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Subject: Way Out!!!
Date Posted: 3/28/2012 3:05 PM ET
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Hi.  I just wanted to ask if anyone else has had this happen before.  I ordered 2 books from a gentleman in Baltimore, MD.  He mailed it out 03/21.  He put  a tracking number and I'm following it.  I live in Pennsylvania (only an hour from Baltimore).  Get this . . . the books are currently in Greensboro, NC at a waypoint as of 03/27.  North Carolina!!??  Why would the books be sent to North Carolina (which is completely the opposite direction and so much farther than my location)?  It could have actually been here by now considering how close our locations are.  It seems a waste of our postal system's time & effort.  :-(  I was wondering if the postal system setup is like flying (hubs in different places and going to specific places even though it's out of the way of their original destination).  Anyone else have this happen to them?



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Date Posted: 3/28/2012 3:35 PM ET
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Yes, the USPS uses hubs.  I live in Atlanta and almost all of my media mail goes to Memphis, TN, even if the destination is GA or FL.

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 3:35 PM ET
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That's strange, but at least I know.  It seems like it would be more work, but oh well.  :-D

Date Posted: 3/28/2012 9:59 PM ET
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Sometimes a book just gets in a wrong bin, they can end up on the opposite coast before getting redirected.  If they get way off track, sometimes the notation 'mis-sent' (or something similar) will appear on the scan page.  Another reason PBS has such a generous window for mail time.



Last Edited on: 3/29/12 1:15 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/31/2012 5:09 PM ET
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Finally got it today!!
Date Posted: 4/12/2012 11:44 PM ET
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I'm sure we've all had a few chuckles at the route some books take.  I believe last year one person's book went all the way to Hawaii and back.  This person said that if that's all it took, they'd stick a stamp on themselves to get a Hawaiian trip!  What's crazy to me is that sometimes a book will race across the country then get stuck two weeks in my state. LOL