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Subject: Possible MIA??
Date Posted: 3/24/2010 12:54 PM ET
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I mailed 2 books (separate orders) on March 15 using PBS postage & DC.  One book has been received, but for the other I only have this message:

3/15/2010 2:00 PM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - FOUNTAIN VLY,CA

It should at least have an "enroute to" message.  What do you think?  Has anyone had this lone message and then had the book successfully delivered? If this goes lost it will be my first as a sender.  I already received my credit.  I'm just irritated that the book is MIA.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 12:57 PM ET
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I wouldn't worry about it too much just yet. Since it's delivery confirmation, they sometimes don't scan it until it's actually delivered. I've had a couple of books travel clear from one end of the country to the other with no scan until the last stop. Others get scanned several times en route.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 12:58 PM ET
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The D is for Delivery and any scans a book gets before then are bonus scans. So I wouldn't worry about it yet.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 1:14 PM ET
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Unless you had it scanned at the counter, that is a very common situation these days. With so many of the sorting facilities getting closed and consolidated, a lot of routes will no longer go through a machine that scans them and only get scanned at delivery.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 3:27 PM ET
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I've had a few that were never scanned - not even upon delivery.  But they got there since the requestor marked them as such.  ;D

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 3:46 PM ET
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If all these books are not getting scanned, it makes me wonder why one would bother paying extra for this "service".  I never do, and 99% of my books have arrived to and from me just fine.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 4:04 PM ET
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I use PBS postage because I don't want to go to the post office and the DC come with the postage.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 4:11 PM ET
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Yes, I've had a few of those...more recently, especially ....i think they must be scanning at less waypoints. I always drop my books in the blue box in front of my work, and usually by the next day there's a scan at the distribution center near my town. But lately, it's about half and half whether that scan gets done, and for those that don't, sometimes they are marked received by the person before there is ever a scan.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:02 PM ET
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the advantage of using the dc is that pbs lets you keep the credit if the book is not marked recieved.

I also don't use it & haven't had a problem yet.  I can see where you might want to do it on a multibook order, but I havent bothered then either.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 5:23 PM ET
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I think there may have been a glitch somewhere at USPS as well. I sent two boxes to  PBS friends using paypal DC on the 13th, and although was  scanned and delivered within days, the other had only the one line show up as yours did until the 22nd. I was beginning to get a bit worried, but on the morning of the 23rd, suddenly it showed it was out for delivery and all of the waypoint info was there as well!  So, transmissions from at least MO that I remember were delayed by quite a bit.

Date Posted: 3/24/2010 8:33 PM ET
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If all these books are not getting scanned, it makes me wonder why one would bother paying extra for this "service".  I never do, and 99% of my books have arrived to and from me just fine.

D-E-L-I-V-E-R-Y conformation is just that. It's not actually a package tracking service. You'd have to pay extra for that. The P.O. is only really supposed to scan a DC barcode once: to confirm that it has reached its final destination. Any extra scanning that the sorting machines do is incidental.

Date Posted: 3/26/2010 1:03 PM ET
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I just got 2 books today with DC that show only "Electronic Shipping Information Received". They can make it across the country without being scanned, so stop worrying.



Last Edited on: 3/26/10 1:03 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/26/2010 2:29 PM ET
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No need to worry yet Donna, your book is still deliverable!  And yes, it appears that USPS is cutting back on enroute scans as only the "Delivered" scan is required.  

I recently mailed three book packages on the same day, from the same post office.  All were immediately noted 'acceptance'.  Next day, two of the three showed scanned at the sorting center, and delivered a few days later.  One package never picked up a sorting center scan, but arrived about a week later at its destination where it received a 'delivered' scan.   Whatever lol!  All arrived safe :)

ETA - if the sender used printable postage and a blue box, it is entirely possible the book could arrive without any enroute scans...merely the 'delivered' scan which would probably appear after you've already opened the book.



Last Edited on: 3/26/10 2:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1