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Subject: Why does it take some so looooong to mail out books?
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 8:40 AM ET
Member Since: 1/2/2008
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I ordered a book probably two weeks ago, they said they would mail on the 30th, its still not mailed and I have pm'd them and asked about it and havent heard anything. I mail out with in two days or less. And I am busy with a business, home, kids, hubby etc. I just dont understand agreeing to be a member and then ignoreing things.

Sorry to vent but this kind of stuff makes me CRAZY LOLOL

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 8:46 AM ET
Member Since: 1/4/2008
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Procrastination...it's just human nature.

I requested a book and yesterday was the last day for them to respond.  I was getting a little worried I'd have to start over waiting for a different copy and this morning, VOILA, I get an email that it's mailed! 

Good luck with yours! =0)

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:23 AM ET
Member Since: 11/8/2006
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I had one request, the lady took a month to actually mail the book after marking it mailed.  I verified the true date by the post office date stamp and a much delayed reprint of the wrapper.  Who knows why?  This was reason for my only complaint I've sent to R&R.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:25 AM ET
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I have requested 4 books this week and am "waiting for member" for all of them.  I even requested one the day it was posted.  I know its the same book and member because there are no more in the system.  Its called - Post and Run - (New game).

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:26 AM ET
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They have 2 days after the date to mark it mailed.

Some people need more time then others to mail a book. I usually mail all my books on Saturday. I can't mail before that because my work hours don't allow for me to get to the PO during the week. Once in a while I'm lucky and I can mail sooner.

Sometimes unforeseen things can happen too. I know if I was supposed to mail a book by Wednesday this week I would have missed the deadline cause I was sick in bed for two days. No way was I going to be able to mail a book. I would have PMed the member asap to let the know about the delay, but that's me.

Hope your book gets mailed soon.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 9:55 AM ET
Member Since: 4/6/2007
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Also remember that it is winter and a lot of places are getting bad weather.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:12 AM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Hopefully they get they out today since the system will mive it along in FIFO if they don't. Maybe send them a gentle note stating that, just in case they have mailed it just haven't marked it.

Things happen. I have always mailed my books within a day or two, but with the 31st on us, work has had me too busy and had to mark to mail at the farthest out date. Weather and life have a way of interfering with the best of intentions.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:12 AM ET
Member Since: 6/17/2007
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It is so annoying.  I received a book yesterday that was due to go lost tomorrow.  Although the user marked it mailed in early January, the postmark date on it was Jan. 26.  I am busy with work, family, etc. too, but if I agree to mail a book by a certain time, I mail it.  If I can't mail it, I either need to refuse the order, or at the very least, PM the other member to let her know that the book will be delayed.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 10:41 AM ET
Member Since: 3/6/2006
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I second the weather statement....lots of yucky stuff all over the place!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 1:53 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2006
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I live in a mountainous rural area with lots of bad weather (meaning unsafe road conditions) in the winter, so I go to the post office only once or twice a week during that season. I mail things out much more quickly in the summer when I am out and about more. (I always mail by the time I said I'd mail it, though.)

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:38 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2007
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I can't speak personally to the problem of it taking *weeks* to mail something -- but I do know plenty of scatterbrained and unorganized people who could easily find themselves in that situation.

Personally, when the weather is bad or I am unusually busy I purposely stretch the responses out as long as possible to make sure I have plenty of time to plan a trip to the PO. I will reply at the end of the time window for each step, if you get what I mean.  But I always mark the pkg mailed after it's already been mailed!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:43 PM ET
Member Since: 1/10/2008
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We're snowed in here right now.  I was supposed to go to the post office yesterday, but now it looks like I won't be able to get out until Monday. 

Life happens. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:42 AM ET
Member Since: 5/30/2007
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In the winter bad weather, I usually can only mail on weekends, since the minivan won't get up the driveway, and my husband has to take the other car to work. But that six days out at most and only if the weather is bad. Usually, I can mail within two days.
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:52 AM ET
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If you marked that you will mail by a certain date, and you can't because of whatever reason..... A responsible PM would quell any anxious book recipient.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 11:55 AM ET
Member Since: 1/18/2008
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I don't think it's really a matter of the books being mailed late.  Yes, that is an inconvenience but as other's stated...life happens.  A simple, quick PM is all it takes to let the receiver know that things didn't go as planned and the book is delayed.  Communication is the key and common courtesy is very much appreciated.

