questionswhat are your shipping woes?

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On the 18th of May I bought two 32g micro SD cards about 3 minutes apart (I wanted to double dip on a $5 off coupon). The first one was shipped via USPS on May 18 at 5:43pm, and was delivered on May 24th. The second was also mailed on May 18 at 5:43pm, ended up on a mail truck for delivery on May 26th, was returned "undeliverable as addressed" (even though the address was correct) and is listed as "missent" on June 1, and was finally delivered on June 2. Both were in envelopes that fit in my mailbox and didn't require a signature. My only guess looking at this tracking is that it got put on the wrong mail truck and it took the mailman 6 days to figure that out. Either that or my mailman just misplaced it and then turned it in as undeliverable to cover his tracks. My new mailman is terrible.

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My old mailman is now working a neighboring route and from time to time picks up my mail that my new guy has left behind and brings it to me. I see him every day when I walk my dog and we are chatty, so he goes the extra mile (literally) to see that I get my mail.

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Is that Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air? 2nd Day Air gets one day to pick up, one day in transit,and delivered on the 3rd day. Weekends don't usually count toward these numbers. Sounds like you're just on time for Next Day Air, or a day early for 2nd day. Next Day Air with Saturday Delivery is more expensive and a separate service.

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I once moved from Texas to California and back using UPS as my mover (no furniture, short term). Going I had no trouble getting all my stuff. Returning home I had two boxes that got to see the sights up and down the east coast for a few days. Watching the tracking on those boxes was kinda fun. Fortunately it wasn't anything that I needed right away.

I used to have excellent luck shipping boxes via USPS when I drew pictures and wrote funny messages on the boxes. I was shipping my dad's birthday present to him one year and just wrote some funny messages. The box made it from Georgia to Michigan in two days, despite not paying for priority shipping. I once had a box make the trip overnight. Sadly that doesn't happen anymore, despite writing on the boxes and putting fun stickers on them.

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@omnichad: Next day air. I know Saturday delivery is more, but what bugs me is that UPS didn't even pick it up until Saturday night. My experience with Fed Ex and the like for Next day, is that if it lands on a saturday and you don't have saturday delivery, they still pick it up at the normal time, they just sit on it at your local sort and send it out on Monday.

@gt0163c: Had that happen once. Used UPS to send a package to my stepsister for her birthday. I'm in St Louis, she was in North Carolina. Package went from STL, to Colorado, to Tennessee, to California, before going to North Carolina. Package took two weeks to get there, when the original estimate was for 3 days.

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WTF. It left Lenexa, then returned an hour later?
Lenexa, KS 06/04/2012 8:34 P.M.Arrival Scan
06/04/2012 7:27 P.M. Departure Scan
Lenexa, KS 06/03/2012 10:45 P.M. Arrival Scan
Ontario, CA 05/30/2012 9:48 P.M. Departure Scan
United States 05/24/2012 7:24 P.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

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I must live in some sort of ethereal only-great-carriers-allowed zone. USPS, FedEx, UPS, every carrier and carrier employee I've had in the last 20 years has been splendid. My delivery guys make sure parcels are safely inside the screened porch (and we get lots of parcels), Once we came home one rainy afternoon to discover a parcel on the steps leading to the porch, mostly covered with a 50-lb bag of mulch that the delivery guy had dragged from a stack 20' away. We saw him later in the week, when he said the screened door was locked (it was actually just a little "sticky" from all the rain that week), so he covered the box with the plastic bag of mulch, hoping that would protect it from the rain. It doesn't get much better than that.

I guess we're just really, really lucky, or maybe it's just the restaurant gift cards we give them at Christmas. Hard to tell which is chicken and which is egg, though.