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Subject: do you think more senders are using DC?
Date Posted: 5/20/2010 4:32 PM ET
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I think so ... it seems to me that last year, maybe about a third of the books that were mailed to me used DC.

This year, it seems to be more than half, maybe even 2/3s.

Anybody else noticing this?

I am not using DC more myself ... I use it for multi-book orders or game books, not really any other time.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 4:44 PM ET
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It seems about half and half for me too. I actually just ordered 4 books a little over a week ago, 2 are coming with DC and the other two without. One without DC actually got here already and I'm waiting on the rest.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 4:48 PM ET
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I never really even pay attention to whether it's used or not.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 5:03 PM ET
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Seems like I get a lot more with it than without these days.  The more the membership grows, the more sense it seems to make to use it.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 5:07 PM ET
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I haven't been a member for too long...just since last October, but it does seem to me that more people are using DC.  When I first joined, it seems like I'd get a book sent with DC occasionally, but lately it's been closer to 50% of books I've ordered.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 5/20/2010 5:44 PM ET
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I've currently got 5 out of 8 books on their way to me with DC on them, so that's a pretty high ratio. The really annoying thing is that none of them have been scanned (mailing dates are the 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 18th).

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 5:58 PM ET
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I always use DC. I wish more people would use it. Especially on wish list books. I get more then half of my books with dc on them   

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 6:24 PM ET
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I am just curious Bertie, why do wish others would use it?  It does you the reciever no advantage if I, the sender, use DC.

I've mailed out over 300 books.  I've had 2 go lost.  It doesn't make financial sense for me to use DC.

No - I haven't noticed that more are using it but then I just open the package and never check to see if they have a DC or not.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 6:48 PM ET
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For me it goes in streaks. Sometimes there's quite a few, other times very few. Right now I have 10 books on the way to me, and 5 of them have DC. A few weeks ago I had 8 or 9 on the way and none of them had DC. At least not PBS DC...don't know about the non-PBS ones. I don't really pay that much attention to be honest...the only time I would even check details would be if it's been a couple weeks since the book was mailed.

99% of the books I request get to me, DC or not. I use it for all of mine, but only for the convenience so I can drop books in the blue box regardless of size--if I could get PBS printable postage without DC I would. I also don't understand Bertie's comment--why would the receiver care one way or another if a book has DC on it?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 7:54 PM ET
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I get about 1/3 with DC. I had 24 books on the way this am and 7 had DC.  I use DC for game books (required), some boxes (some I use none or paypal), and occasionally if I get a "funny" feeling about a transaction. I can't afford to use it for all of my transactions and I haven't have a problem with my books going lost.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 8:05 PM ET
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I used to only use DC for multiples or games; however, in the last year, I've started using it on every transaction.  The reason can be well illustrated by 2 of my current pending transactions:  1) DC shows delivered on 4/29, 2) DC shows delivered on 5/1.  This seems to be the norm as of late as some people evidently simply can't be bothered to mark books received.  I will gladly spend the extra money to not have to babysit these people and have the credit guaranteed instead of at the receiver's mercy.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 8:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/20/2010 11:00 PM ET
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I think Bertie's comment may have to do with knowing a book was mailed (well, not always, but often). I've never yet had a book go lost enroute to me where the sender responded to my friendly inquiry and said they actually had mailed the book. Either they never answer or they say they forgot to do so. There are few things on PBS that are more annoying than a book you're eagerly anticipating never being mailed, especially with WL books. If a sender uses DC, you can watch it and if it's scanned enroute, then you can start anticipating receiving it. Granted, not all books are scanned enroute, but personally I've never had one not be. So, it's an assurance thing for the receiver that the book is in fact actually on its way.

Date Posted: 5/20/2010 11:17 PM ET
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I enjoy watching books make their way to me!  So I like it when the sender uses DC--it's fun to check in and see where "my" book is.  But, I absolutely understand not using DC, as the fees here can really add up!