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Date Posted: 2/2/2008 12:59 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2007
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I waited for a book that finally timed out as lost.  It eventually showed up about a month after timing out, and I checked the postmarked date to see if it had indeed been floating around somewhere.  Turns out she hadn't actually mailed it until it was already considered lost by the system.  I guess maybe it just got overlooked and was actually lost in her house rather than the post office, LOL.  Stuff happens.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 1:06 PM ET
Member Since: 6/28/2006
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Personally, I'm trying to keep my PO visits to once a week.  I don't keep that many stamps here anymore, and it's just easier to visit the APC.  Plus, it makes me check the PO box that DH rents for his business.  ;)

If there are requestor conditions regarding a smoke smell, I let the request sit until I am able to go sniff the book myself. 

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 10/3/2007
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I, more often than not, mail within 2 days of accepting. But im a student. Im in class all day, i come home, i do homework, or sometimes I have to stay on campus of language lab... or im out interviewing people for my journalism classes... and i just can't find the time or im just tired by the time i get home. And i have the luxury of a mailbox around the corner, so i tend to print the postage. Some people have a drive to the post office, so i can understand them limited the amount of times they mail things out. Yeah its frustrating sometimes, i hear ya, and i want things to be mailed out quickly too. I think each and every one of us has a bit of impatience and also a bit of procrastination, and when is one against the other its not pretty haha.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Subject: benefit of the doubt
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 5:10 PM ET
Member Since: 4/23/2006
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I try to give people the benefit of the doubt.  You never know if there was a death in their family or maybe their computer decided to die on them.  You just never know.  Its frustrating to wait but you just dont know when theyre not responding that its not because theyre lazy but because theres something else going on.  Hang tight and hopefully it will be mailed soon!

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:46 AM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2006
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Life does happen..... I try to give people the same grace and understanding I would like them to give me. The majority of the people try to do their best to have the book out pronto! If there is a book you need sooner just ask them... OR even if you would like to know what is happening. Pm them and ask....


As to weather, that is something we cannot plan ,no matter what. It just comes upon us and there isnt anything we can do.



Date Posted: 2/3/2008 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2005
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Marking a book as mailed before you actually mail it and then not being able to make it to the post office is, IMHO, a good reason not to mark a book as mailed before you actually put it in the mail box.  However, I agree that a PM would be a good thing to do if you do mark a book mailed before you actually mail it and then don't get to the PO for whatever reason.  (How's that for a run on sentence?)


I seem to be waiting forever for one book to be mailed.  It took the "sender" close to the 5 days to accept my request.  She has printed the wrapper but hasn't mailed the book.  Hopefully she will get in in the mail.  My only concern is that she has been a member since 2/06.  She has reviewed books, has books on her bookshelf and wishlist but her books sent and books received are "dashes".   I'm confused.  Either she has never mailed or received a book or her account has been "suspended".  Or is there another explanation?



Date Posted: 2/3/2008 11:24 AM ET
Member Since: 7/5/2006
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I am  marking mine later right now because of the printer is out of ink.  I order redone cartridges & got bad ones.  So I have to go to my sons house & print my wrappers.  He came & fixed the printer yesterday so I can mail early.  I have to order new ink.  But I said they would go on We d.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 12:08 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Joan - that is new with the buddy list changes. The books sent and rec'd are now private by default, a swapper have to go into privacy settings and change it if they want it to show to everyone.

Date Posted: 2/3/2008 1:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/5/2007
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I don't worry about late mailers as long as they mail within the PBS guidelines set.  Actually, if they do that they are NOT late mailers.  They are simply mailing later than YOU would choose, but still within the guidelines.     I'd NEVER ever mark a book mailed until it was in the PO.