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Subject: book from PBS
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 10:25 AM ET
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Is it common to receive books directly from PBS?

I received a book today and a couple of things jumped out at me. First, let me say, the book was fine, although smelled a bit of perfume (no biggie). But, the book was supposed to come from CA and the PBS created postage tracking showed the little usps truck as having used a route that started in CA, but the return address said GA. And, I received the book on 6/26 but the date on the postage said 6/28... two days in the future. 

So, I went hmmmmmmmm. And I googled the return address and it was a PBS warehouse.

Is this common?

Last Edited on: 6/26/10 10:26 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 10:28 AM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2007
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Senders have the option of using their own return address or the PBS address (usually for privacy reasons). The book you received came from another member who chose to not disclose their own address.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 10:29 AM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2007
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Any member can chose the option of having the return addres be the PBS location.  The problem is if there is not enough postage or the book is returned for some reason, it will go to PBS and not back to the sender.  I think people do it for privacy reasons.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 11:27 AM ET
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The 6/28 date is because the sender chose "I Can Mail Later" when accepting the request and she chose the farthest date out, then she actually mailed earlier.

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 1:54 PM ET
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Unless it really was mailed from the future, in an alternate world......

(sorry couldn't resist).

Date Posted: 6/26/2010 7:27 PM ET
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This reninds me of something I used to do. When I recieved a book and was asked the usual questions including " What is the postmark" of the book you just recieved. I would take a quick look and mark the first very legible date I saw. I realized just a few months ago that I was marking the date that the label was printed--not the date that the Post Office recieved the book. Often there is a 3,4 5 or even longer difference in those two dates.

Now I very specifically look for the USPS postmark. The only problem is that ii is unreadable about two thirds of the time. So I leave it blank.

Date Posted: 6/27/2010 2:03 PM ET
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Much better to leave it blank, Thomas, than to put an incorrect date and have a mark fall on the sender's account. I had a gal recently that gets her mail brought to her by someone who actually gets the mail from the box. She often gets several day's mail at the same time. She simply picked on of the dates from one of the books and used it for all of them!

I knew I had mailed her book on time, and it had been supposedly delivered several days ago, according to the DC (which I know is not always correct)  then it got marked, and was marked as being mailed late. I PM'd her and asked if she actually used the USPS date or the PayPal date since I was sure it was not mailed late. She wrote back and said she had no idea when it was marked, as she just used one of the dates off one of the books. And asked "why? was it a problem?"

Uh, yeah! it gives me a black mark on my account I explained to her that it shows I mailed my book late. She apologized and explained that she doesn't get her mail given to her everyday, and she didn't realize it mattered what date she put there, she was just picking one. So everytime she marked books received and had more than one book, the others could well be being marked late! As I said, I explained what it was for to her, and suggested that if she couldn't use the exact date for each book, then she should leave it blank.

I also wrote to PBS to let them know that there may be many people with late mailings incorrectly applied to their accounts because of this, and explained what she does. I know PBS doesn't count late mailings as major flags against your account, but after a few or several, they will add up, I'm sure, so I just hope I haven't mailed her a lot of books!!! hahahaha