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Subject: AP?? Anyone know where/what that is?
Date Posted: 1/23/2009 2:35 PM ET
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I'm getting a book and the FROM location is llisted as AP? Is that an armed forces post office,or someplace else. The book seems to be taking forever and I wondered where it's coming from.

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 2:37 PM ET
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It's a military address for someone stationed outside the country.  It will most likely go lost. Do not order the book right away.  This is a service member probably stationed outside the US and so it takes a little longer-like sending to Hawaii or Alaska. 

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Unless you post an item FIRST CLASS it will take forever to get to certain areas - Hawaii takes about 6 weeks because they ship MEDIA MAIL via ship.  I sent an item there and it went lost, but they did eventuall get it.  Alos APO takes a long time unless you go first class with it, then it's less than a week.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 4:48 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 5:28 PM ET
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Please wait for it to show up.  They usually do.  And do think about sending a book if a military person/family overseas requests.  It's a bit more involved than ordinary since you have to fill out a form in order to mail it  - but if you get a stack of them from the PO you can fill them out at home.  They do need to be taken to the USPS in person.  That is a little bit of hassle.  But it isn't hard.

Ruth

Date Posted: 1/23/2009 7:37 PM ET
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APO AP is Armed Forces Pacific so its probably coming from Korea or Japan.  APO AE is Armed Force Europe which would also include the middle east.  When I was stationed in Korea I had an APO AP address and when I was in Iraq I had an APO AE address.



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Date Posted: 1/23/2009 8:18 PM ET
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I have had 3 requests from a military person/family.  In my experience the books are declared "lost" by PBS becuase it takes so long to get there.  But when these folks have finally received my book they mark it as received and I have gotten my credit.  Yes, it does take longer than my other requests but I don't mind at all. 

I hadn't thought about the First Class method....I will try that with the next one I get. 

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 5:27 AM ET
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How special! Yup, military! So chances are it will take a while. Being an Army wife I know the waiting is LONG. I am sorry about that. But sooooo worth it.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 5:35 PM ET
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If you send a book to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or an APO address, your best bet is to use PBS DC. That way even if the book goes lost, you will still get your credit, and WAY sooner than if you have to wait until it is marked received.

Date Posted: 1/24/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Thanks for all the responses. I keep checking my mailbox, and it will go lost in a little under 2 weeks. I've never had something come from that far away so far, so I was just wondering. So far, surprisingly, the longest wait was only 10 days. (And it was a surprise because it was only coming from one county away, a estimated distance -- according to PBS -- of only 13 miles.

Subject: Alaska
Date Posted: 1/25/2009 5:24 AM ET
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Please do not discourage people in any way about mailing to or ordering from Alaska, Hawaii or military people. We get enough flack from companies who try to gut us when we order anything that has to be mailed here. Heck we even get ripped off over digital services. We pay more for cable and cell phone packages...since when does it cost money to ship in digital? LOL You cannot physically put bytes in a truck for petes sake.

People on Ebay even want to make a killing on postage and "handling" through us. I do not want to pay anyone extra to "touch" my package! I did my first trade on Swaptree last week and my book has already came! I am anxious to see when the book I mailed in return arrives. I still have questions about this site that I am off to find answers for, it seems a little more complicated than Swaptree and also seems like the actual getting of a book takes longer? We will see!

 

 

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 1:39 AM ET
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Yes... THANK YOU!! I feel the same way too. I live in Japan at an FPO AP address. So if I want to buy American goods I have to go to the PX on base, where the selection is horrible... some basic everyday things are impossible to find. No Wal-Mart, no Target... and the places who will ship here usually charge extra even though the postage is still the same. It's so frustrating sometimes. I do have to wait forever for books to reach me. Unless the sender ships it first class, 90% of the time the books get "lost" before they arrive. I do make sure to go back and mark them "received" so the sender doesn't lose a credit. It takes books about 6-8 weeks to reach me, but most of the ones I send back to the States get there in about 1-2 weeks. Go figure... anyway, that's one of the things I hate about being stationed overseas. And then for me to mail a book, I have to make the trip to the PO and fill out the customs form for EVERY book I send, this on top of a 12-14 hour workday. It's kind of frustrating sometimes because about 50% of the time my book requests get turned down b/c of the APO/FPO thing... especially when the reason they put for turning it down is they "don't want to deal with all that hassle". So I do appreciate the ones who are willing to ship here.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 2:04 AM ET
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Off-topic, but also sort of on-topic, I belong to a group of military history (particularly WWII) buffs and wargamers.  Most of us (2,800+ members worldwide) are either former military or active duty military.  Because of this we are very supportive of our troops and we tend to take note of companies that also support them.

 

Recently we found that a major US auto parts chain now offers not only full service to APO/FPO/DPO addresses, but also ships any order to those addresses for free.  In an age where so many companies simply don't want to do business with our troops, due to the extra costs and paperwork involved, it was really nice to see one company not only say they were willing to go the extra distance, but also absorb the cost.  That company is www.autozone.com

 

Oh, and our Board of Directors unanimously voted to award them a Certificate of Merit from our organization.  This was also further ratified and confirmed by our members.

 

patticom - ,
Date Posted: 1/27/2009 4:01 PM ET
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Hey, thanks for posting that, Bernhard!!  I shared it with a local group here, so that company will probably be getting some european business soon!!  :) 

Tami, I've never heard of swaptree, but PBS is one of the best places I've found EVER for my APO address!!  :)  They have a pre-set "Requestor Condition" or you can edit it or just type your own, explaining in precise detail what you need and how it takes longer, etc.  I've had a few people turn down my RC because they can't get to a post office, and I can appreciate that.  I've only ever had ONE person turn me down "on principle because I never accept RC of any kind"... yeah, kind of irked me a bit but oh well....  One sour grape isn't going to spoil me to the great bunch of people here!  :)

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 4:44 PM ET
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No problem Patrica.  They deserve the recognition, and our troops deserve the support.

Also, should you ever find yourself in a situation again where someone does not want to send you a book because of your APO address, PM me and I'll order it from them and send it to you myself, no charge, as our organization will cover the costs.  It's part of our bylaws and corporate charter to support the troops.  :)

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 5:58 PM ET
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I keep a stack of custom forms in my desk at home and at work. I'm more than happy to send books to our military members.  :)

Hey Bernard, I don't know what area you reside in, but if you ever get the chance to visit the Eisenhower farm in Gettysburg, PA during a WWII weekend, it's pretty cool.

 

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 6:10 PM ET
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Been ther Jo L.  :)

 

One of our members is a battlefield tour guide there.  A couple of years ago we held a group field trip to Gettysburg.  We even paid to fly in a couple of our student members from overseas.  All told we had a caravan of 14 cars and trucks, all on the same radio channel, with our own personal tour guide in the lead vehicle.  Oh, and we had a catered tailgate lunch in one of the parking lots because one of our other members used to be a caterer.  We got some strange looks but had a lot of fun.

This year we'll probably do something similar in the Fredericksburg, VA area, as that is where our headquarters moved to this last year.

 

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Also, anyone shipping books to an overseas military address, the USPS "Shipping Assistant" program (you can d/l it on their web site) used to have a lot of problems with such addresses.  However, due to the pressure put upon the PO over this problem, by a number of veterans organizations, it has been greatly improved.  It will now properly handle APO and FPO addresses, and also do the customs forms for you.  You can use it in conjunction with PBS postage (to do the customs forms for example) and it will help you to make the best choices for shipping to our troops.

 



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