March 29, 2011

It's Great When It Works

I'm sharing this with you so you can A) learn from my mistakes and B) have a good laugh at my expense. Don't say I never gave you anything.

Remember a few weeks ago I told you about Swagbucks, the free online rewards system?

Search & Win

If you don't know, Swagbucks is a great program where you earn points, or "swagbucks", for simply searching the internet through their search engine (as opposed to google or bing). I finally accumulated enough points to cash in for a $50 Amazon gift card. Which took a few days to arrive electronically to my account, but once it did, I promptly cashed it in for my pre-loaded Amazon cart.

I was so excited - it was chock-full of new books I'd been wanting to get. I realized I hadn't used Amazon in quite a while when I had to update my billing address from Georgia to Texas, 2 addresses ago. (I had to kick in $2 for the overage on shipping. $2 for 5 books. NEW books. Not bad, eh?)

Anyway, I got the confirmation email and began anxiously tracking my packages through USPS. After a few days, I saw "Arrived Post Office - Columbus, GA."



Apparently, after updating my billing address, my mind somehow didn't process I had to update my shipping address separately. Dumb me.

So, I held my breath, crossing my fingers that the Post Office would surely forward the packages in accordance with our forwarding address form we filled out when we moved, which should be good through November. Of course, it was forwarded to my parents' house in Oklahoma, but that's a small hurdle.

The next day, I saw it: "Delivered Columbus, GA."

Delivered? To whom??? (I have to say whom, because I have an English degree.)

So I emailed USPS customer service. (No really, it exists.) And the next day - no lie - I got an email back from the branch manager in GA asking me to call her directly. Which I did. I explained the situation, and she sounded only mildly disinterested and only moderately annoyed - which, if you have any experience with USPS, you know that's the real world equivalent of having a Greek slave peel you a grape, in comparison.

Anyway, after explaining to me multiple times she can only forward the package to Oklahoma per our Change of Address filed in Georgia, and me replying several times that that would be just fine since either A) it will go to my parents' house or B) it will be forwarded on to Texas per our Change of Address form in OK, so no matter what it will find us - she finally agreed to forward the package on.

Unfortunately, she didn't update the tracking number, or gave it a new one, because now the status on USPS only says "Delivered to Columbus, GA." It's been almost a week. So I'm hoping it turns up somewhere soon.

Anyway, if you haven't tried Swagbucks, do. It's legit and free money. Just be sure and update your shipping address.
Now, a couple of business things:

My Blogaversary Giveawaypalooza is starting very soon - like this week. So keep an eye out!!

And, my bloggy BFF Sarah is having a super cool book giveaway. Don't go enter it ;) but be sure and check it out!! Click here for the post!


  1. Omg. I'd be going crazy with all those books being MIA!! I really hope they turn up soon.

    I can't wait for your giveawaypalooza!! I'm already excited and it hasn't started. =P Oh, and thanks for the shout out. =) Don't forget to leave a comment on my blog for another entry!

  2. I believe I joined SB through you...I'm not sure but I believe so. I love how easy it is!
    Sorry to hear about your books being MIA! Hope you get them soon!


  3. Bummer McBummerson on the package thing! Hope it finds its way to Texas muy rapido :) And if I wanted to take the time to figure out accent marks over my letters, I'd probably do it, but I'd rather just publish this comment. Forgive me :)

  4. I've never had a single good experience with USPS customer service. One time, the mailman couldn't get into the entry way of my apartment complex (because he had lost the key) and so he didn't deliver my mail for over two weeks. I called the post office, who directed me to customer service. CS said, and I quote "well, maybe you should be there to let him in." I have what's called a JOB. And so does he. Mine does not let me out every day at 2 to make sure my mail gets delivered. His job is to make sure my mail gets delivered.

    BTW - When I move down to El Paso for the summer to live with Al, we'll have to meet for coffee. You can show me around!

  5. Oh no! I did the same thing when I first moved back to GA from Chicago. I did eventually get my package. Fingers crossed!!

  6. Hahaha...sorry. I just love that I'm not alone. It totally sounds like something I'd do. Keeping my fingers crossed that the books show up somewhere, soon. Also, I love that you used "whom"

  7. Hopefully you will get your books soon. Maybe if worse comes to worse, they'll send it back to Amazon and you can just contact them? Keeping my fingers crossed!

  8. a friend told me about swagbucks a long time ago and i signed up, but haven't looked at it since. i'll have to take another look! sorry about the mail mishap! not cool! how's bliss??? i actually miss it. well, mostly the px!


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