Video: Author finds his missing books for sale on Amazon via the USPS

A Denver-area man shipped nine boxes of his own book to be sold at a conference in Georgia, but four of those boxes never made it.

“Slight problem. 88 of the books did not arrive at the conference,” said Chuck Blakeman. “The U.S. Postal System said they were lost.”

When Blakeman inquired about filing a claim, he was told he had to wait 30 days. He did not have to wait long to find them. Around the same time the books should have arrived in Georgia, he said found them listed for sale online through Amazon.

“Found quite a few of these on sale, used, on the site, which doesn’t seem possible because they’re not out in the public yet. This is a new edition,” said Blakeman.

He emailed the seller, Big River Books, and discovered a new marketplace that even we didn’t know about. “They said they bought them at a Postal Service Auction Center in Atlanta,” said Blakeman. “I didn’t know there was such a thing.”


Source: The U.S. Postal Service sends lost mail items to Atlanta to be claimed or auctioned online – 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com

  • Mark Jamison

    This is actually a regular occurrence and something both the PRC and OIG need to look at. The Mail Recovery Centers do a terrible job of identifying lost parcels. They don’t respond to customer inquiries. They are almost impossible to contact even within the system. There needs to be an audit of how “lost” packages are disposed.
    Official policy may state that effort is made to match up lost or damaged packages with sender or addressee but given the defective postal management culture it is more than likely that incentives are in place, if not categorical than at least unspoken, for MRCs to push items into the auctions. It’s not beyond credible that some managers have decided that making a few extra bucks for the Postal Service or cutting corners on customer service in this area will help the bottom line.

  • mrpolarbear

    Well,,,,most of the “lost” items are mistakes made by the sender. They put insufficient or no such addresses on the packages. Then the sender forgets to put a return address on it. So the postal service doesn’t know what address it is intended for and has no address to send it back. So it goes to a “dead letter” office where employees open the packages up to see if they can find any clue or perhaps an address inside the box to re-route the package. If they can’t find one. It sits at the dead letter office for six months to see if anyone files a claim for it. Twice a year, the postal service holds auctions to get rid of the packages that nobody claims. They have been doing this for years and it’s legal. The best thing to do,if your mailing a package is to be sure you have the correct address and your return address on the package. As a mailman I send at least one package and dozens of letters to the dead letter office monthly. It’s very common.

  • NothingSound

    “The best thing to do,if your mailing a package…..” YOU’RE