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Subject: What is the average ship time?
Date Posted: 7/27/2007 4:57 PM ET
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I know that PBS provides a 25 day window for a book to ship.  How quickly does media mail generally take?

I've only shipped and received a few books - all of which have taken 7 days or so.  Now, I've got two (one that I've shipped and one that I'm waiting for) that are closing in on 3 weeks.   One is from TN to GA, the other GA to MA.

Just curious what's usual.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 5:03 PM ET
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If you go to the heading "Community" the menu will come down and you can click on "Pulse of PBS"  at the bottom of the pulse page you can pick to and from anywhere in the States and it will pull up the average ship time.


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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 5:04 PM ET
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Ship time can vary a great deal.  My understanding is that media mail is sent on a space available basis.  So sometimes it comes in a few days, but when the amount of regular mail is heavy it can take longer. 

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 5:49 PM ET
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You can look on this link for what the PO says are the shipping times:

Most of mine have said 5-6 days, but I'm fairly centrally located.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 6:40 PM ET
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Most of the stuff I send/receive via media mail takes 5-10 days.  But I've had books arrive as quickly as 3 days, and some take over 2 weeks.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 6:59 PM ET
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I have had mine get to their new homes in three days....ten days....and I have one I am still waiting to hear about. It just depends.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 8:04 PM ET
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And occasionally one will take the full 25 days.  I've had books make it up the whole east coast in less than a week and take two weeks to get to the other end of the state.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 8:21 PM ET
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Most of mine (sent and received) take 1 to 2 weeks.  But I certainly have had a few in both directions to take the full time.  One time I sent a book first class and it was within one day of going lost when it arrived. 

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Date Posted: 7/28/2007 9:43 PM ET
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Books that I have sent out have taken anywhere from 3 days to over a month to get to where they are going. The one that took over a month was marked "lost" and then a few days later finally arrived at its destination! I have just taken the attitude "they will get there (here) when they get there (here)". By the way, books may be getting to their destination sooner than you know of--I have found that some people take a couple of days to indicate they have received the book.
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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 1:14 AM ET
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It varies widely, I've had books get here in 2 days--and others take 25(I haven't had any show up after 25 days so far).  Strangely it's always the ones from California that take the longest(California's not that far, I'm not sure what's going on there).

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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 3:44 AM ET
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10 day, give or take.  The fastest was overnight! (It was media mail, too!)

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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 8:22 AM ET
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A majority of the books that I have sent or received have reached their destination some time in the 5 to 10 days mark.  Sure, you get the odd book that was shipped yesterday or the ones that never arrive.  But most take 5 to 10 days. 

HOWEVER, just because you don't have the book on day 10 doesn't mean that you have the right to send a nasty PM to the sender accusing them of not sending the book at all. I still can't get over that jerk.


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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 8:34 AM ET
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I sent a book via first class (no DC) that wasn't marked received until after 3 weeks later.  I suspect that the person received it much sooner, but never logged in to mark it as received.

Because of that, I've decided to give DC a whirl for the extra insurance in case someone forgets to mark it as recieved.

Also, this may be purely coincidental, but any media mail that I have dropped in a blue box seems to get there quicker than media mail handed over to a postal clerk.



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Date Posted: 7/29/2007 8:38 AM ET
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You really never can tell how long. Most of the time I get my books within 7-10 days. I live in NC and the books that take the longest come from the west coast. One time though I had someone send books from Georgia and they didn't show up for about a month. We thought they were lost, so the member sent me alternate books for replacements because she felt bad. They showed up immediately and the first batch eventually showed up a week or two after. So I think altogether the original group of books took about  6 weeks.