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Subject: What's up with Bell, California?
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:29 AM ET
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I have had two books from one member going to me being stuck in Bell, California since July 17th. But when I click on the truck it says it is here where I live. What's up with that?

I have another one that was last scanned in Fremont, California  on July 16th. The truck says its here.



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Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:35 AM ET
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The truck is only for entertainment (and it honks as well if you have sound and click on it :)   I have found that much media mail ifo is not accurate.  I had a book that was in route to some other state - I assume for processing --  but when I went to my mailbox that day the book was delivered!  If the person used PBS DC then it will show when it was scanned and the progress of the book (not always accurate), but if DC was not scanned then you really don't have any information until the book arrives. 

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 7:44 AM ET
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As Jubead says, the truck is pure entertainment, so don't ever go by where that is showing. The details should tell you where scans were done. Bell, CA is one of the large mail distribution centers. Sometimes mail sits there for a few days because they're waiting for a full truck to ship it on to other places. But even after the book leaves there, you can't really "know" where it is until it is scanned again somewhere else.Technically, the USPS doesn't *have* to scan it AT ALL until it gets to its destination; it's called DELIVERY confirmation. But getting a scan or two along the way is basically "gravy." Even once it's scanned "delivered" it can often be several days before it makes it to your mailbox, for whatever reason.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 7:53 AM ET
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I live in Florida...my little truck frequently drives straight into the ocean and floats around there for a while!  The books must eventually float to shore.  Unfortunately, they are delivered by my middle-aged postman and not the buff young lifeguard!

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 8:29 AM ET
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Molly, that is too funny! My postman isn't a buff young man either. But, after three weeks of subs, I sure am glad he's back! Some of my books about to go lost were suppose to be delivered around the time the subs were working. My postman tells me he loves delivering all these books.He says it helps him keep his job!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 11:08 AM ET
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Bell (no E on the end) is sometimes a black hole for mail. Most mail to or from Los Angeles or San Diego goes through there, so there's an extremely high volume of stuff getting sorted and sent out. How long it will take a package to move on from there is completely unpredictable.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 12:13 PM ET
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Bell CA is definitely a problem.  I had a book go round in circles there for a week and then end up back in my mail box with "No Such Number" on the label.  The address was / is correct.  We areworking it out by PM.  It was sent out there by my post office again last week.  Maybe it will work this time.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 4:05 PM ET
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ROFL Molly :-)

Warrendale, PA is another large sorting center with quality issues.  Lots of Media Mail goes missing there, must be where the Sampsonite Gorilla works...he's hard on shipping labels lol!



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Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I've had several books decide to vacation in Bell, CA.  My favorite is the book that stopped over in Bell and from there decided to make a stop in Vegas for a week!  Darn thing didn't bring me a penny either.

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 6:45 PM ET
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I am in Buena Park, ca. and Bell is our closest distribution center.  sometimes they never scan.  sometimes they scan it 5 times in less than an hour.......

Date Posted: 7/28/2009 7:34 PM ET
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Yep, Bell, CA is pretty much the black hole for media mail.  I once sent a box of books from Minnesota to New Jersey.  It went via Bell, CA and vacationed there for about a week or so before heading back across the country.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 7/28/2009 7:50 PM ET
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Count me in as a person who has to deal with the problem of books going through Bell...

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 1:22 PM ET
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Bell seems to be the worst, with Warrendale coming in a close second.

Forest Park, my distribution center for bulk mail, here in the Chicagoland area, use to also be terrible, but they really seemed to have cleaned up their act, right after the beginning of the year. New management, perhaps?

Date Posted: 7/29/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Yay,the books arrived today! They were last scanned in Bell, CA , 12 days ago. The book was originally mailed on July 11th. That is a long time.

 

But, hey, I received them and that is the main thing for both me and the sender! I also received the book from Fremont. Things are looking up!



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Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:27 AM ET
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I have two books I suspicion are or were stuck in Bell.  One coming from CA and one from NV. Both were mailed 15/16 July and neither had DC on them.  I am already getting PBS nag emails for the one and the other should start today.

In addition, I sent a book to a friend who lives in Oxnard and when I checked today, that book was enroute to Bell, CA so I am not hopeful for a quick delivery.  :(

Have had some books from CA arrive here in MN within days of shipping while others take weeks.  The difference (when DC is used to show the progress, when scanned) almost always seems to be Bell.

Those in CA who send/receive books with DC most likely understand their books will take longer to receive or deliver.  However, those who do not use DC most likely will be thinking their book has been received and forgotten by the person getting it.

I just keep waiting, the one mailed 15 Jul was a computer programming book I have been waiting for.  Each day I keep hoping it will magically appear in the mailbox...

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 10:38 AM ET
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The book made it to Oxnard, but still no sight of the two wayward books coming from that area.... Sigh, one day they may show up, I hope.

One will time out in 10 days...

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/1/2009 10:51 AM ET
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I think they've really slowed down there during the past month. I dropped a book in a blue box on the morning of 7/28 and I would normally get a scan the same night in San Diego or the next night in Bell, depending on how the package was routed. So far I have no scans at all, so I'm thinking it's sitting in some bin in Bell waiting for attention.