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Subject: Another person received my book
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 8:36 PM ET
Member Since: 7/16/2006
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I know that this happens often enough.  Books get wrapped in the wrong wrapper, sent to the wrong receiver.  The receivers contact each other and mail the correct book, problem solved.

  I was contacted by a member saying that she had gotten a book intended for me in a package.  I have not received any books on my end.  The part that's worrying me is that this lady knows my full name and address already.  I have not heard anything from the orginal sender.  Maybe with all the wierdness going on lately I'm more worried than I should, but I have a bad gut feeling about this.  The person with the book intended for me asked me to reply ASAP if I want the book sent to me.  I have not answered her PM yet.  What should I do?  I really don't want a third party to have my mailing info.  Am I overreacting?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 8:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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Well, if she already has your name and address, I'm not sure what the harm is, in telling her that you want the book?

The only way she could know your name and address is 1. either she got it from the original sender, or 2. your wrapper was in the package that she received.

If she PM'd you, then she is a member of PBS. If you feel funny, go check out her profile, you already have her nickname. But, since books are generally ordered thru FIFO, your name and address can be sent to any random member any time you order a book.

I don't think you need to worry, unless you can be more specific about how you think this might be harmful?

Also, I don't necessarily think it is suspicious that you didn't get a book. The other member could have been sent a box in which your book was accidentally included, for example.

Last Edited on: 7/2/09 9:04 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/2/2009 9:02 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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Twice I recieved a book that was for someone else. Once it was a switch ( she got mine, I got hers) the other time the sender printed the wrapper twice and sent me both books. Both times I PM the sender, got a credit buddied to me, and sent it on it's way. I do not think it's a big deal. I mean, you request books all the time and your address goes to whoever is next in FIFO. Whats the difference between that and a mistake which gets a third party involved, as both times relative strangers have your address.

It may be  strange she has your address, but maybe she already PMed the original sender, got your address and is just giving you the courtesy of letting you know where your book is. If you are wary, PM the original sender and ask if she knows about this.


Date Posted: 7/2/2009 10:42 PM ET
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I don't think it's a big deal either; I'd just be very grateful that she let me know and has offered to send the book.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 11:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I accidently switched books that I was sending out.  One person got the book - we decided to wait a while to see if the second person got the wrong book also.  I contacted the second person and told her what happened.  I kept in touch with both of them, and after a week, sent a credit to the first person and asked her to send the book to the second person.  The book that should have accidently gone to the second person went lost and never did get to the first person.  No one seemed upset about having someone else have their addresses (only that the book went lost).  I don't think it's a big deal.   Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 11:15 PM ET
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I don't understand. What is it that worries you? When you request books through FIFO, strangers get your address all the time. What's so different about this? She must have gotten your mailing info from the original sender, or the wrapper for the book that was meant for you.

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 11:28 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2009
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And remember that if someone has your name, just about anyone can get your address from whitepages.com

Date Posted: 7/2/2009 11:35 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2008
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A month or so ago I received a book, opened it & thought weird...I didn't order this book. So I looked at the wrapper thinking maybe someone sent me the wrong book. Nope...it was even addressed to me. It was addressed to another PBS member in my very small town (less then 600). Unfortunately I wasn't able to contact the intended receiver through PBS to see if she wanted me to meet her or even drop it by her home, so I had to take it back to the PO (wrapper shredded & all from my book opening excitement) & tell them what had happened. I hope she received it okay. Even though it was very much unpostable with pages falling out when I opened it. :( Maybe this is the case with your book?

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 1:09 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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The second page also has your address.  They might have gotten the wrong outer wrapper and the right inner page?

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 7:41 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Not sure what you are worried about. They already have your address. What's the harm in them sending the book to you?  Like someone else said-it's not hard to find someone's address nowadays.

Just don't mark it received until you actually get the book you ordered. If the book goes lost and you never get it then you get your credit back.  If it goes lost and you do get it then you can mark it received in your transaction archive.  If you get someone elses book by mistake you can ask the sender to buddy you a credit to cover the postage.

Date Posted: 7/3/2009 9:36 AM ET
Member Since: 7/16/2006
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Thanks everybody for the suggestions, I will PM back to let them know I want the book,  I appreciate all the help