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Issue #206, Contest Issue, MAILED!!!

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Mine arrived today, Wednesday, in ZIP 917xx east of Los Angeles, CA. It was great to see a pic of my model at the lower left corner of P. 56.

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I received my issue in yesterday's mail (11/20).  If I may comment...  I wasn't thrilled with the pictures of John Teresi's models, or some of the ones at GSLXXVII.  While the models themselves were great, I thought that, while the dark overall look of the pictures may have been a bit "artsy", they detracted from clearly seeing the models and their details.... Just "my humble opinion."  Aside from that, it was great to have a new issue in my hands again and I look forward to more.  Thanks Gregg.

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I must agree about the dark photos however I am thrilled to have the magazine in my hands and can overlook the dark photos towards the back of the magazine.

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Arrived in Hamptonville, NC today.  Dark photos were a bit distracting, but at least I have an issue I can hold in my hands.

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Showed up today on the Central Coast of California!  Really looking forward to getting it out of the plastic wrap, glad to see it back!!

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Got it today😍(Colorado Springs). What a pleasant surprise. Didn't know it was coming( don't go on computer but every few days).

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It was delivered yesterday (11-21-19) on the Sun Coast of Florida !  :D

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Gregg, got mine in Winston Salem , NC  yesterday 11/21/2019. Dark GSL pictures hard to see, but glad to see the Magazine again and looking forward to seeing more issues.

 

Thank you

Patrick

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I hope to find this issue at my local Hobby Store or Barns & Knobel soon. 

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The new issue arrived today in west central Florida.  I'll devour it tonight during WWE Smackdown commercials.

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WOW!!!

I just got the latest issue in my mail box, THANK YOU Big Kahuna!

What a marvelous example of fine and superb editing,  publishing and content in general.

Together with this site, MCM really is the finest scale model resource around.

Man, I just love my new issue.

It just feels very very special.

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The Power Of Six

I can’t count the number of times we have had this complaint: "I haven’t received my issue yet. The hobby shop/friend/or other reader has received their copy or copies, and I have not gotten mine yet. What gives?”

We did a test when we had Plastic Fanatic years ago, when we used to mail the magazine from our house, using our bed as the distribution/sorting table.

It comes down to The Power of Six.

If there are less than six magazines that go to the same post office periodical drop zone (“PDZ”), then they get bundled together with all the other less than six copies/subscribers, and then sent to the main sorting station, which there are usually only one or two per state.

Then they get sorted out and hand placed with other slow boat pieces, like those bulk mail junk mail pieces every one gets.

If there are six or more, they go to the the nearest PDZ, which there is in almost every city or town. Then they get to your door quickly.

Does this make sense?

We mapped it out once and did a zone by zone analysis, which is how we ended up with our Power Of Six theory.

The local Post Office agreed, but they wouldn’t say so on paper or email.

Also note, these are own phrases/descriptions, the 4,000 pound mailing manual may call it something else.

 

 

Please, re-read the start of this post. 

I'm trying to find out when the magazines arrive, NOT WHEN THEY DON'T.

 

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44 minutes ago, Gregg said:

Then they get sorted out and hand placed with other slow boat pieces, like those bulk mail junk mail pieces every one gets.

If there are six or more, they go to the the nearest PDZ, which there is in almost every city or town. Then they get to your door quickly.

I agree with your Power of Six to a degree.  Here's how bulk mail is sorted:

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Mail gets bundled as follows:

3 - All mail going to the same sorting center, that has the same first three digits. In the zip code 07730,  077 is the sorting center. It's gotten a bit more compact in the last few decades as they eliminate sorting centers, but they've stuck with the 3 digits.

C - CITY -  All mail going to the same city that has multiple zip codes

S - STATE - All mail going to the same state

D - DEPARTMENT - All mail going to the same zip code  (your power of 6) - actual regulation says 15 or more pieces,  but may be less for magazines

F - FIRM -  All mail going to the same company location

So as you said, a bundle of mail going to the same zip code gets there in one step.  Other mail can go through several sorts and steps per the list above. Each step can take some time, but they're pretty fast these days since most sorting is now automated.

The part you didn't mention is that when the mail does make it to the final zip code, they have a period of time to deliver it.  Some skids are marked "Deliver By 11/12/19" which would be time sensitive sales flyers and the like.  I don't know the current time frame magazines need to be delivered by.

The carriers sort their regular mail into their bins in the morning.  If they have additional time, they are supposed to go to the mountains of bulk mail and sort as much into their route as they can.  They start with the expiring "Deliver By..." stuff.   And that's why you get a ton of flyers and junk in Saturday's mail... it's expiring and needs to be delivered.   I have noticed that my Exton, PA  19341 post office is slow to sort and deliver the bulk mail.  My magazine has probably been sitting there a week or more...

If you do want a copy of the huge postal manual, I have a pdf I'd be happy to email to you!   

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Thanks, Tom!!! See, I knew I wasn't making this up!!!!

I have the USPS manual downloaded, and also have it in sections that applies to me/us.

One thing I have a problem with now is with Slot Cars.

It's a pending application, and no one here (Hawai'i) can give me a definitive answer, one way or another.

Still trying to get that sorted out. 

Thanks for this, I'm going to copy it into my Power Of Six note/file.

 

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