whenever we order items of some value, I will admit that I am a bit paranoid about it sitting on the front steps of the house all day. Nothing has been taken and we have been here for almost 8 years. We do not live in a bad neighborhood, which is not to say people don't take things in good neighborhoods either. However, I have noticed that sometimes our mail has been opened, yes, opened as in torn open. It is not as if the adhesive simply didn't hold.
For a while now, I have been having big items sent to either my mother-in-laws house which is about 5 miles away or to my parent's house which is about 20 miles away. There is a main hub post office less than 2 miles from my house.
My question, and forgive me if this common knowledge, but what do the PO box sizes get you aside from peace of mind in some cases? I looked up the sizes on the USPS web site and found the pricing info, but I want to know what happens if you get a package that is larger than the size of the box you are renting? Do they just stick a note in there that you have to pick up or sign for a package, or do the boxes only receive mail of certain types? Would the oversized package be sent back to the store from which we ordered it?
I am aware that certain places will not ship to PO boxes, but I am more concerned about those that will and how the packages will be received.
Thanks in advance.