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Subject: Slow book delivery?
Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:00 PM ET
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Is anyone else having a spell of slow delivery times? I used to get books within a week, 2 at the most for most orders. A lot of times they would show up within a couple of days.

I haven't ordered a book in the last month that didn't take 2 weeks or more. And some of the ones I sent out are taking a long time too.

Just wondering if this is a nationwide issue, or just local.

And YES, I know I am lucky to get them that fast most of the time. :)

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:04 PM ET
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I seem to be having the same problem Beth. I placed an order for some books from Buy.com a two and a half weeks ago and still haven't gotten them. The strange thing is, they gave me a tracking number and the books left the nearby USPS facility 4 days ago. 99% of the time the items are in my mailbox the day after they leave Cincinatti. But, here I am 4 days later and still no books.

Also, I have been expecting 5 or 6 books from swaps and stuff off PBS for over 2 weeks and haven't gotten them. The mail was reallllly fast this summer so I am beginning to wonder what is going on.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:11 PM ET
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I was starting to get paranoid,lol. Every day i come home and ask for the mail and DH hands me a couple of envelopes.

I am like..."no books????" I don't think he understands it,LOL.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:17 PM ET
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I've been having the same problem. Most of the books I mailed out used to get there really fast usually within a week. Now they are at least 2 weeks sometimes closer to 3.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:27 PM ET
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I am gettign to the point of bypassing the USPS entirely.Unless it is one paperback that I can put stamps on, I am going to UPS or FEDX from now on.It is much cheaper and faster.5 bucks 5 day delivery or so compared with the 6 bucks for ONE hardback USPS.ugh!

Yep, things have been slow lately, but just wait till Xmas time.they'll be so overwhelmed, I bet it takes the full 22 days to get somewhere, even it it is from down the street.lol

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 5:44 PM ET
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The ones from down the street take the longest, didn't you know that? LOL

I have sent some 30 miles away that end up going out of state and back again and take a week.

Others make it from NY to OK in 2 days.  Go figure.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 7:39 PM ET
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I've noticed books taking longer to arrive lately, too.  It seems like since postage went up, mailing times have increased.  I've had a couple books from different people and different parts of the country take 2 days short of being lost to arrive.

-Layne

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 8:58 PM ET
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That's funny--I joined exactly a week`ago,`and was STUNNED to get my first three books in the mail yesterday. So fast!

It really does sound like there's no rhyme or reason to it, but I hope the rest of my books arrive in usch a timely manner. :-)

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:43 PM ET
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My books seem to take 2-3 weeks to arrive, same as always. Patience is a virtue. (Pffft!)

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 10:54 PM ET
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I haven't really noticed any difference one way or another. Most books are here within the week--some in only a couple of days, others a little longer than a week. Occasionally one that takes even a bit longer than that. I've never been able to figure out any rhyme or reason to the speed either.

I had one I just sent from here (Minnesota) on Tuesday that arrived in Georgia today already. Another one I mailed on Friday hasn't made it almost the same distance (to Oregon) yet. Go figure!

Cheryl

Bast -
Date Posted: 9/7/2007 2:12 AM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2006
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Pippa, just so you know, if you use UPS/Fed Ex, you cannot send books to those of us who use PO Boxes. And most hardbacks (unless you are sending huge coffeetable books) are less than $3.00 to send media mail.

I, too, have noticed a slowdown in mail times. Not sure why that's occurring now.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 8:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 9/7/2007 12:44 PM ET
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I'm probably going to jinx myself now, but I seem to be on a roll getting my books rather quickly, some within 3 or 4 days.

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 3:08 PM ET
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Since the whole "nothing over a pound w/o going to the PO" thing, I get frustrated.Our PO is horrid.I would rather goto "The shipping zone" here than try to get into the PO.I didn't realize PO boxes couldn't be shipped to, that weird.They'll goto FPO or APO s but not to the PO?argh!

I can only afford to send stuff every 2 weeks the way the prices have gone up.sometimes I have to mail 20 at once, and then nothing for a few weeks.The PO here won't come and pick up, like they are supposed to.GRRRRRRRR

Oh man, I could rant on and on.so, I'll stop myself before I hurt my brain.

Date Posted: 9/7/2007 8:27 PM ET
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I live in Texas, and it seems like the east bound mail gets there faster than the west bound mail.  I haven't done a scientific study or anything, but I noticed it fairly early in my membership (7 weeks ago) and it still seems to be the case.

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:38 AM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2007
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i've noticed since becoming a member recently that the books from the states close to mine I get within a week. But any further away than that it takes up to 3 weeks to get a book.



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Date Posted: 9/8/2007 9:59 AM ET
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I haven't received any yet, but I know I mailed out 20 on Tuesday and a few of them have already made it to their destinations.

 

Stacy Walker

Indiana

 

Date Posted: 9/8/2007 10:16 AM ET
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I have noticed books to & from CA take longer. And also the ones from Michigan. I don't understand it either. I can order from WA state or NY and get a book within a week, but never less than 2 weeks from CA.

Bast -
Date Posted: 9/8/2007 7:41 PM ET
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Pippa, UPS and FedEx does not ship to APO or FPOs either.

You can use printable postage through PBS or another company (eg: stamps.com), if you want to mail items that weigh more than 13 ounces, and want to drop them in mailboxes or give them to your carrier.



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Date Posted: 9/8/2007 10:33 PM ET
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I believe part of my mail problem is with our carrier.She will not pick up anything or drop off if our neighbour's dog is out.Even though she doesn't have to get out of the car.This has made several of my books late, and it fumes me!I remember getting packages at the APO, maybe it was another company? We certainly didn't use the Bundespost.I can't rememerb that far back.argh!

Bast -
Date Posted: 9/9/2007 5:53 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2006
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APO and FPO mail has changed somewhat in the past few years... I don't know if it's a new thing, but I do know when we had packages to send to APO/FPO many years ago, we were always told it had to go USPS.

Yes, sadly, Pippa, that makes sense - the carriers are allowed to not deliver if they feel uncomfortable due to dogs or other things. Very understandable, of course, when so many are mauled/bitten every year. :(

(That's one of the reasons I have a PO Box *wry smile*)

Date Posted: 9/9/2007 9:15 PM ET
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I have to (not HAVE TO) drive to the next town to use their PO.The one here in town is insane, 12 people have been hit by cars there.They have had to install a crosswalk, and still people run over,park weird, and no end to the insanity.I just go 15 miles out of my way. *shivers*

Date Posted: 9/10/2007 10:57 PM ET
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I've been having slow luck with mine... both ways! (and let me tell you... I'm getting impatient waiting on more credits, lol) I think at Christmas time I'm gonna slack off on my book buying... I can't stand the long waits!

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 8:30 AM ET
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It could be because of college starting.  Maybe more items are being mailed right now.  Mine were getting there pretty fasr except the one seems to be setting at a local mail center yet.

Date Posted: 9/11/2007 9:34 AM ET
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Most of mine are still moving fairly quickly, but I do have one or two coming and going that are taking their sweet time.

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