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Subject: Strange Thing Happened
Date Posted: 1/8/2012 8:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2008
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I mailed a slew of books yesterday, a few to p.o. boxes in the next state. A short while ago I received a "book received" e-mail and thought: well, it's Sunday, weird; the book probably did arrive in someone's p.o. box in the next state. However, when I checked my transaction archive I saw that the member lives in a Rocky Mountain state, 3/4 cross country from me.

Checked the member and the account is suspended or closed, wasn't last week; but I feel good that the member did trust enough to mark the book received.

GAil

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2005
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I'm not sure, Gail, but I believe that if a member's account is closed or suspended, (both of which the site owners have to do) then they mark all books as received so that the senders and the leaving member can move on.

That way no one's left hanging.

(At least with the closing of an account, anyway.)



Last Edited on: 1/8/12 8:56 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/8/2012 9:01 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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What Cindy said.  Under a few circumstances, PBS admin will go in and mark books received.  This may have been what happened in your case. 

Sometimes mail travels fast tho.  I mailed a book last week, and 48 hours later it was marked received 3/4 way across the country...it was a smaller First Class package.  Once in a while Media Mail travels that fast too...but like you said, not on Sunday!



Last Edited on: 1/8/12 9:02 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/8/2012 9:13 PM ET
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Ah, thanks. Nothing like this has happened to me before - it's good to know.

GAil

Date Posted: 1/8/2012 10:01 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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I had a book that went lost a while back.  Then about 6 months later I got my credit for it, and went to post a PM to the receiver about how long it had taken for the book to get to them.  I found the account had either been closed or suspended and figured that's why I got my credit back.  I'm guessing that there had been a problem with the account and it eventually got closed.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 8:48 AM ET
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I've sent books out and had them received in a day or two.. and they weren't close states or anything! I was so surprised because I think those were even media mail too. And then you have books that take a month or so to get there..

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 6:16 PM ET
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One of the books I mailed on Saturday was received today, Monday, in South Dakota. First class, yes, but awesome service nonetheless.

GAil

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 9:33 PM ET
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Back in the early 70s when I was in the Marine Corps and stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. My mother used to send me letters from a rural P.O. in Maryland. She would mail them in the afternoon and I would receive them at mail call the very next morning.  Over 3,000 miles overnight.

But my aunt in Long Beach, only 80 miles away,  would send me mail and it would take two to three weeks to get to me.