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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 01:24 PM
Expired postcard, active user doesn't respond


Hello,
I have an expired postcard to Germany (150 days). I've asked the recipient twice during the expired period if she would consider registering it anyway (I always scan the front), but she doesn't respond to my mails.
She is not an inactive user: she sent and registered postcards on 17 and 16 December.
What's best to do?
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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 01:29 PM


According to the Postcrossing rules, intended recipients should *not* register a postcard unless and until they have actually received the physical card.

While it might have been more polite for the recipient to get back to you (and if it were me I would have), she may be uncomfortable saying "no" and prefer to say nothing. Since you have contacted her twice, I would just let it go.
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[*] posted on 23-12-2014 at 02:18 PM


What's best to do? Nothing.
I never do anything when my cards expire.
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[*] posted on 29-12-2014 at 11:23 AM


Really @ColorfulCourtney? Has that changed or something? Because when I started Postcrossing I understood that it was quite alright to ask a recipient to register it anyway. I have been asked multiple times, and it's what I've always done. Otherwise, with the large amount of expired postcards lately, my address never becomes available again...
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[*] posted on 29-12-2014 at 12:35 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Desirée  
Really @ColorfulCourtney? Has that changed or something? Because when I started Postcrossing I understood that it was quite alright to ask a recipient to register it anyway. I have been asked multiple times, and it's what I've always done. Otherwise, with the large amount of expired postcards lately, my address never becomes available again...


Here it is in the community guidelines:

"On receiving: When a postcard arrives, you should register it as soon as possible, since the sender is dependent on you to be able to receive a postcard back. Never register a postcard that hasn't arrived yet; if you see requests otherwise, please report it to us!"
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[*] posted on 29-12-2014 at 12:41 PM


I have NEVER registered a card I havent received and I dont remember ever being asked to
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[*] posted on 31-12-2014 at 12:26 PM


Alright, so what do you do when, as lately happens a lot with me and others, you have 4 or more expired postcards? The sender's address will not be released for a postcard again, not 4 for 4 anyway. So what to do?
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[*] posted on 31-12-2014 at 06:32 PM


From a recent thread in the "general" section on expired cards:
https://forum.postcrossing.com/viewthread.php?tid=96388
it seems a 5% expiration rate is about the norm.

I think what most people do is to just send out the next card as soon as you are able to and cross your fingers that it arrives quickly! Also I have checked the "send to my own country" option, because cards within Germany usually only take a day or two to arrive so I know there is a good chance my address will be released again soon.
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[*] posted on 30-5-2018 at 07:26 PM


I would never want someone to register a card, he never received. But I ask if my card didn't arrive after a longer time of travelling. I never send the ID in those messages. Sometimes receivers just forget to register. But it is sad, when even active members don't reply at all. Except... A few days ago I got a friendly reply, that even made me resend a card- a thing I never did before...and I would never have done to China or Russia. Most of my expired cards were on their way there.
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[*] posted on 31-5-2018 at 02:34 PM


I always send out a message to check if that person may have forgotten to register the card, what was the case for 2 cards so far. But I must say that lately I have a lot of expired cards and it's all inactive users, users that haven't been active for months, that frustrates me!
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