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Subject: The Clockwork Angel Cassadra Clare
Date Posted: 1/16/2011 11:31 AM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2007
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I have had this book offered to me 3 times in the last month or so, and I am 1st on my WL for it.  EVERY time it has been cancelled after sitting there for days waiting for the person to set up the mailing date.  To say the least this if so frustrating as this is one book that I have been waiting to read.  I cant understand if you post the book, why dont you take the time to to come back and set up the mailing or if you cant get to the post office for some reason cancel the book before it times out.  I know that I have probably missed out on people who did mail the book while I was sitting waiting for the person who posted it to me to actually mail it.  I am starting to think I am not meant to have this book..lol..oh well...I guess I will just keep waiting for someone to post AND mail it out...

I also want to ask if any of you are having problems with the mail...in all my time as a member I havent had very many books get lost, but it seems like this month, its either taking extemely long to get them or they are not getting here at all...I dont know what is going on.  Maybe I am just having a very bad month...LOL..

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 6/27/2009
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I have never understood why people post a book that is wl'd and then not respond to the request. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 2:16 PM ET
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I'm sure that somebody on here will tell you to be patient and that life sometimes gets in the way of a poster actually mailing a book, and yes we all know that, however I agree with you.  When you post a book to PBS you are agreeing to mail it when requested.  If it's a WL book it's going to get requested soon.  So uphold your end of the commitment and mail it already.  I somehow doubt that 3 people in a row had a life crisis as soon as they posted this particular book.  Hopefully you'll get it soon.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 2:43 PM ET
Member Since: 10/21/2007
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It happens!  I know that doesn't help.  wink  And as much as we might hate it, the owner of the book does have the right to change their mind. 

I also think a lot of time with YA books we ask our teens if they want to read them, they say no, we post them...then they decidde they want to read them!  Mine has done that a few times much to my dismay.  I don't think it's the book though, I was number 1, had my WL on hold, took it off got it posted and sent right out.  Love her other series and can't wait to read this one.   

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 3:25 PM ET
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well as for the mail this month, here in the northeast we have gotten buried in snow so it makes mailing difficult. I've seen at least 3 mail trucks being towed in the past week alone, and saw another one struggle to get down a road.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 5:20 PM ET
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There is definitely something weird going on with the mail.  In the past month I've had a book "delivered" to me - at least according to the DC but I had not received the book.  I went to my PO to let them know I had not actually received my package.  A few days later it shows up in my mailbox. 

Now, for the first time ever with PBS, I've got a package of 2 books mailed out that have gone lost.  The DC shows them delivered but the person says they never got the books.  Unfortunately I did not use PBS DC this time, so I am up a creek. 

Not really complaining, things happen.  Just noting that things have been weird with the PO lately!

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 7:03 PM ET
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I can't speak for the other states, but I have not received mail since Jan 8, 2011.  We have bad ice etc and alot of hills in our subdivision so no mail delivery.  I'm in GA. Maybe we will get mail Tuesday. It would be nice.

Date Posted: 1/16/2011 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2007
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Yes thats what I am saying about the mail, I know it is probably the bad weather, but it just seems like recently its been real bad...Books that were mailed first are not getting here, and books that were mailed a few days ago, make it here fast.  I have one that was mailed with DC and it shows it getting to PA, but its saying no info available, and I have never received it.  I also ordered from the Book Depository and they havent shown up yet either, which is very unusual, since even tho they come from the UK they are pretty speedy on delivery.  Sorry if it seems like I am complaining, im just putting it out there to see if others are having the same problems...

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 7:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2009
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Hey Paula do you have Requestor Conditions on.  I have this happen a lot with my RC's on then I shut them off and it seems like it doesn't happen with them off.  I started to wonder if its because of my RC's that they just don't want to give a reason why not to send. 

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 11:08 PM ET
Member Since: 12/19/2008
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Probably unrelated but I've noticed that alot of people mail out books media mail when the books are small enough to go first class when using the PBS postage.  I use it all the time and have learned to underestimate a book's weight.  Not only am I cheap but first class is faster and I have yet to have a book sent back to me for insufficient postage.  Just saying!

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 3:02 PM ET
Member Since: 6/13/2007
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 Not only am I cheap but first class is faster and I have yet to have a book sent back to me for insufficient postage.  Just saying!

Carolyn...  I wouldn't do this.  It violates the member agreement and you could lose your membership!  It's one thing to make a mistake, it's another to do so willing...and than post about it!  I just wouldn't go there. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 5:56 PM ET
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How am I violating the member agreement?  I believe most people don't own a scale at home and tend to over estimate the weight of their books, thus paying more postage than neccessary and causing the books to go media instead of first class which takes longer. 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2011 6:12 PM ET
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Someone overestimating and paying more for postage is not postal fraud.  Your post makes it sound like you 'underestimate' the weight of your book so you can purposely pay less for postage.  I thought somewhere in the member agreement it states you are to follow the rules of the PO...maybe not... at a minimum it would be postal fraud and theft.  Maybe I just read your post wrong, but that's how it sounds!  And I certainly wouldn't post about potentially ripping off the PO.  Just saying...If I read your post wrong sorry. 



Last Edited on: 2/2/11 6:30 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 7:09 PM ET
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I've noticed that alot of people mail out books media mail when the books are small enough to go first class   ---_---

 

This is what I was trying to bring attention to.  I have recieved many books from members who paid the $3 for media mail but the books didn't weigh enough to warrant

the cost.  I myself have almost printed out postage on a book that the system says weighs 12 oz but maybe only weighs 6 oz, possibly less.  And I find it frustrating having to wait weeks for a book that could have come to me in days.  I'm encouraging better estimations here people, not fraud.  And if you can't estimate well, take it to the post office.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 7:32 PM ET
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You said underestimate.....which means to use an amount lesser than what it actually is. Im only responding to what you posted.
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 7:57 PM ET
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Yes, you have to estimate when you don't know the actual weight.  Unless someone has a scale they have to estimate and I believe many people are estimating too high causing books to be unnecessarily  sent media mail, which takes longer. 

I guess I should have used the term 'guesstimate' because that's really all I'm doing and when I see the weight that's listed in the PBS postage system I guesstimate that it's probably too high and lower it to what my experience has proven to be more accurate.

Date Posted: 2/5/2011 2:19 PM ET
Member Since: 5/17/2009
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Disappointing, I thought I was coming into a thread about Clockwork Angel. I just finished it and I was curious what others thought. I haven't been in here in months and the first two threads I check have arguments in them sad