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Subject: how long people take to send a book
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:05 PM ET
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i do not understand why it takes some folks so long to send a book.


They state they will mail it in 2 days but some of them wait 2 weeks


i try and mail things out asap like every 2 days liek 3 times a week


Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I can't speak for others, but for me, it's a challenge to get to the post office before they close at 5 (there isn't one near my work , or anywhere between my work and home) and it takes me 40 minutes to get to the one near my home from work  I try to mail it as soon as I possibly can, but it all depends on if I get out of work early enough to get there on time.  Fortunately it is open on Saturdays for half day!  

I am sure that often people have good intentions about wanting to mail a book promptly.  Sometimes, though, unexpected things come up in life and other things have to take higher priority.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:32 PM ET
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The one in my town closes at 4!



Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:42 PM ET
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The best thing I ever did was get some sheets of $1, .10, and .01 stamps.  Now I can mail almost everything from my mailbox at home.  Yes, occasionally it's a bigger book and I have to go in to do it.  (There is a reminder from PBS during the processing that this book must be mailed from the P.O.)

That really cuts down on the time involved and I can usually mail things the next day.

Happy reading!


Subject: thanks for the feedback
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:51 PM ET
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 thanks for the feedback


 the road to hell is paved weith good intentions


I have to remember just because i l keep my word does not mean everyone else does

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:52 PM ET
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My post office closes at 4:30. But I always have my book mailed out by the 2nd day.. Sometimes it is hard for me to get to the post office the next day..

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:53 PM ET
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Our post office closes at 4:00 and also closes for an hour from noon to 1:00 for lunch.  It just never fails that by the time I can get over there, they're closed.  I also tried to get there on Saturday.  I don't know what made me think they were open until noon on Saturdays -- they close at 9:15. 


No matter what my plans for the week, though, I always select the longest date to mail.  We were snowed in on and off most of the month of February and i just never knew what was coming next.  I had to mark many books last month mailed before I could actually get out of the driveway!  But everyone was very understanding and gracious -- and they've all since been received. 

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 9:16 PM ET
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I always select the longest day to mail too even if I think I'll be able to mail it sooner.  You just never know if your kids are going to get sick, the weather's going to be really bad, or a WL book you posted goes through 7 people before being accepted and you only want to make one trip to the PO.  I use the printed postage for anything over 13oz but it's still out of the way to get to the blue box and then if the box doesn't fit in the slot because it's a multi book order, I have to find parking (hard at my p.o) and get 3 kids in and out of the car etc...,

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 10:36 PM ET
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I mail books from home due to health issues. I use Paypal which allows you to buy postage. So it works great for me.

It doesn't take long at all to get the book, put it in a package, weight it, log on to Paypal, print the postage, tape it to the package, then my daughter runs it to the mailbox.

It usually takes me 10mins or so.

I agree I don't understand why it takes people so long too, but we must remember everyone has a life outside of the Paperback swap. ; )



Date Posted: 3/13/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I use the printed postage for anything over 13oz but it's still out of the way to get to the blue box n. . .


Ditto on that.  The nearest "blue box" is at the post office, so I have to make that trip anyway. 

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 2:33 AM ET
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Some people simply do not check here every day NOR do they go to the PO every day.      Others have things like illness or deaths in their families.     As long as they mail by the due date I dont' see why anyone would complain.        The owners have put in some leeway just for those reasons. 

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:18 AM ET
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Sometimes life get's in the way.  So for me, if I know that I won't be able to make it to the post office by the day that I selected, I will send a PM to the person (people) whose books will be mailed "late."   In these instances, people have been appreciative that I let them know.   A little communication goes a long way.

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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 11:52 AM ET
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I always choose the furtherest out day to mail but generally have it mailed within 2 days.  I used to pass by the PO on the way to work but they moved me to another location so it isn't as easy to do right away.

I know everyone has a life (so do I!) but I try to make someone's day by mailing as soon as I can, at least I hope it makes their day to know a book is on its way

Lisa N. (LDN) - ,
Date Posted: 3/14/2008 12:32 PM ET
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Since I discovered PayPal postage it is much easier to mail promptly.  Getting to the post office is a tremendous hassle, but with PayPal postage I can just put it in my mailbox at home and the mail carrier takes it.  Works great.

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 2:55 PM ET
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I always try to mail out as soon as I can, but there have been a couple of times that I've been down to the last day.  While it only takes about 15 minutes to print the postage, recheck the book, wrap it, tape it....during the week, my time is very limited, so I would rather spend that 15 minutes reading a story to my children, etc.  It's easiest for me to drop the books in the blue box on Saturdays or Sundays. 

We're sending books media mail here.  Why does everyone want the books mailed immediately after they are accepted when it might take weeks for the PO to deliver them.  I also don't understand why everyone gets so up in arms about it taking a few days for a book to be accepted or going through a couple of people before it gets accepted.  My TBR pile is so  large enough that I always have something else to read. 

