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Subject: Alaska- is that AK?
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 8:43 PM ET
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my book is said to be coming from out of the contiguous U.S from AK. I assume that means Alaska and it's not out of the U.S. to me. Just wondering.


Date Posted: 6/15/2014 8:50 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/15/2014 9:06 PM ET
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Sometimes books from outside the mainland come by boat.  Not always.  But extra time is build in, just in case.

Date Posted: 6/15/2014 9:50 PM ET
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Alaska and Hawaii are considered OCONUS meaning outside the continental US.  also sometimes called overseas though that's not technically accurate for AK.

Date Posted: 6/16/2014 4:44 AM ET
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Alaska is within the continental US, but not one of the "Lower 48". And, obviously, Hawai'i is neither. In general, books sent to or mailed from either Alaska or Hawai'i will have longer transit times than books to and from the other 48 states.

Date Posted: 6/17/2014 9:38 AM ET
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In my experience, books coming from Alaska and Hawaii will definitely have longer travel times and often will go lost...then they usually arrive a day or two after going lost. So don't be in a hurry to reorder the book if it does go lost, odds are you are going to still get it and you probably don't want two copies!

Date Posted: 6/18/2014 4:10 AM ET
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Thanks for posting that, Sally.

I, too, have received several 'lost' books from members in AK or HI and agree with your comment. If a book has not been received before 'going lost', I suggest PMing the sender to verify when the book was mailed, which might not necessarily agree with the date that the book was marked mailed. If the sender confirms shipment, then be patient. If it takes way longer than you think is reasonable and the book has been marked 'lost' by the system, then you can assume that it probably has been. Then either let it go or take appropriate action as the situation warrants.

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