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Subject: Having DC as an RC
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:46 PM ET
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I was wondering if this would hurt my chance of getting books if I asked that books be sent with a Delivery Confirmation.  I like to see when the book is posted since my mail is delivered to my apartment complex and this would mean I have to go into the office to pick up the package. Usually the mail lady comes at 3pm so if I can see the DC being triggered I can then stop in and pick it up.  I always use DC when sending books out so its not like I am not asking them to do something I dont.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:48 PM ET
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I'm sure that you would have people who would turn down the request because of the condition.   After all, you would be asking them to go to additional expense and maybe additional effort.

How many would turn you down?  I can't even guess at that.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:51 PM ET
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Some members will refuse any request that has RCs, regardless of what they are.  So, you'd increase your chances of rejection just due to that fact.

Still, I have RCs and have not yet come across one of those members, thankfully.  So I'd say in actual practice, the addition of an RC wouldn't affect your trades too much.

Not sure how many people are going to object to an RC that asks them to spend more on postage.  However, many of us already do DC, and it is required for the games/swaps, so it isn't that unreasonable a request.  Still, I can see some members may balk at paying the extra for a DC.  So based on that, you might get a few turndowns.

Overall, though, I don't think it will affect you too much.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 3:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I never turn down RCs unless they are ridiculous (too many conditions) or are specific to pets as I have two cats.  But I'd turn your RC down.  I refuse to pay extra for DC. 

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I also always use the postage and DC, but if I didn't and someone said that I had to or lose the order, sorry, I would lose the order. JMO

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:17 PM ET
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I would turn the order down as well. I don't use DC. I consider it an unnecessary expense. And, since I don't have any PBS money, I couldn't buy it anyway.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I doubt anyone is going to pay for it just because of an RC. Those who are going to use anyway DC will do it and those that won't will turn down the RC. The only purpose it will serve is to get people who won't use it to turn down orders from you and allow them to pass on to others who might. If you are willing to wait it out longer for books, then go ahead, but you will get less books.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:32 PM ET
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I would turn down your request because I don't use printable postage and it is $0.75 at the post office. 

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Leslie - just an FYI - you don't need to use printable postable to get the DC, you can print just eDC for the .27 fee and then you pay .18 extra postage at the PO, not the .75.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/29/2008 6:50 PM ET
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I'm going to veer off on this thread for a minute and question the assumption that if people use DC you'll know when to go to the apartment office. Even when someone sends me a book DC, the "delivery date" often just means when it was delivered to my post office, not delivered to my address. Just this past Sunday I had a book come DC that said it was delivered to my hometown on Saturday. That may well be, but since the office building where it was to be delievered is closed on Saturday, I knew it hadn't been delivered on the date indicated.
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:06 PM ET
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I would turn down the RC. I mail everything from a postal substation where they do not handle DCs. Accepting your RC would mean spending more money and making a trip to the main post office.

 

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:13 PM ET
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Someone mailed  a book to me with DC and it's gone lost. So I don't have the book, I've got to got thru the request system again but the upside is the sender isn't out her credit because she used DC. I don't really see how it would help you. It seems to me that you have postal issues that need to be resolved with your PO.

susan/vt

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:13 PM ET
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That's not you wanted to hear, huh?!  I guess you could always order from the ones here that said they always use DC (me, included!)

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:24 PM ET
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I would have no problem with it because I always use PBS postage.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:50 PM ET
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I personally would be a little bit annoyed if someone demanded that I use DC. Would I turn the request down? I don't know. I might.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 9:52 PM ET
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I'd turn you down because my printer is broken and I can't justify paying for it when none of my books have ever been lost in the mail. (knock on wood)

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:03 PM ET
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I would turn it down because I never use DC. I'm not in a huge hurry to get the credit, and it's not worth the cost for the slim chance that the book goes lost.  In general, I'd say the only people that will accept your condition are the people that normally use DC, and I have no idea what that ratio is.  If you ordered specifically from shelves of people who you know use DC, it would probably be no problem at all, but in the FIFO system, I wouldn't be surprised if you had to wait longer and had a few people turn it down before someone accepted it.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 10:25 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone for their responses. I guess the main issue I have is with my apartment complex office they only stay open until 5:30pm and I can only ever make it home at 5:20pm if traffic is good etc. Its always such a rush to get packages. They are open saturdays but they arent there for the most part because thats when they show people around and do the lease agreements.

Carol.. um I was asking for peoples opinions and I did know some would not like the idea, and they do give valid reasons so it was what I was expecting and it just fine with me. :)

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:23 PM ET
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Hmmm... is there a neighbor who might be able to pick up packages for you?  I would hate fighting traffic and knowing if I didn't make it in time that I would be "kept away" from my books.  I also have seen some folks who have them delivered to their place of work, but depending on where you work, that may or may not be an option.

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I won't pay extra money for DC.  I have sent over 500+ books and only had two shipments go missing; it simply isn't worth the extra cost.

 

Subject: Using DC
Date Posted: 7/29/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I almost alwasy use PBS postage with DC....just sent a book the other dhay, that for what ever reason I couldn't use it-it wasn't available for this particular address...so I had to shleep to the PO, and actually go in  and pay the nice postal worker

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 1:20 AM ET
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I won't pay the extra 69 cents (or whatever) to send out a book unless it's a group of books in a deal, sorry.

And, i don't pay for PBS postage. So... you still wouldn't know if it had arrived at your PO or not even if i did pay for it.

Date Posted: 7/30/2008 12:08 PM ET
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I would turn your request down.  I've only used DC once and that was because it was felt there might be a problem at the requestor end (there wasn't).  I very seldom have to turn down a request (usually it's pet or allergy related), but that one would be a definite.  Sorry.  Pat

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