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Subject: Alaska
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Wonder how long it takes for a book to get to Alaska ? When I sent it I thought it was going to Arkansas but later noticed it was AK.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 1:54 PM ET
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The system allows 35 days for books to arrive at their destinations when they're traveling outside the contiguous United States (normally it's 26 days).  If it was sent media mail, especially during the holidays, it could take that time and more.  Members in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, etc. are nearly all aware that books coming to them may be marked "lost" before arriving, and they know how to mark them received from their transactions archive when they do arrive.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 2:07 PM ET
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Go to this page, scroll down to the Average Trip Times, and fill in 'IN - Indiana' and 'AK - Alaska' in the two fields, and it says 34 days on average.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 3:38 PM ET
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If it is a light paperback going first class, surprisingly little time.  If it is going media rate, then it can be from a short time to way over a month.  It varies widely.  But it is really worth those extra few cents to bump up the 8 oz books to first class when they travel over water.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 4:58 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/16/2010 5:48 PM ET
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I'm waiting for one from Alaska that was mailed 11/29...I would have guessed first class, but perhaps not. I mailed one to Alaska first class on the 6th, it hasn't been marked received. 

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 7:17 PM ET
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It all depends on what town in Alaska it's going to. I lived in Alaska my whole life up until last December, so I'm very familiar with how the mail works. If it's going to Anchorage, Fairbanks, any of the villages in-between, or to anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula, it'll take far less time than if it's going to any of the outside coastal villages, the remote interior villages, or the islands. It could also take a while if going to the North Slope, but could also get there almost as quickly as if it's going to the main city regions.

Basically, expect about two-three weeks for mail to be received in the 'fast' areas (cities, Peninsula, and so on), though it could sometimes get there in like a week. For the 'slow' areas, add another two or three weeks to the first estimate, making it four-six. Sometimes, things are received much faster or a bit slower, but from what I know, these are the averages.

Interestingly, mail sent from Alaska usually takes far less time to arrive than mail received. Also, mail service (like elsewhere in the country) actually seems to sometimes get much faster there during the holiday season, so this may be a good time to mail it.

Edited because I can't seem to type today.

Last Edited on: 12/16/10 7:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 12/16/2010 9:24 PM ET
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Sent one last year that never arrived, or at least it was never marked as received. Mailed 1st class.

Date Posted: 12/16/2010 10:22 PM ET
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This one was mailed out to me from AK first class:

Delivery Confirmation Events

  1. 12/6/2010 7:00 PM ET - Electronic Shipping Info Received - ANCHORAGE, AK
  2. 12/12/2010 2:16 AM ET - Enroute - OPA LOCKA, FL
  3. 12/13/2010 9:13 AM ET - Arrival at Unit - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
  4. 12/13/2010 10:47 AM ET - Unknown-PC - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
  5. 12/13/2010 10:57 AM ET - Unknown-OF - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
  6. 12/13/2010 4:15 PM ET - Delivered - FORT LAUDERDALE, FL

It didn't take very long at all... just a few days above average for first class mail.


Date Posted: 12/16/2010 11:35 PM ET
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I've mailed to and received from AK. For me, it has never really taken any longer. I"ve never had a book to or from AK approach the "lost" date.

Date Posted: 12/17/2010 1:10 PM ET
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PMS members in Alaska and Hawaii report their books generally arrive just before the 'lost' date or within a week afterwards (but vary from a few days to weeks longer).  Holiday mail could a even more time.  I like to keep in mind, that the extra mailing time doesn't happen very often for me but these members deal with it for the majority of their transactions.

BTW - IIRC my transactions have included one book into PR & one out...both made very good time.  I'm on the West Coast, and PR mail seemed similar to any East Coast transaction.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 1:42 AM ET
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PMS members in Alaska  and Hawaii report their books generally arrive just before the 'lost' date  

LOL - smart books. Stay away till PMSing is done! wink

Last Edited on: 12/18/10 1:43 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/18/2010 2:20 AM ET
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True Susan, I'd wait until the PMS was lost too!

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 6:46 PM ET
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I had a book once that arrived from Alaska in four days by First Class. I was amazed.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 8:52 PM ET
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When I mailed my first book to Alaska (media mail), it took forever.  The requester told me it depended upon the timing of the mail barge headed that way and if media mail is used, those packages receive very low priority.  The next time I mailed (to the same requester) I didn't use PBS postage since I felt really sorry for the requester and wanted to mail it First Class.  It arrived much quicker that time.