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Subject: Does This Mean They Haven't Been Mailed?
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 12:06 AM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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I have two transactions that really should have been here by now.  They haven't gone "lost" yet, but they're pretty close, and there aren't any entries on the "details" list for the travel of the book like there usually are. 

 

USPS says:  "The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on February **, 2008 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later."

 

Does this mean it was never mailed? 

 

On the details of one of the transactions, it says the label was printed and mailed the same day -- about two weeks ago.  The on the other one, it says that it was printed and mailed about three weeks ago -- and then it was printed again two more times, most recently just last week. 

 

So that's why I'm wondering if they just haven't been mailed at all, especially the second one with so may label printings. 

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 1:28 AM ET
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it doesn't mean it was never mailed, it just means it's never been scanned.

i've had a few that were never scanned until they were delivered, and one that did get marked lost (but was delivered the next day) that had 25 days between scans.

you may want to take a look at where the books are coming from.  if it's Alaska or Hawaii, it'll probably take longer than usual for them to arrive.

but yeah, with the second one it sounds like it didn't get mailed the first time.  i had one where the member's husband told her he mailed the book and she marked it mailed - and then she found it in his truck a couple of weeks later.  she reprinted the label to go first class so it'd arrive sooner, and it did end up arriving before going lost.

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 12:29 PM ET
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Well, apparently one of them was never mailed because the label was printed for the third time last night.  I think it's great she's had her credit for three weeks -- just wish she'd actually mail the book. I can see it's very likely that the book will go lost, now, before it gets here.  If she never mails the book does she still get the credit?  I know when it goes lost I will get mine back. 

 

The other one, I don't know. 

 

But neither of them are from Hawaii or Alaska -- they've from less than 500 miles away -- which I know doesn't mean anything in terms of how long it takes to get a book. 

Date Posted: 3/13/2008 8:49 PM ET
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I've heard from the first lady and it appears she mixed up the books and mine went to someone else. So I'm hoping I'll be able to identify the book she accidentally sent to me, though nothing has been obvious yet. 

 

The other one is still in limbo land -- hopefully it's just sitting in a bin somewhere and someone will notice it soon. 

 

Thanks for the help! 

Date Posted: 3/14/2008 2:36 AM ET
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Just for general information.   The sender does NOT get a credit until the book is marked received.  Also, if someone looks at the mailing information for any reason it shows up as having printed the label on that date.  

Date Posted: 3/15/2008 10:46 PM ET
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For the 2nd book with the constantly changing date: my guess if the 1st person accepted the request, printed the label and then didn't mark it mailed.  So it passed the request on to someone else.  You might end up with 2 books.  You only have to give a credit to the one who marked it mailed.  It's also possible that it got sent back for some reason. Maybe they forgot to put the postage on or something. 

Very often DC never gets scanned or it doesn't get scanned until it hits the PO that's nearest the requestor.  The sender doesn't have the credit unless they used the preprinted postage.  If the book goes lost, you will get your credit back.  Wait a couple weeks before you reorder the book as media mail can take a couple months sometimes. 



Last Edited on: 3/15/08 10:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/19/2008 8:54 PM ET
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USPS says:  "The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on February **, 2008 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later."

I have a box that was marked mailed a month ago, and this is all I get when I check the DC # too.  Is there anything I can do if I don't get it in a month?