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Subject: IS this fair??
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 2:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2012
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I requested 2 books from one person and it was accepted 10-26-14 (the request may have been a day earlier).   The books were marked mailed on 10-30-14.  They arrived today with a postmark, printed at the PO not at home, of 11-8-14.  WHAT???? So you can mark the book mailed and then not mail it for 10 days??? I made a note of the postmark date when I marked the books received, but it sure makes me not want to trade with this person anymore.

Comments, anyone.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 2:37 PM ET
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It is against the rules but there's no way to block this person.  You will just have to make a note of their name if you never want to order from them again.  If it's a habit with them then PBS will deal with them. But it could have just been a one time mistake from a member who normally mails things out very quickly.  You did the right thing by putting the post mark date on there and they'll get a warning from PBS.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 2:54 PM ET
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PBS states that we have two days after clicking the button to mail the book. After 4 days, we are required to ask permission. Ten days is not okay.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 5:17 PM ET
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I don't click the button until AFTER I mail the book.  But if you are sure that PBS will send the person a warning based on the date on the package that I put in the received page, I'll leave it at that for now.

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 5:49 PM ET
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They track that stuff. If it's habitual then they will probably close their account. 

Date Posted: 11/12/2014 8:44 PM ET
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Within the site rules, they would have had 12 days from your request to get it in the mail, if they hadn't marked it mailed so soon. It was mailed 13 days after your request. Yes, marking mailed and then mailing 9 days after, is against the rules technically, but if they had waited all 12 days before making it mailed, it would have arrived at the exact same time anyway. So, not a big deal, to me anyway. One late mailing isn't going to hurt the other members account, but if they make a habit of it, then PBS will do something.
Date Posted: 11/12/2014 9:29 PM ET
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That is true about the total of 12 days, but not unless they plan and click the later button to get the extra time.

In the future, you can use the Received With A Problem; Late Postmark. This triggers an email from PBS. PBS keeps the date data, but this makes sure the email is sent. The book is recorded as received, just about the same. But with a little more clout than the date slot.

  • Late Postmark
    • You will have a text box - the text you type in will be included in an email, and sent as a Personal Message, to the sender.
    • You will be able to choose the postmark date.
    • The sender will get an email reminding him or her to mail promptly - so if the late mailing was agreed upon, or the sender got the book back in the mail and had to re-mail (and alerted you to this), you should not choose this option.
Date Posted: 11/14/2014 3:21 PM ET
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No, it's not fair at all and shouldn't be done.  I don't blame you for being annoyed.  If you are like me you do your best to get your books in the mail as fast as possible.  Marking a book mailed and then waiting days and days before mailing it isn't cool.

Date Posted: 11/15/2014 12:54 AM ET
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Personally, I think it's all a big "to do" about nothing. I don't track the day people mailed the book - it seems just way too petty for me to partake in that type of behavior. HOWEVER, don't jump on me, I do understand that there are rules and that they should be followed and anyone who wants to pursue a late mailing is perfectly within their rights. 

I am just not going to ding someone who mails late, yet I am "now" holding a perfectly pristine book in my hand. Just not my thing to ensure someone gets chastised by PBS - especially since I have hundreds of books on Mt. TBR to keep my busy.

I will, however, ding you immediately if you send me an unportable book. I find that much more irritating than someone who mails late yet it arrives just fine and before the missing date. 

ETA: I have mailed late before - not on purpose. An example was this last couple of weeks - we had two deaths in the family on the same day. It's about all I could do to just get the books wrapped - mailing and getting on PBS to send PMs to whoever the books went to was not even remotely a priority. 

I think this is where my attitude comes from when it comes to late mailings - no one knows what is  going on in another person's life and I'm not going to add to the burden of someone else's life with something as inconsequential as the mailing of a book. The last thing I needed in the last two weeks was someone having a fit about mailing a book late - thankfully, no one said anything. Guess, they think like me and were just pleased to have the book.

Last Edited on: 11/15/14 1:02 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/16/2014 12:41 AM ET
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if you are sure that PBS will send the person a warning based on the date on the package that I put in the received page, I'll leave it at that for now.

What more could you do?

Date Posted: 11/16/2014 9:59 AM ET
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I have that situation right now. I requested on 10/26. They marked it mailed on 11/1.

THEN -- printed postage and delilvery confirmation on PBS on 11/7 and sent it. I guess. It still isn't here.

Printing the postage that far after the fact should already alert PBS, right?

I agree that this is not a thing to get overly worked up over. Condition is my stickler.


Last Edited on: 11/16/14 10:01 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/16/2014 11:01 AM ET
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I think a pm is in order when this happens. Why wouldn't someone pm? If you say you mailed a book but you didn't and you wait 10 days or more just communicate. I had a book that i was getting emails from pbs to mark the book received. I didn't get the book. Turns out it was mailed 8 days before the lost date. She had marked it mailed almost 3 weeks earlier. I didn't get one pm or anything. I have a book that is supposedly en route to Me. I'm betting it wasn't mailed when this person said so and this one too is getting close to the lost date.