Why do so many online retailers omit the apt. number from my address?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Uncle K, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Perhaps someone can shed some light on this. My apartment number is on the address listed in my paypal account, and I always include it if a retailer asks. Why do so many leave it out. I have to keep a close eye on everything I buy online, then waste time on the phone when UPS/FedEx/USPS says the package is undeliverable. I just had another issue today with Best Buy. What's the deal?
  2. How do you format your address? Ordinarily one would think such vital info wouldn't get discarded, making me think it's something you're doing.
  3. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    ADDRESS LINE 1: 2xxx Hope Dr.

    ADDRESS LINE 2: apt. X

    CITY: Erie


    ZIP: 16510

    Most things get delivered without a problem. Stuff I buy on ebay from regular Joes always have my full address. 4 out of 5 online retailers get it right.
  4. I always format it apartment number -street number eg, 12-445.

  5. prd004


    Dec 3, 2010
    Putting the Apt # in the second line is your fatal error IMO

    I do mine like this:

    55555 Sherman Way #4
    Anywhere, CA 91406


    55555 Sherman Way Apt 4
    Anywhere, CA, 91406

    I haven't had any troubles with Ups, Fed Ex, etc. I personally like the # as opposed to the "apt"
  6. Happy to help.
  7. Uncle K

    Uncle K The custodian is your enemy Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Thanks, I'll try it this way.
  8. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    I had the same issue with Street address and P.O. box. Package service vs. USPS. They do get jaded and as soon as they see the other line it's like,
    "we don't deliver to XX addresses " Shippers would do the same thing.
    A big upper case -OR- at the beginning of the second line seems to burn through the brain freeze so they realize they can take their choice.
  9. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I do it this way and never have problems:

    John Smith
    123 Maple St. Apt 2
    Cherryville, IL 60666
  10. Put the number in a single line, for apt 12 at 2345 Hope Drive:

    2345/12 Hope Drive.

    I don't know if its different in the US, but certainly here, if do end up using separate lines, the apt number should be line one, building number on line two, as postal addresses start from the bottom up.
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Buy a house. All your problems will disappear and all your dreams will come true.
  12. addresses are read from the bottom up. you're formatting it wrong i'd guess
  13. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    Then add "Apt. #1" anytime you ship anything.

    Lately I've had a number of sites give me a 'have you forgotten an apartment number' message even when I've included the suite number in the Line 2 of the address. I'm guessing lots of web developers are giving their forms the "Address 2 (optional)" line then whoever is downloading the order, the database or spreadsheet is not capturing or using that line 2.
  14. PAC

    PAC Banned

    Nov 22, 2013
    Trust me. It's the apartment "X" thing. Doesn't everyone else use numbers?


  15. Most of the time I pretty much put the Apt. number (or in my case, letter) on the second address line, and I've never run into this problem.
  16. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I double down sometimes because character limits often lose a key numeral:

    1234 Unrepresented St. APT 56
    APT 56
    Unrepresentedville CCCP 99999
  17. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Thats also how I formatted my address when I lived in a condo.
  18. Mysterion


    Jan 10, 2012
    Prior poster are correct in placing the apt number on the same line.

    Also know that postal service scanners don't like punctuation at all, and they prefer city, state, and zip code on one line. Like this:

    667 Ed Roth St SE Apt 3
    Gonesville CA 90001

    Of course, if you receive mail more than 4 times a week, you're ahead of me...
  19. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    About 70% of the mail we receive at our house is addressed to former residents.
  20. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I've run in to an address segment that's too long to fit the line I'm trying to put it in on the USPS label generator when purchasing postage direct from them on line.