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Subject: Where is book & why is it taking so long?
Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:48 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2010
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Sorry if this question has been asked before but I am a very new member here & I shipped out four books a little over a week ago. One of them got marked received a few days ago but 3 haven't. The one I'm worried about is the one that I shipped to the same state I'm in. The book that was marked received was shipped almost clear across the country from me so I'm wondering how the one that I shipped to a city in my state hasn't yet. I didn't use DC as I am very leery about using my credit card online.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:52 PM ET
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The person you have sent it to may not have gotten on to mark that they have recived the book.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 2:54 PM ET
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Distant has very little relation to how long books take when you mail with media mail.  (Unless the book goes over water, which greatly increases the time.)  Books can take over three weeks to go the next town over and go across the country in two days.  Media mail is based on available space.  With everything else getting higher priority.  Have patience.

ETA  You can add money to the PBS account for using postage or DC by either money order or check.  PBS money



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Date Posted: 6/6/2010 3:06 PM ET
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A book I sent about a year ago to a city 30 miles away took a month to get there. Media mail doesn't get priority so I think it sat for a while at the post office then it went off to the nearest processing center then back to the city I mailed it too. Luckily I used delivery confirmation as I'd have been wondering why it wasn't there yet and the sender would have wondered if I mailed it.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 3:39 PM ET
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You need to have a lot more patience when using PBS.  A week is not enough time to start worrying.  I have a book enroute to me from only about 6hrs from me.  It was mailed 5/27 and I still don't have it.  There was a Monday Holiday in there which slowed things down.  Then since it's media mail it probably sat a day or two. 

You don't need a credit card to use PBS DC. And while the using PBS DC guarantees a credit and the feel helps to support the site-it gets expensive after awhile.  It's .46 per book or $4.60 for every 10 books.  You could buy 2 credits for that in the book bazaar.  But it might be worth it to you if you are going to stress about how long every book is taking.  To me it's just too expensive.  I've only had one book that I've sent go lost out of over 500. 

You need to have patience.  The book could have been mis-scanned and sent on a scenic tour of the US. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2010
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Thank you all for your help & advice. I'm not stressing out/worried, btw. My mother used to be a member of PBS a long time ago when it first started & told me how it works. I was just curious about why it's taking longer for a book to be received in my state then across the country. Again, thanks.

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 5:41 PM ET
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PBS will definitely teach you patience.  Media mail is so unpredictable.  The one you mailed to Texas got here just fine.  :-)  Now I just have to find time to read it.  LOL

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 6:18 PM ET
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I'm so relieved it came in safe Alisa! I keep hearing these horror stories about books getting lost in the mail or being delivered looking like they got chucked in a wood chipper so I have little anxiety attacks LOL. I've hoped that I've been wrapping them up adequately. It's gotten to the point where my fiance is like "CHILL, Ammarylis. Your starting to freak me out now!"

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 8:38 PM ET
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Right now I'm worried about a book I sent to WA that has PBS postage + DC on it.  Not scanned anywhere - and it's been over a week.  I sent 2 books at once and the other book was scanned in several places and is there now.  It really bothers me when they don't get scanned ANYWHERE.  It's happened a few times.  And they are snugly wrapped and taped with packing tape.  I've not had but one of mine lost permanently. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:23 PM ET
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"I'm so relieved it came in safe Alisa! I keep hearing these horror stories about books getting lost in the mail or being delivered looking like they got chucked in a wood chipper so I have little anxiety attacks LOL."

Ammarylis--It's easy to get the impression that lots of books arrive damaged by reading the posts in the forums.  But keep in mind, that most of the time only people with problem swaps post here.  The vast majority of books get to where they're supposed to withough any porblems at all, but these aren't mentioned here.

Welcome to PBS!  Hope you enjoy it here as much as I do!!

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:48 PM ET
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I live in the middle (almost) of the country and it takes an average of seven business days for books to arrive here.  Some books arrive in two or three days and some take nearly three weeks but they all eventually make it.  I have only had two books go "lost".  Patience is key at PBS.  The book WILL arrive and it will be just like Christmas!

Date Posted: 6/6/2010 10:51 PM ET
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Ammarylis, if there is one location that will most likely be slow it will be when you are mailing a book within your own state.  If it goes out of state - especially to the opposite coast or a far away state - it is likely it will go by plane at some point fairly early.  However, most states don't have that many airports that take the mail within itself.  So you're in-state mail will be going by truck whenever they have room or when they remember to send it.  It is so frequent that when I see a book is coming to me from within VA I know it will take forever.  Probably even the ones from Maryland will, too.  It's all about which ones get the fastest transport - a plane.  It's just the system the USPS has.  Be glad you aren't in Texas sending a book from Texarkana to El Paso or  somewhere on the Texas/ Mexico border. It takes forever.  So don't be concerned when a book you send across the country is faster than the one you sent a few counties over.

