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Old 05-12-2011, 09:29 AM
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I love those USPS self shipping kiosks for small packages. I hate mail stores where the rates depend on what the guy behind the counter thinks you will pay. Bastids
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:33 AM
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70 lbs for $15.95? That is great for your business. UPS or Fed Ex can't touch that.

Makes one wonder why USPS consistently lose money......
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:34 AM
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70 lbs for $15.95? That is great for your business. UPS or Fed Ex can't touch that.

Makes one wonder why USPS consistently lose money......
Loss of product.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by SIM View Post
70 lbs for $15.95? That is great for your business. UPS or Fed Ex can't touch that.

Makes one wonder why USPS consistently lose money......
That's a great price, but as I mentioned above, if you can't get the Flat Rate boxes because the PO is out of them, they can't get your money. I once had a pre-paid label for a Flat Rate box, and had to go to 4 different Post Offices before I found one that had the right box for the label I already paid for online.
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Old 05-13-2011, 04:06 PM
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USPS should be closed down completely. Private contracters could easily take up the slack, and the service would be a whole lot better, and cheaper, too.....
Interesting idea. Exactly how would that work do you think? Do you have a plan to move a letter across the country for less than a cup of coffee?
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:16 PM
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For those who doubt USPS...

I ship quite a bit. Always USPS 2-3 day priority. Rarely costs me more than $5, and gets there in 2-3 days REGARDLESS OF LOCATION!!! Even CA/HI. They have never lost a package, and, for those who can't make it to the post office, well, Jesus, schedule a pick-up at your door next day! Free!

I mean, c'mon, been shipping with them for 10 years plus, the only problem I have is when I ship with UPS...

Isn't UPS a private company? For profit? Profits come before service, think about it...I'll take USPS any day of the week. And our mail carrier gets a tip every Christmas...
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:38 PM
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I ordered two EZ Passes for both our cars. They came in two different blister packs via the post office. One arrived 3 weeks after the first one....basically destroyed.

But inside, along with the destroyed pass, was a letter stating how awfully sorry the USPS was to have effed up my item, but I was to please understand that due to the volume of packages, that these things happen.

Message: We need to give the appearance of giving a crap, but, well, we really really don't.

In 20 years, the post office will be even more obsolete. Sort of like the billions spent on building new libraries...itd be cheaper for towns to have rental kiosks for Kindles soon enough.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by CharlieFoxtrot View Post

I ordered two EZ Passes for both our cars. They came in two different blister packs via the post office. One arrived 3 weeks after the first one....basically destroyed.

But inside, along with the destroyed pass, was a letter stating how awfully sorry the USPS was to have effed up my item, but I was to please understand that due to the volume of packages, that these things happen.

Message: We need to give the appearance of giving a crap, but, well, we really really don't.
Not to bag on USPS, but it did happen.

I live in a large condo complex and I think this is the training ground for USPS. I've had postal carriers walk up to my front door and ask if this is unit # so and so. Right at eye level and just to the left are the numbers at the front door.

One Friday I received a chet load of mail in my mailbox. Going through it I had three different address delivered into my one mailbox, so I called and told the USPS that I was putting the other two address"s mail into the collection box. They did apologize though and said that it was a new delivery person and that the supervisor would be riding with that person on Saturday. Soooooooooo, Saturday comes along and this time it was a big improvement. Only TWO different addresses in my mailbox.

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Guess I live, and ship, in a separate universe than you guys...I've NEVER had a problem with shipping, nor with receiving, from USPS.

UPS? Yes. FedEx? Yes. DHL? Yes. Nuff said...
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Originally Posted by LMychajluk View Post
That's a great price, but as I mentioned above, if you can't get the Flat Rate boxes because the PO is out of them, they can't get your money. I once had a pre-paid label for a Flat Rate box, and had to go to 4 different Post Offices before I found one that had the right box for the label I already paid for online.
You can order all you want off their website and get them to your door in a week or so free or charge!!!
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
For those who doubt USPS...

I ship quite a bit. Always USPS 2-3 day priority. Rarely costs me more than $5, and gets there in 2-3 days REGARDLESS OF LOCATION!!! Even CA/HI. They have never lost a package, and, for those who can't make it to the post office, well, Jesus, schedule a pick-up at your door next day! Free!

I mean, c'mon, been shipping with them for 10 years plus, the only problem I have is when I ship with UPS...

Isn't UPS a private company? For profit? Profits come before service, think about it...I'll take USPS any day of the week. And our mail carrier gets a tip every Christmas...
Speaking as a Canadian, I love you. I'd rather switch suppliers than ship UPS cross border. Just one horror story after another and my experience isn't unique.

