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Aug 5, 2022 08:49:47   #
GeneinChi Loc: Chicago, IL
 
I’ve never had this happen before so I’d appreciate any positive advice. I consummated the sale,of a camera with a fellow UHH member and mailed it Thursday of last week via USPS Priority mail. Was supposed to deliver Monday of this week although the PO doesn’t guarantee that. I keep getting messages it is running late but in transit. Its been somewhere between Memphis and Arkansas since Monday of this week. I went to the post office yesterday and was told it’s in transit and not last. Clerk said if it’s not delivered in a couple days come back and ask again. What? When is it considered lost? Yes, it’s insured and PayPal is holding the funds. This is frustrating at best.

Thanks in advance…

Gene

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Aug 5, 2022 08:52:31   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
It's BS, but there's no way to force the USPS to do anything other than watch and wait. The most likely outcome remains that the package will be delivered.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:06:27   #
JBRIII
 
GeneinChi wrote:
I’ve never had this happen before so I’d appreciate any positive advice. I consummated the sale,of a camera with a fellow UHH member and mailed it Thursday of last week via USPS Priority mail. Was supposed to deliver Monday of this week although the PO doesn’t guarantee that. I keep getting messages it is running late but in transit. Its been somewhere between Memphis and Arkansas since Monday of this week. I went to the post office yesterday and was told it’s in transit and not last. Clerk said if it’s not delivered in a couple days come back and ask again. What? When is it considered lost? Yes, it’s insured and PayPal is holding the funds. This is frustrating at best.

Thanks in advance…

Gene
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I've two packages from Amazon do similar things: the first went from one post office to another for two weeks, all were within 25-50 miles of me. Second simply vanished after leaving Amazon site. Amazon replaced both, then they showed up. Amazon said keep it all. Things are both arriving late and early recently?

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Aug 5, 2022 09:06:49   #
Festus Loc: North Dakota
 
CHG_CANON wrote:
It's BS, but there's no way to force the USPS to do anything other than watch and wait. The most likely outcome remains that the package will be delivered.


In the last 3 months the USPS has lost 4 packages sent to me from Amazon. All 4 of the packages were tracked to my city. Over the weekend they were sent 1500 miles away. Go figure? My son worked for USPS in their local distribution center. Had to quite after a year-and-a-half. Poor management and he stated that 80% of the employees we're African and couldn't not even speak English!

Positive side, received refunds from Amazon.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:15:43   #
MountainDave
 
USPS has lots of "issues" of late. I wouldn't trust them to actually pay a claim either, if it comes to that. I've had some issues with Fedex as well. A shipment last month took almost 3 weeks. UPS seems to be the most reliable of late.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:21:02   #
GeneinChi Loc: Chicago, IL
 
MountainDave wrote:
USPS has lots of "issues" of late. I wouldn't trust them to actually pay a claim either, if it comes to that. I've had some issues with Fedex as well. A shipment last month took almost 3 weeks. UPS seems to be the most reliable of late.


Yeah…I’m kind of kicking myself for not using UPS. Lesson learned.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:24:17   #
dbjazz Loc: Long Island, NY
 
GeneinChi wrote:
I’ve never had this happen before so I’d appreciate any positive advice. I consummated the sale,of a camera with a fellow UHH member and mailed it Thursday of last week via USPS Priority mail. Was supposed to deliver Monday of this week although the PO doesn’t guarantee that. I keep getting messages it is running late but in transit. Its been somewhere between Memphis and Arkansas since Monday of this week. I went to the post office yesterday and was told it’s in transit and not last. Clerk said if it’s not delivered in a couple days come back and ask again. What? When is it considered lost? Yes, it’s insured and PayPal is holding the funds. This is frustrating at best.

Thanks in advance…

Gene
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I have experienced this problem on several occasions. It seems not to be uncommon. I credit it to laziness and/or incompetence.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:29:35   #
jpwa Loc: Inland NorthWest
 
GeneinChi wrote:
I’ve never had this happen before so I’d appreciate any positive advice. I consummated the sale,of a camera with a fellow UHH member and mailed it Thursday of last week via USPS Priority mail. Was supposed to deliver Monday of this week although the PO doesn’t guarantee that. I keep getting messages it is running late but in transit. Its been somewhere between Memphis and Arkansas since Monday of this week. I went to the post office yesterday and was told it’s in transit and not last. Clerk said if it’s not delivered in a couple days come back and ask again. What? When is it considered lost? Yes, it’s insured and PayPal is holding the funds. This is frustrating at best.

