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Subject: How do I find the delivery date for a mailed book?
Date Posted: 3/18/2012 10:22 PM ET
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I mailed a book and the recipient hasn't recieved it yet and has ask me for the delivery date.  I don't keep track of that and I haven't been able to find it.  Anybody every have this problem?

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 10:54 PM ET
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Did you use delivery confirmation?  I think this is the only way to track a book.

Date Posted: 3/18/2012 11:10 PM ET
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They'll find the system's estimated arrival date (USPS estimates arrival before XX/XX/2012) at the bottom of the transaction on their "Books En Route to Me" tab.

eta: It's also on your page under "Books I've Mailed."

Last Edited on: 3/18/12 11:11 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/19/2012 1:04 AM ET
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You can find the transaction (either on your My Account main page, or, if it's been marked lost, in your Transaction Archive, which is on your My Account page) and click on the request details, near the PM button.  That will have the date the wrapper was printed, the date you marked it mailed, and if you used PBS postage or PBS delivery confirmation, it will have the Post Office's scan dates, including the date delivered.

If you didn't use DC, it probably arrived 5 to 10 days after you mailed it, or faster if it went First Class.

The requestor can find the exact same info on his My Account main page, or in his transaction archive.  I'm not sure why he's asking.

Last Edited on: 3/19/12 1:05 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/19/2012 8:51 AM ET
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If he hasn't received it yet, there is no delivery date yet (except for the estimated arrival date, as Jennifer points out). What exactly are they expecting, I wonder? Are they perhaps new at this and don't realize that the shipments aren't tracked (with a planned delivery date) the way packages at FedEx and UPS are tracked? If that's what they're after, they're simply out of luck; USPS doesn't do that. Even tracking with DC (delivery confirmation) only tells what has already occurred; it doesn't predict when things will happen.

Or maybe they used the wrong words, and wanted something else (like the actual date of mailing, or something)?