And BTW books going to Hawaii or coming from Hawaii go by boat if they are Media Mail.  If they are First Class they go by plane.  Big difference in arrival times.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:59 AM ET
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Lol, I live on the southeastern boarder of KY and had a video game get shipped to me a month ago from about an hour away (within the state), it was expensive so the sender put tracking on it.  It took almost two weeks and went via Ohio, Indiana, and finally back through Kentucky (and I was ready to kill the post office by the time I got the game...seriously, three states to go an hour away?).  I can most certainly say that the post office, while grand, sometimes lacks some effency.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:14 AM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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I'm so glad to read this thread! I have the same exact situation with on of the first books I've mailed. It was sent on 5/24 within Virginia and hasn't arrived when many others to other states have arrived. All our mail within Virginia goes through Richmond, even if it is local. So if I mail a letter to someone in my neighborhood it goes to R and back, usually overnight and gets there next day. I guess there aren't many trucks headed to the far western part of the state.



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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:36 AM ET
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Actually, Genna, as I mentioned, I live in VA, too, and my mail (in the blue box) goes to the distribution center in Sandston, VA.  Sometimes they send it to the NC distribution center.  It can be hard to tell where it goes.  Sometimes if it's going north they send it to Maryland first.  I live close to Fredericksburg and I can never tell where it's going to go. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 10:58 AM ET
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Have any of you ever contacted the post office when there was a lost book?  One of mine just went "lost" today and the destination was only an hour and a half away. 



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Date Posted: 6/7/2010 11:06 AM ET
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I haven't because I've only had one go lost.  But I know there is a way to do it.  They will probably never find it.  Who knows where they go when they go lost?

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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A book being sent to me from about four hours away in my own state has been in the mail for nearly three weeks, so I don't know what's going on! I once had a two-book order sit in a distribution center about twenty minutes away from my house for two weeks, so I'm hoping it's one of those scenarios. Either way, I'm not too hopeful for the condition of the book when it gets to me. I've been a member since 2007 and this is the first time I've had a book so close to being lost, and it's from my own state!

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/27/2010
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After reading the previous posts, I'm a little worried now. All three of the books I sent out over  a week ago are being sent to my state (NC) & VA which is my hometown & also right above NC. I'm going to let a week or two go by before I start freaking out because as alot of people mention, patience is key to being a member of PBS.

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 12:53 PM ET
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How did you send your books?  Did they all go Media Mail?  If so, you need to know that if a book weighs 8 ounces or less, it is cheaper to send the book First Class than Media Mail.  And up to 10 ounces sending First Class is just pennies more expensive.  Media mail is based on pounds with 1 pound as the starting point whereas First Class is based on ounces.

Also, if you plan on sending a lot of books and don't have a scale to weigh them, you might want to invest in a scale.  The weights that come through on PBS wrappings are frequently inaccurate.

I won't address how long it takes Media Mail to get to you because everyone else has already done that. 

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 1:39 PM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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Thank Ruth, I guess I misunderstood the mail person at the counter. I was evesdropping anyway. Maybe Richmond is our local distribution center. Either way I hope my recipient doesn't have to wait much longer!

Date Posted: 6/7/2010 1:43 PM ET
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My books used to always go to Richmond unless they were going north.  Now they never go to Richmond.  It was a change made not that long ago.  And it isn't consistent. So who knows?  It seems to be very confusing and no wonder why books travel around for awhile before they land at their destination.

Ruth

Date Posted: 6/8/2010 12:38 PM ET
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I just had a book that I mailed go lost.  It is depressing.  It was just from NC to KY and I knew there was a problem when it didn't get marked in the first two weeks.  It was an expensive hardback too.  The person never responeded to my PM which makes me wonder.  Anyway - it is despressing.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 2:16 AM ET
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I had mailed 5 shipments on 1 day and 4 of them were received within a week.  After 2 weeks the last one still wasn't there, and I was getting all stressed.  I PM'd the requester to see if they'd  just forgotten to mark it received, and then they weren't responding.  More stress.  Finally they PM'd back to say they'd been in the hospital.  OMG, I felt so bad, and they probably thought I was a horrible person for not just patiently waiting it out.  Life does happen.  I just have to keep reminding myself of that.  I haven't had one go lost yet, though I sometimes worry about those that take a little longer than the others.

Date Posted: 6/9/2010 8:18 AM ET
Member Since: 5/24/2010
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Happy to say that my book that was mailed within Virginia got there yesterday. May 24 to June 8 ... so not too bad even though it felt like forever.



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