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 12:18 AM ET
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I've currently got 5 out of 8 books on their way to me with DC on them, so that's a pretty high ratio. The really annoying thing is that none of them have been scanned (mailing dates are the 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 18th).

Mine haven't been scanned either. This has never happened to me before (I always see at least one "en route" scan). I guess it's not just me that it's happening too!

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 1:32 AM ET
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I guess I'm not as book anxious as some.  It never occurs to me to check and see where my book is enroute.  It will get here when it gets here and checking doesn't change that.  It also never occurs to me that people won't mail the book.  In hundreds of books I've ordered, I KNOW everyone except two were mailed since I received them all.  Those two?  I have no idea but I'd rather think they simply went lost.

I realize that I am more relaxed about the whole process than most that post on the boards. 

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 2:43 AM ET
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I've currently got 5 out of 8 books on their way to me with DC on them, so that's a pretty high ratio. The really annoying thing is that none of them have been scanned (mailing dates are the 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th and 18th).

Just had my first experience with a book that was sent to me and was never scanned...  and it was a wl book.  Have to admit I started to worry.   But I just received it!!   smiley

Date Posted: 5/21/2010 7:06 AM ET
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I never bother checking if any books enroute to me have been scanned either unless they're about to go lost.  I'm with Cozy in the "it'll get here when it gets here" mind frame.  I'm also with her in that to me the cost of DC on everybook doesn't make sense. I usually only use it on game books or multi book orders. I've only had one I've sent go lost in 3yrs here and 2 enroute to me.  Both of the enroute to me one's used DC-one was never scanned adn the other was scanned as delivered but I have never seen teh book. So to the person who mentioned that she has 2 books she sent being scanned as delivered-don't assume that they went to the right place. 

When I do need to use DC-I use it through PBS because it helps support the site. If I had to use it on every transaction  because I couldn't get to he post office-I'd probably use it through Paypal because that extra credit security fee adds up quickly if you send out a lot of books.  It doesn't take long for the fees to end up costing more than what a missed credit would cost.

Scott (scalta) - ,
Date Posted: 5/23/2010 12:27 AM ET
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Peg D. (muummom) - ,
Date Posted: 5/23/2010 9:34 AM ET
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I used to love to send all my books with stamps, but once they decided anything over 13oz with stamps had to be dropped at the post office, I immediately switched to paypal postage.  19c more expensive, but 1000% more convenient.  When I was doing day care, it was next to impossible to get to the post office while it was open. And there was no way Husband or Teenagers were going to actually get out of the car,walk into the post office and stand in line just to mail one of my books.  Now that we are living in a apartment, the mail box is 10 feet from my door.  Print, tape and mail in 2 minutes.

The point of all of this is, yes, my books come with DC.  But not because I want DC.  It's because I am using printed postage.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 12:45 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/23/2010 2:01 PM ET
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 Rarely get a book with DC on it.   And I don't use it, don't see the value of it if loss rate is extremely low, especially reading in the forums all the time

where  there are so many scanning problems, misrouting issues, and these books seem to go lost as often as those without DC.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 3:01 PM ET
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I only use it if I send the book media mail.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 4:06 PM ET
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I don't pay attention and only check a DC number if it's been several weeks without the book showing up.

I use Paypal postage for just about everything because I can't get to the PO counter and most of the books I send are trade sized so they're heavier and I run into the 13 oz rule for dropping into a blue box.  I never give the receiver that DC number.

I'm with Cozi and Mary.  The book'll get her eventually and I'm not going to worry until it's close to being lost.

Date Posted: 5/23/2010 5:36 PM ET
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I'm wondering, some of you seem to worry when a book you send is marked delivered but has not been marked received.

Have you tracked how many that you are waiting for are marked delivered before you actually receive them?  Does my question make sense?

As for me, I was using PBS postage until this tax time and my DH said "Do you know how much money you spent on PBS?" Hmm, I work hard, I don't like him tracking that. LOL So, now I'm saving PBS postage for those books over 13oz and using stamps for the rest. I mail from work. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.

susan/vt