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Subject: A couple of questions about mail delivery
Date Posted: 3/5/2010 12:38 PM ET
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I sent a ton of books out a couple of weeks ago and I am having problems with one of them.  These problem is:

The tracking on a book indicates that the PO left the recipient a pick-up notice on February 27.

My question is,  if the recipient never picks up the book at the post office, will they send it back to me if I sent it Media Mail?  If not, what will they do with the book?



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Date Posted: 3/5/2010 3:43 PM ET
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If the recipient doesn't pick the book up it will be returned to you.  Media Mail rate is a one way rate so if does have to come back to you it will be postage due for the return trip.

Date Posted: 3/6/2010 11:11 AM ET
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you might want to PM the reciver sometime those pick up notices get mislayed

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 12:31 AM ET
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I have a PO Box.  I knew a book was in town because it had a delivery confirmation, but I never received a notice in my box.  The online USPS sitef said they had put a notice in there, but I never got one.  I had to go to the desk and ask that they check for me and the book was there.  The person may have never received a notice.  I agree that you should try asking the receiver to check for you.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 10:47 AM ET
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Request Redelivery:   If the addressee has the Delivery Confirmation number, they can go to usps.com, click All Products and Services, click R, click Redeliver Mail, put their zip code in the Create A Request box, click Go, and fill in the web form.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 1:45 PM ET
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Unfortunately a re-delivery can't be requested to a PO Box.  I'm thinking that I will never again send a book bigger than a paperback to a PO Box.  This woman is either not picking up her mail (because the delivery notification would be in her mail box), or she has decided she doesn't want the book and is ignoring the delivery notification.  This really pisses me off because the book I sent her costs $24.95 new and was in perfect condition.

Date Posted: 3/7/2010 8:30 PM ET
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Request that she check at the desk.  They may not have put the slip in the box even if they say they did.  I have had that happen.  Or they might have put it in the wrong box. I've had someone else's package in mine before.  I'd have her check with the clerks to see if there is one sitting in the back.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:59 PM ET
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I have a PO Box.  In late September 2009, I ordered special insulin syringes for my diabetic cat from a reliable source about 200 miles from me.  The pharmacy shipped the package "Priority Mail" and said it would arrive in 2 or 3 days.  So, I went to the post office almost daily and checked my PO box for the card telling me I had an oversized item to pick up at the counter.  I even went to the counter several times and asked them to check for me, but USPS had only brand new clerks there who refused to do so.  When I would ask them to check, the clerks would condescendingly tell me that if I had something to pick up, there would be a yellow card in my box, and since I didn't have one, they wouldn't check. 

8 WEEKS later, there was a yellow card in my box, so I went to the counter to pick it up.  I got the mug I had ordered from a different source a week earlier, and the syringes.  The part which burned me was, I had seen the box with the syringes for several weeks, but from a distance of 15 feet, I read the "7" as a "1" (my box number has a 7 in it).  Even worse, the syringes arrived the day after I picked up my cat's ashes at the vet's.  The cat had died, of causes not related to diabetes, 4 weeks after I ordered the syringes.

On the other hand, two weeks ago my favorite clerk was back on duty and he checked for packages without my asking - and got 2 PBS books as they were being unloaded from the truck!

Definitely, have the receiver check with the clerks.

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 5:06 PM ET
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Yeah even at my teeny tiny PO, my postmaster occasionally forgets to put the notice in the box. I would imagine the problem is much worse at a bigger, busier post office.