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USPS - Rings and Runs!
Posted by Eric25 on 11/29/2011
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- My postal worker rang my doorbell a single time. I answered the door in less than 10 seconds after the doorbell rang, just in time to see the postal worker closing the door of the mail delivery truck and speeding off. In the mailbox at the curb, I found a "Sorry We Missed You!" notice for undelivered certified mail.

As a result, I missed delivery of a large check to made out to my company. I had to adjust my busy schedule to accept delivery the following day.

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Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
UPS is notorious for doing this, too.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-29:
UPS knocks on my door once for packages that do NOT require a signature, which is what I have heard other people complain about (why, I do not know). I've never heard a complaint that UPS knocks and runs with packages in hand.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
They have for me.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-11-29:
Got home and found another Amazon box on our front porch. In big black letters it says AMAZON Gift on the box. Good thing our porch is hidden and pretty far from the street. I wonder how many AMAZON Gift boxes walk away before the owners find them?
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-11-29:
I just read a Kindle Fire review where the person had theirs stolen right off their porch (left the box). Because it came preloaded with their info, the thief started buying things off amazon with the info.
Posted by Old Timer on 2011-11-29:
At some point Amazon will have to wake up. Leaving boxes all over town marked as Amazon Gifts is not a very good idea.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-11-30:
You're lucky if the UPS driver knocks or rings the bell. I order frequently, mostly from Amazon. I can hear the driver's truck pull up. He puts the package on the front step then runs back to his truck. How much additional effort would it take to ring or knock?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-30:
Either the OP made an error, or everyone else is reading this wrong. There is no complaint about UPS. The OP is referring to USPS, the United States Postal Service...the mailman.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-30:
The devils in the details, 'eh? lol
Posted by At Your Service on 2011-11-30:
I laugh at the Amazon commercial running right now where some gal gets home to find a large Amazon package on her doorstep. She seems happy to open it and find a new tablet. It sounds to me like a wonderful way of getting a lot of merchandise free! You got to think there are a lot of people that never get their packages because of this.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-11-30:
Justice: My post correctly identified UPS (United Parcel System) not the USPS. Almost all of my online purchases are delivered by UPS. My post/complaint was directed at them. Very astute of you to pickup and differentiate the difference.
Posted by olie on 2011-11-30:
When I've had occasion to send an item by Certified Mail, I've been able to track the item online. If OP is expecting a check, might the sender be able to provide tracking info to the recipient? (I was sending my health insurance info to Mr.olie's ex to cover my stepson. We were not provided with the ex's phone number and even had to resort to online court records for her address.)

On a much more cheery note--I can tell you that UPS delivers to our house between 10:40 and 11:00 a.m., when we have a package. Amazon's tracking has shown this pattern, and it has always been correct. In fact, the new Michael Connelly is "in transit". I predict a delivery time of about 10:46 on Nov.30.
Posted by momsey on 2011-11-30:
A tracking number is nice, but doesn't help you know exactly when your package will be delivered.
Posted by CowboyFan on 2011-11-30:
If you are home waiting for a big check, perhaps a note on the door saying you are there and ring twice would be helpful.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-30:
Well heck, the Postman Always Rings Twice.
Posted by oldisgood on 2011-11-30:
people, people, people. read again. it said USPS not UPS. UPS delivers packages and runs too. Both entities do this because of time constraints.
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Disrespect of our Flag
Posted by Cat93 on 11/13/2011
I have tried comlpaining to our local post office in Fort Mohave Az (86442) About the flag that flys above it. It is in tatters, it needs replacing. Here it is the day after vertrans day and the had the nerve to flag a flag that is in rags. How can our children learen respect for our flag if we don't respect it!!Please forward to someone that can remedy this!
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Posted by andbran on 2011-11-13:
i know this is an suggettion, why not buy a flag and donate it to the post office?
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-13:
andbran makes an excellent point.

I know the "occupy" people think that the rich should pay for everything, but when are everyone else gonna step up?

I'm tired of living my life to the "lowest" common denominator, defined by the likes of poor people, black people, illegal people, old people, young people, etc.

