Better World Books and BestWay Parcel


This was our first purchase from Better World Books, which is located in Mishawaka, Indiana, and with an item shipped by Bestway Parcel, a company I’d never heard of.  We purchased a textbook listed as “Used – Very Good” from them, on Amazon, and it is in very good condition. I had been watching listings for that textbook on Amazon for a long time and was extremely happy, when Better World Books listed the textbook, with a rock bottom price, far below the prices of the other Amazon Marketplace Sellers who had that textbook listed.

As I write this post, Better World Books has received 9408 feedback’s on Amazon, during the past 30 days. Of those, 97% are Positive feedbacks. For a company that ships thousands of used books each weekday, that seems to be a phenomenal percentage of satisfied customers.  The company is a member of the BBB (Better Business Bureau) which is “a plus” for me, whenever I consider purchasing from a company, and they have an “A+” BBB rating at the time I am writing this post.

Based on this one purchase, I will be happy to purchase textbooks and other books from Better World Books, if they have them in the condition I want and at a good price.

Bestway Parcel apparently operates a service similar to DHL Global Mail, UPS Mail Innovations and FedEx SmartPost. They take the item near to the destination post office and then turn it over to USPS for delivery to the customer.  With this shipment, I found their tracking not as good as that of USPS or the companies I listed, but they delivered the item to our Receiver/Forwarder in Miami, as the other companies do with other items we purchase. We paid $3.99 to Amazon for Standard Shipping to Miami.
The URL for tracking this package that I was given by Better World Books is
http://myordertracked.com/tracking.php

The tracking information for this shipment is here:
 
Date & Time    Activity    Location
06/17/2015 02:14 PM    Delivered    MIAMI,FL
06/17/2015 12:54 PM    Arrival at Unit    MIAMI,FL
06/17/2015 08:11 AM    Out For Delivery    MIAMI,FL
06/17/2015 08:01 AM    Processing Complete    MIAMI,FL
06/17/2015 06:10 AM    Arrival at Unit    MIAMI,FL
06/12/2015 05:59 AM    Arrived at Location    JACKSONVILLE FL
06/11/2015 05:57 PM    Departed Location    ATLANTA GA
06/11/2015 03:51 PM    Arrived at Location    ATLANTA GA
06/11/2015 05:55 AM    Departed Location    CINCINNATI OH
06/11/2015 03:53 AM    Arrived at Location    CINCINNATI OH
06/09/2015 01:44 PM    File Notification Received    MISHAWAKA IN

Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboards

 

One peripheral that we strongly recommend to you is the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard. We had used the  Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards, for approximately 16 years, on our PCs with PS/2 ports. . After she began using a  Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboard, approximately sixteen (16) years ago, it completely eliminated the problems Pilar had with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Pilar had been to doctors and the possibility of surgery, which may have eliminated or exacerbated her problems, was discussed.  Our sincere thank you, to the Microsoft Engineers who designed these wonderful Ergonomic keyboards!

 

The Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards are PS/2 devices. At least one of ours came with a PS/2 to USB adapter cable in the carton, but when I tried to use it on my Dell Latitude E6400 (Windows 7 Professional) laptop, on a USB port, the keyboard was not recognized.  The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 is a USB device. I read a review (on CNET?) that said they had tried to use it with a PS/2 to USB adapter on a PS/2 port, but they were not able to get that to work. Update on 23 May 2015: We have four (4) of the Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite keyboards. Today I got them out of the box they were stored in. One appeared to be brand new, in a Retail box. WIthin the box was a PS/2 to USB adapter cable. I was able to get that keyboard working with my Dell Latitude E6400 laptop (Windows 7 Professional) and Melissa is now using it with her Dell Inspiron 660s micro tower, which is a Windows 7 Home box. I tried the other 3 keyboards, with the other adapter cable we have, but none of them was recognized. Probably those keyboards are an earlier version, or, the adapter cable is an earlier version.

I bought and have been using a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 for the past week and am very happy to be using it, and not the flat and thin keyboard I was using for the past 4 months. There were no instructions included in the carton for the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 keyboard, so I will look for information on the Microsoft web site and other places on the Internet, to learn how to use the capabilities it has.    This photo is an Affiliate advertising link for this keyboard.

Hippo Books purchase on Amazon.com

 

On March 18, 2015, I placed an order with hippo_books for a book described as “Used – Very Good”. This was our first order from Hippo Books, a huge seller, based in Toledo, Ohio. The most important thing is that the book they sent to me is in “Very Good” condition, as described in their listing. Because of that, I will be happy to order from them in the future, if they have what I am looking for, in the condition I want it and at a good price.

They shipped the book to our Receiver in Miami, FL, via DHL GlobalMail, which is my second choice (after USPS) for books sent via $3.99 Standard Shipping. They claimed that the package was in the hands of DHL GlobalMail on March 19th. That is what their system showed their Customer Service people, but that was not the case.

As you can see from the information from the DHL GlobalMail tracking web site, DHL GlobalMail did not receive Electronic Notification from Hippo Books until Sunday, March 22, 2015. The package was probably in the hands of DHL GlobalMail on March 23rd or 24th, since it arrived in the DHL GlobalMail facility in Orlando, FL on March 26th.

