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Subject: "I can mail later" option question...
Date Posted: 4/26/2008 8:06 AM ET
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When responding to a request for one of my books, I often choose the "I can mail later" option.  I ususally do mail the books out within 1-2 days, but choose the later option so that if something comes up, I can still get the book mailed by the deadline.  So my question is... does it look or seem bad if I am always choosing the "I can mail later" option or is this something that most people do?  I am pretty new here and want to be a good member, so I would appreciate any input.


Date Posted: 4/26/2008 8:13 AM ET
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I ALWAYS choose the "I can mail later" option and I've heard quite a few people say that...it is the safest to allow for life's little speed bumps.

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 8:15 AM ET
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Because I often can't get to the post office before they close during the week, I tend to mail most of my books on Saturdays.  So unless I  get the request on a Thursday or Friday, I almost always pick the "I can mail later" option. I think the important thing is not how fast you mail the books, but that you mail them by when you say you will.

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 8:54 AM ET
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Like Robin said, as long as you mail within the timeline that you specified, there won't be any problems.  :)

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 9:22 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/26/2008 9:26 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for the input.



Date Posted: 4/27/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I don't think it makes you look bad. I do this with every request too.

I have chronic health issues so never know how I will feel. Days I feel bad I tend to sleep later which means I may not get it into the mailbox in time. (I mail from home).

So I always pick "I will mail later" then pick the latest date too.

Most times it is mailed within 24hrs & 48hrs at the most.

I also make a point to PM the person and let them know if health issues some up.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 8:09 PM ET
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I always choose the I can Mail Later button. You just never know what's going to come up. I put my books in the blue box but still-it takes time to wrap them and the box is not really on my way to anything.  Most of the time I mail within 2 days but it's nice to have the longer time in case someone gets sick, car troubles or other unexpected things that come up in normal life.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 6:34 PM ET
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I almost always choose the "I can mail later" option, too - just in case something comes up - although I almost always mail out the very next day.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 7:06 PM ET
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I almost always choose that option. I sometimes can't get to the po right away, so it gives me those extra days that I might need. I don't worry about it making me look bad either.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 8:37 PM ET
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I do it too - I always pick the last possible day, but often the books get mailed the next day.  I look at it as a little bonus - the person who is getting the book thought it might be mailed later, but then gets a surprise when they get an email saying the book has been mailed!

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 11:28 PM ET
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Count me as another "I can mail later" person.   I go to the Post Office at least 2 - 3 times a week but I never know when something will come up last minute, so I like to allow the little extra cushion of time.   Hopefully my receivers are happy that the book was mailed much quicker than they thought it would be.

Mandy P. (mpyff) - ,
Date Posted: 4/30/2008 11:31 PM ET
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yikes... I always hit the 2 days, because they actually give you more time than that...  I feel good if I get them mailed before the date in the litle balloon.... is this wrong?

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 12:32 AM ET
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Not at all; it sounds like you're doing just fine. :-)

Date Posted: 5/1/2008 11:32 AM ET
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Unless I know I can get to the post office right away, I always pick "I can mail later."  Like you say, it covers those times that something comes up.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 5/1/2008 2:28 PM ET
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Nothing wrong with using the "I can mail later" option - that's why it's there.

Personally, I like to receive books as soon as I order them, and I'm often feeling that's how others feel, so I usually try to mail out the day after I accept a request.  (I don't accept the request right away, though, I always have to go home and check out the book I'm sending just to be certain there are no issues that I didn't know about before I accept the request.)

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 9:11 AM ET
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I always choose the "Mail Later" option as well-I get many requests and like that I can send them all on the same day, instead of mailing one or two Monday,  4 Wed., 1 Thurs.-if I choose Mail Later, I can send the whole bunch on Friday.  (just an example).  Then I get to start over!  :o)

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I always choose the latest date possible - just in case - but now that I am using PBS postage I often mail on the same day I get a request, unless I'm low on funds to put in my PBS money account.