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Subject: Could this be accurate?
Date Posted: 4/16/2009 11:07 AM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2008
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I live in Florida.

I recently sent a book to Tennesee with PBS DC.

The DC tracking says it was scanned in California?!

Is this possibly true? 

If so, it sure explains how things can go lost in the mail!

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 11:09 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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A buddy in PA recently sent me a book.  She and I live less than an hour apart.  I'm in NJ.  For some reason, the book went from PA to GA before reaching me in NJ.  

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 11:14 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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I had one go from MD to Illinois on it's way to CT.  It took nearly a month (1st class) to travel what was about a 9hr drive.  I normally dont monitor books but this was for a game and I had used to DC.  So I checked when it was taking so long.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/29/2008
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I live close to the Oregon/California border and I recently had several books shipped to me from the town 10 miles north of me. They went up to Federal Way, Washington and sat there for a long time. I finally got them over 3 weeks after they were postmarked. Had I known where they were coming from before they were sent I would have offered to meet her somewhere. Turned out she lives around the corner from my best friend.LOL It's a good thing our TBR pile is into triple digits.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 12:32 PM ET
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Debra, the media mail sorting center for the northwest is in Federal Way, so no matter where you mail to, if you're mailing from Oregon or Washington, it goes there first (assuming it goes media mail).  Actually, mail seems to be processed out of there pretty quickly.  I have mailed to one of the game moderators who lives up near there a couple of times, and she usually gets my books within 2 days of when I mail them.  I think they turn them around pretty fast in Federal Way- so it's not that it's sitting there, it's just that it takes awhile to get to the next location where it is scanned.   There are some processing centers that are infamous for taking forever to get books out though- Bell, CA is the one I have heard of the most for doing this.