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Subject: Does anyone else think this is a bit odd?
Date Posted: 9/13/2010 1:36 PM ET
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In all the time Ive belong to PBS and DVDS Ive never had a single thing get lost in the mail either way.  In the last 4 weeks Ive had 2 books AND 2 6 disc DVD sets not show up.  I have a post office box too.  Its just soooooo weird.  Im beginning to wonder if someone at the PO is taking my stuff.  blush  Has anyone else ever had this happen to them?

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 2:24 PM ET
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No, but I have found that the very few problems I've had of any kind with PBS tend to go in streaks. I'll go months without any issues at all, and then suddenly there's several things out of the ordinary. You may want to talk to your post office about it though, explain what's been happening. See if they can offer any insight for you.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 2:52 PM ET
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I've had very few packages go lost.  But we are seeing more threads recently about a higher percentage of lost books/packages.  While mailing today I mentioned it to the postal clerk...she's had two packages go lost recently herself *go figure*

Hope your mail arrives Luv2cook.  But if you are concerned about your local service (it happens), ask TPTB when you should be concerned and if they have any suggestions as to how to proceed correcting the problem.



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Date Posted: 9/13/2010 3:36 PM ET
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I went almost three years before having 3 books go lost this summer. Luckily the third was someone just forgot to mail it or something (never got a real explanation) so they sent it and I marked it received from my Transaction Archive.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 3:41 PM ET
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It just struck me as odd that Id have 4 mailings from 4 different locations all go lost in such a short time frame.  Oh well chalking it up to the weirdness that is the Postal Service.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 4:10 PM ET
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It also happens that people mark a book mailed and then never mailed it. It' just happened to me this past week (the sender gave the book to her husband to mail, he never mailed it and she found it in the car a few weeks later.)

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 4:11 PM ET
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What I'd like to know........ Where the heck are all of these "lost" books?  With the other sock? 

They must end up SOMEWHERE.  Is a postal employee opening up a used bookstore somewhere?  Are they propping up the short leg of some post office desk?  

I once mailed an entire box of books to deployed Marines.  Got a note from the post office saying that "Oops, the box opened" (even though I wrapped it so that it could be dropped from a third story window).  So, what..... It was too much trouble to pick up the books and get them back to me?  surprise

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 6:49 PM ET
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I've had very few packages go lost.  But we are seeing more threads recently about a higher percentage of lost books/packages.

I think there was a thread recently about the P.O. having a big push to open and inspect a lot more media mail packages. All over, not just in the one state that was doing more inspecting after they found they were having eBay problems.

I sent a box of books for trade-in to Amazon, and the scan said that that box sat in a P.O. in Springfield for a week, which isn't that far from me. I can only imagine that the pre-paid label Amazon sent was for book rate, so it was held for inspection. And it was a big box, and they took their time. When they got around to it.

I'm only guessing, but the box I sent months ago moved quickly, and it was a bigger box.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 7:02 PM ET
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Lost letters and stsuff used to wind up in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.  They had a facility there that 'stuff' was sent to and they tried to get them to the right person.  Packages that couldn't be sent on or back, were auctioned off.  I'm not sure if the facility is still in MN though.

I know they try really hard to send stuff on, both locally, before it's sent to MN, and when it gets to MN.  I sent a box of books to my dad years ago, and knew it took a long time for media mail (before PBS).  Several weeks later, I got a call from the Postal Service asking if I'd sent books out and to who, etc.  Told her yes I had and she said the label had been torn and they couldn't figure out where to send it.  She told me to always put a label inside the package (I don't do that with books, but do with other packages).  That way if the outside label comes off, there's a label inside that will help them identify the sender and the reciepient. 

Pat

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 7:02 PM ET
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Lost letters and stsuff used to wind up in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN.  They had a facility there that 'stuff' was sent to and they tried to get them to the right person.  Packages that couldn't be sent on or back, were auctioned off.  I'm not sure if the facility is still in MN though.

I know they try really hard to send stuff on, both locally, before it's sent to MN, and when it gets to MN.  I sent a box of books to my dad years ago, and knew it took a long time for media mail (before PBS).  Several weeks later, I got a call from the Postal Service asking if I'd sent books out and to who, etc.  Told her yes I had and she said the label had been torn and they couldn't figure out where to send it.  She told me to always put a label inside the package (I don't do that with books, but do with other packages).  That way if the outside label comes off, there's a label inside that will help them identify the sender and the reciepient. 

Pat

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 7:11 PM ET
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I asked my Post Master and he said any unclaimed stuff gets sold off after a certain amount of time. 

Could be that the wrapper ripped off those books and they cannot work out who owns them.

I would contact the PO and ask about those items.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 7:44 PM ET
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I always fill out the "lost/stolen" form with USPS too. I don't think it does a darned thing as to actually locating anything, but I figure it may give them a heads up if there is a preponderance of them in one area.

Date Posted: 9/13/2010 8:05 PM ET
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I think I will do that thanks. smiley

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 10:53 AM ET
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I have kind of the opposite thing happening with me.  Lately the books I have sent have made it to the recipient in one or two days.  Now I can understand this if the book was sent to the next state, but one made it all the way across the country in two days!  I have also been receiving books much quicker. 

Date Posted: 9/14/2010 10:55 AM ET
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I would definitely report it to your local PO.  Once I had Netflix DVD's disappearing and never making it to me.  After the third time (because Netflix will cancel your account if this happens a lot), I reported it to our local PO.  I got a call a couple of days later from a supervisor telling me that they caught a new postal employee who was stealing Netflix movies. 

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 4:13 PM ET
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My experience is that the closer you live to the address the Media Mail is going to/coming from the slower it will be.  The farther away - the more likely it will make it onto a plane flying directly to your area.

Ruth

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Date Posted: 9/16/2010 6:43 PM ET
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I had a friend who worked at the post office and she said you would be amazed at how some of the handlers (sorters) treat the mail. She said it usually occured on the midnight shift when she saw several throwing packages or playing football. and she also told me that postal theft is on the rise. She quit after the shift manager just seem to ignore what was going on.  I am sure it is few and far between and not all post offices do this but it does happen.