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Subject: Is this RC clear?
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:43 PM ET
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"I am moving soon! So any books I get need to reach my current address in Duluth, GA by January 7th. If you can't meet this timeline I understand! Feel free to decline my RC. Thanks!"

I added this RC a few weeks back to let anyone who was going to send a book to me know that I was moving. I was concerned it was confusing? Too late now I guess! (moving tomorrow)

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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:46 PM ET
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People have no control over how quickly you recieve the books so I am so many would decline because of that.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:48 PM ET
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If that person is moving, they should not be ordering books and should have their shelf on hold.  I would decline.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:49 PM ET
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you are not reading my question. Is it clear?

I totally understand someone declining. that wasn't the question.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:57 PM ET
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It's clear enough.  But what xengab says is true - unless the person overnights it or sends it Priority, they have no control over when you will receive it.  The Unwritten Laws of PBS pretty much dictate that if I send a book to you 1st class, with plenty of time to spare, that would be the one book that would inevitably take three weeks to arrive at its destination.  It's far too risky.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:58 PM ET
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It is clear in what you want, I think for most of us it is unclear on what think the sender can do about delivery times. Would you mark it RWP if the book did not get to you in time? It would have been better that you specified that date by which they had to mail it, that would be something the sender could control.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:06 PM ET
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Not confusing but involves a factor totally beyond the sender's control, so not a good RC in that respect.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:10 PM ET
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Jessica, be sure to put your account on hold! Good luck with your move! I hope that everything goes smoothly. :)

And yes, it seems clear but I would probably decline since I can't control when the book would arrive, and I wouldn't pay for Priority Mail shipping to get it to you.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:10 PM ET
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I would have declined - even if I lived in your town.  What you stated is explicit, but it's not something I can guarantee on the other end of the transaction.

I'm not going to spend extra money to send a book I expected to mail media mail when I posted it, and media mail is too unpredictable.

I'm wondering how many people accepted the RC.  Are you still waiting for books?

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:11 PM ET
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No it was not confusing to read. Just confused as to how someone is going to assure the book gets to you by then.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:30 PM ET
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Dont forget to change your address in your settings so anything you order from now on will go to the correct address.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:43 PM ET
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It was clear, but if people accepted they were wishful thinkers! I'm not one to hastily turn down all RCs, but I wouldn't accept one that relied more on someone else than myself. I mail same or next day - and it doesn't have any bearing on when the books are received. I've mailed books 800 miles that took three weeks, and books 1500 miles that took two days.

Kate -
Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:58 PM ET
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The result you wanted was very clear. But without more specific instructions (i.e. the date you wanted books mailed by), everyone may have had their own interpretation of what they needed to do about it! If someone was convinced it would arrive in less than 7 days, well...

I hope all your books arrived in time!

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:45 PM ET
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I'm wondering why you are bothering to ask now since it's already the 6th.  If any books get returned to senders because you ordered books and knew you were moving-you should pay them a credit to cover the postage.  2 if they had to pay return postage.  Your shelf should have been put on hold-media mail is not forwarded and will be returned postage due to whomever sent the book. People would have no idea if there book would get there in time and could have sent the book because they normally don't take that long. But like someone else said-it could be the one book that ends up taking the scenic route.  I think first class would get forwarded though. 

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 7:40 PM ET
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Reads clear enough to me. So anyone who sent a book later than 20 December was expecting an awful lot of USPS and would have been wise to decline.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 12:29 PM ET
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My thoughts are -- if you are moving in the next 28 days, resist requesting books from PBS until after your move because as others have said, if that book does not reach you in time, media mail is not forwarded, it is returned to sender and the sender has to pay the postage to get the book back and they send it back to the sender FIRST CLASS, so it gets expensive.

I have had that happen to me several times and it drives me wild! In 2 cases, the receivers had marked their books received (even though they had NOT received the book) so when I got the notice from the post office that I had a package to pick up, I had no idea...I go, stand in line forever, only to have the clerk tell me that I have to pay $--- to get the package. It was only after I paid, that I realized what I was getting. Some requesters have kindly reimbursed me, others did not even have the courtesy to reply to my PM. So you are asking more than you realize when you ask someone to play "beat the clock" sending you a book before you move!

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