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Subject: mail date
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:03 AM ET
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I had 3 books requested off my shelf.  I waited till today to accept so that could choose Monday as the date I will mail.  But it shows up as Sunday being the mail by date.  What should I do?

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:13 AM ET
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I think you will still have 2 more days (until Tuesday) to mark the books mailed, so you could put the books in the mail on Monday and then mark them mailed. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:15 AM ET
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If Sunday is your mail by date, then Monday will still be within the 2 day grace period so they won't cancel out on you before Monday, your must mark mailed by date is showing as Tuesday isn't it? Otherwise mark them mailed on Sunday and get them in the mail on Monday, the system won't care as long as you have them mailed within 48 hours of marking them as such. (Not that I advocate marking mailed prior to doing so, but an occassional need isn't going to hurt anything if you meet their no later than 48 ours after requirement.)

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:19 AM ET
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no-  it says-

Please note: In order to receive a book credit, you must click below by 5/23/2010 11:00 PM ET or you will not receive credits.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:31 AM ET
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So your "mail by" date is actually May 21st, and you have until May 23rd to mark the books mailed.  You can PM the requestor and ask if it's OK to mail the books on Monday.  But remember that even if he/she agrees, you still must mark the books mailed by May 23rd or the requests will time out and roll to the next person in line. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:51 AM ET
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So I just go ahead a mark it mailed as long as I pm the requestor to let her know.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:20 AM ET
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Not sure how to word the pm...

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 4:45 AM ET
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Adrienne, mark the book mailed on Sunday and mail it Monday. You can PM the person to let them know, but you don't have to ask for permission in this case, because you are still within the rules.  Try in the future to not mail late, as it is better to stay within the rules.. Here is the applicable rule ... no PM is necessary unless you are mailing more than 4 days later than the day you Mark it Mailed.

 

If you marked the book mailed but did not mail it and you want to mail it late (more than 4 days after the date you marked it as mailed),  you MUST contact the requestor using the PM button on the transaction, to be sure that the requestor still wants the book.  (If the book has already been declared "lost", the PM button is on the "lost in mail" transaction in your Transaction Archive.)

  • If she replies that she does still want it you can mail it to her.  She can mark it received and you will get credit at that time.
    • If the book has already been declared "lost" she can mark it received from her Transaction Archive and you will get credit at that time.
  • If she replies that she does NOT want it (she may have gotten a copy from someone else in the meantime), you should NOT MAIL - you should ask us to cancel the "en route" transaction and you can repost the book for someone else to request.
  • If she does not respond to your PM, you should repost the book.  It will be offered to her automatically if she still wants a copy.
  • You should not mail a "lost" book to the original requestor unless she has confirmed that she still wants it in a Personal Message.  If you mail it and she has already gotten another copy, she will NOT be obligated to mark the book received, or to return it to you.
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 7:07 AM ET
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I wouldn't bother PMing them since it's just the next day.  If it was going to be more than a couple of days then I would PM. But I mean marking them mailed on Sunday night and then mailing them on Monday is not a big deal. Even if you put them in a blue bin somewhere, they wouldn't get picked up until sometime on Monday. 

As for the date not being what you thought-your mouse  may have bumped it back up before you hit the final accept button. I've done that before.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 11:56 AM ET
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Yuppers, mailing a few days late (up to 4) does not require any notification from you.  IIRC, sender is required to receive permission from requester before mailing more than two weeks late.

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 12:10 PM ET
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Yuppers, mailing a few days late (up to 4) up to 48 hours after marking the book mailed does not require any notification from you.  IIRC, sender is required to receive permission from requester before mailing more than two weeks late more than 4 days after it was marked mail.

The Help Center deadlines are a bit different that what you are recommending. A sender should be getting permission to send the book late if it is over 4 days late and the site will send the late mailing email if you send it more than 2 days late. The two weeks late only comes into play if the book does not arrive by the lost date and the requester orders another copy. If the sender didn't get approval and mailed it more than 2 weeks late, then the receiver doesn't have to give them the credit. 

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 1:26 PM ET
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Thank you- I will go ahead a mark it mailed Sunday Night. 

As for the date not being what you thought-your mouse  may have bumped it back up before you hit the final accept button. I've done that before.     I guess this is what must have happened.

llrc  ??

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:00 PM ET
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1. mailing the book up to 48 hours after marking it mailed is completely within the rules.
2. mailing between 48 hours and 4 days after marking it mailed is outside the rules, but permissible without notification.
3. After 4 days after marking it mailed, the rules say that a PM is necessary before mailing. However, there is no PBS "punishment" for not doing so.
4. If you mail more than 2 weeks late, and the book goes lost becasue it was mailed late and is reordered, you might not get your credit (ONLY if the requestor receives a second copy of the book).

If there is no second copy of the book in the mail or already received, you have to mark it received when you get it no matter how late it was mailed.
 

Date Posted: 5/19/2010 3:50 PM ET
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grr

not sure why, but I hit the "mail later' button for another requested book and it didn't show me the drop down... it just went straight to "books to mail" ... wondering if that is what happened before... and again it shows Sunday as mail by date, sigh

has anyone else had this problem?



Last Edited on: 5/19/10 3:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/19/2010 4:24 PM ET
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I think you have 5 days to mail. So if you accepted Tuesday, five days would be that would be Sunday. If you waited until Wednesday to accept that would give you the Monday mail date. Accepting on Thursday would give you a Tuesday mail date.

Your post was from early Wednesday morning so I'm not sure why you didn't get an extra day to mail.