Sad to hear though that not all of you Americans get the same level of service from the USPS that we Canadians do.
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Old 05-13-2011, 09:33 PM
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Think most people that have had bad experiences are basing there opinions on those experiences. If you deliver millions of pieces of mail a year, your going to screw up sometimes. Just like problem with cetain boats, the more boats produced, the more issues you will have.
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:21 PM
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All the shippers have their moments.

I was driving on the freeway one day and a UPS truck was headed to the airport to load up a shipment on a plane. Their containers were actually shaped like the inside of an airplane fuselage to maximize the space used. Now, you know most airplanes these days try to be aerodynamic. I saw square boxes that were now oblong in those containers!

My son ordered a large set of weights and work out benches. They were delivered by UPS and the boxes looked like they went through a nuclear attack!

My GF bought some expensive jewelry which was shipped by UPS. The outer carton was peeled back like someone opened it. The inner box with the jewelry was literally ripped open and the contents were gone!

DHL, well don't get me started. They shouldn't even be considered a professional shipping company around here, IMO.

My normal UPS guy is really great. We both like fishing and if he has a moment to spare we'll shoot the breeze. He even flagged me down on one of my bicycle rides!
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Old 05-14-2011, 03:46 AM
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Originally Posted by SIM View Post
70 lbs for $15.95? That is great for your business. UPS or Fed Ex can't touch that.

Makes one wonder why USPS consistently lose money......
Probably one of the reasons they loose $8 billion a qtr, shipping too cheap

Just curious as to what their options are if they keep loosing this kind of money in all honesty

Will Gov take back over USPS, sooner or later they have to do something different
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:04 AM
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I vote to close them down, they are no longer efficient or reliable, if there is a demand for that type of service then private, non funded private sector will step up.
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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
Guess I live, and ship, in a separate universe than you guys...I've NEVER had a problem with shipping, nor with receiving, from USPS.

UPS? Yes. FedEx? Yes. DHL? Yes. Nuff said...

How do you track the items with USPS??

I ship alot of paperwork...Shop Drawings, Contracts, Subcontracts, etc.

Because of Liquidated Damages clauses, everyday counts with us, so I need to be able to prove when someone received something from us but the USPS doesn't provide tracking numbers or access to the signature of the reveiver.

Fed-ex, on the other hand.....Never a problem, tracking is done online, receiver's signature is available online, they pick-up from our office everyday at 4:30.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Sudden Strike Fishing View Post
You can order all you want off their website and get them to your door in a week or so free or charge!!!
Go back and read my first post in this thread. As I said there, last time I tried ordering the supplies online, they were sold out of most of the boxes, etc... that I needed.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Probably one of the reasons they loose $8 billion a qtr, shipping too cheap

Just curious as to what their options are if they keep loosing this kind of money in all honesty

Will Gov take back over USPS, sooner or later they have to do something different
We subsidize some farmers and the oil companies.....why not USPS? jk!

We ship out quite a bit of packages, and as someone else stated, they (shipping companies) all have there moments.

Without a doubt, USPS is far cry from UPS and Fed Ex on damage claims and missing shipments. If we are talking about International shipments, if you have a lost shipment from USPS, you had better gather some patience and quick, because its a long, drawn out, time consuming, letter writing process. Our latest claim, took 7 months to complete. USPS lost a $2000 fully insured package, which we re-shipped for the customer(Australia). That was back last year.After it being denied, we literally received the lost package back here, 2 weeks ago, out of thin air. Still in tact....but looked like it got dropped out of the plane. USPS denied the claim because it was Australia's postal service that lost it initially(what USPS claims). Like that's our problem.

To say we hate USPS international claims services, would be an the understatement of the century. They ALL point the finger at other departments.
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Old 05-14-2011, 10:12 AM
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USPS lost two batches of checks to our contractors/vendors. Everyone thought our poor office manager was to blame with the checks never arrived. We had to close two bank accounts and open new ones, only to have the original checks arrive 6 months later.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:47 AM
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I ship everything USPS and have never had an issue.

If they would do a FLAT RATE box in between the $ 5 and 10.70 one that was a decent size, I would use the FR box over making my own which should pick up a few extra $'s for them.

Sad whenever they try to give me the "bump" and upsell priority shipping for $ .20 more.

I tell them to "get out the cheap bastard stamp ( parcel ground )...

I wish Fed or UPS was close in price, I would use them just for the tracking methods.

Lose USPS ............ watch Fed and UPS prices jump big time.
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