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Subject: Questioning whether I should do something
Date Posted: 1/15/2008 8:04 PM ET
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I requested a book which was marked mailed on 1/8/08.  The other member used PBS DC and the electronic shipping info was transmitted on 1/5/08. There is no other info available on the tracking page and if I pop in the DC# on the USPS website it states the following:  The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on January 6, 2008 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. I'm not exactly sure what this means or if there are different scenarios that could have led to this. The only reason I checked is because it just seemed like it was taking a long time for the book to get from No. Cal to So. Cal. but then again it is media mail. Is there something I should do other than wait?

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 8:09 PM ET
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It means the person bought DC for the book, but the PO has not scanned it yet, and may not even scan it until it is delivered. There is nothing to be done but wait to see if the book is delivered to you. It isn't really overdue, it's just been a week and it's really not uncommon for books to take 2-3 wks to be delivered. Hope that helps.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 8:16 PM ET
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Oh, I did not realize it would possibly be scanned on delivery rather than when the PO first got it.. I'd never seen that before. I'm just glad it doesn't mean there is a problem.

Thanks for teaching me something new. :)

 

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 8:22 PM ET
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It's called Delivery Confirmation for a reason.   Delivery is the only time that the PO is required to scan the package.  

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 10:34 PM ET
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It's called Delivery Confirmation for a reason.   Delivery is the only time that the PO is required to scan the package.  

I understand that. However, I've been able to track all of the books I've ever sent and received from the time they have left their place of origin to their destination. This is the first time I've seen it done this way so I was not aware that a scan upon delivery ONLY was possible. Apparently, I need to spend more time in the Postal Reg forum.

 

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 10:42 PM ET
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Leticia, I can definitely see how you'd get that impression.  I use DC on all my books and extremely rare that my PO doesn't scan them before they leave town (and I don't mail them from the PO). 

If I have one that doesn't get scanned, I fret that it's lost til I see a scan show up somewhere, even though I know they don't have to do it.   :)

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 11:06 PM ET
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Thanks Cindy. I'm still a newbie in terms of books sent/received so this was definitely out of the norm for me. Honestly, though I've learned so much from reading these forums and still continue to learn as time goes by. I really appreciate having access to so many helpful people.

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 12:31 AM ET
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Also it could be scanned as delivered meaning having reached your area but still not be delivered to your house for a few days.  There is nothing you can do until the book times out and goes lost. Which it probably won't. Be patient. 

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 7:54 AM ET
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I have a DVD over at DVD swap that I used PBS/DC for.  I dropped it in a blue box a couple of weeks ago and haven't seen any info on it being scanned.  So, I feel your pain!  It is worriesome, but all we can do is wait and see!

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 3:06 PM ET
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I'm so glad my post office seems to follow the ambiguous (sp??) rules when it comes to scanning packages with electronic DC on them. According the postal employees where I go, the packages must be scanned in front of the patron IF the package is brought in because if not the .18 isn't charged to the patron, which means the package doesn't technically have DC. The scanning kicks in the .18 charge.

Doing electronic DC has two parts. The part we do here at home for the .27 and the part the post office must do, which is scanning so the .18 kicks in. My understanding is no .18  then the DC process isn't fully finalized.  This is also why I take my stuff to the post office and don't do my own postage either with PBS postage or not. I know it's accurate, I know it's scanned.

Because my post office has this philosophy my DC works every single time and within 5-8 hours of going to the post office I have my credit, and the tracking process shows accurately.  

 



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Date Posted: 1/16/2008 3:37 PM ET
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I have to say that my books get to me quicker if sent frm NY then if they are sent from So Cal..LOL I live in No Cal..I had books sent virtually the same day and the one coming from the furthest got here faster then the one from So.Cal which for some reason took around 5 weeks..

Reminds me of the christmas cards, all posted first class, one posted 12/8, another 12/15 and the third 12/21 first one was So.Cal. the other two were from the other side of the country and they got to me the same day as the one sent 12/8. Also I can send my mum a card she lives in Australia and send my mother in law in So.Cal a letter and my mum in australia gets the letter first (it sucks because they email each other so I have to mail both of them..LOL)

Date Posted: 1/16/2008 9:20 PM ET
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I've sent 3 books overseas to Japan, India & Germany and they were all received in 6 days.  granted it wasn't media mail but I was still surprised at the quickness from Texas to these countries.

and of course there is the one from Arkansas to Texas that took about 3 weeks.  go figure!

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:21 AM ET
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Well it does appear that interstate media mail just may be slower for whatever reason. I got a package from NE that was mailed on 1/10 yesterday and one mailed from OK on 1/11 today. Still waiting for the No. Cal one mailed on 1/8. Very strange indeed.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 1:25 AM ET
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I think some post offices just don't scan the pre-printed DC books.  None of the ones I've mailed have been scanned in town -- not till somewhere along the way or at delivery.

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 11:14 AM ET
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Some post offices (mostly smaller rural ones) have older equipment/scanners that can't read computer-printed postage labels. My post office is one of these and my outgoing books never get scanned by my home post office. Half the time they can't even scan my incoming books b/c they can't get the scanners to recognize the labels. They have to actually type the delivery confirmation code in by hand.