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Subject: So bummed, WL book canceled because of automatic RC
Date Posted: 9/11/2013 10:06 AM ET
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finally had a 1-2year? wish list book come up for my son as being granted. Accepted yesterday and today it got canceled because of the automatic RC about APO's. the sender doesn't want to go to the post office. guessing because the customs form needs to be filled out? of course it's the only copy in the system! Bummed!!

Date Posted: 9/11/2013 10:46 AM ET
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Sorry you missed out on the book.  The APO form is really nothing to fill out.

-RD

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/11/2013 11:17 AM ET
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Maybe the member really can't get to the post office.

Thanks for your overseas service.

Date Posted: 9/11/2013 1:05 PM ET
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No I can understand about not being able to go to the post office. Just bummed that they are required to mail it from *most likely* it's because it requires a customs form and everyone or postal delivery person doesn't have a stack sitting around in their house. 

I just can't remember for sure if PBS postage or USPS postage generates one online to print off. 

Date Posted: 9/11/2013 1:13 PM ET
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I've sent books to APO addresses before. PBS doesn't generate the form. And the on-line form on UPSP is incredibly confusing.

The actual form in the Post Office is no big deal - and I always accept APO requests. But I can understand if someone isn't able to make it to the Post Office, they would have a very, very hard time getting the customs form filled out.

Date Posted: 9/11/2013 1:37 PM ET
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What was the book?  I am going to a big library sale this weekend and will look for you.

Date Posted: 9/12/2013 3:14 PM ET
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I won't send to APO boxes anymore. I just lost a $40 dvd set (5 credits) on swapadvd because it got "lost in the mail". First APO box I sent to and first transaction to have this issue (the other one I posted about previously was marked received the last day avaliable). The form was no big deal at all. Just posting to say another reason people may not mail to APOs.



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Date Posted: 9/12/2013 4:54 PM ET
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I have no problem mailing to APO/FPO/DPO, but guess I can understand that some people might.  As others have said, the form is easy to fill out, and the postal people are more than happy to help with it.  When I'm mailing APO/FPO, etc., I always do a DC.  That way I don't have to wait for the credit, and I also know that sometimes it takes a while for something to reach its destination, however, I've also had them get there in less than a week.  Six weeks isn't unheard of for shipments to the APO addresses.  Sorry you had a problem, but the item could still reach its destination.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 9/12/2013 5:02 PM ET
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I know there are some risks and inconveniences in mailing to these addresses, but it is a patriotic thing to do. Most likely it is going to a military or diplomatic address, and not only are the options of shopping for used books there limited, but often so are their funds. Don't always just think of the credit.

Date Posted: 9/12/2013 5:12 PM ET
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I have no problem mailing to APO/FPO/DPO addresses - I think the only time I've turned one down was a week I absolutely knew I couldn't get to the PO. I mailed off a piece of art to a DPO address in Afghanistan and that arrived safely as well (I was worried).



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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/12/2013 5:29 PM ET
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>>Don't always just think of the credit.

I agree with that, but I would be frustrated that a $40 DVD set just went to waste. DC (as PatinKS said) is a great idea - does that same instant-credit policy hold at Swap-a-DVD?

Date Posted: 9/12/2013 11:02 PM ET
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Awww, such a bummer!  Might be a slight inconvenience, but I'd NEVER refuse to send to a military address.  What's the name of the book for your son?  

Date Posted: 9/13/2013 3:25 AM ET
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I also use PBS DC for APO, take it to the PO for customs and postage (acceptance scan)...easy peasy, and credit assurance too.

I'll also ask about the book title, maybe one of us has a copy (or will see one at FOL/book sale soon) we could post to youk.

Date Posted: 9/13/2013 10:00 AM ET
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When I first joined PBS we lived in Germany with an APO address, most of my first swaps went "lost" on way to me, but showed up within a week after the "lost in mail" date. So it just took a little longer than the limit PBS uses for me to receive my swaps.

Date Posted: 9/14/2013 9:08 AM ET
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Please remember that it's not always an issue of a sender not WANTING to get to the post office, but perhaps not being able to.  With post office hours the way they are now, I have to take time off from work to go there when it's open.  Not everyone is able to take time off to go mail something.  Other people are unable to get to the PO because of not driving, disabilities, etc.

Subject: Always accept APO/FPO
Date Posted: 9/14/2013 7:48 PM ET
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I will always accept a request for APOs and FPOs because i know it's going to a service member or their family.  Even if it's a wait for the credit.  Many times the book as been marked as lost due to the time it takes to be delivered, but the person receiving it always marks it received in the end. 

 


 

Date Posted: 9/14/2013 8:10 PM ET
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I will always use PBS DC for any APO.  It just can take that long.  Also use DC whenever sending to Guam.  Oh boy, those ones take a long time.

