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Subject: Post office delivered, but receiever has not marked it
Date Posted: 5/3/2010 1:32 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2010
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I am still pretty new here, but my printer died in our move, so all of my books have had to be hand addressed. I got a printer last night, so hopefully this won't happen again as I can use the PBS wrapper and delivery confirmation.


The second book I ever mailed out was sent on 4/19/10 and I added regular deliver confirmation. The post office lists the book as receieved on 4/24/10 but the receiver has never marked the book. I sent her a PM first asking if she had gotten it as I thought I had lost the DC reciept. A few minutes later I dumped out my purse a second time and found the reciept, so I tracked the book and got this


Your item was delivered at 12:46 PM on April 24, 2010 in BEULAH, MI 49617.
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Bullet Delivered, April 24, 2010, 12:46 pm, BEULAH, MI 49617
Bullet Out for Delivery or Available at PO Box, April 24, 2010, 9:24 am, BEULAH, MI 49617
Bullet Sorting Complete, April 24, 2010, 8:54 am, BEULAH, MI 49617
Bullet Arrival at Post Office, April 24, 2010, 6:58 am, BEULAH, MI 49617
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, April 23, 2010, 10:57 am, ALLEN PARK, MI 48101
Bullet Processed through Sort Facility, April 20, 2010, 3:10 pm, BELL, CA 90201
Bullet Acceptance, April 19, 2010, 12:27 pm, Silver Springs, NV  89429



So its been more than a week since she got the book according to the USPS. What happens if she never marks it receieved?

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 2:11 PM ET
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If you did not use PBS DC, you will not get a credit. Just because it was delivered, because there isn't 'signature required' there is no way to know if it was delivered to the right address or person. I have had books scanned delivered and didn't actually get them til several days later. When the book is close to going lost, I would PM and just ask  if she received it--sometimes people do get busy and forget.


Date Posted: 5/3/2010 2:16 PM ET
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Yeah, like Cheryl I've found out that sometimes the DC 'delivery' means that it got to the last P.O. on the Route, not that it's actually been delivered. I really wonder if a lot of P.O. really have enough scanners to go with all the carriers that have to go door to door. Longest time between 'delivery' and me actually getting the item has been three days. Shortest times a few hours before they even got to my street, let alone my mailbox.

Then there's the ones that are delivered to a neighbor, who may take a few days to get it to the right person, if they even try.

So 'delivery' doesn't alway mean it was actually delivered. But I don't think it hurts to PM and ask, so at least the person on the other end knows it should arrive soon if it hasn't already.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 2:27 PM ET
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I did PM her, asked if its been recieved because the post office had it marked as delivered 8 days ago. Its been 8 days since marked delivered, thats why I am wondering.

Date Posted: 5/3/2010 2:39 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I always send a PM if a book hasn't been marked received, although I wait until just before it is going to be marked lost. So, hopefully, your receiver will answer your PM.

Keep in mind, she might be on vacation, or on a business trip, etc, and so may not have received it yet. Also, like others have commented, there have been some cases where it gets "Delivered"  to the wrong address, to a neighbor, etc. There can be lots of reasons why a book isn't marked received right after a scan shows its been delivered.