Sorry for the rant....I'm not pointing any fingers at anyone on this thread.  I just don't understand why society as a whole now seems in such a hurry for everything......


Date Posted: 3/14/2008 3:47 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/14/2008 9:30 PM ET
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Now that my TBR pile is larger, I don't mind if a book is mailed later, with some people it is difficult for them to get to the post office.  What I don't like is when a person marks a book as mailed when it hasn't been mailed at all! 

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 9:44 AM ET
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is paypal postage cheaper than pbs postage?

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 10:08 AM ET
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I used to try and make several trips a week to the post office but, that just doesn't work so, once a week on Wednesday I've arranged for my mom to make a post office run....she likes to run errands for me and such so, I won't accept a book to send until I have the option of sending it out on Wednesday...

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 5:17 PM ET
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I leave my house at 8:30 to get to work/school (work on campus) by 9:15/9:30 everyday and leave campus around 4PM (if I don't have anything to do on campus) and make it home around 4:45. The post office in my town closes at 5.
Unfortunately, I take the bus, and do not have time for a stopover either on my way to school or home (and hell no am I getting off the bus in some of the neighborhoods my bus goes through).

Therefore, Saturday is post office day.

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 9:40 PM ET
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I personally don't care how long it takes to mail.  I'd just like to get the acceptance quickly.  They can even mail past the deadline as long as they drop me an inbox and let me know what's up.  A little communication in a timely manner goes a long way.

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 9:58 PM ET
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from reading all the posts i see we all view things differently in reagrd to mailing the books


I used to make 3 trips a week mon  wed  friday


but with such laid back attitudes, i am going to only go one day a week.


I like to mail the books asap as i also like and look forward to getting lots of packages



Date Posted: 3/15/2008 10:28 PM ET
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I always choose the longest allowable time to mail my books too, and here's why:

On the 3 days a week that I work, I work 10 hour days.  No post office around here is open before 7 or after 6. 

A handful of times it's taken me longer to get to the PO than planned.  My books were always mailed within the limits, but it took me a few extra days to do it.  I've been delayed because of snow, because of a sick baby (I was not dragging a baby with a fever to the PO), and most recently, because of an accident that left me on crutches, where I had to wait until someone could go to the PO with me, as it's pretty hard to carry anything when your hands have to hold onto your crutches.

I've worried a few times when people took a long time to mail books (I'm talking over 2 weeks), but most of the time they've let me know that something happened once they were able to--a family emergency, they were hospitalized, etc., and once I knew that I wasn't getting burned on the transaction, it was of no issue to me.  All of us would put our health and our family before making sure a book was mailed on Thursday instead of Saturday, I'm sure.

I don't mean to rant, but I'm one of those who just can't go to the PO every other day. 

Date Posted: 3/16/2008 9:42 AM ET
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I've started selecting the "I can mail later" option, and having to pick a Saturday mail date because work keeps getting in the way.    I really need to run out and get a postal scale.  That way I can feel confident that my printable postage is correct and I can stop running to the APC to verify the weight.   (which has been off a few times-and I've been able to slap on a stamp to make up the difference)


I would not mind a delay on a  book I request, but I would appreciate it if the person would PM me if it's more than a week delay.   That way I'd know it is not lost in the mail.   I've noticed that most people here are very friendly and understanding!  Good communication prevents a lot of problems.
Date Posted: 3/16/2008 7:02 PM ET
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I'm new and my TBR pile is large just from my over-buying so I'm not too concerned about people mailing to me quickly.  On the other hand....while I would love to be one who mails within the first day...I can't.  It's been a learning experience!  LOL!!  I don't have the ability to drive to a post office every day.  No one here can go for me to the PO when I want them to.  I joined and realized that I didn't have anywhere near enough packaging tape...which means getting someone to buy it for me or get someone to take me to buy some (hasn't happened yet).   THEN the worst happened - the printer decided that it was over worked because we haven't used it in the past more than once in a blue moon and now I want it to work every day.  So now it's got a "cartridge error" that we can't seem to get fixed.  That wouldn't be a problem except I "printed" a wrapper (meaning I downloaded one and paid for it ) and then the printer pulled it's little "cartridge error". So now I'm not sure how to go about getting my $$ for the postage and DC back.  I could definitely hand address it, but I'll still have to go to the PO to buy the postage and DC whenever I can get a kid or DH to do so when they are free during PO hours..  What a mess.  To confound the situation, my first multiple book request from a member came, and I had to scramble to find a box.  So here I sit hoping that the 2 people I owe these books to can forgive the delay.  I have learned to  "accept and mail later", and to PM requestors about anything that will delay the book and offer to let them out of the request.  But I still feel badly.  What do I do about the postage and DC problem?