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  1. Big Red Oaks 4 me

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    I mailed a large package on the 11th of this month, and it was destined for Delaware. It went north of here, to Richmond, Va, and then south down to Greensboro, NC. It was supposed to have been delivered in Delaware on Thursday. I think Monday will be a holiday, so I won't be able to check on it until Tuesday. I'm thinking that the Gov. shutdown is affecting this in some way, as I've had USPS delayed shipping recently. :wtf:
     
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    Depends on who's looking for me.....and why.
    About a month or so ago, I bought an item off EBAY. Come to find out, the seller lived in the same city I do, about 3 miles away.

    When the seller mailed the item to me, it had to go to Phoenix, about 90 miles away. Once it arrived in Phoenix, it was re-routed and sent back here to the city we live in.

    It took a total of three days for it to arrive. If I had known the seller lived about 3 miles from me, I could have just driven over and picked it up in person. :dizzy:
     
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    It's run by the government. Need I say more?
     
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    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    I just hope at this point that it ends-up at the correct destination. I may have to switch to UPS in the future, but they have issues sometimes, too.
     
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    The UsPS is supposed to be self funded, so the shutdown shouldn't affect them. I've had 2 packages lost by USPS before the shutdown started, their track record lately is horrible.
     
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    Depends on who's looking for me.....and why.
    I've had my fair share of negative experiences, when it comes to the USPS. But fortunately, the positive experiences still out number the negative ones.
     
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    Depends on who's looking for me.....and why.
    The last time we went to Costco about a week ago, my wife bought a boatload of the forever stamps. If it hadn't been for the Costco clerk, we wouldn't even have known the price of a stamp was going from $0.50 to $0.55.

    Nothing about the increase on the news........until today. :mad:
     
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    Plus Priority Flat Rate went up a hair under 6%.
     
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    Depends on who's looking for me.....and why.
    It's getting ridiculously expensive to ship a parcel with USPS anymore. :dizzy:
     
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    Just noticed this thread.
    Being a USPS employee, I'll try to respond to your concerns.
    However, keep in mind for the next time you have an issue with the USPS you should call the 800# and make an official complaint. When that is done it is immediately passed on to the postmaster of the originating post office and they must address the issue that same day.
     
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    First of all, I doubt the shut down had anything to do with the travel of your package since the USPS is not "run" by the federal government.
    Did the package arrive yet?
     
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    Yes, in your situation, hand delivering the package would have been quicker.
     
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    No, you needn't since it's not run by the government.
     
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    Sure, you can ship with UPS, Fedex, DHL, or Amazon, but they all end up at the destination post office anyway since they have contracted with the USPS for the "last mile" of delivery.
    It will cost you more though, shipping with any of them.
    I had a customer last week, brought in a huge package, over 12", weighing less than 20 lbs. going to the west coast. Cost was $63. Customer stood there in shock and I explained why the dimensional rate applied and asked if she could repack in a smaller box.
    At that point she huffed and said no, she'll just ship it across the street with UPS. I said okey dokey.
    I found out later UPS price was $75 and she asked them to put it in a smaller box and that saved her a few $.

    Also keep in mind, if speed is a priority, Priority Mail Express is an option. We will get your package delivered the next day, guaranteed, or your money back.
     
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    Correct. The USPS runs solely on revenue. Every bill you pay online instead of mailing, has an impact on the bottom line.

    Do you have the tracking numbers for those "lost" packages? I'd be happy to try to find them for you.
     
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    My customers have known about the price increase since before Thanksgiving and I've been selling a boat-load of stamps since then. I have no idea where they get their information from.
     
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    It did finally get there.
     
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    Yes, some prices increased, a few went down.
     
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    How can you say that?
    If you seriously consider all that is involved in getting your package from point A to point B, it's a wonder they don't charge twice what the price is now.
    Same thing with the price of a stamp... it tickles me up when people act shocked that the price has gone up A Whole Five Cents. Five pennies. Fifty-five cents to take your piece of mail from your local post office and deliver it across town, or across the country. It would cost you more than that in gas to drive it 5 miles down the road!

    Seeing that the price of a stamp in 1863 was $.06, I think $.55 is a really good deal.. especially compared to how the cost of everything else has gone up since then. :yes:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_United_States_postage_rates
     

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