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Subject: Would this be acceptable?
Date Posted: 9/24/2014 6:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/22/2011
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I have a WL book.  I wouldn't be able to mail it out until 9/28.  If I posted it and got a request, do you think its acceptable for me to send it out 4 days after I accept it? I think its acceptable per PBS guidelines but I was just wondering what someone might think from a members standpoint.

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 6:50 PM ET
Member Since: 9/25/2008
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It is fine and well within the time frame permitted, just pick the latest date to mail. It might take a few days for someone to accept too.

Date Posted: 9/24/2014 7:12 PM ET
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Fine..go for it!
Date Posted: 9/24/2014 10:17 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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You have 5 days to accept the request, and then you can pick a mailing date up to 5 days after that. So, you have. A total of 10 days between accepting the request and mailing time.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 9/24/2014 10:24 PM ET
Member Since: 2/20/2010
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This is from the Help Docs:

Here is a list of deadlines associated with the PBS swapping process:

  • A sender has 5 days* to respond to a request.
    • After accepting a request by clicking "I can mail in the next 2 days", a sender has 5 days to mark the book mailed. The deadline is at the end of the fifth day.
    • After accepting a request by clicking "I can mail later" and choosing an alternate mailing date, a sender has 2 days beyond the alternate mailing date to mark the book mailed. The deadline is at the end of the second day.

  • A requestor has 48 hours to respond to an offer of a book from her Wish List.
  • A book has 26 days from the "mailed" date to get to its destination within the contiguous US before it is declared "lost in the mail" at PBS.
  • A book sent from or to outside the contiguous US (AK, HI, GU, VI, PR, APO/FPO/DPO, etc)  has 35 days from the "mailed' date to get to its destination.

 *The PBS system works on calendar --not business-- days. Members need to keep postal holidays and their own schedules in mind when accepting a request and choosing the mail-by date.

Date Posted: 9/25/2014 9:05 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I have come across the occasional member who will "grump" about the fact that I didn't mail the book they requested immediately...some people seem to think that everybody's lives are just like theirs and don't understand that some of us work long hours or live miles and miles away from a post office or are disabled, etc....if you get one of those, just let it roll off your back. As long as you accept the request within 5 days and then mail it within the time frame you agree to when you accept the request (and mark it mailed), you are within PBS guidelines. Patience is key as a PBS member but some members don't learn that lesson.

Date Posted: 9/27/2014 8:03 PM ET
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i am one to "grump" that the system allows so many days for the sender to respond and mail, BUT, if you follow the site guidelines, I can not complain.  from this member's standpoint, if you posted a book on my WL, i would be glad it was offered, just frustrated you could not mail with in the first 2 days.  BUT, you can mark the alternate "mail by" date, as stated above, and it is well within the gudelines.

Last Edited on: 9/27/14 8:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1