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Subject: Can Media Mail really take 4 months?
Date Posted: 11/19/2011 1:00 AM ET
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I offered a deal to someone that was looking for some books and got a pm saying ' because its Military it could be up to 4 months before I receive it.

I've mailed a couple times to Military before and its maybe taken longer then most but never that long or even close.

Has anyone had that happen ?

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Date Posted: 11/19/2011 3:06 AM ET
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I imagine it depends on where they're stationed.  But if it's an out-of-the way location, media mail can take a long time.  I'd consider either using first class, or PBS postage, or both.

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 7:49 AM ET
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As an ex-military wife-yes it can take that long.  If they're in a remote area where the space is limited as far as mail being transported, then media mail might take awhile. 

I would probably use PBS DC if there's multiple credits involved.

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 10:50 AM ET
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In the RC that appears on all (I think) requests, they mention that you should consider using PBS/DC to send books to the military address. I requested a book last year from a military member and when I received it, the postal sticker said March 1st, and the date I received it was June 1st. That was 3 months, so yes it can take a long time.

Date Posted: 11/19/2011 12:10 PM ET
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I sent a book to OK once - it took 6 weeks - I live in Kansas

Sent a book recently to the Chicago area - It took 2 months - I still live in Kansas

Sent a book to HI last month.  It was officially marked lost by PBS - it arrived at it's destination a day later.

Sent a book on November 3, to APOE - it got to Jersey City on November 7.  Still hasn't arrived at it's destination.  I've had them take as little as 7 days to get to an APO address though.  It might be because it's getting closer to the holidays.  I send anything APO/FPO, etc., with DC, so I've gotten my credit, and the people on the other end understand it takes a while.  Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 11:29 AM ET
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being at an APO I will say yes right now media mail is taking forever. I had books I requested in August not arrive until the end of October from all over the US. Also books I am sending out are taking longer though not as long as two months. My suggestion would be to either send it first class (but that doesn't seem an option), priority mail or ask your postal clerk about PAL (Parcel Airlift) it's inbetween priority and media mail in load order onto the plane at the ports. this week will be better than next as we just received our "mailing" deadlines for Christmas and they start Nov. 30 for SAM (Space Available Mail/Parcel Post).

Date Posted: 11/23/2011 12:28 PM ET
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Books in general will take longer this time of year. 

Date Posted: 11/24/2011 5:24 PM ET
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The last package of books I sent to an APO address took almost 5 months.  Have to have patience if you don't use PBS/DC.

Date Posted: 11/24/2011 5:32 PM ET
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I always recommend either upping it to first class or using PBS eDC for the APOs.  I like the idea of sending to APOs.  They are often the most in need of English books.  But those time delays?