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Subject: My first lost book
Date Posted: 11/18/2007 11:00 AM ET
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A book I sent media mail got lost.  I know this happens to everyone at some point but I am so sad about it.  It was an older hardback that you can't get just anywhere and is probably out of print.  I had two copies from a library sale.  I just feel so bad for the person who ordered it and now is not going to get it. 

Wish I could use delivery confirmation but my hubbie says no.  He tolerates my book obsession and activity here! 

Oh well.  Just venting!

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 12:09 PM ET
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I had a book get lost too and I think I have one coming to me that has gotten lost.  It stinks when it happens and I only hope that someday it will be found and make it to the right place.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 12:24 PM ET
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I've had one lost book.  It was too bad.  That book was wishlisted by about 20 something people then.  I hope someone else had it and sent it to my person.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 12:45 PM ET
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Well I ship my books through paypal, and so I do use delivery confirmation, just not through the PBS system, and I've had 2 lost books lately that show on paypal that they WERE delivered.  Of course my D/C is useless because it isn't through the PBS system.

I did have one get lost - a Harry Potter book - that was lost for a LONG time and then showed up back here opened, mangled,  and in a USPS envelope with a note saying it had been found open in the mail.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 1:34 PM ET
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One of the very first books I sent out was "lost" but my  spidey-sense tells me that the person requesting it just didn't like it after they saw it.  It was a very old macrame book. It was slim and soft covered. I put it in a manilla envelope and sent it first class, so I really have a hard time believing it was "lost" in the mail. Of all the dozens of books I've sent media mail or parcel post, you wouldn't think a first class envelope would be the one to get lost!

I had a book (to me) get to with-in the last day of the waiting limit (before being reported lost) when I finally got a response from the sender that there was a "mix-up at the PO" and it was on it's way.  ?? The post-mark was more than three weeks later than the date it was "marked mailed" in the PBS system.

Nothing you can do about it, but keep up hope -- the book may still arrive to one of you.

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 2:41 PM ET
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Thanks for the encouragement y'all.  I do hope the book arrives.  It was a delightful book about Daniel Boone that my son just loved.  I love books so much that I hate to see one lost! 

 

 

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 4:56 PM ET
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No, I've been an online seller for a long time - and I used to sell a lot of panties and g-strings - new, of course, and I'd send them first class.  I lost more first class than anything.  I could look at the DC and it would say "Rec'd Atlanta Processing Facility"  Then..........nothing.  So I don't think 1st class is really any better than media mail, not in my experience at least.

For the most part, the mail is pretty good.  I have had problems though - and I don't know if I mentioned it or not - but last week I got a shirt, some shoes, and 3 books in the mail on Saturday - and it ALL had pickle juice all over it.  At least it smelled like pickle juice and had splotches on the packages. 

Everything was ok except one book, that was just in an envelope.  The other one was in plastic and it was ok.  The shirt I had to wash, no biggie, and the shoes were all in plastic, so they were ok.

But pickle juice?  That was weird.  It HAD to be something IN the mail, because all this stuff was from different places.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 5:24 PM ET
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Oh that is so sad. I'm fairly new to pbs so I haven't had this occur with anything sent or received. What happens to your credit or the other person's credit if it is never received?

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 7:08 PM ET
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If you are mailing it out and it gets lost, you don't get the credit. If you are supposed to rec. and it doesn't arrive, you get your credit back.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 8:15 PM ET
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I thought I was getting a deal on a text book for 99cents on ebay.  The set with workbook I think was $21 new. It was never recieved.  I keep hoping that things just might show up months later.  I got a book label here from the USPS. I have the address label and nothing else. I sent it the paperwork, but I guess they never found it.

Date Posted: 11/18/2007 11:00 PM ET
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To add to Denise's post:

If you use printable postage and / or delivery confirmation bought here at PBS, and a book you mail gets lost, you still get your credit. Something to consider...

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 10:44 AM ET
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kachina - textbooks get lost easily.  I've sold around 3,000 books on ebay, and I can't remember losing a single one that wasn't a text book.  They are big, and sometimes they break the boxes, or they come out of the bubble wrappers.  I lost a box of 5 one time - it was another one - it went into the Atlanta Processing Facility and it was never seen from again.

 

It was an expensive box!  I gave a refund gritting my teeth -not at the buyer, but usps - and I wrote them with the delivery confirmation number - but all they'd do is send me stuff about my missing magazines.  WHAT?  I never once complained of missing magazines. It was like they just did not care and were not even listening.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 10:45 AM ET
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Yes, using d/c here is something to consider, but I get it so much cheaper and it is so much easier to send it through my own shipping service - I figure after 4 books I've broken even.