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Subject: requested by someone for someone else
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 7:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/8/2007
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I just had someone request some books from me, and I noticed that the requestor is having the books sent to a friend (I didn't even know you could do this...cool!), and so the PBS wrapper reads, "Your friend <requestor> has sent you the book <title>. This book was mailed to you by...."

 

I was wondering: does this ever cause problems in terms of marking books received, since the third-party recipient of the books is not a member? (I imagine it can take slightly longer than usual to receive the credit in these cases.) Also, is there any limit/restriction on how many times you can "redirect" your requests to addresses other than your own?

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:14 PM ET
Member Since: 6/29/2005
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I've done it several times to send books to my mom.  I make sure to let my mom know they are coming and to let me know when they've arrived.  I take a very proactive approach to communicating with my mom to make sure there isn't a problem.  I like doing that because my mom gets the books quickly and she enjoys getting the mail.  It also makes it very easy and less expensive when she spends winters down in Florida (she lives near me in Illinois during the summer).  We haven't had any problems with it yet. 

jackie

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/24/2007
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The person recieving the books may also be a member and a buddy is getting the books for them. I don't know how to send them to someone else. I've never tried. LOL

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:53 PM ET
Member Since: 3/6/2006
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I tell my mom to contact me asap after she receives the books.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 8:57 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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I have both sent books to other people and asked other people to send books to someone for me (say that 5 times fast) and it always works out just fine.  I think it's a great option!

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 9:26 PM ET
Member Since: 4/20/2006
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I've sent books to other people and had my books sent to others than the requestor.  It's never been a problem, but if you're worried, you could always use PBS delivery confirmation on those.  When I order books for other people, I always let them know they are coming.

Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:01 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2007
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I too used it to send books to my mom and just told her I needed to know when they arrived and the condition and then I marked as received.  I think most people will be in contact with that person and mark it received.  I think I read on another thread that was similar that some go ahead and mark it received after a week or two if they haven't heard from the person they were having it sent to.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 9/17/2007 10:23 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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I've sent several books to my mom, dad and sister.  I make sure to let them know they are coming, and to tell me when they come in and the condition.   I've never had a problem.

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 12:34 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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I'm leery of doing it again with my DD as she didn't tell me right away, I had to keep asking her, and she still didn't tell me until I asked again, 3 days after they arrived. But, my DDIL?!! I can still hear the wrapper coming off the book as she's telling me it arrived, every time!!! And of course, I can always hear the appreciation and excitement in her voice too. Makes the worry of wondering if it will get there, since it isn't coming to my own door, so worth it! She's a keeper! :)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 9:05 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2006
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I have done this with my mom and a couple of friends. It has always worked out beautifully! They let me know as soon as they receive it and they have always been more than happy with the condition of the book! :-)

Date Posted: 9/18/2007 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2005
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I do it with Grandma and Aunts all the time. If I don't hear from them soon, I just call and ask if they've received it.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 11:30 AM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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I have done this once in a while and its always worked out fine. If I get a request to ship to someone other than the requesting member, I ALWAYS use DC.

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2006
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I have lots books sent to several different friends and every one of them knows to let me know as soon as they can when they receive one and they have been good at getting back to me so that I can mark it received. They know it is important that the book gets marked received so that the sender will get their credit. It works out good because they always email or phone me anyway to say thanks for having it sent to them. I love this feature!

Date Posted: 9/19/2007 11:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/2/2006
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I do this all the time for my sister.  It's little board books for my neice. I do have to hound her to tell me, but she works 3 days straight also, so I don't always talk to her timely.  I think it's a wonderful feature!

Jenna

Date Posted: 9/20/2007 1:48 PM ET
Member Since: 9/13/2006
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I use the feature to get books for my various family members.  I let them know the book is coming and they call me as soon as they receive it.  We have never had a problem.  I have also shipped books this way and have never had a problem.

 

Date Posted: 9/21/2007 7:34 PM ET
Member Since: 1/15/2007
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I've done this for both my father and my daughter.  Both have always had explicit instructions to call the minute they receive the book and if I'm not home, leave a message.

They are so excited to receive books, that this has never failed and I always mark the book received the same day.

No worries!

Flobee -
Date Posted: 9/22/2007 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 9/28/2006
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I do this for my daughter who lives in Utah and works in a coal mine, she works 10 hr days and has an hour commute each way to work so really doesn't have the time to do a lot of shopping. She sends me a list of what she wants and I enter it on my wish list. It is so easy to do and she loves to get the books she wants in the mail. I have never had one problem with this and like the others mentioned above, she knows she has to let me know right away when she receives the books so the other member can get their credit.

Thanks to all of you who have sent books this way!!

Date Posted: 9/22/2007 3:28 PM ET
Member Since: 5/5/2005
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I've done this many times and the people I've had them sent to always let me know when they have arrived so I can mark them received.  When I am the sender in this type of request I always use PBS DC so I don't have to worry about there being a time delay in getting my credit.

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2006
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When I send a book to a friend, I mark the book as "received" after one week if the friend has not yet contacted me that the book has arrived.