What is the bar code on us post office mail sent to me and thown in the trash?

When I throw out junk mail I shred the name and address but many envelopes have a long bar code on them from the post office.
What's on that bar code?

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On 12/7/2019 1:07 PM, delvon daily wrote:

It is a 65 bar barcode used for sorting. The mailer gets a discount if they print it one the envelope. It is for automation.
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On 12/7/19 1:18 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Also, if you ever return a piece of mail to the PO that was mis-addressed to you,and you mark it "Unknown at This Address" or other like "Pls Fwd", be sure to mark out that bar code, or it will come right back to you.
BTDT.
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In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 7 Dec 2019 13:28:28 -0500, "\"Retired"@home.com wrote:

Apparently that was Elvis Presley's problem and the girl didn't want to break up with him after all. But the letter kept coming back and they never saw each other again. She ended up drinking a lot, entering a sanitarium, and later becoming a go-go dancer on the Strip. It didn't end well.
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On 12/7/2019 10:18 AM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Bullshit
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On 12/8/2019 3:27 PM, M. L. wrote:

OK, so what is it for? You made a simple minded statement with nothing to back it up. Put up some facts.
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He is just wrong. It is certainly for the sorting machine and they do give mass mailers a discount if they include it along with the other requirements for automated mail.
https://pe.usps.com/text/qsg300/Q201d.htm#1009536
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Actually it IS true.Mostly. Mass mailers get a discount if they have the proper sorting codes on their outgoing mail.
The Intelligent Mail barcode is a 65-bar Postal Service™ barcode used to sort and track letters and flats. It allows mailers to use a single barcode to participate in multiple Postal Service programs simultaneously, expands mailers' ability to track individual mailpieces, and provides greater mail stream visibility.
The barcode is applied by the sender; the Postal Service required use of the Intelligent Mail barcode to qualify for automation prices beginning January 28, 2013. Use of the barcode provides increased overall efficiency, including improved deliverability, and new services. Barcoding your mail may entitle you to a lower postage price, but ONLY if all the other requirements for automation postage prices are met.A barcode alone will NOT qualify your mail for automation prices.
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In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 08 Dec 2019 19:44:45 -0500, Clare Snyder

So it's an Obama program. Must be a socialist boondoggle.

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On 12/08/2019 01:27 PM, M. L. wrote:

https://pe.usps.com/BusinessMail101?ViewName=DiscountsBarcoded
"Barcoding your mail may entitle you to a lower postage price, but ONLY if all the other requirements for automation postage prices are met. A barcode alone will NOT qualify your mail for automation prices. "
Anything to do with Intelligent Mail will leave you out in the cold.
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On 12/7/19 1:07 PM, delvon daily wrote:

Your exact delivery address....zip + 4, street and house number.
Some day soon, it will probably include what you ate for dinner the night before.
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Is that true? Or did you hear it on CNN?

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Wade Garrett wrote:

I figured out "mostly" what's on the bar code based on what others said.
The bar code only includes the last two digits of your street address. The bar code does not include the street, or your name. Nor the beginning part of the street address (just the last 2 digits).
It includes your zip code, and some other stuff that I think (but I'm not sure) is related to the "route" that the local post office will use to sort the mail (maybe to a specific truck?).
It does include a serial number that the sender (not the post office, but the sender) keeps a record of that does cross reference to your exact piece of mail though, but only the sender knows this information (from what I can tell so far).
If someone has better information than that, particularly about the route, that would be helpful.
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On 12/08/2019 04:39 PM, delvon daily wrote:

One of the uses of the IM barcode is origin tracking. For example Netflix uses this with their DVDs. When you return a DVD, it's scanned at the USPS facility and Neflix is notified. This allows them to decrease the turnaround time by mailing the next DVD on your queue before they physical receive the mailer. They can't speed up the delivery time when they mail you the DVD, but it takes the delivery time for the return out of the equation resulting in happier customers.
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On 12/8/19 8:00 PM, rbowman wrote:

The clothing rental subscription service LeTote does the same thing to speed up turnaround.
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On 12/8/2019 9:35 PM, "\"Retired"@home.com wrote:

Clothing rental? I don't have to wash underwear any more? How do I know I'd not get pants the last guy crapped in?
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On 12/8/19 10:19 PM, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Actually, Le Tote is women's only, and I don't think they do undies. My adult daughter has been a customer for several years now with no complaints.
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On 12/08/2019 08:32 PM, "\"Retired"@home.com wrote:

I read somewhere that Generation Whatever is comfortable renting rather than buying many things. I suppose there is precedent. I dimly recall many years ago on another planet renting a tux for a prom.
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On 12/8/2019 10:55 PM, rbowman wrote:

You can rent a special tool when needed or even rent a wife for an hour at a time so I guess clothing is no different.
Did the tux thing for a prom and my wedding too. They were a few years apart so I took it back after the prom. Wore my own Jockeys though.
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In alt.home.repair, on Sun, 8 Dec 2019 22:19:35 -0500, Ed Pawlowski

And if you rent clothing, what do you wear until the next stuff comes?
What if you don't pay or your credit rating drops and they won't send you any clothes at all to wear?
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