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Subject: shipping time?
Date Posted: 2/20/2011 10:52 AM ET
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If you r shipping books to hawaii from Ohio would it take a long time....i shipped over two weeks ago....four books. Would it take that long?

Thanx lorian

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:07 AM ET
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Yes, it's quite possible. Did you ship media mail? Media mail is unpredictable, and can take two weeks or more even when you're not crossing an ocean. I think it's too early to worry, even though I admit I always get uncomfortable when my books don't arrive when I'd like them to.

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:19 AM ET
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From the help docs

If you are sending or requesting a book from outside the contiguous US please note...

Your book may be declared "lost in the mail" at PBS before it arrives.

  • that doesn't mean it is actually lost, of course
  • it just means it may be delayed in transit
  • this is certainly not true for all "distance mailings"; it varies widely

PBS allows 35 days for a package to get from the sending member to the receiving member if one of the members is outside the contiguous US (for packages traveling within the contiguous US, 26 days are allotted).

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:33 AM ET
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Yes, it can easily take that long to get to Hawaii (or Alaska or Guam or Puerto Rico or an APO address).  Some folks counter this by using PBS printable postage, so they get their credit immediately (also a good idea when sending 4 books at once). 

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:40 AM ET
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O ok...next time i will use the PBS postage...i was just getting nervous about why they werent there yet LOL....Thanks

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:41 AM ET
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It took a month and 3 days to have a box of 4 books go from Va. to Alaska.

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 11:46 AM ET
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Books to Hawaii go by ship (which takes about a month) unless their sent First Class - also VI and PR.  Alaska and Guam also take a long time.  When I'm sending to those places I always use PBS DC and when possible I ship First Class.  Pat

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 1:36 PM ET
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I wish i would have known to ship first class...oh well live and learn right...LOL...thanks for all the info:)

Date Posted: 2/20/2011 1:41 PM ET
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Yes Lorian, you are within the time frame for Media Mail outside the lower 48.  Members from those areas post that 3 to 5 weeks is very common.  IIRC the systems allows a bit mroe time fore these, but If the books go lost before arriving the receiver can mark them from their transaction archive.

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Date Posted: 2/20/2011 5:26 PM ET
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I always use PBS DC when sending books to Alaska and Hawaii because in my experience, even with the extended time allowed for books to travel via media mail, the books "go lost" before they arrive. You will definitely get your credit when the member receives the book, but you will have to wait longer than normal usually. Also, I think you can only send 1st class mail up to 13 oz and then it goes to the Priority rate. Nothing wrong with media mail to send those books out, but protect yourself with PBS DC -- it is cheaper than raising the postage to first class or Priority and it does guarantee your credit.