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Subject: My first rubber book
Date Posted: 5/23/2009 10:54 AM ET
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I sent off a book last week to Puerto Rico, and it's back! Has anyone had trouble mailing media mail to PR? There's a big stamp across the label that says 'returned undeliverable', but the address checks out with what's on the book and the postage is correct. I've never had a book returned, so I'm a bit confused at what to do about this.
Date Posted: 5/23/2009 11:17 AM ET
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First, PM the member and verify the address. Second?

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 12:17 PM ET
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A book I sent was returned to me!

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 2:08 PM ET
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That happened to some books I sold on eBay. He'd given me something resembling a street address, but mail couldn't actually be delivered there for some reason. He had to give me an alternate PO Box.

Date Posted: 5/23/2009 11:27 PM ET
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh....THAT kind of rubber book! I've heard of the rubber ROOM, but never a rubber book before. LOL


Date Posted: 5/23/2009 11:37 PM ET
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Actually, I really love the term you came up with.  It is descriptive!  Too bad about the address.  I need to send and receive a book from PR.  But maybe it's better if I don't!! ;D


Date Posted: 5/24/2009 12:20 AM ET
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I agree, by the way, that "rubber book" is a great coinage.

I got a rubber book back from inner-city Philly, of all places. I can't remember the exact wording, but it said something like "Delivered But Never Picked Up." It was 2 months after I'd sent it.

The funny part was that the box (it's a big HC) was inside my screen door like any other Swap package, so I thought it was a book addressed to me. I was a little surprised, but not much, that the swapper had decorated it with the same neon star stickers I'd been using about two months before. (Now my decorations are personalized, and I'd recognize them immediately.) So I picked it up, address side down, and carried it into the house.

And then I noticed: on the opposite side from the address, there was a rectangular white sticker displaying the logo for PBS and "paperbackswap.com"--the very same image that gets printed on every label. I print out each label on a standard page of white sticky paper. Doesn't matter whether it's a box or a padded mailer, I cut out the mailing-label part & stick that on one side, then I cut out the logo-URL part & stick that on the other side. 'Seems perfectly ordinary, logical behavior to me. Why would they give us the logo-URL part if we weren't supposed to attach it to the package? is what I figured, from Day One.

Silly me, apparently. In the whole nearly 5 months I've been swapping, I have *never* received a package with a sticky mailing label (as opposed to a wrapped-in-the-label or taped-on-label package) where the person had also cut out the sticky logo-URL part and stuck that on the package. 

So when I saw that logo-URL sticker on the back of the box I was carrying in--a bland rectangular cut-out of that portion of the PBS label that anyone could have done--I went, "Oh--this is a package from me." And so it was. Now I think that's kind of sad. I don't know quite why.

Maybe I should stop sticking the logo-URL sticker on my packages. But that would make feel even sadder, you know?



Date Posted: 5/24/2009 3:00 AM ET
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Think I've had one Puerto Rico swap each way, both cleared without problems :-)

Date Posted: 5/24/2009 12:03 PM ET
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My one Puerto Rico book arrived here within a week at Media Mail rate.

I had a book bounce back to the sender as "not at this address" even though she (says she) used my correct PBS one. No word after a few weeks so I took the intiative and contacted her. The sender expressed great disgust in telling me whast had happened, saying she hadn't contacted me "because I'm far too busy to deal with this something like this!" She was absolutely NOT willing to have the post office try again, and I sure wasn't going to send her more postage or credit, so that was that; I felt that there was something in her story that didn't add up, so was happy to drop the matter. One of the only two unpleasant experiences I've had with transactions here (both of my RWAP senders refunded my credit immediately).