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Subject: RC topic
Date Posted: 8/19/2013 9:05 AM ET
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Have you ever come across a RC that required DC be on the package of books that you are sending?

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 9:18 AM ET
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No, but I've read about it here on the forums. 

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 9:24 AM ET
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Yes, I have had that RC attached to requests. The first time I got one, I accepted it and added the DC, but I must admit it bothered me that someone else was dictating how I sent my books. Since then, if I have received that RC I have declined.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 10:11 AM ET
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I have never received that in an RC. But I use printable postage so that is one RC I could meet.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 10:32 AM ET
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Never had seen it, but why would someone do that?

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 10:43 AM ET
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I never deny RCs out of hand but that for sure would be one I would!  How dare they demand you spend more money to send their book than the site requires?

I have not found paying for DC to be beneficial to me so have have only done it maybe for half a dozen books when I've mailed out over 350.



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Date Posted: 8/19/2013 10:51 AM ET
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I can recall if I've run across it or not, I've seen it mentioned in the forums a number of times and recommended for people who have problems with their mail being stolen or not getting into their mail box. Since I use the tracking on 90% of what I mail, I would have just sent it without even noting the RC in my memory.

People can request whatever they want in an RC, that's what they are for and why people can deny them if they can't meet them.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 11:12 AM ET
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I mail 95% of my books with Paypal postage, so I would be able to accept that one.  I had to decline one that insisted on "colorful fun stamps," though, because I don't mail books with stamps.



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Bruce -
Date Posted: 8/19/2013 11:18 AM ET
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I would decline that one also. I'm not spending money I don't want to spend to send a book.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 11:24 AM ET
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I got the same RC and was silly/desperate enough to fall for it once.  It cost me quite a bit more to mail and I didn't even get a thank-you for the extra effort.  

Now I just decline those RCs.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 1:49 PM ET
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I have never seen that RC but for me it would depend on the book. Really I would be tempted to decline it on principal because I don't think it's fair to ask someone to spend extra money. But I usually use Paypal or PBS printed postage for books over 13oz. If it was for a lighter book then I would decline. I put stamps on those and feel the fees are a waste of money unless it's saving me a trip to the post office.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 3:25 PM ET
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I recently saw the "fun stamps" one and laughed. Though I don't usually use stamps, I could comply with that one as I buy fun or unusual stamps to send out Raoks.

Date Posted: 8/19/2013 10:24 PM ET
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I usually use stamps but I wouldn't go out of my way to get different ones just to cover this RC.

Date Posted: 8/20/2013 12:17 AM ET
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I have never used DC and wouldn't start using it because of an RC. I'd decline the transaction without thinking twice about it.

Date Posted: 8/20/2013 10:29 AM ET
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The person who used that RC when I received it stated that people were saying that they were mailing books but she never got them so she now required proof that they book was mailed, thus the demand for DC. Like I said, I accepted it, but later regretted doing so and have never accepted that RC again.

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 5:33 PM ET
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Never got that one. I don't decline many RCs, but that one I would. The only one who pays when the book gets lost is the sender. If the book gets lost in the mail the requestor gets their credit back. As far as I'm concerned that's plenty.

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 9:33 PM ET
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I usually used DC, so if I've received this RC in the past it didn't register as a concern.  So I'm reading the responses to the OP, and still finding reasons to just accept/mail.  Until Sally's post, "...people were saying that they were mailing books but she never got them so she now required proof that they book was mailed..."  Ouch, shades of mail police/tattletale/big brother.  Total 180 for me, too much like a threat, "prove you're mailing on time, or I'll report you."  Demanding senders pay extra for the sole purpose of proving a mail date, while she has no risk or expense for this demand. 

I'd be OK with requesting DC for the purpose of tracking a USPS mail problem...but when used for this stated purpose ('checking-up' on fellow members), I'd immediately decline.  Thank you Sally for posting your experience.

ETA - (regarding Sally's experience) that RC seems to be out-of-step with the spirit of PBS, do you think it's something TPTB might like to be aware of?



Last Edited on: 8/24/13 9:48 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/24/2013 11:19 PM ET
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Denise, good point.  Even though we are told members can put anything in their RC's, I wonder how TPTB would feel about a DC request?  Although, since I typed it, I doubt they would feel any differently.  Senders aren't forced to use DC, even with an RC, since they can simply turn down the request.



Last Edited on: 8/24/13 11:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/24/2013 11:54 PM ET
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The person who used that RC when I received it stated that people were saying that they were mailing books but she never got them so she now required proof that they book was mailed

Wow, I would have declined that person then.  DC is DELIVERY confirmation, not mailing confirmation and the other member is confused if they think it is.  You would only see an acceptance scan if you purchased the DC at the PO counter or paid for it at the PO counter and the clerk rang it in correctly by scanning the DC.  I use Paypal postage so I don't have to go to the PO counter.  No way would I make a special trip to the PO just to spend extra money on DC.



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Date Posted: 8/25/2013 9:22 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/25/2013 11:22 AM ET
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I'd be OK with requesting DC for the purpose of tracking a USPS mail problem...but when used for this stated purpose ('checking-up' on fellow members), I'd immediately decline. 

Me too.  I've actually had, though not for a while, people who were sending books to me send me messages that they used DC so they'd "know" when it was delivered, so they "expected" me to mark it promptly.  Like the tone of the RC described, the implication of the messages just rubbed me the wrong way.

Date Posted: 8/25/2013 12:00 PM ET
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I use DC anyway, so I would probably accept, albeit grudgingly. I have no problem working with RCs when they concern to book itself, but for some reason I feel how and when I choose to mail the book is my business - i.e. I'm not interested in inconveniencing myself to fulfill someone's request for plastic/no plastic, or to modify my schedule.