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« on: August 24, 2012, 11:05:36 AM »

Until recently, I've been using UPS to deliver packages but I decided to give the Post Office a shot with the "Parcel Post" option. I did so because someone wanting to buy some Barracuda parts that I had listed, said I can keep the shipping price down this way. I sent parts out to 3 different people last week, all parcel post, but one person who I sent to on Thursday afternoon said they didn't get it yet.

It was well packed like I always do, so I'm pretty sure it didn't open up or get destroyed. The one mistake I did make, AND WILL NOT EVER DO AGAIN, is send it without confirmed delivery with a tracking number, or requiring a signature. There is always the chance that the buyer isn't being honest about getting it, & if that's the case, there probably isn't any way I can prove or disprove it & may have to eat this one & offer a refund.

I know there is no guaranteed delivery date it should arrive with parcel post, but if anyone else on here uses that option, what seems to be the average time it takes to arrive?   shruggy

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2012, 11:32:34 AM »

Ive seen it take up to 7 business days easily
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2012, 11:54:21 AM »

Parcel Post is akin to Pony Express. There's no rush and those are the last packages processed on any given day. That's why it's cheaper. I'm not sure you can get tracking if you choose that option. I use Priority Mail for small(ish) packages and FedEx Ground for slightly heavier ones (up to about 15-18 pounds). Both are 2 day delivery for the most part and are traceable (if you use USPS online or their shipping too the tracking is free).

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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2012, 12:26:42 PM »

USPS.com states Parcel Post is a 2-8 business day delivery, but I've seen it take 9 days or more.
I use PP quite often (just mailed a package this morning), comes in most handy for packages that don't have to travel very far. If going long distances I'll sometimes use Priority, or FedEx for big stuff. FedEx usually beats UPS and their shipping times are faster. Sometimes you can save a bit using PP for large/heavy stuff if it falls within their size restrictions, but like you're seeing it takes a little longer.
You're on target Bob, ALWAYS get a tracking# when using PP!  yesnod   It's only been about 6 business days for you so far, so hopefully your buyer gets it soon.
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2012, 12:36:37 PM »

Been shipping things since I was in high school & I've never had anything lost or damaged, but there is a first time for everything.  lol

I usually tell people who ask shipping questions not to do what I did, send it without some ability to track it. Fortunately the buyer is being patient & not demanding, just concerned. I'd be worried if it was something expensive so if I have to reimburse him it's not going to kill me financially. (Although if it was expensive I'd have never sent it this way.) I told him in an email a short time ago that if he didn't have it by the end of next week & it didn't show up back here with a problem that I'll work something out with him.

I knew as soon as I left the post office that I was going to regret sending it.   Roll Eyes

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2012, 12:52:30 PM »

I use USPS probably 95% of the time but of that 95% I almost always add tracking, which I don't believe can be used on PP. But even with Priority Mail I find it's cheaper than UPS or FedEx and just as fast. Tracking is like an additional $.75 so it's very cheap insurance. Never had a problem doing it that way.
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2012, 01:04:52 PM »

i sent a headlight motor to new york one time. they wanted it to go to their business.  it took a total of 2 weeks to get there. they kept emailing and i kept emailing after it hit 7 days. i got pretty nervous about the time length. but then they finally got it. yep 2 whole weeks. thats alot of days of sweating. yesnod
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2012, 01:49:53 PM »

I sent a set of 4spd pedals once it took over 3 weeks.  This was near Christmas.  I let people know USPS is much less $ than UPS or Fedex but it takes at least twice the time.  I always get confermation and insure Twocents
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2012, 04:45:45 PM »

I use USPS probably 95% of the time but of that 95% I almost always add tracking, which I don't believe can be used on PP. But even with Priority Mail I find it's cheaper than UPS or FedEx and just as fast. Tracking is like an additional $.75 so it's very cheap insurance. Never had a problem doing it that way.


You can add Delivery Confirmation to PP shipping. It's an additional $0.85 cents.  yesnod
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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2012, 07:00:04 PM »

I sent a set of 4spd pedals once it took over 3 weeks.  This was near Christmas.  I let people know USPS is much less $ than UPS or Fedex but it takes at least twice the time.  I always get confermation and insure Twocents


I always ship stuff this way too......takes longer but it's much less expensive.  Twocents
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« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2012, 07:49:51 PM »

I had Steve in California mail me back my game CD....it took 3 weeks to get to me up here in Washington State

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« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2012, 07:56:43 PM »

I have worked there(USPS) for 36 years. Try not to crucify me icon_smile_big. Shipping times for PP tend to run from 7-9 business days depending on the distance shipped and where in the US you are shipping to. Some areas seem to move a bit faster while others drag a little slower. As long as the shipping times don't pose a problem for the seller or buyer, Parcel Post is probably the cheapest way to go. I have been having my Son sell a huge amount of model RR stuff on ebay that I had accumulated over the years to finance his 70 Challenger resto. We have used Priority Mail with tracking/confirmation on all the items sent. The transit times have been pretty darn good, easily comparing with UPS at a lower cost. Just my  Twocents.
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« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 08:04:21 PM »

