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Subject: 9 Digit Zip Code
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 12:29 AM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
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If someone prints out the PBS wrapper and mails me a book with the wrong last 4 digits of the 9 digit zip code wrong, will I get the book?  I have a couple books that are taking a long time to get to me, so I just went to my "en route to me" tab to see the dates and noticed that one is wrong.  The first 5 digits are correct, but the last 4 are not.  I recently changed my address here from my home address to my PO Box.  I had already made the request when I changed the address, so I used the "change mailing address" button on the transaction.  The address is correct to my PO Box with the PO Box's 5 digit zip code, but the last 4 digits are the +4 from my home address.  Will the +4 stop me from getting the book if everything else is correct?

It was mailed on 8/26 from TX to GA, so no real cause for concern, though books from TX would usually be here by now.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 10:28 AM ET
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The last four digits should not delay the book getting to you. If the first five digits are right, it will get to the right post office and then to you.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 1:17 PM ET
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Great, thanks!  I am going to let PBS know about the issue and hopefully my book will show up soon!

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 3:42 PM ET
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The books should arrive if the rest of the address is correct, maybe a brief delay at your local post office.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 3:10 PM ET
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The last four digits are what the automatic sorters use to put mail in the order at which they are delivered.  All but the tiniest offices get all their first class mail presorted, some even get magazines, etc. presorted.  Mail that has something not quite right (missing or incorrect address componants, or for some other reason didn't get through the sorting machine) come to the office in a seperate bundle, called Raw Mail. It has to be sorted in office by hand.  Packages, as far as I know, aren't pre-sorted.  Your package will arrive fine, no matter what the last 4 digits are.

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 8:46 PM ET
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Usually the last 4 won't cause a  problem as long as the first 5 digits are correct.