Where I live, there is a new law being considered to require all government buildings to fly American flags - and flags made in the U.S. only!
Posted by Skye on 2011-11-13:
I concur with andbran and S Hawking.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2011-11-13:
It does bother me to see U.S. flags that are made in China.
Posted by Starlord on 2011-11-13:
I agree with the others. The flag should always be displayed according to the flag code, and honorably destroyed when it is no longer serviceable. You can contact your congresman and request a flag that has flown over the Capital Building, and give it to the Post Office. I agree that any American flag should be made only in the US. To buy a Chinese made flag is an affront.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-11-13:
That's interesting, to request a flag flown over the state capitol. What a great suggestion/information, Starlord!
Posted by JayByJay on 2011-11-13:
The flag code is a bit vague on how tattered a flag can be before it can no longer be used as a symbol of the country. Also, is there any chance of historical significance of this particular flag?

Anyways, this just sounds like a "be a part of your community thing and help them get a new one" solution if it bothers you enough to write a complaint about it.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-11-13:
Good question, Jay. But I have a feeling the flag is just weathered.

While worn flags can be interesting to look at, I don't think they should be flown. There is no excuse not to replace tattered flags.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-11-13:
A company near me went out of business, and left a flag on the flag pole. I noticed a month ago it was in tatters, so I cranked it down and removed it.
Posted by Mrs. V on 2011-11-14:
Most local American Legions will go and offer/replace a flag that is damaged for free. The will also respectfully decomission the old one.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-11-14:
I can understand why this would bother the poster. As mentioned, unless this flag his a particular significance, perhaps someone there should show some pride and replace the symbol of our country they display.
I wouldn't look twice if it was on someones lawn, but this is a Government building, right?
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Constantly Harassed by Post Office Employee!
Posted by on 09/28/2011
I am frequent customer of your downtown location and one of your counter employee's seems to have a major chip on her shoulder! I don't know her name but she's the only counter employee of a particular race. Nothing, I repeat nothing, ever meets her standards and she is not nice about it! A few months ago, I had my 3 year old with me. Next to the supply counter is a metal stand with tape and decorative mailing supplies. On this day, my daughter was walking to where I was in line and tripped on the corner of the display. This employee yells at my daughter to stop climbing on the display! Yesterday, I was shipping something in a flat rate box and there was a slight bulge in the top of the box thanks to all the bubble wrap my husband used, the bulge was raised less than half an inch! I have been shipping and receiving packages via USPS priority mail for YEARS and I have been told by the postmaster himself that if it fits in the box and is under 70lbs, they will act the package. The seals do not have to be flat. The same thing goes for flat rate envelopes. If the item fits in the envelope, it is acceptable. The envelope does not have to be flat. And wouldn't you know, this darn employee gets made and says the box has to be flat! But yet, she still accepted my package. I having been doing this for years and I know she just has a chip on her shoulder. None of the employee's at this location or the Davis branch ever have a problem with my packages. But today...today takes the cake and I have had it. I will not tolerate this woman any longer. Today I went to ship a package, again in a flat rate box. This time, I made sure there were no bulges. I filled out the shipping label at home but didn't have a delivery confirmation label. Its 95 degrees today and I am 6 months pregnant. I walk inside, grab the DC label intending to write the addressee's name on it while I am in line, I get in line and reach into my bag for a pen and this damn woman, who is the only person working the counter today, yells at me to get out of the line because the DC label has to be filled out beforehand! So I get out of line and go to the back counter and of course, I forgot my pen! And none of the pens at the counter will work and of course, this woman doesn't have a pen I can use! I left practically in tears and went home and had my husband take the package to another location to ship it! (and I won't get into how pissed my husband is at me right now because I didn't go to the location inside Nob Hill like he told me too) This woman really needs some customer service training or a new job! Every single I have dealt with her, she has been on a power trip and she comes off very abrasive! I am seriously considering filing a complaint against her because this is just getting ridiculous now!
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Posted by Venice09 on 2011-09-28:
Sounds like she needs a reality before she goes completely postal. She shouldn't treat customers that way, and someone needs to tell her. You shouldn't have to go out of your way because of one employee. Have you tried speaking to the Postmaster?
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-09-28:
The thing to do is either file a complaint or go to a different post office, in my opinion.

