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Subject: My first lost book
Date Posted: 6/14/2008 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2008
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Since joining on April 25th, I've sent out 108 packages. One of them has gone missing. Or it will on Wednesday. I suppose there's still time, but I just don't think it's going to get there. Well, I guess 1 out of 108 isn't too bad.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 6:14 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Tim, welcome to the world of USPS media delivery black hole.  I've lost several books originating out of my local PO - Stafford, VA.  They usually have finally appeared, but it took time.  Lots of time. 

Good to see you are in TX.  My native home state.  I miss the food.  I see on your WL that you have some very interesting books mostly having to do with Evil Genious.  There is an Evil Genious website - but I don't think it's related to the books you want. 

So don't despair about the lost book.  Tell the requester that they should wait a couple of weeks before re-ordering. One of my multi-book orders that went missing only showed up a day after she recieved the identical books that she re-ordered.  She was VERY annoyed.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 6:29 PM ET
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The book he ordered was a wishlist book. He can't reorder. No other copies exist in the system and probably won't for quite some time. I know things get lost, but it's just so irritating. I've had books arrive in a single day. I sent out 5 books on Monday and they've all arrived. I received notice from the last one today.

Yes, those Evil Genius books look interesting. I'm so far down on each that I'll probably never get them, but I don't have anything else to put on my wishlist.

-- Tim

 

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 7:03 PM ET
Member Since: 7/31/2007
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the book that is about to go lost...where was its destination?

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 7:44 PM ET
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New Jersey.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I've had many a book show up on the day it was set to go lost.  Also sometimes they show up shortly afterwards.  If you're worried about the credit-you'll still get it if it shows up late.  They can go to their transaction archive and mark it received.  When the book goes lost, the person will go back on the WL in the #1 spot.  But hopefully it'll turn up.  I've seen people post that they've had lost books show up several months late. 

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 8:02 PM ET
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It's not the credit so much. I just don't like to let people down. Yes, I know it wasn't my fault, but it still feels wrong.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 8:33 PM ET
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I had 2 go lost (actually 6 as it was a deal), and so far they haven't shown up.  They were mailed on May 8 to Ohio, but I've found (for whatever reason) that books to the East Coast seem to take longer to get there.

Felt really bad about those books going lost, and could have replaced one, but not 6.  Guess it happens, but like you said, I really hated to disappoint the person they were going to.  

Pat

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 8:49 PM ET
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Yes, I think the east coast is hard for mail delivery.  I've had books sent to me that went missing for many days and then suddenly all of them would show up on the same day  even though they were from different people in different areas of the country.  I'm thinking that our mail carrier has discretion to choose how much they can deliver on a given day and media mail is in the discretionary group.  On the case of my books going out and going missing - I think they have some nook or cranny in the post office where stuff gets put and is only cleaned out every so often.   I'm not really complaining because I have way too many books to read now.  Mainly I'm trying to fill in the spaces in different series before I start reading them.  I don't like starting a series only to find that the rest of the series will be delayed for a year or two.  I also don't like books I send to take so long because I'm afraid that it looks like I'm lying.   I guess it's just part of the game.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 8:55 PM ET
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I know mine leave my post office quickly. I've taken the time to get to know each and every person there on a first name basis. Even before joining PBS, I went there on a regular basis (I use a PO Box as my mailing address). Since they all know me so well, I get a bit better service than the average customer.

After it leaves the local post office, there's no telling what happens to it.

Date Posted: 6/14/2008 9:16 PM ET
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also, with all the flooding and tornadoes it is no telling how screwed up the USPS will be....

Date Posted: 6/15/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I had one go from NY to DE and it took about 6 weeks to make it to DE.

I've had books going from DE to MD which went lost.

I like sending stuff out with PBS DC so I can see what it's doing.  It gives me a better idea of how media mail is routed around me.  And then there's the stuff that I'm usually sure that's gone lost, as it never gets scanned at all, even after a couple weeks.

 

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 1:24 PM ET
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 I had a problem recently mailing a book to jersey from ny. It took nearly 4 weeks and the post office marked it a week later than the day I mailed it (from the post office, I might add). It'll eventually show up. I received a book 4 months after it went lost, so who knows?