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Subject: Out for Delivery and then ..... NADA
Date Posted: 11/10/2011 11:40 AM ET
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I mailed a book Saturday. It made it all the way to "Out for Delivery" status on the morning of November 8. Then nothing for the last two days.

I have no idea what this means. Was it delivered? Should I contact the recipient and see if she got it? Wait a couple more days?

My media mail tracking has been so weird lately. Some heavier books are taking 11-12 days instead of the usual 5-7. Even if they are only going a short distance.



Last Edited on: 11/10/11 1:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/10/2011 12:20 PM ET
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I've noticed longer mail times recently also, apparently the holiday season is underway.  Traditionally, times will improve again in late December/early January-ish.

Local PO's handle mail a bit differently (not always per regulation), and technically if the package scanned Out For Delivery it should be delivered the same day or noted 'Notice Left''.  And have you checked on the USPS tracking website?  Sometimes more information is available there than is transferred to PBS.  If it doesn't turn up soon, you can contact your PO and have them check on it (they would call the other PO).

Date Posted: 11/10/2011 1:52 PM ET
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Thanks, Denise. The person lives in an apt and the package is large, so maybe it wouldn't fit in her mailbox?

Yes, I did check the USPS site and no info. I'll give it until Monday and then go into my PO and ask them to investigate.

Date Posted: 11/13/2011 9:15 AM ET
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My post office is so nice -- they looked it up and the pkg is sitting at the recipient's PO, waiting to be picked up. USPS guy said she has 15 days to pick it up, then it will be returned to me. But since it was sent media mail, I'm wondering if it will arrive postage due?

Date Posted: 11/13/2011 1:43 PM ET
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if it is returned to you, it will be Postage Due.

mistie -
Date Posted: 11/13/2011 1:55 PM ET
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Jennifer, I think you are worrying unecessarily. The book was mailed Saturday, delivered to the Post office by Tuesday, it's very likely the recipient may only get to the post office within business hours once a week or so.

So, yes, IF it is returned it will be postage due - BUT it's only been just a week since you mailed it - so, relax !!

Date Posted: 11/13/2011 2:30 PM ET
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:) Yes, when I don't use DC I don't worry at all.

Date Posted: 11/13/2011 2:55 PM ET
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Technically, if the PO left one of those salmon colored pick-up notices, the DC should have been scanned "notice left".  As already mentioned, some PO's handle these things a bit differently. Not to put too fine a  point on it, but if the receivers PO had done their job correctly (the one you paid extra for) then you would have been able to see that the notice had been left and wouldn't have worried about your package being misdelivered or lost.  But since the book is still enroute, not lost or misdelivered...it's all good!

Awhile back, I happened to check my incoming DC's before checking my mail box.  I could see that my mail carrier had left a pick-up slip even before I opened my mail box.  Several had arrived that day and that one didn't all fit in the box.

PS - Mistie, it's not necessicarily about micro-management.  If the book is legitimately lost or mis-delivered, it's best to have the local PO start the hunt sooner rather than later.  If not to much time has passed, packages have been recovered if the search starts while staff might remember the deteails.



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Date Posted: 11/15/2011 7:32 AM ET
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I have had media mail taking much longer than usual.  It often sits somewhere for a week before it seems to get underway and then takes another week to be delivered.  Estimated delivery of Nov. 8 was actually delivered Nov. 14.

 

Seems early for a Christmas rush - are they perhaps trying new procedures before the holidays?

Date Posted: 11/15/2011 7:40 AM ET
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This is actually the start of the Christmas rush for packages. People order christmas presents from catalogs and websites starting around the first of November and package volume really picks up then. It will stedily increase until the madness that is December. Media Mail is the bottom rung on the ladder...everything else moves before Media Mail does, so the Chrismas rush of catalogs and packages really starts delaying it early