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Subject: Books mailed 11/9 and postmarked 12/20?!?!
Date Posted: 12/24/2007 5:15 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2007
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I just received a book that went "lost in mail" way back when.  It was requested on 11/5 and label printed and was marked mailed on 11/9.  It finally showed up today in the mail!  Although I am glad it showed up finally, the postmark on the package says 12/20!  I marked it received and filled out the feedback section but I feel that the other member shouldn't get that credit or something.  I did send a PM to the other member requesting a reason for the delay in shipping.  So frustrating!  I always send my books ASAP after they are requested.  People don't request a book if they don't want it soon.  This book wasn't mailed for 6 weeks past when they said they mailed it!  Now the account is "on hold".  Wondering why...  ARGH! 

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 7:04 PM ET
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the post office does not always stamp the books when mailed.  I have had several show up without a postmark at all.  Was it a stamp that has that date or the circle stamp they use to cancel postage?

It is also possible the book was returned to the sender for some reason and was put back in the mail later.

Try not to assume the worst, there might be a logical explanation

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 8:49 PM ET
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It had a sticker with printed postage on it dated 12/20.  Like the sticker they apply at the PO when you drop it off.

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 8:56 PM ET
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Did you double check to make sure that this book actually came from the member who marked it mailed on 11/9? Is it possible that when that one was marked by the system as lost, that the request went to the next member who posted the book, and the second member actually mailed it on the 20th? Just curious....lol

Pretty fast shipping from the 12/20 postmark....

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 11:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If a book goes "lost" it won't automatically order it again for you. It puts it on your reminder list. The rules suggest you wait 2 weeks before you reorder incase the book shows up.   There could be lots of reasons it wend lost.  Maybe they thought they mailed it and then found it in their car later.  Maybe it was sent back to them once for insufficient postage or something.  I had a book I ordered go "lost" because the lady gave them to her husband to mail.  Apparently he put them in the trunk and forgot all about them.  She PM'd me before the book went lost though to let me know. Which is what this person should have done.

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 11:57 PM ET
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It puts it on your reminder list.

DUH! Of course it does! It's been awhile for me...lol

Okay, forget anything I typed before. As a matter of fact, it would probably be safer to just ignore anything I say at all....rotfl

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 9:23 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/25/2007 9:23 PM ET
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I got one that the person never marked mailed, so it went to the next person.  I got the book from the second person, then the day before Thanksgiving, I got a book in the mail, opened it, and it was from the 1st person.  The book timed out in late October, and they didn't mail the book until Nov 16th.  When I received the book, I did not have anymore credits, and i also had recieved a copy already.

Date Posted: 12/25/2007 11:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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If you receive 2 books like that you don't have to give a credit to both people. Some people do. But if one sender messes up and doesn't mark the book mailed and then sends it anyway, you don't have to give them a credit.  You didn't ask for 2 copies, just the one. Especially if they didn't PM in time to cancel the 2nd transaction.

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 9:57 AM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2007
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I had the same thing happen -- at about the same time!  The sender said there was a "mix-up at the post office" that caused the delay.  The book wasn't sent until I sent a PM right before the book would have been marked "lost" in the system. It was post-marked the next day (after the PM), so I doubt it was a "PO mix-up" but hey - at least I got the book. I just made a note of the discrepancy when I checked the book in.

 

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 11:59 AM ET
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The book could have easily been sent back to the sender for some reason, don't assume they did something with evil intent. A PM about a mix up would be nice so we didn't sit and wait and wonder, but some people just don't think about it, they get the mail back in the mail to you as fast as they can. Hope the sender will let you know what happened.

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:19 PM ET
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Maybe she gave it to her hubby to mail on her way to work and hubby forgot and it sat in his car forever, finally he moved something and found and quick dropped it off before he got in trouble.  You know how men can be :)

Date Posted: 12/26/2007 12:23 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
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Another thing, there was a huge overhaul of the shipping rules in recent months. The stamped-mail-above-13-oz rule, the changes in postage amounts, etc. If these members hadn't had an order (quite possible, if they have books with many copies in the system or are newer), they could have gotten burned when trying to mail. (Stamped mail returned to them, etc.)

Just a thought...