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Damage to October NSS NEWS, anyone?

Postby Ernie Coffman » Oct 7, 2007 9:50 pm

I've contacted the editor, Dave Bunnell, and he wrote that the NEWS is mailed out of Texas. I've, also, contacted Stephanie at the NSS Office, so...was wondering if there are others out there that are getting their beautiful NSS NEWS damaged by the post office? I've contacted our post office and they indicate that the damage is coming from someplace outside of where we are located; thus, to get almost every other copy damaged--some are much more so than even a little scratch. Thus, I thought I'd see if others are getting this damage to their NSS NEWS copies. It's something new in the past couple or three years, so...anybody want to add their two or three cents on to this?

Thanks for responding.

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Postby MUD » Oct 7, 2007 11:18 pm

My news arrives perfectly every month. :grin:
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Postby wyandottecaver » Oct 8, 2007 7:41 am

I get damaged copies every so often, mostly minor.
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Postby Mike Cato » Oct 8, 2007 9:05 am

Yep. About every other one is damaged in some fashion. I've gone by the NSS office twice this year for replacements due to major damage.
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Postby icave » Oct 8, 2007 10:05 am

Mine was pretty ripped up this time. It usually arrives in great condition.
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Postby KENTO » Oct 8, 2007 8:43 pm

My news has arrived torn slightly on maybe 2 or 3 occasions in last 2 years but the norm for me is glossy crisp and beautiful. My bulleting arrived in a plastic bag even recently.
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Occasional torn cover or bent corners

Postby mgmills » Oct 8, 2007 9:34 pm

Most of mine arrive in good condition. I get an occassional torn cover or bent corner. No big deal.

I also sometimes I get bills in torn envelopes. The postal service is going to have some accidents.
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Postby Lost » Oct 9, 2007 9:10 am

It has come in good shape every time for 3 or 4 years. I might have gotten one ripped one but that happens with every mag. I get every so often. :kewl:
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Postby cave rat » Oct 9, 2007 8:07 pm

I got mine on Tuesday. Not a tear in it.
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Damage To NSS News

Postby Larry E. Matthews » Oct 16, 2007 12:09 pm

Almost every issue I receive has some minor damage. Occasionally, I have to order a replacement from the NSS Office.

Not good for someone who treasures every issue and saves them forever.

I've still got every issue I every received since I joined in the early 60's. They are a wonderful source of information.

I'd like to see them come in a protective plastic bag, like some of the other publications I receive.

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Postby Mike Warshauer » Oct 16, 2007 8:26 pm

No problems here; when I re-upped, I paid extra to have my NEWS mailed to my Mexican Post Office box. They come in a Manila envelope, in good condition. Every issue is welcome and then devoured cover to cover.

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Postby adleedy » Oct 17, 2007 6:32 am

no problems here either, mine arrives perfectly every month.
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Postby Teresa » Oct 21, 2007 11:02 am

Perhaps someone could investigate what it costs to add clear closure tabs to the long side of the magazine?

Most 2nd class (mags and newspapers) are machine processed and handled until the last step of sorting at the carrier's pigeonholes. The ripping is caused by the machinery, if the piece is not fed properly. The tabs would cause the mag to be handled as one piece, just as a plastic bag is. I'm not not sure of the cost differential, but I bet with the price of oil (parent of most plastics) that tabbing the mags would be cheaper, if the printer is set up to do it in the binding process.
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Thoughts on NSS NEWS mail problems

Postby Ernie Coffman » Oct 21, 2007 11:16 am

Hi Teresa! Good thoughts on what you suggested. I don't have a thought on this process that you're suggesting, as I've never heard of it. There are some problems with a number of NSS members getting their magazines in decent condition, though, it seems. And, when the office mails out a single edition, it costs big time with first class mail. There is a lower price if they'd put on the front, "Library Materials," but guess they want to get it out to us as quickly as possible. Time isn't the problem, it's the condition of the NEWS that I'm interested in, as some others on this Forum are stating.
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Postby Mike Cato » Oct 22, 2007 9:04 am

Good points Teresa.

The damage to my issues appear to have been done during the automated portion of the process.
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