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Subject: member paid $9.37 to send 1 book to me
Date Posted: 4/11/2011 5:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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hello today i got a book fom another member who paid $9.37  they also sent it priorty as well

so i wonder if this memebr knew about the media rates so i told them that i felt they paid too much

and they have sent the book media mail.

i also added that to the comments as well  that i think this member did not know about media mail

guess thats all i could do

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 5:57 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/11/2011 5:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Wow!  Can you tell by their profile if they are a new member?

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 7:49 PM ET
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nope she been member since 2005

guess she just wanted to get the book to me fast

Profile - Melissa C. (Christianswapper) - Brooklyn, NY

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2009
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I think this usually happens when someone sends their husband to mail a book for them. 

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 2/26/2009
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My daughter recently received a book with terribe water damage and a squished bug inside (ick) and rwaped asking for her credit back.  The gentlemen apologized and send he sent a money order to reimburse.

The book originally arrived in a padded envelope (the kind they sell at the p.o.) 

About a week later we have a note from the carrier that we have to go pick up a registered letter.  Lo and behold it is the money order.  He sent a money order for something like 8 dollars plus spent a few dollars for the registered letter....  so much cheaper just to return a credit, lol.

o, and he has been a member a few years

Last Edited on: 4/11/11 8:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:13 PM ET
Member Since: 9/8/2009
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Well, if that's what happened, bless his heart!  My husband would have brought the book home yelling, "$9.35?  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!"  laugh

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 8:32 PM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2007
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About a year ago, a member sent a book priority to me. She decided to do this since she did not send the book to me on time, and wanted to beat the gone missing deadline. Well, I actually was away and my account on vacation hold when the book got here. I returned home to a book and a PM asking me why I had not marked the book received, she sent it priority and knows I have it, she wanted to make sure it got to me as fast as possible, ..etc. I just replied that my account was on hold, and the book has now been marked received, but I was a little peeved. I didnt make her spend the extra $ to send the book to me, but I felt like I was being blamed for it.

Date Posted: 4/11/2011 10:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Was priority packaging used? Maybe they packaged the book that way and then got to the PO and were told they had to pay the rate of the packaging.

Some people also use mail service through work so they don't really pay attention to the rate it is sent by.

Double check the system weight to make sure that didn't throw things off.

You let her know so that was good, if she just didn't know then she can save money in the future. I can't imagine paying more than the price of a new book to mail a used one to someone. Alarm bells would go off in my head that something just isn't right.

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 1:32 AM ET
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Melissa is a very active member on the forums and in the games.  If she sent it priority mail, it was no accident.

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 6:27 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2009
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I had to pay $8 something the other day because it was due (to be marked mailed) that day and I had to mail it thru the automatic postal center, which didn't let me mail media mail.  I figure it is fine to do once in a while if I have to. 

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 7:29 AM ET
Member Since: 8/25/2009
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If you know the media mail rates, you can get the APC to just print out postage for that amount, at least that is what I have read on these boards.


Date Posted: 4/12/2011 11:58 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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At the APC, if you know what the postage should be, just use the option "Buy stamp in a different amount" (or words to that effect)  and enter that amount and it will print the stamp.

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 1:16 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I think it's kind of rude that you posted a link to her profile or even jsut her name here. PBS really frowns on that. 

She may have mailed 1 package Priority to get them picked up at her house.  The PO will pick up packages at your door if you have at  least 1 going Priority.  NOt all mail carriers will pick up books when put into a mail box.  I can see someone sending 1 Priority to get them all picked up if they had a whole bunch to mail and couldn't get to the PO for some reason (dead car, sick, sick child, etc..,)

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 11:25 PM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2010
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I sent a book priority once - and perhaps may be one of those you are chatting about.  And even though I knew it is far less expensive to send it media mail, I sent it priority because I had marked the book mailed, asked my husband to mail it, and something came up and the book sat for a couple of days without actually being mailed.  I felt responsible for the delay and paid the difference.  It is not my general practice and all my book requests get accepted and mailed (media rates) within 12 -24 hours.  

Date Posted: 4/12/2011 11:52 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I had to pay $8 something the other day because it was due (to be marked mailed) that day

Also, it is fine to mark the book mailed and take it to the Post Office the next day. There is a 48 hour grace period between the time you mark a book mailed and the time it needs to actually be in the mail.

I made a little chart of the Media Mail weights per pound, stuck it in my wallet,  and I use the APC machine all the time ... I just use it up to the point it weighs my package (if I am not sure if it is under or over the first pound), and then I go back to the first screen and use the "Buy Stamps of a Different Value" menu to get the right postage.

I received a Priority Mail book package once and I sent a message to the sender letting them know that although I really appreciated getting the book so fast, it wasn't necessary to mail it at the higher rates ... the person Pm'd me back and let me know that they just mail Priority sometimes.

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 11:25 AM ET
Member Since: 10/31/2005
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I have been out on disability so rather than cancelling requests I had my mother ship the book for me.  I'm not going to into the specifics but yes I'm aware of media mail but there were reasons for doing this.

And personally I'm not sure why its necessary to make this a public topic.  If I was a new member I probably would have felt a bit ridiculed and even as an old member I'm not comfortable with having to account for what I did

You told me via PM and that was enough.  I didnt repond because a) I'm so knocked out on pain meds that I'm barely on here recently and b) because it was a issue that I really didn't want to discuss

Guess I should have just cancelled the request

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 11:51 AM ET
Member Since: 1/7/2005
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Melissa, I hope that you feel better soon. I think it's amazing that you're handling book requests when you don't feel good. Regards, Elaine

Last Edited on: 4/13/11 11:52 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 4/13/2011 6:34 PM ET
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Melissa, I too hope you're feeling better soon!  It was really sweet of you to continue to manage your bookshelf. 

Please don't feel ridiculed.... I took the original message to mean that he was just felt badly that you had spent so much to mail the book.  The first time I received a large hardback book, I felt so guilty that it had cost the sender so much to mail... I know, I know, it all evens out eventually.  But I actually PM'd the sender and asked me if she'd like me to give her another credit for the book!  LOL 

Again, hope you're up and around in a jiffy.

Last Edited on: 4/13/11 6:34 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/13/2011 7:09 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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Not sure why the OP felt the need to name the member. 

Hope you feel better soon Melissa.