I always am able to stand to the side and borrow a pen. There is one post office in which I had to leave the counter, and they had pens on chains. I am surprised that this location you were at makes you leave the front counter, and there are no pens in the back.
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-09-28:
I'm sorry but complaining to the Postmaster about an employee will probably do as much good as complaining to the principal at the school about your child's teacher. Their hands unfortunately are tied in most cases but perhaps enough complaints might raise an eyebrow. With some employees it's virtually impossible to get rid of them. That's another story.

I'm fortunate in that I have a great carrier and at my nearest PO location the employees are all business but most pleasant. If the line is long they will open an additional window. I certainly can't ask for much more than that.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-09-28:
The back counters have pens chained to them, but both pens were dry. I would of asked someone to borrow a pen but the only other customers were in the passport line and didn't speak English and I don't know how to ask for a pen in spanish. This woman is a damn tyrant. The post office across town doesn't require you to fill out your delivery confirmation or certified mail slips before approaching the counter. They have them at the back counter and they also ask if you want those services and if you do and you didn't grab a silp, they give you one. The downtown location also has the slips at the front counter and very other employee will give you the slip to fill out while they calculate the cost, but for some reason, this particular employee has made her own rule that you must fill them out before even getting in line! Its not the first time this has happened to me.

I am not going to file a compliant, I just said that in the heat of the moment. I will probably start going to one inside the care pharmacy because in my current hormonal state, if this woman harasses me one more time, I will probably be get banned from the post office. I wanted to file a complaint against my carrier once because she lost a package in her truck and I was told it was pointless because she can't be held responsible. I just think its ridiculous that a postal employee can be rude and treat people like this and get away with it!
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-09-28:
I went up against the post office once and actually won. Everyone told me I couldn't fight city hall, but I wrote to the Postmaster General in Washington DC, action was taken and the problem was resolved. That was almost thirty years ago, and we haven't had the problem since. And it wasn't just my problem. It affected everyone, but no one wanted to do anything about it. One simple letter caused mail service in the area to change forever.
Posted by Alain on 2011-09-29:
Good review and frustrating event. In case you change your mind about a complaint, you might take a look at this website http://gethuman.com/United_States_Postal_Service-customer-service_1116.html
Posted by jonthethird on 2011-09-29:
We have poor service in West Sacramento. My box rent came up due, nice USPO envelope provided to put the mailbox rental check in to pay. Put the check in, came back a few weeks later, the box was closed. Asked why, the counter said "rent not paid" I had to pay an additional $10 late fee. Three weeks after that, the USPO payment envelope was returned (this is an official, USPO payment envelope, preaddressed to the facility) ADDRESS UNKNOWN.
Posted by Slimjim on 2011-09-29:
Absolutely, file a complaint with the branch. Assuming she just doesn't have it out for you, then your complaint on her customer service skills will either join, or soon have company. That should suggest to the branch to either have her modify her abrasiveness or terminate her. I'm sure someone else with better people skills, would love that job right now.
Posted by clutzycook on 2011-09-29:
What is it about some PO employees? My mail carrier is also my next door neighbor. Every day when she delivers the mail, she will stop at her house (before she gets to mine), park the truck, run inside with her mail, let her dog out to pee, etc. I've clocked her at upwards of 10 minutes before she finally moseys on back to her truck and continues on her route!
Posted by Nohandle on 2011-09-29:
Clutzsy, I'm laughing because I still recall a neighbor having extensive remodeling done on his home. As a result there was a Porta-Pot in their front yard. Their next-door neighbor observed the temporary carrier, for over three weeks, grabbing what appeared to be a newspaper and helping himself to the new found restroom facilities. I guess when nature calls you do the best you can.
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Poor Service
Posted by Bjisla on 09/13/2011
I am waiting for a package shipped from Durham NC to Charlotte NC since 9-7 I think this type of service is exactly what is giving the postal service a bad name. not only do they not deliver but they don't care about you or your mail. I have had to complain about my driver on numerous occasions and I feel this is why I don't get any mail for days. my packages were being left on my lawn instead of at my door the driver usually leaves the mailbox door open so anyone can see if you have received mail or not when I complain it seems more like I'm annoying them for doing such a lousy job. I use the post office as little as possible mainly because of the constant increase in charges and the sharp decline in service. I remember the days when it was an honor to work for the post office where has it gone wrong, mail was a priority and service outstanding I guess like everything else in our country now days nothing is important and honor is a thing of the past.

