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Subject: why bother sending books first class
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:25 AM ET
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I had an Easter book requested from me on 4/1, I mailed it first class on 4/3 because the requester wanted it in time to give her child tomorrow. As per the DC, it hasn't been scanned since 4/9 and it's been sitting in the same distribution center for 4 days now.

Honestly, what was the point of using first class mail if the post office is going to treat it like media rate?

And just out of curiousity, if my post office had accidentally thrown it in the media bin with the rest of the books I mailed that day, would it be handled as media mail the rest of its journey, even with the first class markings on it?

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:35 AM ET
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i may be alone in this, but i probably wouldn't have spent the extra money to send a book so it arrived in time for a specific event. Maybe they tossed it in the media mail .... not sure.  Did you check the DC on the usps site?  Sometimes pbs doesn't update it very well.  I think requesting a book and expecting/wanting it by a specific date is asking a lot ... as my grandma says, it gets there when it gets there.

I think it might say first class on the postage ... did they stamp anything on the package?

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 12:51 PM ET
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Actually Imelda it was a children's picture book and quite small so first class was actually 10 cents cheaper than media rate. I printed out the PBS postage, and I deliberately selected first class, so it was printed right on the PBS label. Believe me if it had been some heavy book I wouldn't have agreed to shipping first class, but since it was such a little one I had no problem with the request at all.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 1:42 PM ET
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Oooh, I see.  Hmm, I'm not sure.  Maybe it didn't register as first class and just as media mail ...?

Subject: First Class vs. Media Mail
Date Posted: 4/11/2009 2:49 PM ET
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I have been told that in some cases Media Mail goes in with the First Class items. It all depends on factors like available space.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 5:09 PM ET
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Just because it hasn't been scanned by another PO site doesn't mean it is still at that one. It could very well be travelling and be delivered today, you just aren't seeing it travel because there are no new scans.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 5:17 PM ET
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No, I realize it could be delivered today, but 4/3 to 4/11 is ridiculous for first class from NY to NC. Media rate from NY to NC usually moves faster than that.



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Date Posted: 4/11/2009 7:39 PM ET
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I had a small MMP mailed 1st class take nearly a month to get from MD to CT which is only about a 9hr drive.  Normally I don't even pay attention to those things. But this was for a game and was about to go lost and the only book that hadn't been received in the game.  So I checked on it-they had sent it to Chicago for some reason-by truck. Then instead of sening it airmail to CT-they sent it by truck.  So it took nearly a month.

Date Posted: 4/11/2009 11:53 PM ET
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DC means Deliver confirmation it is NOT tracking numbers

and sometime the delivery post office forgot to scan it for deliver

(like i had some photos i sent priority mail (using the post office click and ship with DC

the Charlotte carrier did deliver the package but never scan it !

 

Date Posted: 4/13/2009 8:21 PM ET
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It's also entirely possible the package is still at the distribution center....oh the mysterious ways of the USPS.   Good luck Bren.

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 12:58 PM ET
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Sounds to me like it ended up in media mail instead of first class.

That being said, you mailed it first class, so it's out of your hands and not your problem.  If the requestor wanted it in time for easter, she should have ordered it earlier (assuming it was available earlier and not a newly posted book).

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:01 PM ET
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I get your point Bren and I'm with you, it doesn't make sense to bump something up to first class if it's still going to travel as slowly as media mail.  Very frustrating,

Date Posted: 4/14/2009 3:58 PM ET
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Bren, did it arrive?
Date Posted: 4/19/2009 2:11 AM ET
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As a postal worker I understand the frustration when something doesn't arrive as fast as anticipated. I the PO I work at our first class is combined with priority mail and will supposedly get to the destination city within a day or two. The media mail is another story. Even if the media mail is just going somewhere else in the state it is sent, in my case, to Chicago and then will sit there until that BMC plant is able to work it - first in first out. The problem is that there is only so many of these BMC plants in the country and they all get a tremendous amount of mail and Media mail is last to be worked. If a first class package ends up in media mail accidentally then it can sit in a piece of equipment for days before it is even seen again. First class is the best way to go even though at times it may get misdirected. And if you can, be extra nice to your postal clerks and carriers; some are, just like a lot of people in today's economy, going through a lot of changes that in many cases are disrupting lives.