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Subject: College Mailrooms
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 3:43 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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Coming off of a question I posted this morning but I felt that it needed its own thread.

I have only recently started sending and recieving books from my college address because I realized that it was a pain to drive to the Post Office to mail books and an equal pain to have them sent home and then call my mom to ask her to describe the books to me so I could properly mark them.

Since making this switch, I have recieved five PBS books with no problem from my mailroom. However, of the about five or six books I have sent out of from the mailroom, two or three arrived safely, one has been marked lost, and the others are still on their way.

I know one lost book isnt something to make a huge deal about (especially when it could simply be delayed in the mail), but I do recall hearing some grumbling about college mailrooms on these forums before. Has anyone had a problem with college mailrooms before? Should I talk to them to make sure everything is going out okay? Should I quit using my college and just go to the PO?

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 3:59 PM ET
Member Since: 9/11/2008
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Hi Erin,

Do you go to a small college or a university?  I ask because a lot of bigger schools have small satelite POs that might be more efficient than the main campus mailroom.  That is how I mail all of my books and I have never had a problem. 

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:04 PM ET
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Personally if you can cut down the number of people that handle your book to get it sent the better. It would be alot easier to just buy postage online (PBS, paypal etc) and drop it off at the PO or blue box.

I send books from work, and sometimes the mail does not get taken to the PO in the mornings so I drop it off in the afternoons. Having to rely on other people is just an extra way for someone to mess up.  Least you will know exactly when its done if you do it.

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 7:18 PM ET
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You could have your books mailed to you at school and then go to the main PO once a week to mail your books. I know that there are some members here who time there acceptances to go only once a week.

Date Posted: 3/30/2009 9:17 PM ET
Member Since: 2/6/2009
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Thanks for the advice guys. As another of my books mailed from school arrived at its new home today, I think that the one lost book was just a simple mistake. Also, a friend of mine, who I have gotten hooked on this site, says he has sent out books from our college mailroom as well with no problem. So hopefully the one book has just run a little late. Thanks for the advice guys! If you got any more to post, keep on doing so. Maybe someone else with benefit from this thread.

Date Posted: 3/31/2009 7:29 AM ET
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I used to mail books from my small school all the time.  I definitely had no problems on the mailing end!  Items mailed from the mailroom did go to the town's post office for processing after the mailroom stamped them, though.