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Subject: Were these books actually mailed?
Date Posted: 9/16/2009 5:14 AM ET
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PBS keeps asking me if I have received these books from one member. She sent them with DC. Here are the details:

Request Date: 8/20/09 5:11 AM

Date Accepted: 8/20/09 11:18 AM

Label Print Date: 8/25/09 10:18 AM

Date Mailed: 8/25/09 10:20 AM

Delivery Confirmation Events:

USPS DC#: *******

* 8/25/09  12:00 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - Sacramento, CA

That's all the information that is available on these three books. So, do you think they were actually mailed or not? Is there someway that I can find out. The books will be going lost by Monday. I could pm the sender, but I would like to know if there is another way to find out first.



Last Edited on: 9/16/09 5:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/16/2009 5:30 AM ET
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Connie,

Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if it has been mailed or not.  They could have dropped the book in a blue box and it is sitting at a sorting center.  Delivery Confirmation is just that, proof of delivery.  Not all post offices scan along the way.

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 6:53 AM ET
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I sent one out about a month ago that went lost, and "Electronic Shipping Info Received" is the only information that made it into the system.  I've even had packages delivered that never got scanned once.  There is no way to tell; you'll just have to take your sender's word for it and then reorder when you get your credits back.  It's always possible they're in the car trunk, etc, so I would ask.

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 8:09 AM ET
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I am experiencing the same thing.  I did PM the sender, but she seems to think she sent me a different book and that I got it?! She wished me happy reading!  I PM'd her again explaiining that she is mistaken, but haven't heard back. So waiting for book to go lost so I can actually get it. (It is a wish list book)

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 9:31 AM ET
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I have one book that I sent on 8/31 that is still only showing that initial DC line from when I printed the label. I mailed it with two other books which were scanned the next day at our local distribution center and both arrived at their destinations long ago. I'm sure the person I sent that book to is wondeirng, "Did she really send it?" Yeah, I did...if they PM me I will certainly answer and let them know that, but it does occasionally happen that books really do go lost, languishing somewhere in the never-never. :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 5:03 PM ET
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I have 2 books that I mailed on 9/3 that have not been scanned yet. Other books I mailed the same day have already been received so I have to wonder what happened to them. Hopefully they just got held up somewhere. I mailed them all from work which makes me a little nervous since I don't do that very often.

Subject: Sometimes
Date Posted: 9/19/2009 4:11 PM ET
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If you just put them in your mail box or a box they don't always scan them.  If your using the DC you should take them to the post office and go inside make sure they actually do scan them.  My sister in law is a post office employee and she says if they dont have a lot of time sometimes they just send them off if they come in the box.  They do it thinking the next place will scan it but it never gets scanned and then you dont know where it is.  So just drop it off inside and you know its done right.  Sometimes when we are at work we have to cut corners to get the job finished in time, it happens everywhere.  Apparently even at the postoffice. 

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 4:23 PM ET
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If your using the DC you should take them to the post office and go inside make sure they actually do scan them.

 

I do not agree. Half the reason to print postage and use DC is so that I do not have to go to the PO box. PBS works on a sort of honor system and I do not feel like I or any of us should have to prove we mailed the book. Half the point to using this site is sending off the book! If someone is abusing the system, the books will go lost and the PBS team will have notice of it and they can deal with those problem people. The rest of though should not be punished or questioned over mailing because of the few bad apples.

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 4:37 PM ET
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Wow! I just noticed that it will be a month tomorrow since I requested these books and I still don't have them. I pm'd the sender and she reassured me that she did indeed mail them. So, they must be somewhere out there in one of those sorting places. Hopefully, someday they will show up. But, I'm not holding my breath.



Last Edited on: 9/20/09 7:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/19/2009 5:13 PM ET
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I had one of those recently too, the book did show up, right before it would have gone lost.

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 5:31 PM ET
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Books can take a long time.  I had someone get one that I mailed in the middle of August on this past Friday.  That  did have scans.  It went to a sorting center in NJ, then to California, then back to NJ.  It then disappeared (as far as scans) for almost three weeks and then it showed up back in California before arriving in Nevada.  This is all to say that wonky things sometimes happen, and while most things get to their destinations relatively quickly, others take a tour of the country first.

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 6:52 PM ET
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I have seen the status message say that even after packages have been delievered!  Unfortunatly the post office is not always with it  :)  and if it was media mail, it could take that long or longer...  I wouldn't give up. If it comes after it was marked as lost, you can fix that!

Date Posted: 9/19/2009 11:32 PM ET
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Electronic Shipping Info Received merely means that DC has been purchased and a number assigned, it is no indication of whether or not the book is actually in the hands of USPS.  Try entering the DC number directly into USPS tracking site, sometimes they have different (or more current) information.

If PBS DC is used, but postage is purchased at your post office, the DC is scanned as part of the transaction.  Otherwise, postal clerks are being discouraged from 'gratuitious' scans at the counter...if your PO is still providing 'courtesy' scans be sure to thank them nicely :)



Last Edited on: 9/19/09 11:32 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 8:00 AM ET
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Well, it happened! Unfortunately, all three books went lost last night! I am so disappointed as I was really looking forward to receiving those books.

Now, I am going to wait the two weeks that PBS suggests before I reorder them. Ugh!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 1:45 PM ET
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Bummer Connie

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 6:07 PM ET
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If PBS DC is used, but postage is purchased at your post office, the DC is scanned as part of the transaction.

And this is only the case in the town and city post offices. In the small village and rural post offices, they don't always have the equipment to scan computer-generated labels - the older scanners that the small POs get stuck with often can't read them. My post office doesn't even bother to try anymore, the clerk just knows to add the extra amount to all the labels when I send out PBS books there - which I don't do very often now anyway since they started PBS postage. But I've noticed the books I mail from my mailbox or from work usually don't get scanned until they have completely left the state.

Subject: Sometimes
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:48 PM ET
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I mail with DC but paid at the postoffice.  The last time i was there something was going on in the back and they were arguing my book didn't get scaned.  I didn't notice it at the time and it didn't get scaned untill the next stop.  So things do happen where they might not get scanned.   

And Kim I wasn't saying that others shuld be punished for scamers.  But if your printing off your postage and putting them in your box I wasn't saying that you should have to take them into the postoffice.  I was saying if you are worried about them not getting scanned would it hurt to take them in to make sure it got done right.  I know some people live a long way from there postoffice and dont want to drive and your right Kim that is the convience of the site.