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Subject: Out for Delivery -- But Not In My State?
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 3:16 PM ET
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I'm a bit confused by this; I think my book might have been mixed up somehow, but I really can't figure it out. I'm in NY, but the delivery confirmation info is giving me this:

Out for Delivery or Available at PO Box, July 02, 2010, 9:21 am, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52404
Sorting Complete, July 02, 2010, 8:51 am, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52404
Arrival at Post Office, July 02, 2010, 5:44 am, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA 52404
Processed through Sort Facility, June 30, 2010, 9:49 pm, WICHITA, KS 67276
Electronic Shipping Info Received, June 28, 2010

I don't quite understand what's wrong. Has anyone had this happen before? Will it somehow find its way to me even though it's in the wrong state?

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 3:24 PM ET
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Is this the DC info linking off of PBS, or are you getting it from USPS.com with a DC # that was PMed to you? Sounds like it might be sender messup, but that would be more likely if it isn't a PBS DC. The sender could have sent you the wrong DC number or entered the wrong address if they were using PayPal or some other online postage. If it was a PBS DC, then I think they would have had to tape a new address over yours to get it mis-delivered. Hopefully you will soon see a mis-delivered scan and it will get rerouted on its way to you.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 3:29 PM ET
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It's PBS delivery confirmation, so that's why I wasn't sure about why it was lost, considering it has to be the right tracking number for the info to get sent to PBS. I'm hoping it's mis-delivered, like you mentioned. Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 3:46 PM ET
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Or the postal worker could have hit the wrong button. Earlier this week I had an Amazon order that said it was unable to be forwarded to a different address. It made no sense since I used the same address as always with Amazon. The package showed up later that day. I just assume whoever keyed it in as arriving at the unit/out for delivery that morning must have hit the wrong button or something. So your book might be in Iowa, but still on its way to you.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 4:14 PM ET
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Not too long ago, I had a book on its way to me that was delivered to a PO in another state.  The next day, it was rescanned as enroute and took a couple more days to get to me.  Odds are it was incorrectly routed. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 4:28 PM ET
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I've had several lately that the PO worker has miskeyed the zip on the stamp. They sort by the zip on the stamp rather than by the address and barcode on the package, so some have taken quite a tour before arriving at my house.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 5:11 PM ET
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Is the sender in IA? If so, it may have been returned to sender.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 5:41 PM ET
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maybe you moved and did not know about it..LOL

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/2/2010 7:18 PM ET
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I've had one that took a vacation.  It traveled to more states than I have.  It did get to me within the media mail time frame too.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 8:56 AM ET
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The sender is in Kansas, so I don't think it's being returned to her. I contacted her to let her know what was going on just in case, and she said that all of the other books she mailed that day seem to be fine. I suppose mine is just taking a vacation...

I checked the DC info again and now got this above the part about it being out for delivery: "Delivery status not updated as of July 02, 2010, 11:21 pm." I'm assuming this means maybe they've realized the error since they couldn't find the address or something like that.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 9:25 AM ET
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This happened once with a book in one of my games---but it got sent to the wrong city.  After 10 days and the status saying "delivered", I  ended up calling my local P.O. to get the number of a P.O. in the city the book went to.  I called them and asked WTH was going on, as the address and zip had been written correctly and therefore the book should have been in city A not city B, and why was it still there after 10 days.    Within the next day or two, it magically ended up getting to the correct destination.  I'm not sure whether my phone call got them moving on it or not, but I don't think it hurt.  You or the sender might want to consider doing this.

P.S.  I also told the customer service person I spoke with that there was no way it could have actually been delivered in city B, as that city did not even have a street with the street name on the address label (I did a search to check for this). 



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Date Posted: 7/4/2010 6:30 PM ET
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I just checked the delivery confirmation info again--it just passed through a distribution center about twenty minutes from my house a couple hours ago. I guess that means I'll have it on Tuesday! Someone must have realized the mistake and re-routed it. Whew!

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 4:51 AM ET
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I worked at a shipping store for quite a while and we discovered a fun fact about PO DCs and Customs tracking numbers. They reuse them. So sometimes there are two packages simultaneously being shipped with the same number, so the scans jump around, and sometimes your scan listing gets interupted halfway through by the other package. Sometimes the package has landed in the wrong bin and is actually in the wrong state, but sometimes your package is in the right place, but so is someone else's.

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 2:33 PM ET
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Weird! I had no idea that DC's were reused. I guess I just always figured that new numbers came up randomly. Interesting.

Subject: I had one package
Date Posted: 7/8/2010 2:53 PM ET
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left the shipping area (South Carolina) go to Mass. (Normal for SC to VT) then turn around and go to Philly and to Vermont. This happened in the winter and I was told that if there are any flight delays they will reroute mail to try to bypass the delays.

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 9:38 PM ET
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Weird! I had no idea that DC's were reused. I guess I just always figured that new numbers came up randomly. Interesting.

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We had no idea either. The first time it happened, a customer called, concerned, because their package had been in Europe the day before, and had just been scanned in in South America. We finally established that there were two packages with the same number, as each continued merrily on it's way. After that we noticed it with DC packages too. :D