Since moving to my new place last year, I discovered quite early a need to rent a post office box. Where I live, I don’t have an actual mailbox, so anything that comes usually ends up at some point or another at my landlord’s store across the street. Though I haven’t seen my phone bill in about 9 months, that’s usually not a problem. When I had to order about 30 books for our summer class, though, things got… tricky.
The post office sends a notice (called an aviz) for every single package that comes. An aviz is small, easily-lost, barely-identifiable, and often illegible. Sometimes they would end up in my landlord’s store… Sometimes they would make it to me from there… Sometimes, they would… disappear.
It doesn’t help matters when you’re ordering from Book Depository. Book Depository is seriously awesome. They deliver books worldwide without charging for shipping. But… they send books out individually, one at a time. One. At. A. Time.
This doesn’t work when you’re ordering about 30 books.