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Subject: No postmark or cancellation of any kind
Date Posted: 11/18/2012 4:40 PM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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Just received a book  from AL that PBS was already asking "was it received?" that had stamps on it (I think they over paid by at least 30 cents), but no PO marking of any kind.  A wide red sharpie had been used to mark through the stamps, but otherwise there was no evidence it had been touched by anyone other than the mailer.  So I couldn't input a "mailed date" on the survey when I said the book was rec'd in good condition.  I know this isn't a big deal, but I like to be thorough and was just wondering.

Date Posted: 11/18/2012 5:21 PM ET
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We're only supposed to put in a mailed date when the postmark is clear, so you did exactly the right thing by skipping it this time.

Date Posted: 11/18/2012 6:33 PM ET
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Also, what you experienced is not unusual, Jeanne -- it seems like books with stamps (rather than e postage) lately either arrive perfectly untouched, or with so many postmarks stamped on them that I can't make out any dates.

Date Posted: 11/18/2012 6:46 PM ET
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Yuppers, not much to be done there.  Without a clear postmark or counter postage date, you don't have any real indiction that late mailing was the problem.

Date Posted: 11/19/2012 7:04 AM ET
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Date Posted: 11/19/2012 3:45 PM ET
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I received one where the stamps were scribbled out with a ball point pen. It does look weird but I asked about it here and apparently it's not unusual.