That said, we do have members who are house bound, with small children, or in rural areas with very limited PO hours.  It is not always a choice, now that the USPS is cutting so many branches.

Date Posted: 9/14/2013 9:24 PM ET
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I can't get to the PO because my work hours are the same as the PO's hours.  And I can't take time off of work to go there or make it across town and back on my 1/2 hour lunch break plus stand in line to mail something.  My PO has very limited Saturday hours and I can't always get up and get there before they close.  Some weeks yes, some weeks no.

I live in a town of 12,000 people and the PO has actually looked at closing our PO branch.  And we only have 1 in town.

Subject: let me be clear....
Date Posted: 9/15/2013 6:20 AM ET
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the PM said "I don't want to go to the Post Office" not can't. I totally understand if a person can not but just flat out saying want is another matter. I too had problems this week getting a book mailed, a power outage fried all the machines in our base post office. It took a few days to get it all cleared up. I was more inquiring if it could be printed online since the PO is cutting so many locations. Please remember all of my books, packages have to have custom forms when sent to the states too.

As far as being lost in the mail or out $40 bucks. Your only out the credit &postage to send the DVDs not the DVDs as you were swapping them. Give it a few more weeks. Currently things are getting a bit more inspected by the host nation customs because of "world issues". I've lived at 3 APOs since joining PBS, the longest a book has taken to get to me is 3 & half months. I've also had a Christmas card arrive in June. It's not always our fault or the mail sorting facility it leaves the states from. Plenty examples are on the discussion boards of books taking the scenic route.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 9/15/2013 8:02 AM ET
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I was more inquiring if it could be printed online since the PO is cutting so many locations.

 

YES, the customs forms can be filled out and printed online.  BUT, you still need to present the package and forms at the postal counter.

Date Posted: 9/15/2013 3:15 PM ET
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"the PM said "I don't want to go to the Post Office" not can't. I totally understand if a person can not but just flat out saying want is another matter."

Frankly, it's not.  When we signed up for PBS, we did _not_ agree to fill out customs forms and hand-present books to the post office.  Sometimes I don't want to do things not because I'm physically incapable of it, but because it is too tiring or too inconveniencing to do so.  Maybe the person works a 60 hour week.  Maybe it is a significant drive.  Maybe to do so would mean they couldn't eat lunch.  It is all just your guess and your presumption, and given the limited nature of the communication, just not fair.  It seems you would have been happier with a period response rather than what was provided.

Going to the post office is not a big deal for me (I go to the post office several times a week anyway), so I do it, but it isn't fair to get upset at another member for not being able _or willing_ to do so.  Keep in mind that this RC is to help _you_ and make it more likely for you to actually receive your books in something approaching a timely manner.  Lots of people have never shipped to an APO or FPO and without the RC would just throw some stamps on it and put it in a blue box.

To look on the bright side, you know you are at the top of the wish list now for this book, and several people have offered to look for it if you let them know the title.

Date Posted: 9/16/2013 5:53 PM ET
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yes... why are you not posting the title??

 

Subject: "Why aren't you posting the title?"
Date Posted: 9/19/2013 4:37 AM ET
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Because I'm on an iPad, it's not easy to cut & paste for me in it. Not that savvy I guess. But here you go:

See Inside Space: (See Inside Board Books) author: Katie Daynes

isbn: 9780794520885 isbn-10: 079452088x

16 pages, publisher: Usborne Books, Book Type: Hardcover

 

let me just add that EVER book sent from an APO/FPO/DPO has to be brought into our post office during business hours. And yes we work regular 60 hour weeks too. I might start using the "I don't feel like it because when I signed up for PBS I didn't agree to it line." To he'll with the good feeling I used to get from swapping books and discovering new ones without breaking the bank!

Date Posted: 9/19/2013 7:41 AM ET
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let me just add that EVER book sent from an APO/FPO/DPO has to be brought into our post office during business hours. And yes we work regular 60 hour weeks too. I might start using the "I don't feel like it because when I signed up for PBS I didn't agree to it line." To he'll with the good feeling I used to get from swapping books and discovering new ones without breaking the bank!

 
Well.....then don't.  You don't have to send out books anymore than anyone else does.   Buy credits in the bazaar and utilize PBS to order books.   You can use PBS however you want to.  Just so can everyone else too. 
Subject: Wow, Really?
Date Posted: 9/19/2013 11:29 AM ET
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I can't believe you waited two years for a board book.  isn't your kid older now?  or did you have another one?  this link below shows many web sites you can buy the book from.  Amazon ships to APOs, for sure.  Why don't you try one of them?

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=9780794520885&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&rlz=1I7GGLJ_enES233

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