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Linda S. (thk) - ,
Subject: Swapping Deadlines / Mailing Dates, a little mystery
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 10/4/2006
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I had a couple of books requested, which I accepted, say on March 31.  The latest day listed for "Will mail on" was April 6, which I chose.

Next day, I had another couple of books requested, which I accepted on April 1.   The latest day listed for THEM "Will mail on" was April 5!!

I don't understand the programming that has books ordered later requiring an EARLIER mailing date.  This is not a situation where the requests were made at about the same time and I accepted at different times. 

Any ideas on the reason for this?

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 1:14 PM ET
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Well, when you pick the I will Mail later option it scrolls down and lets you choose a day. Sound to me like you didn't scroll all the way down or maybe it bounced back up when you clicked the date. 

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 4/3/2008 2:49 PM ET
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I think bulk orders have a different # of dates available. I've noticed a couple of times that when I use the "Order More from Member" button right after requesting a book (which causes the transactions to be two separate requests), the member will choose two different dates.

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 8:59 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/3/2008 11:19 PM ET
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perhaps it gives you a little longer for bulk mailing because they know you will have to go to the post office...

Linda S. (thk) - ,
Date Posted: 4/4/2008 6:56 AM ET
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Thank you for the ideas.  I don't think it is related to bulk mailing in that way though, because the 2 later books that only offered the earlier maiing date were a bulk order.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 2:58 AM ET
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i also noticed that bulk orders give you an earlier final date than single orders.  i did submit a contact form about it, probably last week, and they replied so they know about it.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 9:38 AM ET
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They don't give you as many days to mail a bulk order.  It's not anything that I've ever worried about, but I had noticed this little oddity.

So if your first order was a normal order and the second order was a bulk order, this would make sense.  To me, at least.  In general, it doesn't make any sense at all.  :P


Date Posted: 4/5/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I've had it happen to me as well - in fact, it did the other day. Single or bulk order it doesn't seem to matter - the amount of mail dates to choose from changes by a day or so every so often.

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:57 PM ET
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I just sent a bulk order today and I think it only gave me 1 less day to send it....so not a huge difference between bulk and standalone orders