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Subject: Marking mailed 2 minutes after printing label?
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 8:51 AM ET
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I have a book on it's way to me that was marked mailed two minutes after the label was printed. I never mark a book mailed until it is actually in the hands of the PO. This book is almost at its "take action" date. I have noticed that in the past, some of the books that I have failed to receive, have been marked "mailed" very shortly after printing the label.

Is this common? Am I strange because I feel that "mailed" means just that? Not even just sitting in the mail box means mailed, I wait until it is picked up by my mail carrier.


Date Posted: 9/25/2009 8:57 AM ET
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Well, I am guilty of that,  but I mail every book out, only had one go lost, but that was because of an apartment complex screw up.

Reason I do it is, I print my labels and then wrap my book as the last thing I do before I leave my home to go to the post office.  So, once I print the label, I hit the book has been mailed  button.  It is 20 miles one way to my post office, and I take all of my books there because I have too( I am overseas).

So, just offering a perspective as why the member might of done it that way.


Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:05 AM ET
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I do that sometimes also.  If I'm heading out the door shortly to drop it in the blue box or at the PO, I'll print the label and then mark it mailed right away.

I normally mark stuff mailed first thing in the morning and take the book with me to work to drop in a blue box sometime before I get home.  It's still going out that same day.

Subject: Mailed
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:19 AM ET
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I too mark mine mailed when I'm headed out the door to the post office. Often times I know I won't get back on the computer 'till the next day and want the receiver to know the actual day it was mailed.
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:20 AM ET
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I agree with the other posts - sometimes I do it as well.   If I use PBS postage - I will print and drop it in a blue box or my mailbox, it could be a Sunday or evening.

I don't think it is that unusual, especially if members are using PBS postage.

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Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:26 AM ET
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Subject: I do it as well
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 9:52 AM ET
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Because I grab them and mail them on my way to work.  If I don't mark them mailed I'm likely to forget because my internet time is limited.  I've done this in past and had the member cancel the order after the book was already in the mail.  They are always mailed on the same day so I don't see that it would any sort of problem.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 10:40 AM ET
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I print the labels and mark them mailed also.  I do mine from work and as soon as I mark them, I take them downstairs to the blue box.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 11:28 AM ET
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A member should not be able to cancel a book reuqest if you've printed the label. 

Some people only have computer access at a friend/relatives or the library.  So they mark books mailed immediately incase they can't back to that computer. 

Also they could have just wrapped it up and put in their mail box.  I've done that.  If I have no other pending requests, no game books I know I'm going to have to mail.  If a book request came in-I might just immediately print and stick it in my mail box and have it technically mailed within 5min.  I keep some stamps around in various denominations. So if it was a smaller book I wouldn't even need printed postage.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 12:09 PM ET
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I mail books in the morning, and wrap/print wrappers the night before. After I wrap a book, I always mark it mailed (so that I don't confuse that book order with a different book order). The PBS rules say that Books must be mailed within 48 hours of marking them mailed ... so technically you have 2 dyas to actually drop it off after you mark it mailed.
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 12:53 PM ET
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I wrap before I go to the P. O. or mailbox. So it is print and marking mailed in a matter of seconds for me. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:05 PM ET
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I do the same. Usually I'll print labels the morning I'm mailing the books because then I don't have to fuss with changing the date on the PBS printable postage label. Normally that means I'm marking mailed within just a few minutes of printing, sometimes even sooner if I get a last minute order as I'm ready to leave. It's print, wrap and mail within just a couple of minutes then. As Sara says, PBS gives us a 48-hour leeway after marking a book mailed to actually mail it. Mine are typically within a blue box in front of my work within a half-hour of marking mailed.


Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:08 PM ET
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When I print the wrapper I usually mark mailed because it's all done in one swift action. That way I won't forget to mark it mailed as the day gets busy. Then I'm on my way to the post office soon after. In the last couple of months, after I received a few orders, I had to go back and remind the sender to mark the book was mailed, so that I could mark it as received. They just got busy and forgot to mark the book as mailed. I really don't want this to happen to the people to whom I send books to, so I just mark mailed right after printing the label.
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:11 PM ET
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Also- if you're using DC, it's better to mark it mailed before you head out to the P.O.- I don't know about you, but things can get pretty hectic around here in the afternoons when the kids get back home, and I may forget to log back on & mark "mailed".  Then comes the DC scan, but book wouldn't be marked mailed yet... so I just mark mailed if I know I'm heading out to the P.O. that day.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I wrap my books as soon as I'm done with them. When the order comes through I print out the label, tape it on and walk about 15 feet out the front door of my office and drop it in the blue box.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:50 PM ET
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"Am I strange because I feel that "mailed" means just that?

Not even just sitting in the mail box means mailed, I wait until it is picked up by my mail carrier."


I'll give you a short answer. Yes, you are strange.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 1:52 PM ET
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Ditto here.

Many times I'll print, wrap, hit the mailed button and then go dump them in the  blue box. I don't even print it till I'm on my way to the PO. But if I'm delayed by a day (which is rare) then I still have the 48 hour cushion to fall back on.

ETA: And I have no books lost on my record out of the nearly 1,000 I've mailed.

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Date Posted: 9/25/2009 2:18 PM ET
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I will not actually marked it mailed until it is at the post office.  So I guess I'm strange too. 

My post office closes really early so sometimes I don't get there fast enough and have to try again the next day.

I always go right to the post office because the postage is off on the wrapper most of the time and usually it's cheaper to mail it first class. 

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 3:02 PM ET
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If you print the label and then, for whatever reason, open it up again to take a look, it says the latter date is the date you printed.  So - you can't always go by that time anyway.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 3:07 PM ET
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wow I really can't believe so many do that, it just doesn't seem right to me. I guess I am strange....
Date Posted: 9/25/2009 3:19 PM ET
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I do it, too.  I mark it mailed usually and then zip out to put it in the Blue Box on the corner.  When it is actually picked up is an entirely other issue, but if it's out of my hands, it's mailed.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 3:29 PM ET
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I see nothing wrong with this. I'll print, marked mailed and then wrap the book and take it to our blue mailbox. I consider it being efficient. All of the books I've sent out were received well on time and none have ever been lost. I've always mailed my book directly after marking them mailed, too... I never wait hours or days to mail it.

I don't consider it the receivers business about whether the book was dropped in the mailbox before or after it was marked mailed. It should make no difference whatsoever to them.

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Date Posted: 9/25/2009 3:53 PM ET
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I don't consider it the receivers business about whether the book was dropped in the mailbox before or after it was marked mailed. It should make no difference whatsoever to them.

(1) It bothers me because IMO it is lying. Saying [Book Has Been Mailed] and it hasn't is a lie in my opinion. Yes, a little one that, if it is correctly shortly, doesn't make one lick of difference in the grand scheme of the world, but it is still a lie. When your (generic, not specific) boss asks if you got something done, do you say yes even though its not, but you've made preparations and plan to finish it in the near future?

(2) It sets books up to be forgotten and not mailed and is more likely to lead to lost books. Yes, many people who do it, mail their books fine and have never had any go lost. But, books that are mailed very late or never are only a problem from people who mark their books mailed before actually having done so.

I completely understand that some people have to mark the books before they are mailed because of internet access issues. I also know that most of the early markers cause no issues. Doesn't mean it can bug the snot out of me when people do it for no reason.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 4:03 PM ET
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I'm with the 'strange' group - Denise, Cherie and Melanie.

I don't consider it mailed until it is in the USPS system.

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 4:12 PM ET
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I mark it mailed right as I walk out the door to take it to the post office.  I use the PBS delivery confirmation and it seems that my post office gets that into the system pretty quick.  And if I don't mark it mailed before I leave and the post office gets it into the system before I get home to mark it mailed I don't get my credit that day.  I have to wait until the person that requested the book gets the book and marks it mailed.  So it's kind of a waste to use the PBS delivery confirmation unless I mark it mailed before I leave on my errands for the day.