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Subject: WWYD: Hurricane Sandy coming our way?
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 5:32 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2012
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HI.  I have only been a member for a month, so I thought I would seek opinions here.  I just mailed out 7 books yesterday and now Hurricane Sandy is heading up the East Coast toward my home(DE).  Some of them went west(CA, western PA), but the rest seemed to hit the east coast.  What happens if they don't arrive because of the hurricane?  I don't want to be penalized since Mother Nature is NOT my fault.  Also, I had some auto request books just get marked as being sent and now again I'm worried I won't get them or they will be damaged?  I have no idea when they'll arrive(probably well after the hurricane), but it's a thought!  

 

I love belonging to the club, just don't want to get penalized for the books I mailed not arriving if it's an "AOG"(act of God). How does PBS handle that?

 

Melissa

 

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 5:54 PM ET
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good question-- I do know when the rash of tornadoes hit the midwest and there was lots of flooding, I had several books on the way to the affected areas.  The books took longer to get there but nothing was damaged. More likely is that if there are ongoing power outages, some recipients may not have the ability to mark the books received right away.

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 6:06 PM ET
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If you used the site's delivery confirmation, you will receive credit (when the book is scanned if you used the site's DC without postage or when you mark the book mailed if you used the site's DC with postage). Otherwise, you'll only receive credit when the book is marked received. But the site usually allows ample time before the books go lost in the system and chances are they will get there eventually. If the books go lost in the system, the recipient can still mark it received by going to their transaction archive. Books damaged during transit can be marked received with a problem - damaged by the USPS, but the sender doesn't necessarily need to give the credit back.

I'm in the northeast and honestly, if the storm turns out to be so severe that mail isn't delivered for weeks, getting credit for books will probably be the least of my worries.

Edited to add - I did put my account on vacation just so I don't have to worry about mailing or receiving any more books in the next few days.



Last Edited on: 10/26/12 6:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/26/2012 7:44 PM ET
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I had a couple going to the East Coast that I just mailed out yesterday, and I use bubble envelopes, but just as added insurance I also wrapped in plastic, which I don't normally do.  I expect that if it's as severe as they're predicting, there may be some postal delays.  Good luck. Pat

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 7:52 PM ET
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I usually put my account on vacation if there's really bad weather headed this way.  I wouldn't worry about the books you sent.  There's nothing you can do about them now and the percentage of books that go lost is actually really low.  It might not seem that way from reading that forums but that's because people only post about the transactions that didn't go well not all the good ones.

Worrying about every transaction will suck the fun right out of PBS for you.  I just mail 'em and forget 'em and I don't use DC.  I've only had 1 go lost out of thousands mailed.

Date Posted: 10/26/2012 11:31 PM ET
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Hi! I'm in DE also. Last year when Irene came through I was freaking out. I was thinking the same as you "what if they don't get where they're going because of the storm?!" Everything arrived fine. Don't worry. There's nothing you can do, it's in the USPS hands now
Subject: Sandy and books
Date Posted: 10/27/2012 12:35 AM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2012
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Thanks everyone.  Vacation hold is a good idea for sure!  

Be safe to everyone on the East Coast like me!

 

Melissa

 

Date Posted: 10/29/2012 12:41 PM ET
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In CT-I just extended my vacation hold.  My town's starting to lose power. no

Date Posted: 10/29/2012 12:58 PM ET
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Please check in again and let us know how things went once you are past the storm and have power again.  You are in our thoughts!

Date Posted: 10/29/2012 3:08 PM ET
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I just printed and marked 3 books mailed.  Putting my account back on vacation now.  The mail by dates are all next weekend but I marked them JIC.  I'll wrap them and put stamps on them. Most likely they'll be mailed on Wed. Maybe even tomorrow if it isn't  too bad out.

Subject: No loss of power, books are arriving :)
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 11:59 PM ET
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well we didn't even lose power, and all but 3 of the 7 books DH mailed on Friday have been marked recevied.  One went to NJ and is marked delivered but I'm assuming the receiver has no power to mark it as such.  The other 2 are still in transit, interestingly(1 to the Northeast, 1 to CA).  The one in ME probably also has PO problems, CA i'm guessing is just a distance problem.  

 

Much better than I expected.  Most were delivered on 10/29 which was Monday the day OF the storm???

Melissa

 

Date Posted: 10/31/2012 11:50 AM ET
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Melissa -- I'm in DC and received a package on Monday. I was surprised, but the USPS was still delivering on both Monday and Tuesday.

Date Posted: 10/31/2012 12:20 PM ET
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I FINALLY just remembered to put my account on hold. I have no idea when we'll have mail again.

Date Posted: 10/31/2012 1:30 PM ET
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USPS is surprisingly durable in regards to mail delivery, "...neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow..."  etc, etc. 

If your mail service is dusrupted, you might call your local branch and see if they have information as to when regular service will be restored.  It's also possible your mail is arriving at the branch and could be picked up over the counter (take picture ID). 

Date Posted: 11/1/2012 8:31 AM ET
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I'm assuming our local USPS had some flooding (just a couple of blocks from the Gowanus Canal). And all the bridges and tunnels were closed. I mean, it was't exactly a mystery. 

Subject: Post Sandy Mail
Date Posted: 11/1/2012 10:48 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2012
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Actually the books have all been delivered(according to DC and the one member marking it received) as WELL as the one that was marked lost from being mailed on 10/8 and FINALLY being received today???  That was pretty crazy!  Not sure what happened as didn't use DC with that one(mistake).  Mailing another one tomorrow and now awaiting 5 books(3 from SC/1 sender and 2 from 2 different people).  I just assumed we wouldn't have mail on Monday and didn't want to talk out in the pouring rain to find out(our box is at the curb).  

 

Loving PBS!

Melissa