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Topic: ???That PSB postage tracking (truck) icon thingy ????

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Subject: ???That PSB postage tracking (truck) icon thingy ????
Date Posted: 8/30/2010 11:47 AM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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How dependable is that?  I had a book coming from HI that was in the western part of my state last time I clicked on it and today it is in northern CA?  Is that just for fun or does that mean that my package was scanned into CA recently? 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/30/2010 12:07 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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The icon is meaningless. The system is just figuring that if it usually takes 9 days for a book to get from point A to point B and it's been 3 days since the book was marked mailed, it should be about 1/3 of the way along the line.

This is of course not true. The real way mail is handled is that it sits in city A for 2 days, then it gets put on a plane and arrives in city C where it sits for 4 days, then it gets driven overnight to city B where it sits for 2 more days before it gets delivered on the 9th day.

If you want to see where USPS last scanned a package, use the details button and scroll to the bottom of the window. You'll see the actual scan records there.

Date Posted: 8/30/2010 12:12 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2010
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For a surprise...click on the Truck icon.

-RD

Date Posted: 8/30/2010 1:50 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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The truck icon is best used for entertainment purposes only.  As Cathy states, use the 'details' button for actual scan information.

Date Posted: 8/30/2010 5:35 PM ET
Member Since: 5/9/2010
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Rob D. - I just clicked the truck icon on a book that I have coming.  How cute/neat is that cheeky!

Date Posted: 8/30/2010 10:36 PM ET
Member Since: 2/2/2010
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Thanks all, details - I knew I could see where it was scanned somewhere along the way.

@Rob - Thanks - my coworkers freaked when I clicked on the truck and it honked!