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Subject: Book marked lost - I didn't know
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I just saw on my transactions archive that a book was marked lost!   Wouldnt I get notified? 

DC shows delivery on May 11.  I remember this one because I PM'd the person since it did not come off of my books mailed page weeks later and I was curious if she'd received it.  She pm'd back that she was out of the area and couldnt check right away.  Then it came off a few days later so I thought all was good and it had been received.

Wonder if she got home and it was missing then, even though the DC said it was delivered. But if so do I lose the credit?

I pm'd to ask her for more info.  Guess I should check my transactions routinely instead of reading. Oh I have a good Vincent Bugliosi book going now so it's hard to pull myself away....



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Date Posted: 6/9/2009 2:06 PM ET
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You keep the credit if you used PBS DC, and the book was scanned at least once on its journey.

You do not get notified (that I know of) if a book you mail goes lost. (maybe you get an email or something, but I wouldn't know, I don't read the emails). You don't get PMs or anything like that, unless the receiver PMs you to ask about it.

It could be that she never got it, even though the DC says delivered. Could have een delivered to the wrong address, for example.

Nothing much to be done except PM the receiver and double-check to see if she received it after all.



Last Edited on: 6/9/09 2:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 2:36 PM ET
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Sara,

Yes I used PBS DC,  even though I keep wondering if I want to spent the extra pennies!

I guess as long as I get to keep the credit I'm happy.    If I hadnt used DC I'm out the credit though correct? 

Do most of you use the DC or just take your chances on a lost book?

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:27 PM ET
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Yes, if you don't use PBS DC, you lose the credit.  Even if you use DC purchased at the post office, you lose your credit, so using PBS DC is the only way to guarantee the credit.

I don't personally use it.  I've only had 2 books go lost in a total of more than 300 sent and received.  So, I don't find it to be worth the money spent. 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:33 PM ET
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I only use DC on bulk orders or game books-it's required when you play the games. 

I haven't had a single one I've sent go lost in 400+ books.  If I had used the DC on them all I would have spent way more than the cost of several lost books worth of  credits, postage and books. Buying it through PBS does help support the site though. Buying it from anywhere but PBS is a complete waste of money because it doesn't guarantee your credit and it doesn't help PBS at all.

If I only sent out a couple of books a month I would be more inclined to use it but I send out 5-10 books a week when my account isn't on hold.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:48 PM ET
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Well I have two thoughts:

Maybe I should get brave and stop using it. I'm new (6 weeks in I think) and have sent out 100 books.  That probably slows down as my selection goes down, or maybe that depends on a lot of factors.  Anyway the few times I didnt use it I worried about it. But I should get over it if the ratio of lost books is so low. Then on the other hand this one sent only 2 hours away from me ended up lost. Too much to think about.........

Second thought. Glad my hubby and kids are gone because I always worry when Mary L's photo's are staring me in the face as I try to read or type. It's making me type really fast right now just in case one of the boys sneaks in - oh I think I hear someone, gotta go. 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I used it at first, but as I realized that lost books are not common, I stopped using it for everything.

Now, I use it on all multi-book orders, and if I'm sending Media Mail to Hawaii or Alaska.

Ms K. (MsK) -
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 4:54 PM ET
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I use PBS-DC because I get my credits faster, there are less books lost (& I'll get credit anyway)... and also because it helps the site out..

..... I may not be a "Friend of PBS" but I buy PBS-DC & I buy credits to help out with the site.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 5:25 PM ET
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You know I get a lot of comments on my pictures but they are actually pretty tame.   Go check out some of the ladies in the L&R forum or the GAmes forum.  A few actually got reprimanded for having pictures that were too graphic.  (I just like the chance to objectify men instead of woman for a change). 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:12 PM ET
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I use the PBS DC because it's mandatory with the PBS printable postage. Truly, if it were an option NOT to use it, I would take that option. I sent hundreds of books out without the DC, some just with stamps slapped on them, some with the metered sticker from the PO, and only had a couple go lost. I use the printable postage for my own convenience, so I can mail books whenever by dropping in the blue box in front of my workplace--I can only get to a regular PO one day a week and this is just so much easier. I don't use it because I feel a need for the credit assurance, not at all. I also do it to support PBS.

But if I *were* going to pay to use DC, i would use the PBS DC because it is the only way to *guarantee* your credit. I just don't think it's a big enough issue to worry about!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 6:57 PM ET
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I just noticed that it says I'm a printed postage user again.  I used to use it more often when I ran a home daycare and didn't want to bring all the kids into the PO. But I think I've only used it maybe once or twice in the past 6months when I just had one 13oz or larger book to mail and didn't feel like going ot the PO for that.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 6/9/2009 7:25 PM ET
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I use PBS DC simply because it's easier for me to print the label and put the book in my mail box.  My PO is almost 10 miles one way  from my house.  With the dreaded orange barrels from here to there!  I've figured it out.  With the price of gas and the distance to the PO I'm saving money or spending the same believe it or not.  I get my credit immediately and don't have to worry about lost books. 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:11 PM ET
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What am I saving by not using the PBS DC full package - 40 some cents each time or is it more?

It does add up.  I'd like to have the actual amount to decide by. And I don't want to have the label print screen staring at me pressuring me to decide so I'll ask if you guys can tell me ahead of time.  Or maybe its in FAQ's I should just check there but wanted to check back and read your opinions.

And to look at Mary's pictures again... What is that second guy doing to that pillow?  Am I the only one who's ever tried to click on him?

Oh well back to the subject how much postage am  I saving? I have a post office at the grocery store that I think is full service that I could use too.    The line at my local post office is soooo slowwww sometimes. 

 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:34 PM ET
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The DC itself costs 19 cents (added to postage on package). There is also a 27 cent fee that goes to PBS. So, 46 cents total.

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 8:37 PM ET
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Thanks Sara  and one last thing since I know you are on PBS members thoughts forum.

Next to the first three forums - Members thoughts, Games and Book Clubs it says (members only).

Does that mean I shouldn't be peeking in there?  It doesn't say that by the others so I wondered.

 

Date Posted: 6/9/2009 9:58 PM ET
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Jeannie, the "members only" forums mean that if you are not a member of PBS the forum isn't visible to you. (If I recall correctly.) The main PBS site allows visitors to read most of the forums but not those three. I think a while back there where some privacy concerns raised and PBS made a couple of changes. Anyway, since you are a member jump right on in and have a look. Be careful though, its  addicting!



Last Edited on: 6/9/09 9:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 2:29 PM ET
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Kathleen - you are so right.  Ironic to be here reading posts with all those books to be read!  But there are some really interesting topics and sometimes just as interesting replies.  Thanks.