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Subject: mail later quetion
Date Posted: 10/25/2007 3:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/3/2007
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Howdy,

 

some one requested a book from me and I can't send until next week. How do I go about accpting the request but not marking it as "Can mail in 2 day's".

 

also what is the "Can mail later" button? i've looked in the help area and found nothing.

 

thanks for the help yall.

Date Posted: 10/25/2007 4:32 AM ET
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The mail later button gives you some extra time. I think it's like 4 days. Technically you can stretch out the time but waiting to accept the request. There should be a date that says when you need to accept the request before it moves to someone else in the FIFO line.

Then if you click the mail later you should have enough time to get to next week.  As a courtesy you could pm the requester then explaining that you can't mail the book until next week. Most people are very understanding about it if they know ahead of time.

Date Posted: 10/25/2007 4:57 AM ET
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oh ok thanks for the info.

 

I thought that the "mail later" meant later in the day.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/25/2007 4:22 PM ET
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It actually gives you about a week to mail the book. If you click on the latest date in the "mail later" option, you still have a two day grace period to mark it mailed after that, before the system automatically cancels the order. If you need to mail it a day or two later than that, be sure you still mark it mailed--or as I said, the system will cancel it...which opens a whole 'nother can of worms...but if you do mail it later than you said you could, I would PM the requestor just to let them know. Communication goes a long way around here! :)

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 6:59 AM ET
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thanks for the reply,

 

i've pmed the requester on the same day and told her that I couldn't send until monday or tuesday the latest.

 

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 7:35 PM ET
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Someone else posted a long time ago that they would select the mail later and pick the last day, just in case the unforseen happened. I started doing that also, although I generally ship within 48 hours, if I do get sidetracked, I don't have to rush to the computer.

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 7:36 PM ET
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I always use the mail later when I get a request on Sat or lat at night.

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 8:25 PM ET
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Kathy, that's my practice too.  I pick the latest day as a default and then mail as soon as I can.  (I like to mail from the P.O. -- call me strange -- and so how quickly I can mail out varies depending on when the request comes in.)  So I could mail the day of the request even though I chose the last mail date.

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 8:02 PM ET
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The I can mail later button leads you to a drop down menu where you can pick a date(I think up to 5 days later), I always pick the last one and try to mail the next day--but if life gets in the way, I have a little leeway.  HTH.

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 9:34 PM ET
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what i usually do to use the mail later and give a date then you *must* marked the book ":mailed in the PBS system by that date

even though you might not have "literary" mailed it yet otherwise PBS will request the same book from another member

thereby the recipient might end up with two copies of the same book

Date Posted: 10/29/2007 11:44 PM ET
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