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Subject: Having trouble sending a book...
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 4:50 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2009
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the book is being sent overseas to an APO box. I intended to go to the post office for help with the paperwork today, but the line was literally around the block, and it's 30 degrees here. I'm willing to go out of my way, but honestly, not until after the holiday rush at the post office.

I tried to reschedule the book - but there doesn't seem to be an option for that. I've messaged the other member (2 days ago) and haven't rec'd a response... so if anyone can help me to know what to do I'd be grateful. I don't want to 'cancel sending this book' because I'm still willing to send it, but just delayed slightly.

Thoughts? Thank you.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 5:06 PM ET
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There is no way to reschedule the request.  If they are military they may be traveling for the holidays.   Your only options are to cancel, go to the post office and wait in line or print the label and mark it mailed and mail it a day or two late.  The post office line ought to be shorter the day after Christmas.  I don't know what mail by date you chose but they give you 2 days afterwards to mark a book mailed. 

With an APO/FPO address they used to having their books go lost.

And I am not saying that it should be  habit to mark books mailed before you've mailed them. But sometimes life happens and in this instance it's the Holidays.  I wouldn't do it if it was going to be mailed more than a day or two late.  I would also probably bump it up to 1st class if I could to help them get the book faster.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 7:27 PM ET
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Thanks. Those are great suggestions, and I should be able to do that. I'll check the date I'm to be credited (I think it was 25th) and try the post office on Saturday. I agree it's not a habit to make, but since I can't reschedule I'll do my best.

They did suggest another way of mailing that would get the book there faster. I'll see if I can try that instead.

Thanks again. Happy Holidays.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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If you have a Paypal account or know someone who does, you can print the postage there at this link:


I did this today on a book I was sending to a friend.  I did need to "stand" in line in my car to get to the drop off box for packages, but I didn't have to step foot in the post office.  I have done this three times this Xmas season and really appreciate not having to go into the post office this time of the year.





Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:31 PM ET
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But with an APO/FPO package you need a custom's form.  That's why she needs to go to the post office.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:59 PM ET
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Our post office has them out on a table.  So I can go pick the form up without bothering to stand in the line.  Then I'll use the APC or printed postage.


But I have to say, with the APO books, I recommend either a PBS DC or first class.  Sometimes the media mail ends up going by boat.  Argh.  Way too long to get your credit.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 10:31 PM ET
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Isn't the APO form offered online?

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 10:33 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/23/2009 3:25 AM ET
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Even with the printable postage and a printed customs form, you still have to go to the post office.

The mailman cannot pick it up, the package has to go to the counter.

For what it is worth OP, I am overseas at an APO address, and if you have emailed me, and let me know the situation, I would have been okay with you mailing the book a day or two late.  Also, a followup email when you have mailed the book would be appreciated.  But, I cannot speak for your requestor.

Hopefully you will hear from the requestor soon. With it being 2 days before Christmas, they might be out of town.  Or their interent could be wonky depending on where they live.


Good luck!