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Subject: I hope it gets to NJ
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 11:36 PM ET
Member Since: 3/6/2009
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Mailed a book on July 3rd with PBS DC from a post office in Vancouver Wa on it's way to New Jersey. I usually never have a problem when I use DC's and my books usually get to where they need to be in about a week. ( I know it's still early here, just curious, I guess)

I checked the details today and it has yet to be scanned from ANYWHERE. It usually gets sent to either Portland OR or Federal Way WA like within a day or two. And nothing. and it hasn't been scanned anywhere in over a week. I thought maybe because of the holiday an all it might get behind but I can't believe it's been this slow.

Since I've used the PBS DC I've already gotten my credit. My question is........if it has gotten lost somehow, do I lose my credit  (that I've already spent) or is it just a wash and somehow a WL book, practically a brand new book goes missing and the person in New Jersey gets put back at the front of the WL to wait for the next one posted with the credit added back to their account?? This is kinda confusing since it's neither one of our faults, really. Sorry for the rant. Just curious. I've never NOT had a book get scanned. I just find it a bit strange, is all.  Has this happened to other people and do their books end up at their destinations?

Thanks so much for any feedback here.

edited because I can't spell, apparently...........

Last Edited on: 7/12/10 11:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 11:41 PM ET
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The credit assurance on the Quick Credit and Instant Credit protects your credit in the case of a book going lost. The fees to use PBS postage and PBS DC are what cover the costs of PBS giving the requester back their credit while you keep yours.

I wouldn't worry tho, plenty of time for the book to go there and with the constant closing of facilities enroute scans are become less and less frequent.

Date Posted: 7/12/2010 11:46 PM ET
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Thank you Melanie! That totally answers both my questions. That helps a lot!

I knew I used the PBS DC and postage for a reason. :-) It may cost a little more, but I think it's totally worth it just for that reason.

Thanks again.

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 12:15 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I have received so many books that were never scanned once on their way across the country -- actually that seems to be happening more than it used to!

Date Posted: 7/13/2010 12:51 PM ET
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Happens to me all the time anymore- I wouldn't worry about it.  If I mail from a blue box instead of going in to the PO and having them scan it right there, more often than not there are no scans until delivery.  It does concern me sometimes, especially if the book is one I'm mailing for a game.  I just make sure to take those to the PO so they are scanned when I drop them off.  Otherwise, you just can't count on them being scanned.  It's nice when they are, but they technically don't have to.  (And for what it's worth, I'm down near Salem so mine go through the same sorting centers that yours do.)

Date Posted: 7/14/2010 12:24 AM ET
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Karen, I've recently noticed more books traveling without enroute scans.  All my Media Mail books go through Federal Way, and previously all were scanned there.  The last few months, about 1 in every 3 or 4 seem to slip through without showing a Federal Way scan.  They all arrive tho...go figure  smiley