From:
TOLEDO, OH 43607
UNITED STATES
To:
MIAMI, FL 33122
UNITED STATES

Mar 30, 2015

6:56PM ET

  1. Miami, FL, US

    Arrival at Post Office

    9:50AM ET

  2. Miami, FL, US

    Out for Delivery

    9:40AM ET

  3. Miami, FL, US

    Sorting Complete

    4:07AM ET

  4. Miami, FL, US

    Arrival at Post Office

    2:52AM ET

  5. Miami, FL, US

    Arrived USPS Sort Facility

  6. Mar 28, 2015

    4:34AM ET

  7. Orlando, FL, US

    Tendered to USPS

  8. Mar 26, 2015

    11:03PM ET

  9. Orlando, FL, US

    Processed

    9:56PM ET

  10. Orlando, FL, US

    Arrival DHL eCommerce Facility

  11. Mar 22, 2015

    2:39PM EDT

  12. Electronic Notification Received

I cannot imagine that employees of Hippo Books would lie to me, intentionally, about the date the book was actually shipped from their warehouse. I believe they told me that it went out on the 19th because that was what their system showed them.

On Amazon.com as I write this post, they show that hippo_books has received 14,946 feedback ratings during the past 30 days and that 94% of those ratings are “Positive”. Considering that they probably ship thousands of books from their warehouse, every day, I believe that is excellent.

Their rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is “F”. Normally, I try to purchase from companies with an “A+” BBB rating, but the rating for Hippo Books is only based upon 32 complaints, which is a tiny number, considering the number of sales Hippo Books makes on Amazon and on other marketplaces where they list the books they have available.

I gave hippo_books a “Positive” feedback on Amazon for this transaction.

Quality School Textbooks and USPS Media Mail

 

This was our first purchase from this company which is an Amazon Marketplace Seller, qualityschooltexts. Everything about this transaction was awesome. I sent Pre Sale questions, via the Amazon Messaging system, on a Sunday, hoping they would reply in a day or two. I received a reply, approximately one hour later, and it was not from an “Auto Responder”.   I also contacted them after the purchase and their communication was excellent at all  times.

Their listing for the textbook, on Amazon, showed it to be in “Used – Good” condition. The textbook we received could have been described as “Used – Very Good” or “Used – Like New”.

I understand that USPS normally picks up their shipments at approximately 330 P.M. Based on that, the package was delivered in Miami, FL in less than 48 hours after pickup. Had it been delivered earlier, the first time it went out for delivery, it would have been much less than 48 hours, from the time USPS picked it up, in Ohio, to the time they delivered it in Miami, FL and I will copy the USPS Tracking for this shipment to show their excellent performance with this Media Mail package.

I hope that in the future they will have other textbooks that we need to purchase!

DATE & TIME    STATUS OF ITEM    LOCATION

February 20, 2015 , 2:45 pm Delivered MIAMI, FL 33122  Your item was delivered at 2:45 pm on February 20, 2015 in MIAMI, FL 33122.

February 20, 2015 , 1:52 pm Available for Pickup MIAMI, FL 33122 

February 20, 2015 , 1:14 pm Arrived at Post Office MIAMI, FL 33178 

February 20, 2015 , 10:27 am Out for Delivery MIAMI, FL 33178 

February 20, 2015 , 10:17 am Sorting Complete MIAMI, FL 33178 

February 20, 2015 , 4:15 am Departed USPS Facility OPA LOCKA, FL 33054 

February 20, 2015 , 1:37 am Arrived at USPS Facility OPA LOCKA, FL 33054 

February 19, 2015 , 2:53 am Departed USPS Facility COLUMBUS, OH 43218 

February 18, 2015 , 11:57 pm Arrived at USPS Origin Facility COLUMBUS, OH 43218 

February 18, 2015 , 10:42 pm Accepted at USPS Origin Sort Facility COSHOCTON, OH 43812

 

DHL Global Mail and USPS in Florida

Kudos to the employees in the DHL Global Mail facility in Orlando, Florida who received a package containing a used textbook for us, yesterday, in the morning, and quickly tendered it to the USPS in Orlando!

Also, Kudos to the employees of the USPS in Orlando and in Miami, who quickly transferred the package to the local post office in Miami and delivered it this afternoon.

The package left the Dallas/Ft. Worth area at 345 A.M. local time on Saturday, 29 November 2014 and was delivered in Miami, Florida today, Tuesday, 02 December 2014 at 310 P.M. local time.

The used textbook was purchased from Last Page Books – Dallas, an Amazon Marketplace Seller and they Shipped it on Wednesday, 26 November 2014. This shipment included the Thanksgiving holiday and a Sunday.

Deployment from DesktopServer Limited

This  is where paying for DesktopServer Premium would save a lot of time, if exporting a .dev developed on the desktop, to a .com or other .tld works properly.

This site previously had 10 Static HTML pages. The deployment took me 6 or 8 hours, mostly Copy and Paste from .dev on the laptop to .com on the live server. I did all of the images manually again, to avoid any possible issues.

If I was going to work on a larger site, I would pay for  DesktopServer Premium

 

 

DesktopServer Limited cannot export

DesktopServer Limited is free and was wonderful for the development of this site on WordPress. I was able to select the Theme,  the Header, the Plugins, add pages, make changes, etc.

The development is done with a  .dev TLD and with the free version it is impossible to export with another TLD, such as .com

I have deleted the old Static HTML version of this web site from the server and I will now do online, what I did with DesktopServer Limited, which will make this task less time consuming.

After I finish this site should look the same as it does in DesktopServer Limited on my Windows 7 laptop.