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Subject: Tracking your book through the map
Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:45 PM ET
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So I ordered a book around a week or so ago. I've slowly watched the little mail truck make its way from California to Missouri. Last night, it was in Missouri and real close to being completed. This morning I check and notice the little truck is all the way back in California! What happened!? I was thinking I'd be getting the book today or tomorrow since it was almost complete. How is it possible to go all the way back to California like that? Should I PM the sender or just wait to maybe receive it or let it go lost?

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:48 PM ET
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It sounds like what happened is the book got scanned in CA.  The little truck just starts moving when the book is marked mailed, then if a scan happens he moves to that scan.  The little truck is really about fun, not accuracy.  You'll want ot look at the Details of the tracking to know where the book has been scanned.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:51 PM ET
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Of course, it is also possible that it got turned around and sent back..that just did happen to a book I was expecting from WI....I wouldn't PM the sender unless the Details of tracking indicate it's actually back in his/her hands.  Books sometimes do make some wild trips before they end up at the final destination.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:51 PM ET
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You're right. It says the information was first scanned on the 17th but it's only now en route from California.

That still doesn't explain why the little truck acted like it was scanned for the past several weeks moving slowly across the states!

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Date Posted: 3/26/2009 2:58 PM ET
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The little truck is just guessing.

You may still get the book really soon - Media Mail tends to be a 'sit in one place a long time, then move 1000 miles in a day' kind of deal.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Oh ok...so it doesn't move whenever it's scanned then?

Lol, this feature is confusing me. It's usually always been accurate for me. So weird!

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 5:43 PM ET
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Mine has usually been pretty accurate also. However, I mailed two books, one on the 19th and the other on the 20th. From past experiences, it looks like books usually take about a week to get from one place to another and some even less than a week. On my delivery confirmation, I have info that both books have been scanned in Nashville and both made it to Memphis and apparently scanned there on the 24th. Then, nothing. I also mailed another book on the 19th and that book has already gotten to its destination. How accurate are the delivery confirmation routes?

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 5:47 PM ET
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The little truck is PBS's guess-timate of where the book is, unless the package is scanned along the way, then it will go where the scan was and start guess-timating again.

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 5:50 PM ET
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The "map" is make believe until the book is scanned and then it goes to where it was scanned and proceeds make believe until another scan.  I sent out a book from VA to an east Tx town.  It didn't get scanned ever until it hit the distribution center in Coppell, TX where it got scanned and then again when it reached the small town of destination.  On my map the only tracks it ever showed was from Coppell, TX to "east TX town".   Very strange journey on the map.  It just suddenly appears in TX.  Never left VA at all.

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 11:25 PM ET
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Thanks guys! I didn't realize it was guessing the location the entire way. A little misleading! I'll be sure just to check the details when the book has tracking. :)

Date Posted: 3/26/2009 11:46 PM ET
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The little mail truck also "toots" if you click on it!  I didn't have sound for a long time and then when I did I was really surprised when it "tooted" at me!

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 1:18 PM ET
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Omg, I never knew that! Haha, that's cute.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 5:14 PM ET
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Haha, it almost scared me enough to knock me out of my chair the first time I clicked on it and it honked. I had my volume on full blast and wasn't expecting it at all.

That's weird that the mail truck doesn't just move when it's scanned. I never noticed that before.



Last Edited on: 3/27/09 5:15 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/27/2009 5:45 PM ET
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Maybe I'm missing something. When I click on "details" I just get a listing of where it has been scanned, and no map with a truck. I used to get a map with the truck, but now I don't. So, where are you seeing the map?

I did just have one on its way to Connecticut go from Baton Rouge to Memphis to some small town in Mississippi to Jackson, Mississippi - taking a little antebellum home tour, I figure, before heading up north.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 8:38 PM ET
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You can see the map when clicking on the yellow circle with the green check mark. That's what I always clicked on. I didn't realize until posting this that clicking "details" showed when and where it was scanned.

Date Posted: 3/27/2009 8:50 PM ET
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You can go to your Transaction file and pull up the maps both to you and from you.  But - only the PBS postage with DC (I believe) will show the truck en route.  Books sent without at least DC will not have a map!

Ruth