USPS High Volume Usage Message

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Spitfire, Jun 25, 2021.

  1. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    I was checking the tracking of some packages I sent and I got this message:

    High Volume Usage Message | USPS

    They want me to register for some Web Tools API Portal

    Very strange. Anybody else ever get this?

    Kind of stuck right now as it won't let me do any tracking.
     
  2. deadcoldfish

    deadcoldfish Senior Member

    Location:
    Santa Rosa, CA
    How many and how often are you checking?
     
  3. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    I usually go through the items I shipped once a day. There's about 10 to 15 a day. I got the message after about the 3rd one today.
     
  4. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    Are you on a shared IP address? Or you're doing this from a home IP?

    Are you using a vpn? Because that will easily trip you up and make it look like you're using a high volume portal.
     
  5. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Just at home. No VPN. Don't understand. Been doing it for years and then today I get this message. I still can't track any packages.
     
  6. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Location:
    Aloha, OR
    where are you tracking? directly on the USPS website, via link elsewhere, the app?

    their system is rife with bugs and glitches so maybe it's just bad luck for you at the moment.
     
  7. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    I have a spreadsheet with the tracking link for each package I ship. I usually check each open shipment once a day. This really sucks. It's only about 10 a day.
     
  8. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland OR
    I've never seen that msg and I'm using USPS tracking daily like you.

    Maybe clean out your cache?
     
  9. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Location:
    Cambridge, MA
    I'd ignore it for now, and wait to see if you get that error again. You're not breaking any rules so don't worry about being blacklisted or something.

    Other things to consider: Anyone else at your house use the computer?

    Could there be a bug/virus/worm that is hitting the USPS a lot from your house?
     
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  10. tmtomh

    tmtomh Forum Resident

    You can also use a free web site like packagetrackr.com to input your tracking numbers and stay up to date on their shipping/transit status.
     
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  11. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Thanks. I tried packagetrackr.com and was able to get tracking for all my packages just by copying and pasting into their tracking for USPS. Good enough for now.
    for
     
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  12. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    Just made a list of my shipments on Packagetrackr. Looks like it will work nicely as I know can see status of all my packages at once rather than checking each one separately. Thanks again
     
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