4-6 weeks at times. It is cheap for a reason.
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« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 08:10:05 PM »

Barry's right! I really like FED because you can track thing so E Z! USPS, ya its tracked @ the post office its mailed from...... and thats it till the day you get it!
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012, 11:08:14 PM »

I have worked there(USPS) for 36 years. Try not to crucify me icon_smile_big. Shipping times for PP tend to run from 7-9 business days depending on the distance shipped and where in the US you are shipping to. Some areas seem to move a bit faster while others drag a little slower. As long as the shipping times don't pose a problem for the seller or buyer, Parcel Post is probably the cheapest way to go. I have been having my Son sell a huge amount of model RR stuff on ebay that I had accumulated over the years to finance his 70 Challenger resto. We have used Priority Mail with tracking/confirmation on all the items sent. The transit times have been pretty darn good, easily comparing with UPS at a lower cost. Just my  Twocents.

Crucify you? Man, I applaud all USPS workers, thanks for serving us very well despite our gov.
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« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2012, 07:14:01 AM »

 iagree you know it will be slower, but ive sent hundreds of packages through the postal service and never lost a single one. i tell people up front the timing and the savings. you guys do a great service. 2thumbs
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2012, 07:48:56 AM »

Thanks for the replies, it gives me a little more hope that the guy gets his parts.  icon_smile_big

One thing that comes to mind about lost packages or damage, is that the person shipping whatever it is has no clue about how to wrap something.   Roll Eyes  Once in a while I see people at the post office with large boxes taped shut with a few pieces of scotch tape. There is a huge difference between 2" wide packing tape & that thin stuff. And I also see writing that is so bad I wonder if the postal workers should be trained in Egyptian hieroglyphics?   lol

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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2012, 08:12:08 AM »

Old, you still have your reciept that show hows much and what zip code it went to.  I wouldn't pay anything.
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« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2012, 09:31:51 AM »

FedEx has lost some expensive stuff being sent to me that tuned up about a month later.  Their attitude about it was indifferent at best.  UPS seems most reliable for me but they are getting really expensive, especially if you use one of their stores.  I generally prefer USPS but if I'm sending to someone I don't know I always get delivery confirmation. 

In one USPS case I had confirmation but the receiver claimed he didn't receive it.  The item turned up later in his garage where someone in the family placed it without mentioning it. 

I think you get what you pay for but I've had small problems with all of them.  USPS delivery confirmation doesn't have location tracking but that only lets you know who had it last if there is a problem.  Insurance seems to work best because no one wants to pay for your junk.
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« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2012, 11:04:30 AM »

I have worked there(USPS) for 36 years. Try not to crucify me icon_smile_big. Shipping times for PP tend to run from 7-9 business days depending on the distance shipped and where in the US you are shipping to. Some areas seem to move a bit faster while others drag a little slower. As long as the shipping times don't pose a problem for the seller or buyer, Parcel Post is probably the cheapest way to go. I have been having my Son sell a huge amount of model RR stuff on ebay that I had accumulated over the years to finance his 70 Challenger resto. We have used Priority Mail with tracking/confirmation on all the items sent. The transit times have been pretty darn good, easily comparing with UPS at a lower cost. Just my  Twocents.

Crucify you? Man, I applaud all USPS workers, thanks for serving us very well despite our gov.

This may not be the place or time but it seems to me that if the USPS would just suspend Saturday delivery it could solve a lot of its financial woes. I've talked to a lot of people about this and none of them care if the mail comes on Saturday. I'm sure someone cares but none I've talked to.
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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2012, 07:15:04 PM »

Probably not the place, but if congress hadn't required the postal department to fund the retirements of employees that aren't even born yet they could also solve some of their money problems.  That retirement account looks like another one to be looted later.  Maybe they should put it in a lock box.  My local post office people seem to work hard for the money.
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2012, 10:16:50 PM »

Probably not the place, but if congress hadn't required the postal department to fund the retirements of employees that aren't even born yet they could also solve some of their money problems.  That retirement account looks like another one to be looted later.  Maybe they should put it in a lock box.  My local post office people seem to work hard for the money.


This thread may as well be the place, why not? I've derailed my own threads before.  lol

I agree with you 100%, the "let's cut more or privatize the PO" mentality is complete BS. Nobody I ever talk to seems to understand that the ridiculous mandates put on the retirement fund is the reason why they're broke.   Roll Eyes  The cuts that closed 100's are the equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot. We have one PO in my town & they just closed it. It was busy all the time, & now I have to go to the next town over where they have two. Makes absolutely no sense to me.

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Anyway, I just got a message from the buyer that the parts finally arrived safe & sound.  cheers
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Anyway, I just got a message from the buyer that the parts finally arrived safe & sound.  cheers

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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2012, 10:40:26 PM »

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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2012, 10:51:48 PM »

For packages shipped to Australia USPS has always been good to me and way way cheaper than the others, plus they ship to PO Boxes.
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