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Subject: What does this mean?
Date Posted: 12/23/2011 3:01 PM ET
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I am totally confused.  This book was marked mailed on December 11th, and its only gone 441 miles in 9 days? I did notice that the shipping info was received on the 12th, but the book wasn't actually scanned at a postal facility until the 20th. Does this mean the sender used DC and marked the book mailed but didn't take it to the post office for 9 days?? Anyway, I will just be glad to get it when it gets here.  I was just wondering if someone could explain this to me...Thanks

 Request Dates
Request Date: 12/8/2011 11:07 AM ET
Will Mail By: 12/15/2011 11:00 PM ET
Label Print Date(s): 12/11/2011 4:29 PM ET

Date Mailed: 12/11/2011 4:29 PM ET
Estimated Arrival: 1/7/2012 ET


Processed at USPS Origin Sort Facility
December 20, 2011, 5:33 pm
Delivery Confirmation™

Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility
December 20, 2011, 4:18 pm

Electronic Shipping Info Received
December 12, 2011



Edited to add request info


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Date Posted: 12/23/2011 3:15 PM ET
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The sender could well have mailed it when she marked it mailed, and it took a few days for it to get to the processing center.  I use DC and mail my books in the Blue Box outside my work.  It usually takes a couple of days for the books to get scanned at the Bell Gardens processing center.  Usually this happens about two or three days after I mail, but this time of year, it can take longer.

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Date Posted: 12/23/2011 3:18 PM ET
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Angie, Delivery Confirmation is NOT tracking information.  USPS is not required to scan the book ANYWHERE along the route except at the final destination, confirming delivery.  In fact, USPS is making an effort to do LESS scans on these, in an effort to cut down on expenses.  Your Sender probably sent it out on time as indicated, but USPS just did not scan it into their system until later.

It looks from the details you copied, that the book was finally scanned when it hit Ashland, OR sorting facility at 4:18 PM on Dec. 20, and then they transferred it to Federal Way, WA sorting facility, who processed the package confirming delivery at 5:33 PM the same day.  (Sometimes, USPS will scan a package when it arrives at final PO rather than when it is actually delivered.)

Anyway, if it hasn't been delivered yet to final destination, it should soon be.

Date Posted: 12/23/2011 3:26 PM ET
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I also use DC and drop my books off in one of three places...

  1. With my mailman when he is on his usual route
  2. With my work's out-going mail
  3. Or, in a blue box

With the last two, I often don't see the first scan until 2 or 3 days later.  Sometimes, I don't see any scans until days / weeks later when the book was finally delivered. Hence Sineka's point that Delivery Confirmation is NOT tracking information. Beyond that, sorry Angie, I can't explain the media mail process. If I were in your shoes, I try not to sweat about it for now. If the books doesn't arrive by... Estimated Arrival: 1/7/2012 ET, then you can contact PBS or the book sender directly about it. Until then, there doesn't seem to be an official "problem." Then again, I work at a very buecratic place where I've learned patience for slow-winding processes!

If you're curious, there are similiar topics disucssed in the USPS Regulations forums where actual postal workers do offer their take on things.

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Date Posted: 12/23/2011 3:32 PM ET
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I use DC on all my PBS books and when I mail them, they often sit in my notoriously awful local PO for a very long time indeed before any sort of scanning is done. The lack of a scan really is no indication that anyone has done anything wrong.

Date Posted: 12/23/2011 4:35 PM ET
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Federal Way is like Bell, CA.  Books can get stuck there.  I used to live out there and Federal Way is in a super highly populated area with probably a massive volume of mail going through it at this time of year.

Date Posted: 12/23/2011 9:08 PM ET
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I just received three books that were scanned by the P.O., but took 22 days (by the date of the P.O. scan) to come 120 miles. When I finally let the sender know, and kidded her about it, she told me that she once sent a book to someone 60 miles away and it took 21 days.

When I was in the Marines and stationed in Camp Pendleton in California, my mother would send me letters from a small rural P.O. in Maryland. She posted them in the afternoon and I had them at mail call the next morning 3,000 miles away. Meanwhile, her sister in Los Angles would send me letters (only 80 miles north of me) and they would take two and three weeks to get to me.

Meanwhile, during this Christmas mailing season, I am really amazed that some paperbacks sent First Class are arriving here only two days after being postmarked.


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Date Posted: 12/23/2011 9:15 PM ET
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Meanwhile, during this Christmas mailing season, I am really amazed that some paperbacks sent First Class are arriving here only two days after being postmarked

It is amazing - happened to me last weekend. Mailed a book on Saturday, they had it Monday. Half way across country. Thought for sure the book would be swamped by all the packages being mailed by the other people waiting in line with me. Easy to overlook a small romance paperback, but no, they got it there. I've had fanastic luck with our local post office and I worry every time the USPS talks about closing facilities, ours would be tremendous loss.


Date Posted: 12/23/2011 10:13 PM ET
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I've noticed a lot of these new scans by the post office that are starting to tick me off a little. They will scan "origin sorting facility" 3 states away from me or no detail, just a blank scan in my town 5 days after I've blueboxed a book. They are for USPS internal information but are receiving to people who are trying to assume something from them. All you can tell from these scans is that the book is on the way. When it arrives you may be able to tell more from postmarks, but the scans won't tell you anything other than the book is moving.
Date Posted: 12/23/2011 11:01 PM ET
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Thanks for all the input......Now I understand a little better, lol!!

Date Posted: 12/24/2011 1:29 AM ET
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I recently mailed a package to my mom from MO to GA. I was told 5 to 7 days for delivery. She received it the NEXT day. I couldn't believe it. She mailed a package back to me and it took 12 days for me to get it.

Go figure.



Date Posted: 12/24/2011 1:00 PM ET
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Mail seems even more sporatic than usual this holiday season.  Some packages are arriving very quickly, and I've had others disappear for 10 days or more before reappearing enroute (much longer than usual for my mail).