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Subject: Weird coincidence....
Date Posted: 7/9/2016 10:56 AM ET
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I know CA is a huge state, but 3 single book orders, all in a row, had requestors in CA!   As a behaviorist, I am interested in patterns so this put a question mark in my head since I don't typically see any back to back orders from the same state.  BTW,  I almost never get orders for more than one book.

Anyone else see weird things happen with their order pattern?

Date Posted: 7/9/2016 12:13 PM ET
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I shipped a book to an address in massachusetts once. The book was a little pbk of 1984. By some chance the plus 4 of the zip code happened to be 1984. Seemed strange to me. Just to be safe I gave a neighbor some money and asked them to take the package to the post office for me.

mistie -
Date Posted: 7/9/2016 2:47 PM ET
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Jeanne,

Probably a result "directed delivery", a device the PBS system uses that bypasses FIFO for requests. Since you are in CA, one of the most populous states, it would seem that you could be receiving requests for your bookshelf, even though your book is not first in the FIFO queue,  over members that have had the book posted longer. I'm sure it is good for you - not so much for members that live in more remote areas.

 there are three factors that contribute to Directed Delivery:

(1) number of that ISBN available - there have to be a good number of copies available in the club to choose from

(2) quality of senders - if there is a "standout" sender who has the book in question, that sender gets preference

(3) if there is more than one standout sender, the nearest one geographically will get preference.

Please understand that in no way am I blaming Jeanne for this. Personally I just beleive "directed delivery' is an unfair system. it discriminates against members who choose not to mail their books immediately, or are in a geographically remote location. I think members should have the choice to opt-out of directed delivery. When I suggested this to TPTB the response totally overlooked my suggestion, and the response I got included "Bearing in mind that it will NOT be the majority of requests (not even close) will be subject to Directed Delivery, this feature should not be too concerning". This seemed very condescending, and I took it to mean "we know what we are doing, you just be quiet and stop thinking about our decisions".

Alos, interstingly enoug, a search of the term "directed delivery" brings up no results in PBS help. Hmm...



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Date Posted: 7/9/2016 4:31 PM ET
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I agree that was an odd coincidence. I don't pay much attention to where my books are going but every once in a while one goes somewhere in my immediate area or a city I used to live.

Mistie, Jeanne lives in Florida, not California so Directed Delivery wouldn't have played a role in these transactions.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/9/2016 4:52 PM ET
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Anyone else see weird things happen with their order pattern?

My favorite coincidence happened a few years ago. Another member and I each posted WL books to FIFO on the same day and wound up sending them to each other.

Date Posted: 7/9/2016 5:00 PM ET
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I mailed 6 WL books yesterday, 4 of which were sent to PBS friends. I noticed that 3 of those book packages went to CA.

Date Posted: 7/9/2016 7:55 PM ET
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Mistie, Jeanne isn't in Calif., she's in Florida.  So now we're back to square one on coincidences!  :^)

Thomas, did the P. O. take his name .. SS# .. fingerprints .. ??    Did he start feeling like he was being watched/followed ???  Did you put your return add on the package?  Not being nosy - just curious, you understand...



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Date Posted: 7/9/2016 8:10 PM ET
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Thomas, did the P. O. take his name .. SS# .. fingerprints .. ??    Did he start feeling like he was being watched/followed ???  Did you put your return add on the package?  Not being nosy - just curious, you understand...

Some of us already know whether Thomas did these things...cool

 

Date Posted: 7/9/2016 8:17 PM ET
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Well, I thought there was a way to see how many members were in each state, but I must have been delusional.  I started to say it must have been a dream, but even though I spend a LOT of time here, I don't dream about it! :^)

I DID find that there are over 6000  Calif members with profiles.  I wonder what the percentage is of members who have profiles...

 

 



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Date Posted: 7/10/2016 9:16 AM ET
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Small sample size?

Date Posted: 7/10/2016 11:55 AM ET
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Yeah, Mistie, I have seen what looks like the  'directed delivery' function taking precedence when I get recurrent orders in my home state of FL.  It's funny that even when a book is only going 2 hours down the road, it still seems to take a whole week to arrive!

Date Posted: 7/12/2016 10:20 AM ET
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Now it's 5 of the last 7 books I've mailed out that have gone to CA........everyone in the state must be doing a lot of summer reading.

Date Posted: 7/12/2016 5:55 PM ET
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I'm in Northern CA and we are in a hot patch. Perhaps a lot of people are realizing that staying home in the A/C and reading is not only free (please, no discussions on whether books are "free" here, it's a turn of the phrase) but way more enjoyable than slogging through crowds and traffic. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2016 8:53 PM ET
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My choice would certainly be staying home and reading. 

It can be expensive though!  Unless you have solar, A/C can really run up the energy bill --

and then of course, there's the wine and the brie, the artisan french bread,  the hand-dipped chocolates .... key-lime cheesecake, anyone?

Date Posted: 7/13/2016 8:56 AM ET
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oohhh, that cheesecake sounds wonderful !

Date Posted: 7/13/2016 11:02 AM ET
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I don't know what the calorie situation is but when it's hot cold watermelon sure tastes good.