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Posted by BEJ on 2011-09-13:
Not counting the 7th, it has only been 4 business days as of today. How did you ship the package? Was it priority, overnight, 1st class, parcel post? Each has a different time frame for delivery.
Posted by Wherezmymail2011 on 2011-11-10:
Oh geez... the details don't matter. There are many complaints about the lousey USPS service and attitude. And I'll agree... some of the people they let deliver mail are total morons and are probably put on street duty because no one working inside can stand them.

The other day, I had my driveway repaved. There was bright yellow caution tape around the front of my yard so people would know to keep off the driveway. I purposely stood on my porch as the mailman came up the street so I could get my mail from him directly. He starts walking thru my neighbor's yard and I say to him "Don't walk on my driveway, I just had it paved!" What does he do? He looks down at my driveway and walks right across it!!! And I'm like what the @#%! are you doing? I just said not to walk on there! He ignored me and handed me some mail. It was NOT even my mail. He had delivered all the mail one house behind. He had a large envelope foe me that had a Delivery Confirmation tag on it and he didn't even scan it like they are supposed to. He probably scans them all prior to making his rounds... which is wrong. The guy was a total idiot and didn't seem to care about anything that happened.
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Long journey
Posted by Linglelobo6 on 07/08/2011
I live in Houston, Texas, and on the morning of 5 July an eBay seller mailed me a Priority package from Macon, Georgia. It arrived (per tracking) at Atlanta that evening (makes sense), then it arrived on the morning of 7 July in Toledo, Ohio (make no sense), and on the evening of the 7th it arrived in Romulus, Michigan (I have never even heard of this place) and that was the last heard from although it would appear that the package is attempting to escape to Canada. A USPS representative, absolutely refusing to acknowledge that this appears an unusual route for a Priority package, coped out by saying that Priority mail can take five business days. That would place it here by Saturday. The problem with that is all mail for Houston, the fourth largest city in the nation, must always first touch down at Dallas-Fort Worth. Despair thy name is USPS.
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-08:
Yes, that is correct. Priority Mail *typically* takes 2-3 days, but that is *not guaranteed*. You may ask why pay if it isn't, but consider Parcel Post could take 9 days or more.

If you need something overnight, use Express Mail.

You are asking them to give you the justification for why your package was routed to X or Y. I doubt the CSR can give you logistical reasons for that. I don't think the CSR "coped out" - what they said is true.

I've heard of Romulus. Looked it up, and it is right next to Detroit's airport. There is a Priority Mail processing center there. That is what your package is doing there. Why it was routed there vs elsewhere is hard to say.
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USPS Has really Let Me Down!
Posted by on 04/19/2011
USPS you've really let me down. Over the last few months, I've been singing praises about your priority mail service, namely how cost effective it is and fast delivery time. And up until now, you've always come through and delivered my packages (whether I was the sender or receiver) safely and in a timely manner. And now it looks as though you have lost a package. I knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. I have had a few scares in the last few months where I would have a package out for delivery yet the mail would arrive sans any packages, and then a few hours later, the doorbell would ring and low & behold, I would see the mail truck driving away and there was my package next to the mailbox! But not this time. My package was scanned as "Out for delivery" at 8:30am YESTERDAY. I watched the mail lady delivery my mail and rushed out to get it as soon as she was done, but my package wasn't there and it wasn't delivered a few hours later. I thought it would show up today but low & behold, my husband caught the mail lady just as he was leaving for work and again, no package. I went to the post office to find out where the hell my package was and why it hasn't been delivered and the only thing they could tell me is that they have to talk to the carrier when she returns and that I should call tomorrow morning between 6-8 am before the carrier has left, to see if they've found my package, and to let them know if I want it delivered or to pick it up myself! I am beyond angry now. There is absolutely no excuse for this! I don't understand how my package could be allowed to sit on a mail truck for 2 days now! It should be required, if it isn't already, that mail trucks are inspected upon return to make sure all of the day's mail has been delivered! I read somewhere that sometimes packages are delivered by another carrier and thats why they sometimes show up after the regular mail has been delivered. Well this is a small town, there is no way in hell it should take an extra day or 2 ro deliver a package. The mail carrier screwed up royally and I can't even hold her accountable! if I had my way, I would press charges for theft or at least negligence because the post office has determined that at one point or another, my package was on her truck! This really really sucks. I am glad that it's just an inexpensive eBay purchase ($30 shirt) that has been lost and not a check or a credit card, but now whenever I'm expecting a package and it doesn't show up with the regular mail, I'm going to worry that it too has been lost!!!! I will be filing a formal complaint against the letter carrier because there is no excuse for this! None what so ever!
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-19:
I am an old fart, not to be confused with THE old fart. It has always been the case with the USPS that in the event of a delivery issue, you speak with the delivery person. So I think their advice was good, if you want to find out what happened.

