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Subject: ? Enroute scan same place twice in a row
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 12:53 AM ET
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Do books frequently get scanned at the same place twice at different times durring a day?  I just had a book get scanned twice in the same day at the same place and both say enroute and then the next day there is nothing.  Should I be worried that its coming back to me.  Or could it be stuck there because of storms?

Here is what the tracking did. 
  • 2/5/2013 10:23 AM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - ELDON,MO
  • 2/5/2013 4:48 PM - Acceptance - ELDON,MO
  • 2/5/2013 8:26 PM - Enroute - COLUMBIA,MO
  • 2/6/2013 8:31 PM - Enroute - DES MOINES,IA
  • 2/7/2013 12:29 PM - Enroute - SAINT PAUL,MN
  • 2/7/2013 1:13 PM - Enroute - SAINT PAUL,MN
  • I've never seen something get scanned twice at the same spot on the same day.  I've seen them get mailed to the wrong place and then go back but never get scanned double like this.  Its going to TIMBER LAKE, SD if that helps. 
  • l guess it could have went on to SD too but just not gotten scanned yet it.  I just got worried when I saw this and want to know if its common.   
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 4:05 AM ET
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I get this a lot on my books. Especially between me here in Sacramento and Bell, south of me.  I've seen it scanned 3 or 4 times "Enroute Bell Gardens." I'm not sure why, seems redundant to me. Perhaps it's one small reason why the PO is losing money.  lol 

Date Posted: 2/9/2013 10:35 AM ET
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It's probably on the conveyor belt where it passes under an automated scanner and until it's routed to an outgoing bin/truck it gets scanned over and over.
Date Posted: 2/9/2013 9:54 PM ET
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Yes, it's common.  Sometimes they get stuck on a conveyor and pick up 2, 4, or 7 scans.  Sometimes they are scanned incoming to the sorting facility, and again leaving the sorting facility (thus 2).