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Subject: My book was returned "Refused by Sender"
Date Posted: 9/11/2007 8:51 AM ET
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One of my "lost" books was returned to me. It has a sticker that says "Refused-Return to Sender" But it doesn't say why? I PM'd my recipient when the book was declared lost by PBS and haven't heard back from her. Do you think she was on vacation and never picked up her book? It's a WL book, with a long list.  Should I relist it if I don't hear back from her soon? I'm going to PM her right now to let her know I have the book.

Kim

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 10:26 AM ET
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If I didn't hear from her in a day or so, I'd repost the book.    Whatever the reason, it's your book to do with what you like now.   You never know what might have happened in her life - she might have had to go out of town on an emergency and someone else was taking care of her mail.        However - it isn't fair to hang up your book forever.      You have tried to contact her - the next move is up to her.      Of course, you have the right to repost this at any time you choose.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:03 AM ET
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Refused by sender................I just had that happen to me.  What I did not know, until now, is that if it is refused you have to pay the postage again!  $2.31 on the way out, then a trip to the post office to pick up a postage due item....and 2.31 to get it back.

I have to wonder if the reciever changed their mind about the book and were trying to be kind and return it to me???  I have PM'd them.  We'll see where it gets me.

I never knew before now that you have to pay on returned media mail.   Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks, Mary

 

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:10 AM ET
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Yes, it is true.  You have to pay postage on returned media mail.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 3:59 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/11/2007 4:32 PM ET
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Thanks everyone. I'm thinking maybe she's on vacation? I PM'd her about the book a while back and it took her over a week to get back to me. So maybe she doesn't get on the computer often. I just noticed some dates written onthe package, so maybe there was notice left for her and she never picked up the book. <shrugs> I guess I can repost it. It just stink cause that means I'll have to pay more postage to mail it out. It's a brand new HC of  Dirty Martini too.

Kim

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 8:43 PM ET
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Kim:  That one is on my wishlist!!!  If you want, you can send it to me and I will send you the postage!!  That's probably not kosher, and I couldn[t get away with it, though.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 11:53 PM ET
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Yes, Winston that's not kosher. You cannot offer to pay for a book anything other than what the system allows, one credit.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 5:10 PM ET
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First Class Mail and Priority  Mail guarantee return to the Sender without any additional charges.  MM and Parcel Post cost the same rate on the return trip.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 7:27 PM ET
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There may have been a mistake on the other end also.  I think if the addressee didn't pick it up or wasn't there it should have been marked "unclaimed" instead of refused but since I don't deal with delivery I could be wrong.

Date Posted: 9/12/2007 11:47 PM ET
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I didn't have to pay return postage on it. Lucky me I guess. Steve, thanks for clarifying. If I don't hear back from my original recipient, I guess I'll just relist it.

Kim

Date Posted: 9/13/2007 10:51 AM ET
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Coffee....thanks for chiming in.  I was wondering what you would have to say about the 'refused' item.  I PM's the person who refused my book.  I have not heard back yet so I think I will repost it.  Who knows what could have happend.....since it was PO it is possible the person is physically unable to get there.

I'm glad you clarified that an unclaimed may have been marked as refused.

In which case, I am glad I got the book back.

Mary

 

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 12:00 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 12:39 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/23/2007 1:29 AM ET
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That is what should happen, Heather.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 12:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/9/2007 5:41 PM ET
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Just weighing in here - I got my first ever returned as "unclaimed" and didn't have to pay the postage.  I've PM'd the requestor and guess I'll wait a week before re-posting it to give her a chance to respond.  This thread was really helpful! 

Yay!  The requester responded, so the book's on its merry way once again!



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Date Posted: 11/11/2007 1:54 AM ET
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Did the book go "lost" in the PBS system?  If so the requester, if her account is still active, might have been put back at the top of the WL line. 

Date Posted: 11/11/2007 5:11 AM ET
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Coffee,

You are correct, it should have be marked unclaimed if it just wasn't picked up!  The book should have 3 dates on it.  The first is the first date a notice is left, the 2nd is the 2nd notice, and the 3rd is the date it was returned.  If the book was received before that 3rd date it is possible that the book was refused after the 2nd notice.

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 3:20 PM ET
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Steve L. is correct. If the addressee didn't pick it up it should be marked "unclaimed".
Date Posted: 11/29/2007 3:22 PM ET
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Or Kim....you could post it to Winston's wish list coz he's such a COOL GUY......

No law against that!

Date Posted: 11/29/2007 8:24 PM ET
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That sounds like a good suggestion to me too! :)

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Date Posted: 10/19/2011 10:17 AM ET
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I had the same thing happen to me and the story I got from the requestor was that she moved, didn't know that media mail wasn't forwarded and didn't want to go stand in line at the PO to pick something up. I pointed out to her that I had paid to send it to her in good faith and then had to pay to have it returned to me. I was lucky that she agreed to return the postage money to me both going out and coming back.

So the lesson here people is that if you are moving, DON'T REQUEST BOOKS!

Date Posted: 10/23/2011 10:19 AM ET
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Another 4 yr old post bumped for no reason.