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    Incorrect ZIP-code lookup

    in both FireFox and Chrome when I enter my zip code, 12866, my location is returns as in Saudi Arabia. 12864 and 12865 are correct, 12867, 12868 and 12869 return my location as Sweden. 12870 is correct. Any thoughts?

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    Are you making the mistake of thinking that only the US uses postal codes?
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    Perhaps. However, it strikes me odd that 12865 returns a post office 25 miles away from my location, eastern New York State when 12866 returns Saudi Arabia.

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    Hodget,

    Seems to work just fine on the USPS site. HTH
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    Quote Originally Posted by hodget View Post
    in both FireFox and Chrome when I enter my zip code, ...
    At what site? I don't think any browsers alone have anywhere to enter a zip code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceR View Post
    At what site? I don't think any browsers alone have anywhere to enter a zip code.

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    Plugging terms in the address box will institute a web search for the text if not a URL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Plugging terms in the address box will institute a web search for the text if not a URL.
    At a default search site?

    Search sites in the US wouldn't find zip codes in other countries among the top results.

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    When I enter the zip directly in the browser search box all is fine. When I am on a vendor's site, I get the incorrect result.

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    Which vendor?

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    It was Gravely, but today all is fine.

    Edit: I'd guess the issue was with cookies in FF. After I cleared them it worked normally, for both Chrome and FF. However, I didn't clear cookies in Chrome.
    Last edited by hodget; 2013-09-03 at 09:43. Reason: More information

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Plugging terms in the address box will institute a web search for the text if not a URL.

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    If so, the web search may be using location data, which is in turn dependent on how the browser determines your location (or any nearby location). If the browser is using IP Address data, strange results can happen. My IP Address returns locations from four towns away sometimes, other times closer or farther.

    Lookup Tables can also be plain wrong in Search Engine Databases which are not connected with the USPS official database. Again, different browsers may connect to different unofficial databases. That's how physical address locations are determined, and different browsers can return different physical address results for entries of the same persons or businesses. This proves that they are not using the same or any official databases for these searches.

    Cookies, scripts, redirects and a host of other vagaries may make searches through vendor web sites even more unreliable.

    Use the official USPS Site to be sure of getting competent results.
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    I sometimes get this in the UK when making an online purchase.

    Some sites are still using data that is more than 25 years out of date. I end up ordering by phone, not forgetting to tell them to get up to date, or just buy somewhere else.

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