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Subject: Somethings Just Make Me Say
Date Posted: 3/12/2009 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 11/13/2005
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WTF!!  Sometimes that's the only thing to say.

I live in NC -I have a book coming from Tennessee from their town to mine is 166 miles. She used DC on the book so I looked to see what was taking so long for the book to get here.[it was mailed on the 1st] The book went from
Tennessee to Atlanta, Ga  216 miles --from Atlanta, Ga to Greensboro, NC  332 miles and from Greensboro, NC to me 138 miles

Can you believe the book is almost taking a round trip just to get to me. I just don't understand why the book would go to Ga when it is suppose to be coming to NC.   WTF

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:03 PM ET
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The USPO is claiming it is broke and needs to raise postage!!  Just read a couple days ago about them buying a home for a relocated worker that cost a lot of $$$$$.  People are complaining about many of their practices.  Where I live in Central Illinois the "mailpeople" don't have to deliver if there is too much snow, dogs, ice, etc.  Makes you wonder why they even deliver in the Winter.  We live on a ===hill from hell=== and have to shovel any amount of snow to get delivery.  One day my husband was shoveling and the mailperson walked on by because he wasn't finished (this is a guess as we really don't know).  What happened to the USPO delivering thru rain, sleet, snow, etc?  I think they take the long route for any kind of delivery because they want to show how they work so hard and have an excuse for higher rates.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:52 PM ET
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If it is sent media rate, it goes to a central sorting warehouse.  UPS does the same thing, just with better computers and airplanes rather than trucks.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 4:01 PM ET
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Well, I live in WV (east coast).  I had a book mailed to me from NY (east coast).  It went to California before it came to me!! Explain that one!  LOL

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 5:38 PM ET
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Yeah, the bulk/media stuff has to go to a sorting warehouse or the local PO that sent it out won't get credit for mailing it.  And the amount of mail they generate relates to how many employees they can have, so if they don't send it that way they could be facing layoffs. 

I've had to organize mailings for work, and it makes me crazy to take a bundle of mail to the PO knowing some of the pieces are addressed to PO Boxes right there in the building a few feet from where I'm standing and yet they'll have to be sent to another state and then sent back.  It makes the local mail people crazy too, but they didn't make the rules.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 6:20 PM ET
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My favorite is when the book goes from a sorting station on either the West or East Coast to Denver sorting station and then to the Albuquerque sorting station and then back up towards Denver to me in Taos.   Lately, if the entire book is not covered with tape the packaging is ripped and shredded.  Even bubble wrappers.  I don't mind paying more postage, but please be nice to the books.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 7:21 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2008
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I am right here with you all on this one. 


One thing that happened to me last week,too was my postman shoved, and I mean shoved a book into my mailbox that was obviousely too big to fit in there!  AAAAAGGGGG!  That is just not cool.




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Date Posted: 3/13/2009 1:31 AM ET
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I received a book yesterday (Wednesday) in Los Angeles that was sent from Kansas on Monday via Media...now explain that!!  Although I did order a book two and a half months ago from the UK  and it still hasn't arrived...I've also sent a book to Japan and it arrived in three days via First Class!

Date Posted: 3/13/2009 8:22 AM ET
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I've received other books from Tenn. and they would go to either Asheville or Greensboro and then to me but all the way to Georgia and then Greensboro. I think someone threw it in the wrong bin.

I have a great mail man, if it's raining he doesn't put my books in the mail box he lays them beside my door on the front porch just to make sure they don't get wet.

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Date Posted: 3/13/2009 9:08 PM ET
Member Since: 6/21/2008
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I lived in Kansas for 20 years and the post office system there is AWESOME!  I could mail something from my business on my way to work and they would get it across town that afternoon!  It's true.  And when I mail to there from New Mexico, it takes 2 work days to arrive at their houses, like your book.  When they mail to me from Kansas City, it takes 8 to 10 work days to be in my PO Box.  We must have the worst mail services in the country in NM.  I have had books go from KC to Denver to Dallas to Albuquerque and then to Taos.  It takes 3 to 4 weeks.

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 4:29 AM ET
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I had a book take almost a month to get to me once, I was like WTF.   And Norma, I can't believe they don't deliver in the snow, their whole motto is something like 'even in rain, snow, sleet" or some crap like that.  LOL  They are supposed to deliver no matter what. 

Date Posted: 3/14/2009 8:05 AM ET
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I sent a book from PA that went to MI via CA. Cute.

I have an extra large mail box because I get a lot of larger than an envelope mail. It really comes in handy!

I am positive my mailman hates his job, and I am on a first name basis with him and the post master LOL

Date Posted: 3/18/2009 11:15 AM ET
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I may have to get a larger mailbox too.  Good idea. 


Twice now my books have beem stuffed into my box, and it did damage one book.  It was Roots, and it was one I had waited for a while on the WL for it, as it was an anniversary edition. 

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 3/18/2009 1:09 PM ET
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I have no idea how mail gets routed.  I receive enough books with DC that tend to see the same cities crop up where the big distribution centers are.  The closest one to me is Springfield, MA...it's about an hour and a half southeast of me, and almost all my non-local mail is routed through there.  So recently I have a book coming from Lynn, MA.  I figure Springfield to be smack between us.  When I check the DC, I see it bypassed me entirely, and is in Harrisburg, PA!  it got here, but I was shaking my head. 

Edit - I am also curious about parcels like this one:

  • 2/21/2009 12:00 AM - Electronic Shipping Info Received - XXXXXXXX,CA
  • 3/17/2009 8:37 AM - Enroute - NEWBURGH,NY

Bypassing the fact that I have no idea where Newburgh is...where the heck was this book for almost a month?  There wasn't even an arrival scan at the local PO, and I was sure it must have been lost out there. 

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