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Subject: Spin-off on the ARC post - re: coloring books
Date Posted: 12/28/2011 11:26 AM ET
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I know that coloring books, as well as other things, are not postable, BUT -- if I ordered a coloring book that was posted, would I get it?  Or would PBS disallow it or whatever?  Just curious.  Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 12/28/2011 12:42 PM ET
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You would get if it the sender followed through. But then it encourages people to break the rules by posting items that aren't allowed just becuase they show up in the data-base. 

Date Posted: 12/28/2011 2:39 PM ET
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PBS can't stop people from not following the rules. But what would you do if you received a used coloring book? Or if it showed up postage due because it can't be sent Media Mail?There are reasons they are not allowed to be swapped and if the poster disregards the rules why trust them to know or care about why.

It would also be a part of your request history on PBS that you are requesting things not allowed to be swapped on the site.

Date Posted: 12/28/2011 4:10 PM ET
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Thanks for the responses.  I was just curious to know if people actually did/would send items that they knew were unpostable and if anyone actually did order them.  I did notice that someone has gone through and marked some of them as 'unpostables'.  I guess because even if you ask that they be taken out of the system, they keep appearing back.  Pat

Date Posted: 12/29/2011 2:12 AM ET
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PBS can remove a posting of the item, but it doesn't do any good for them to remove the item from the database since the next database update will bring it right back in.

Some people would post and send their grandma's underpants if it would earn them a credit so in some cases you may very well get the item. I just wouldn't trust someone who doesn't care to follow the rules on what to post to follow any other rules like postability criteria.

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 9:59 PM ET
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Something I keep in mind is that PBS is developing a reputation with the Post Office.  When tthe Post Office inspects a media mail package with the PBS logo on it, they find legitimate media inside.  If a postal worker inspects a PBS package and finds a non-media item, like a coloring book for example, not only will that package either be returned to sender or arrive at it's destination postage-due, but the inspector is more likley to inspect the next PBS packages that come her way.