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Subject: Two days to mail a book...
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:22 AM ET
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If I accept a requested book on Friday, and I am supposed to mail the book within 2 days, obviously it goes without saying that I have 2 days minus Sunday to mail the book, since the PO

is closed on Sunday, right?

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:39 AM ET
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You have a grace period of two days after marking the book mailed to get it in the mail.


A book must be mailed within 48 hours of marking it mailed

  • It is okay to mark your book mailed before you have mailed it if:

    • The deadline date falls on a postal holiday
    • Your computer/Internet access is unreliable
    • You plan to mail the book on your way out of town


And while the main lobby is closed, many P.O. now have APC machines that let you buy postage and mail out packages. They don't have a Media Mail option, but if you know the exact weight of the book you can go to...


And fill in the info. (Even if you wrap it in a manilla envelope, don't pick the "Large Envelope" rate. Books are packages.) See how much it'll cost to mail. Then write "Media Mail" on the package if that's the rate you intend to use and then at the APC machine at the P.O. just buy the right priced stamp. (If you don't mark the book "Media Mail" they assume it's First Class and will come postage due.)

Or if you buy postage here on the label, just drop it off in a blue box or inside the P.O.

I don't ever pick "I can mail now", but pick the latest date possible. That way I get more leeway in case something comes up, and if I can mail it early I do and no harm done.

Subject: WEEK to mail
Date Posted: 7/10/2010 11:13 AM ET
Member Since: 4/28/2009
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I have been a member for a year and the 48 hours seems to longer apply to time to mail ( I remember something changing last winter) --  I got 2 requests (2 diff members) over 4th of July weekend. I accepted both and the msg I got said I had til 11 July to mark them mailed!  That's a WEEK according to my calendar!

I think the 48 hours is the TIME TO REPLY to the request, then another time limit to print the label, then another to actually put it in the mail!

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I think the 48 hours is the TIME TO REPLY to the request, then another time limit to print the label, then another to actually put it in the mail!

Not quite. You have 5 days to respond to a request. Then when you respond, you click on either "I Can Mail in 2 days" or "I can Mail Later".

If you click on "I can Mail in 2 days" you are supposed to mail it within the 2 days but the deadline date that PBS will give you to actually click on "book Mailed" before it cancels the transaction is 5 days later.

If you click on "I Can Mail Later", you can pick a date up to 5 days later to mail, but the deadline that PBS gives you to actually mark it mailed is 2 days after the date you picked.

After you click it 'mailed", you have a 48 hour grace period to actually get the book into the mail.

The system does not care if it is Sunday or any other day the Post Office is closed. There is no "skipping" of counting the days for the mailing periods that PBS assigns. If your book is supposed to be mailed on a Sunday, and you drop it in a blue box, that certainly counts as "mailed".

If you need to take it to the PO, then either mark it mailed on Sunday and take it to the PO on Monday, or take and mark it on Monday. I do the first myself, since I don't like to wait to the very last second to mark my books mailed.

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Date Posted: 7/10/2010 1:02 PM ET
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Good idea...I'll mark it mailed tomorrow and mail it out Monday.  I accepted the requests Friday but I have a kid with a fever and I couldn't take him out to mail 

the book.

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 2:04 PM ET
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Just a tip from a fellow mom: always choose the longest mail by date. You can always mail it early.  But choosing the longest days helps cover you for all those unexpected things like sick mommy, sick family, torrential rain storms, flat tires, running out of tape etc.., 

Also keep some stamps on hand so if I just have one book to mail (under 13oz) and don't want to pay the printed postage fee-I can just slap some stamps on it and put it in the mail box.  And yes if you put stamps on it and put it in your mail box on Sunday night it's still mailed even though your mail man won't pick it up until Monday.

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 9:26 PM ET
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Yeah, I always actually pick Sunday as my mailing date, because I only go to the PO once a week to do mailing. (I use the APC machine). I print and wrap books on Sat. night, when I mark them mailed,  and then take them on Sunday (the actual day that I promised to mail).

I do it this way so that I can combine PO errands with other errands and shopping that I do on Sunday.

 So,  people who order books from me on Monday, think I'm a slow shipper, and people who order on Sat. think I am a very fast shipper!

Date Posted: 7/10/2010 10:28 PM ET
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i always(try to) use i can mail later date so it gives you back up

now if you use printed postage it will be that date that will print on the label

but you can mail it ealier that way

Date Posted: 7/11/2010 10:06 AM ET
Member Since: 2/23/2009
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Over the weekends, especially long weekends, I usually mark it that I can mail by tuesday. I usually mail on monday, but that allows a little extra time in case something unexpected happens. There is a grace period in order to mark it mailed, but I do it that way for my own peace of mind.