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Subject: Sending books within US only?
Date Posted: 3/2/2012 9:48 AM ET
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Hello,

I'm interested in sending books within the US only. How do I set my profile for this?

Thanks.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 9:58 AM ET
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This is a US only book club. If you mean, you don't want to do APO addresses, etc., you will just have to decline those requests on an individual basis. Most people will never look at your profile.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 9:59 AM ET
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HI Celeste

Welcome to PBS.  PBS is only for swapping books in the USA; not internationally as other book trading sites offer.  I do know (but don't remember where at this moment) you can turn off sending books to APO address but otherwise all address you mail will only be within the USA.

Have fun swapping books!

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 10:50 AM ET
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Remember US protectorates are also included.  I've got a shipment that's currently on its way to Guam.

-RD

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 11:08 AM ET
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Just so you know, there is no extra postage cost for mailing books to APO addresses, or protectorates. It costs the same as within the US.

The only extra requirement for APO addresses is a customs form to be attached to the package, which I believe can be downloaded.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 12:51 PM ET
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The only extra requirement for APO addresses is a customs form to be attached to the package, which I believe can be downloaded.

Also, the package must be handed to either a mail carrier or to the post office directly, or use electronic tracking/postage.  Or at least my local PO won't let you Blue Box them.  I was told it was for national security reasons.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 2:41 PM ET
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Also, the package must be handed to either a mail carrier or to the post office directly, or use electronic tracking/postage. Or at least my local PO won't let you Blue Box them. I was told it was for national security reasons.

It needs to go to the Post Office with a customs form, it cannot even be handed to a carrier. The clerk fills out information on the form and stamps it in places when they take it.

  I do know (but don't remember where at this moment) you can turn off sending books to APO address

You can't "turn off" sending to an APO, but all APO members must have a Requester Condition that can be turned down.

Sending to APO members is just like sending to any other US resident, except for the customs form and it may take a little longer.  It doesn't cost anything more but some time so hopefully memers will send to our members in the service and their stationed families if at all possible.

 

Welcome to PBS Celeste. Many initial questions can be answered in the Help Center if you click on Browse Help Docs and then browse the 2nd thru the 5th sections listed there. The forums have great information in them too of course!



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Date Posted: 3/2/2012 6:10 PM ET
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AND remember customs forms are a free service.  Please don't disregard sending to APO/FPO /DPO addresses just because of the additional paperwork.  Our diplomatic and military families like to feel included here too!

And, by the way, even though I have on my profile that I WILL specifically send to those addresses, I have yet to get a request from someone there in 3 years of membership-- we just have so many members, that the likelihood is very small.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 8:14 PM ET
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I think I've had one APO/FPO request in my 5 years here.

I would send them out also.  Would take me a bit longer and it'd be a special trip to the PO but I'd manage to do it.

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 9:27 PM ET
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I've only had 1 or 2 APO/FPO ones in 4+ years. But I've had a few to Puerto Rico, Guam & US Virgin Islands. It's no big deal. 

Date Posted: 3/2/2012 10:37 PM ET
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I didn't realize our APO members are required to have an RC, thanks for the info Melanie.

I've mailed maybe 2 books APO, and one of them I posted to the members wishlist on purpose.  Another one or two to Puerto Rico, could be more and I just didn't notice since there is no distinction or special mailing required.



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Date Posted: 3/3/2012 3:40 PM ET
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Thanks all for this info.

Happy that this is a US only book swap!

Date Posted: 3/3/2012 4:36 PM ET
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The RC for APO/FPO it just a warning that the book might take longer to get to it's destination because it's going to a military member overseas, that it may go lost by the system before it gets marked received and suggesting DC if you need your credit quicker etc..., 

I have no issue sending to military but I never seem to get requests from them.

Date Posted: 3/3/2012 5:30 PM ET
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I lived in Germany with an APO address the first year I joined (2009), but I didn't have a "special" RC at all. So I don't know what the poster is talking about here.  I think it is just a notice that PBS has attached to the APO/FPO DPO addresses.

Date Posted: 3/3/2012 5:53 PM ET
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From the Help Docs: 

*The Requestor Conditions that are applied to APO/FPO/DPO requests are shown below:

"This request was submitted to be sent to a US government/military address outside the USA. Postage will cost the same as within the USA. Packages sent to these addresses sometimes take longer than usual in transit, but if you use PBS-DC or PBS Printed Postage, you will receive credit for sending the book before the book reaches its destination.

To send the book(s), you will need to fill out and attach a 2976-A customs form ("the white form") to the package. You can get the form at your Post office.  You will also need to hand your package to a postal employee at the PO to mail it, for National Security reasons.

I hope you are willing to send your book to this address. However, if you do not wish to complete the short customs form and mail your book from the post office, please click "My book does not meet these conditions." This will cancel the request, and your book will stay at the front of the FIFO line."

The customs forms can be gotten at the PO or a supply of the customs forms can also be ordered from USPS to be delivered to your home.

Date Posted: 3/5/2012 1:13 AM ET
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I lived in Germany with an APO address the first year I joined (2009), but I didn't have a "special" RC at all.

Jeanne, you may not have been aware of the RC, but it should have been attached to your requests.  The senders should have seen it.

Date Posted: 3/5/2012 10:34 AM ET
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Filling out the customs form is no big deal. I gladly send to APO/FPO/DPO .

-RD

Date Posted: 3/5/2012 12:50 PM ET
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Well, the form is no big deal, but going to the actual post office sometimes is. But I do make an effort. I've only received one or two via FIFO, so the numbers are pretty miniscule compared to the general PBS population.