Thanks in advance…

Gene
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I worked for the USPS for 15 yrs back in the 90's in Austin Texas. The only thing good about the USPS is the pay because it's union. I got so frustrated with the incompetence in management (and I was in management myself) that I just quit. The Post Office is just like any other government agency in that nobody is really running the ship because the Post Master General (the big dog) is appointed and the ones they have been getting never delivered a letter in their life and have no clue how the PO should run. I never send packages USPS unless USP will not. If you have to use USPS the safest way (at least it used to be) is "registered mail". It costs more but each person that handles that piece of mail needs to sign for it.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:30:29   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
GeneinChi wrote:
I’ve never had this happen before so I’d appreciate any positive advice. I consummated the sale,of a camera with a fellow UHH member and mailed it Thursday of last week via USPS Priority mail. Was supposed to deliver Monday of this week although the PO doesn’t guarantee that. I keep getting messages it is running late but in transit. Its been somewhere between Memphis and Arkansas since Monday of this week. I went to the post office yesterday and was told it’s in transit and not last. Clerk said if it’s not delivered in a couple days come back and ask again. What? When is it considered lost? Yes, it’s insured and PayPal is holding the funds. This is frustrating at best.

Thanks in advance…

Gene
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I have had some very weird ones with the USPS and Amszon lately. Too complicated to discuss here but not totally different from parts of your story.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:36:13   #
JBRIII
 
I have felt for a long time that the postal service is good example of the problems economically with the country as a whole. They are suppose to make a profit or at least break even, but then are told they have to fund retirements up front, buy new electric vehicles, etc., but are stopped by congress from enacting any changes that would really help.
Similarly, Congress wants and we need to stop deficit spending, but all solutions, whether increasing revenue or cutting spending, are unacceptable.

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Aug 5, 2022 09:59:28   #
47greyfox Loc: on the edge of the Colorado front range
 
I learned a couple lessons recently while waiting for a USPS package to arrive. At their website, tracking would report that the package was at my local post office and awaiting delivery. When nothing happened for a couple days, I went to a distribution center that our town dispatches out of. That’s where I found out that the “current status” is not what it seems. When a packages gets to a sorting facility and is scanned, the status becomes “the next place it’s going,” not where it is. Also, his subtle advice…. don’t bother insuring because the burden of proof is rarely if ever never satisfied in favor of the customer. I know a camera repair facility that receives and ships often. His advice is to not bother with insurance because, “you’ll never collect.” The good news, unless an erroneous delivery is made or the package address is destroyed or obliviated, eventually most reach their destination. Good luck and I’m also a UPS fan over FedEx and USPS (even tho I’ve never had an issue with FedEx except occasional overly optimistic delivery estimates).

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Aug 5, 2022 10:19:16   #
fetzler Loc: North West PA
 
I once had a package that was listed as in transit for quite a long time and then disappeared. The item was destroyed and returned to the sender who replaced the item. On another occasion an item coming from CT to PA sat in a warehouse in St. Louis for two weeks. I hope all works well for you.

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Aug 5, 2022 10:21:29   #
sippyjug104 Loc: Missouri
 
"I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help".

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Aug 5, 2022 10:24:00   #
marine73 Loc: Modesto California
 
JBRIII wrote:
I have felt for a long time that the postal service is good example of the problems economically with the country as a whole. They are suppose to make a profit or at least break even, but then are told they have to fund retirements up front, buy new electric vehicles, etc., but are stopped by congress from enacting any changes that would really help.
Similarly, Congress wants and we need to stop deficit spending, but all solutions, whether increasing revenue or cutting spending, are unacceptable.
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Remember the politicians work for us and we have an opportunity to fire them every two years. The problem is getting enough people to see the problem and vote the out of office.

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Aug 5, 2022 10:24:22   #
StanMac Loc: Tennessee
 
My USPS service has always been good. There have been a few delays in some deliveries but when they are handling billions of pieces of mail on a daily basis, an occasional misstep is expected. Bar code readers and humans are not perfect 100% of the time.

Stan

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