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Subject: opened for inspection question
Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:08 PM ET
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I've been reading the different forum posts about packages being opened for inspection.  I know that the PO has to either include a note saying it was opened and inspected or stamped saying so.  Is there a way for either PBS or the receiver to notify the sender that the package was inspected?  This is just plain curiousity (sp?) on my part as I've not received an inspected package.

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Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:14 PM ET
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The Receiver could note it in the Note To Sender section at the top of the Received page, where Thank you notes typically go, but there is nothing that requires or encourages a recipient to make note of inspected packages.  Also, they could note it in the bottom section for PBS to be notified, but again, there isn't any requirement to note it there either.  So notification is entirely up to recipient's discretion.  And personally, I wouldn't note it.  I wonder if many others would?

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 4:19 PM ET
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You could always PM your receivers and ask, but since the frequency of inspection is pretty low outside of Wisconsin, you'd probably not get much other than a few "huh???"s.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 5:49 PM ET
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I am curious as to why you would think the sender should be told about the inspection. 

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:11 PM ET
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I didn't say that the sender should be told, I stated that it was only out of curiousity sake on my part, because I've never received an opened and inspected package. 

I could put a label on my bookshelf stating "Out of curiousity sake could receivers plz let me know if you receive your order  as being opened and inspected"

Sianeka- i like your suggestion.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 6:14 PM ET
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It's not like the sender has control over what gets inspected. 

I always note the ones that the PO has damaged in their inspections.  Which has been a very high percent of the inspected books I've received.

Date Posted: 9/20/2010 9:37 PM ET
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You could do that Jennifer... but the chances of something being inspected are pretty slim. Plus, if they received their book ok, then it's no issue to you whether it was inspected or not. The Post Office wraps the stuff back up. If it was damaged due to inspection, they have the option to say RWAP: Damaged by Post Office.

But the 2 times I've received a book which was inspected (of about 160+ I have received) I always told the person. I just think it's extra work and worry for you to put a note in all your shipments for a rare chance it'll get looked at by the post man. :-)

Date Posted: 9/21/2010 10:13 AM ET
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I've received nearly 1400 books from the two sites I belong to and never had one opened by the USPS for inspection. However I did get a book from the Philippines that was checked out by the Office of Homeland Security. There was no note but it was securely strapped back up with neon tape with their name on it.

Date Posted: 9/21/2010 2:13 PM ET
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I also think it's a very slim chance and not something I worry about at all--I've gotten over 1600 books from here and only one package was opened for inspection--and that was a multi-book order in a box that I could understand them opening to check on, since it wasn't a "book-shaped package." 

I'm not sure what good it would do to put a note on your bookshelf asking people to notify you if a package is inspected...I order via FIFO and so would most likely never see your bookshelf or that note.

Cheryl