Anyway, it finally got registered, and then she uploaded a pic of someone else's card, but at least it's registered and thus counts toward my confirmed-sent totals.
Cards have 60 days to get there; after that they're considered "expired" for a full calendar year, and then they're dropped from tracking. I've had a few Russian cards literally take 3-6 months to arrive. China and Russia are both black holes for postcards. India's not so great either tbh. And yes, if they give their address in their native written language, I print that and tape it to the card to give it a fighting chance of arriving.
But sometimes people just don't bother, which is super frustrating; when someone doesn't log into the site in 3+ months you can pretty much kiss your card goodbye. :( And there's nothing you can do about that.
When a card expires, though, while it can still be registered, the site gives you a new recipient to send a card to in its place. So you're not stuck with old, never-likely-to-be-registered cards keeping you from sending any new ones.
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