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Subject: Late Postmark
Date Posted: 8/26/2010 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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I received an email today that one of the books I mailed was postmarked roughly 12 days after I had maraked it mailed. Of course this is one of the few times I didn't use delivery confirmation. I used my debit card at the Post Office, so I do have a record of the transaction (which is when I marked the book mailed). Of course there's a line in the email that says "Please ignore this email if you did in fact mail the book within 24 hours of marking it mailed, or if the requestor was aware of (and had agreed to) the delay in mailing.", but that doesn't make me feel any better. I know it's silly, but does this go on my PBS "permanent record"? Is there any way to prevent potential postmark issues?

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 1:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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It could be something a simple as the receiver typing in the wrong numbers or using a stamp the package aquired along the way,  things like that you have no control over. As long as you don't start getting a string of late mailings it won't mean a thing on your account.

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 1:38 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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Thank you Melanie, appreciate your feedback.

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 2:26 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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If it's regarding an actual postmark, I wouldn't worry too much Susan.  Those can be applied anywhere enroute, and TPTB are aware of that.  Postmarks are also very difficult to read, less than 25% of mine are legible, so the receiver may have merely guessed. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 3:44 PM ET
Member Since: 4/2/2010
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I had that happened to me.  I sent one person 4 books by the same author, and they had marked all 4 of them as having a postmark date that was like 2 weeks after I had marked the books as mailed.  The postmark date that the receiver had listed was actually the same day they received the books.  Which was totally incorrect.  I mailed the books the day after the person requested them.

Common sense ought to tell the receiver of the books that how could the postmark date be about the same date that they receive the book?  Media mail takes 2 weeks.  It's probably just a matter of people being sloppy and not carefully filling in the boxes.  I don't even fill in that detail stuff when I receive a book; I leave it blank.  If someone does mark a book as being shipped out to me, but waits a few days to mail it, I don't care, heck I got tons of books waiting to be read anyway.  Come on people, lighten up a tad.

Date Posted: 8/26/2010 4:12 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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I doubt that it's because they were being sloppy. It's probably an innocent mistake. I once marked a book as having a late postmark date because I forgot to change the calendar back to the previous month. So they probably got an email saying they sent the book a month late and after the date I had actually received it too. It happens, and I'm sure they were able to understand the mistake.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 12:11 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2010
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I did the same thing Amee did once.  How many days are there between when the member says it was postmarked and when they received it?  If it was the same day, anyone looking at your account will realize it was a mistake on the receiver's end.