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Subject: How long should I wait to re-request?
Date Posted: 6/6/2009 3:38 PM ET
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I just had my first ever book be declared lost enroute to me (on the 4th). So, my question is, in your practical experience, how long should I wait to request another copy? There are currently four copies in the system, so I can request another whenever I like. Also, I tried contacting the sender to ask if there was any delay in mailing or anything (since I know that's a common culprit) but haven't gotten an answer, so I can't be 100 percent sure it was mailed when it was said to be.

Do any more experienced members have any advice for me? I know PBS recommends 1-2 weeks, but I wanted to see if there was any 'voice of experience' on the boards.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 5:00 PM ET
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Sometimes lost books show up months afterwards.  I would wait 2 wks. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 5:10 PM ET
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If it was mailed from Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, it may take more like 6 weeks to arrive. Hopefully the sender will clarify if they had any delays in mailing.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 5:24 PM ET
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Um, I'm in Alaska, they're not, and it has never taken this long for anything to get to me, and certainly not six weeks. That pretty much just applies to the bush. I've lived here my whole life, and our incoming mail is pretty fast. Outgoing is pretty slow, but even then, I've never even had a book I mailed go lost (though one came within a couple days of it).

Thanks for the help, both of you. I guess I'll wait two weeks to give it a chance to get here.

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 6:40 PM ET
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Just today I received a book that went lost 3 months ago. :-/

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 8:03 PM ET
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On May 5th I received a book that was sent on March 5th. I just waited and it did show up.

Now in your case, you said there are 4 copies of the book you want. Unless it is very popular or you want it right now, you might want to wait two weeks to a month.


Date Posted: 6/6/2009 9:30 PM ET
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Oh, no, I don't mind waiting a couple weeks or so. I guess I'll just give it a while, and if it hasn't arrived within the next few weeks, I'll get another copy then. It is a book that I do truly want, so I certainly don't want to just wait in the hope it eventually gets here (especially with no contact from the sender), but I'm not desperate for it either, so I don't mind waiting for a little while.

Thanks for all the help. :-)

Date Posted: 6/6/2009 9:50 PM ET
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Even though many of us are getting our books quickly, I would wait just because it was sent to Alaska.  And a lot also depends on the post office it is coming from.  I have lots of trouble with getting mail (of all classes) through my post office.  Just recently a first class parcel has gone missing that my mom sent from TX.  It's a P:ITA!


Date Posted: 6/7/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Jo, since you're in Alaska, I'd wait at least 3 weeks to a month. All of the books I've had go lost except one that were mailed when the sender said they were and turned up late were from AK, HI, PR or an APO address. Usually it's just a week or so late, but if it's not a book you really need or want soon, patience will be your friend I think.


Date Posted: 6/7/2009 3:35 PM ET
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I've sent books to Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico,and except for the ones to Hawaii (which I've been told by the person I sent the book to) all got there in a timely manner - all Media mail to Hawaii is sent by ship so it takes a minimum of 6 weeks.  I've been told that PR and Alaska Media Mail is the same, but mine got there within 2 weeks.  I'd wait 2 weeks to re-request, but as other posters have said it can take longer. 

Also does is mail flown in to you from Anchorage or elsewhere in Alaska and how ofen?  It is possible, I guess, that it might sit in the larger postal facility until there's enough mail to deliver to you - I'm just guessing here, as I really don't know.   Pat

Date Posted: 6/7/2009 6:43 PM ET
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Mail to Alaska typically comes in by plane, not ship. Then, mail is sent down by plane to where I am from Anchorage daily. I don't live in some rural area of Alaska. I'm in one of the primary population centers of the state. It's only the small villages, islands, and really in the middle of nowhere places where the mail is typically any more than a few days slower than anywhere else in the country. I tend to get most media mail packages within a couple weeks, and sometimes much faster. I've gotten several within a week of the time they were mailed, same as everyone else here.

Outgoing mail is a little slower, typically taking about three weeks to get to where it's going from where I am, and sometimes a little longer. Though, in my experience so far, I've never had a mailed book take so long as to go lost.