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Subject: Sending to a business address
Date Posted: 11/9/2009 6:39 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2009
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I recently mailed a book to a business address. I usually use Paypal shipping but I couln't for this one because it had a business name added to the persons name and address... It was too long to input into Paypal multi shipping. So I PM'ed the person and he said I had to add the business name and that I should just hand write it since that's what he does. So I went to the PO and used the mail machine to print out the address (no problem with the length). It was first class and mailed on 10/30. I didn't use DC because I didn't want to pay .75 cents for it. I PM'ed the person and he said he has not recieved it yet (I was anxious because I didn't use DC).

I have the reciept for the transaction... If it goes 'missing' and I don't get my point will that receipt do my any good to prove that I mailed the book to him? And is there anything in PBS rules about sending to a business address? Wouldn't the person need a home address for this since this is a swap site?

I know it's just one point but I went out of my way to mail this to him, and I paid money to mail it, of course. I should have cancelled his request once I heard from him that I had to send it to his business address, since it made me uncomfortable. Arggghhh!

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 7:35 PM ET
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It's only been a little over a week, not time to panic yet over the book.  Much too soon to be PMing the other person asking if they received it too.

The only way you would get to keep the credit if it goes lost is if you used PBS DC.  Doesn't matter what receipts or if you had put other DC on the package, unless you use PBS DC you are out the credit if your book does not arrive at its destination.

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 8:10 PM ET
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I agree with Sarah - if you do not use PBS DC then you will not be able to get a credit

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/search.php?terms=delivery+confirmation

I have actually shipped to offices - now I don't know if it is alternatve address they provide or if it is their primary but I have sent to a couple of office buildings and had company name and then c/o.  If they have a mail department in the company - it may need to be sorted??

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 8:19 PM ET
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I have shipped to people's business addresses before, some people don't like to use their home address for whatever reason.

I've never had any problems doing this.

Give it some time ... if it went to a business it might take a little longer to get sorted thru their mailroom.

And, don't worry, its likely that the receiver orders all his books this way. And, probably has no problem receiving them.

It is early days yet. I would just relax and let the book mailing time period elapse before you start to do anything else with this.

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 8:57 PM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2009
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Yeah, I should wait, lol. Thanks for the replies! Some days I get more paranoid than others, lol.

Date Posted: 11/9/2009 8:58 PM ET
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I agree - just be patient.  Many people have books sent to a business address - they may have a postal worker that leaves packages outside the box, or they may live in an apartment and packages are left in the office - there are lots of reasons that members use their work address.  I wouldn't worry about it.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:29 AM ET
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I have my books shipped to me at work.  No one is at home at my house during the day, and if no one is home, the mailman will just leave packages outside on the doorstep.  I don't trust packages to still be around when I finally get home.  Although I do have the name of my company printed on a seperate line from my name so neither line is that long.

I'm sure you're book is still making its way to the proper destination.  I've had books take seven or eight days to get to me even when they were sent out first class.   Got my fingers crossed that yours will reach its destination shortly.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 1:42 AM ET
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I've used business addresses at Paypal before, sometimes you just have to get a little creative with the abreviating of the words in the address, that's the only problem, otherwise it works just fine.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 8:43 AM ET
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I do the same thing Sherry mentioned; still use PayPal Multi Shipping, just be creative on shortening the name until it fits.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 9:59 AM ET
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All of my books are sent to me in care of the company I work for. My office is on the 21st floor and the mail is delivered by truck to an underground receiving department. Everything arrives nice and dry. If I had the books sent to my home they would be lying on my doorstep all day in all kinds of weather.

Date Posted: 11/10/2009 12:11 PM ET
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I once got to send a book to the New York Opera Company.  Sending to a business address really does make sense for some people especially if they are planning on reading it at lunch or on the way to and from work.  I have not had any trouble with any of the books that I have mailed to business addresses.  The post offices that commonly deal with a lot of businesses are usually among the best in the system.  I would expect less trouble not more.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 12:32 AM ET
Member Since: 4/27/2009
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I tried to use PayPal but each time I shortened the name or something, it still wouldn't take it, lol. Thanks for the replies:) I guess I'm not really concerned anymore... It's just that I'd never sent to a business address before. (I don't think I've sent anything overseas either... And it's strange that I wouldn't worry about that! I've sent Christmas stuff to my son when he was in Iraq but nothing through PBS yet.)

Thanks everyone!