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Subject: What Does This Mean?
Date Posted: 1/28/2009 3:05 PM ET
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I checked the details on a book that is coming to me from APO, AP, and when I used the tracking number at the USPS web site, I got the following message:

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on January 9, 2009 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. No further information is available for this item.

Should I be concerned? It's going to go lost in about a week.



Date Posted: 1/28/2009 3:28 PM ET
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It means that the shipper printed the label with DC attached (which notifies the PO to expect the package for mailing).   However, the package has not yet been scanned anywhere enroute to you.

As for whether you should be concerned - maybe.  It might mean that the package has actually been mailed yet.  But then again, it might not. Sometimes packages aren't scanned anywhere until they are delivered to the receiver - which means it could be enroute to you but it just hasn't been scanned yet.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 4:09 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/28/2009 5:28 PM ET
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Give it time before you reorder.  Also you can't always trust what the DC says.  I have a book enroute to me about to go lost.  The DC says it was scanned at my local PO 20 days ago. I still don't have the book.  I PM'd the sender to let them know that I haven't actually gotten the book.  I have some books to mail by Friday and if I still don't have it, I'm taking the DC # with me and asking about the book.

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 7:19 PM ET
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Yup, over seas military and it WILL take a while and may even time out on you. Do not give up though! The DC is good for almost nothing I have noticed. It might not be scanned till you get it even!

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 7:24 PM ET
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I sent a book to APO Germany, and was told by the requestor that it would probably go "LOST" before she got it if I sent it Media Mail.  She also said not to panic, it would show up.  I decided to send it first class (the difference wasn't much), and it got there in less than a week, so I'd gues that if it was shipped to you Media Mail, it will go lost, but will show up eventually.  Pat

Date Posted: 1/28/2009 10:09 PM ET
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I'm still a little confused. Some of you said I should not reorder because the book, if sent (and I'm assuming it was because I want to trust the sender), will arrive eventually. But if it does go lost, or time out, don't I go back to the top of the wish list and get my credit back? Then, if another member posts it, won't I be sent a message saying the book is available? I don't need two of the books and I want to be fair to the original sender, but I also don't want to miss out in the event the first book never arrives.

ETA: I see that the HELP documents also tell you to not re-request it until it has been "lost" for at least two weeks, but if it's a Wish List book and it's offered to me, don't I risk going to the end of the WL by declining it or allowing the WL offer to timeout? The HELP documents aren't clear about that.

Last Edited on: 1/28/09 10:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1