System for mailing and collecting items

  • US 5,233,532 A
  • Filed: 04/10/1991
  • Issued: 08/03/1993
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/10/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A system for accepting and storing items for subsequent pickup by a commercial carrier, comprising:

  • an outer housing;

    means on said outer housing for weighing an item which a customer may intend to ship;

    means for inputting information relating to the destination of the item from customer;

    control means for calculating a shipment fee for the item, said control means being in communication with said weighing means and said information inputting means;

    means in communication with said control means, for accepting identification information relating to eventual payment from the customer;

    a storage area defined by said outer housing; and

    secure deposit means for permitting a customer to securely deposit the item into the storage area, said secure deposit means including an intermediate holding space which is defined by an outer door, an inner door, and means for closing said inner door when said outer door is opened.

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