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Subject: Should I be worried or is this just a sign of the season?
Date Posted: 12/7/2008 5:48 PM ET
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I mailed out 12 books and 2 BOBs on 11/19 using PBS DC. One of them has already been marked received. NONE of the rest of them have even been scanned, much less received. Seems like out of 14 packages at least a few of them would have hit a scanner by now...

The one that has already been received went first class because the requester mentioned she wanted to be sure to have it in time for Christmas. The rest went media rate. Should I assume my books have been a victim how media rate is handled during the holiday postal rush, or should I be concerned that after 2 weeks not a single one of them has shown up?

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 10:05 PM ET
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If it's not first class, it's not going to get top priority during the busy Christmas rush. Media mail is going to be very slow this time of year!

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 10:43 PM ET
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knocking on wood.

I haven't had any issues with media mail so far.  All of my shipments have been getting to their destinations pretty fast.


Date Posted: 12/7/2008 10:56 PM ET
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I'm guessing that your books are just being held up by the holiday rush.  We had a USPS package delivered on Friday, and the post office was using a rental van.  I'm willing to bet that any Media Mail will be sitting still until the big rush is over.

Date Posted: 12/8/2008 1:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/15/2008 10:49 AM ET
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Well, 5 of the books out of the initial 12 went lost today. Neither of the BOBs has arrived either. 3 books I mailed on 11/26 look like they are going to go lost as well. On top of that I have on incoming and one outgoing priority package that are taking WAY too long (one has been missing since October). I'm starting to wonder if it's someone at my post office...we have 2 new employees there and this problem has only been happening for about 6 weeks now...

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 11:56 AM ET
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I'll bet January will be a late Christmas for many of us at PBS. 

Media Mail just doesn't get on Santa's Sleigh. 

Sorry that you had so many go lost.  It's a bummer you will have to wait longer for your credits :  (

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 5:05 PM ET
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I got books Saturday marked Media Mail that was mailed December 8, from Indiana.  I am not finding that media mail has slowed down at all yet.

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:47 PM ET
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Well I've actually had confirmation that my concerns about our new employees were correct. They just fired/arrested the new part time clerk for mail pilfering. They found over 200 unopened packages in his house. I wonder WHY people do things like that? Even worse, my post master says the pilfered items have to be held for evidence and probably won't be put back "into the system" for at least a month! Hope there weren't too many Christmas presents in the bunch he took....

Date Posted: 12/16/2008 8:53 PM ET
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I wonder what happens when they have to hold packages as evidence and find out there is food in them.  I doubt that anything sent via the USPS mail would be highly perishable, but you never know.

Maybe among the pilfered packages, he wound up taking home a live baby alligator and it bit him!  I'm always amazed that they let them go through the mail (or at least that's my impression), but wouldn't it be a great bit of poetic justice?