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Subject: Lost in mail then found.
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 6:54 PM ET
Member Since: 1/27/2008
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I mailed a book out in November. I used DC, but the book wasn't scanned for a month. It then went to it's destination, arriving a few days after PBS declared it lost in the mail. The person who received it never marked it received, but I didn't sweat it because I had already gotten my credit and I'd heard stories of the errors of the post office delivery scans. Today, a month later, I received said book in the mail (postmarked jan8th). The note attached said "this arrived so late that PBS cancelled it and sent another, so I thought I'd send it back to you" Now what do I do?
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 6:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I wouldn't worry about it.  The receiver shouldn't have requested the book quite so quickly after it was declared lost (the Help Center say to give it 2 weeks), but you used credit assurance so your credit is guaranteed. You can just re-post the book and send it out again.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 10:16 AM ET
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I thought that books declared "lost" automatically rolled over to request the next copy.  Is this not right? 

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 10:28 AM ET
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Books declared lost go back on the Wish List or to the Reminder List so that the member reorders them on their own, books that time out in the system for non-response or not being marked mailed get reordered automatically by the system.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 10:32 AM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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I thought that books declared "lost" automatically rolled over to request the next copy.  Is this not right?

There's can be some confusion about this in the documents. You have Here...

The book will have been placed on your Wish List when it was declared Lost, so you should remove it from there if you do not wish to be offered another copy when it becomes available.

And then Here...

Don't re-request the book for at least 2 weeks, unless you are willing to run the risk of getting two copies (and paying a credit for both).

But I think it all depends on whether the book was WL'd or not. A WL lost book will put the Wisher back at the front of the line and they very quickly could get another book coming in the mail.

A book ordered FIFO though, I'm pretty sure, doesn't get re-ordered until the sender goes back into the FIFO system and orders another one themselves.

So I think it just depends on the type of book that goes lost.

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 3:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Nice the receiver returned it, just repost and hopefully USPS will deliver the next transaction on time!