OTOH, if your objective is to convict or prosecute the delivery person, your first action might be to contact an attorney or law enforcement officer. FWIW, I have never lost a package or letter in the US Mail.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-04-19:
Its not my intent to prosecute the mail carrier. In the heat of the moment, when I was still quite angry, yes I contemplated prosecution, but I know that I can't because a crime hasn't been committed. I do think that the carrier should at least be reprimanded by the post master because there is absolutely no excuse for not delivery a package for 2 days! It had been my intent to ask her about my package (if she didn't deliver it with todays mail) when she delivered todays mail, but it arrived 2 hours earlier than usual and my husband, unaware that I was expecting a package, ran in to her on his way out the door for work and I was at the back of the house and didn't see.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-04-19:
Isn't it possible a crime has been committed? As I understand it, you don't know anything at this point except that you don't have your package.
Posted by leet60 on 2011-04-19:
I have had a similar experience with USPS. I watched the carrier one day, place the mail in my box, and there was also a package to be delivered that was listed as out for delivery. The carrier drove away. The post office gave me the same answer "they have to talk to the carrier". As it happened the carrier pulled up to my house about two hours later and casually tossed the package over the fence next to the gate and walked away.

I avoid USPS for packages at all costs after that incident
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Content of the package stolen/replaced in ISC NEW YORK
Posted by Inchik on 03/31/2011
Just want to share what happened to my package. My parents live in Germany. They sent to us a package with several nice art books and some children toys and clothes. When I received the package it had no books at all. It had the clothes and toys my parents sent along with somebody else's stuff (a scarf, wallet, and socks in a gift wrapping paper, a soap, a broken Christmas candy). The package was opened and retaped. The label on the package clearly says its weight was 8.5 kg (over 18 pounds), and the custom declaration says "books". Obviously the package's weight is much smaller now, around 7 pounds. The USPS tracking tool shows that it arrived to ISC NEW YORK (which is supposed to be the customs) and was there for 12 days. I believe somebody in the ISC opened a bunch of parcels at once, went through the content, then just stuffed the things back without paying attention. I filed complaints on usps.com and on postalinspectors. uspis.gov but I doubt it will help. It is not that the lost books are super expensive, I just feel sorry for my parents, they wanted us to have those particular books. If somebody recognizes their lost items (a scarf and socks in a gift wrapping paper, a soap, a broken Christmas candy) you can contact me on this site with a description and I will sent it to you.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-31:
Did your parents insure the package?
Posted by inchik on 2011-04-05:
Yes, for 100 euro.
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Why can't you purchase first-class shipping online?
Posted by on 02/28/2011
I can't stand going into the post office and waiting in those long lines, especially since the USPS is closing down a bunch more offices means even LONGER lines. So I try to ship out as many packages online, as I can. I sell a lot of things on Ebay, so purchasing and printing shipping labels online is so much more easier. My grievance is you CANNOT purchase the first class rate online. My question and complaint is WHY??? Why will they allow you to purchase PRIORITY, (which by the way is more than twice as much more money than first class and essentially the same service and shipping times) but won't allow to to purchase first class? Is this some sort of scheme to rip you of on priority shipping? Its the same with international shipping. They have no problem taking your money for express and priority, but once again, you have to waste your time driving to a post office to purchase first class. Its quite irritating and annoying. They seriously need to fix it.

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Posted by azRider on 2011-02-28:
I agree. I sell books, and it would be great to buy both media and first class off the web site. but only priority mail is allowed. the USPS complains they are losing money. think of much they could add in revue if they would allow purchase of first class and media mail! they might actually see an increase in shipping.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-28:
You can ship USPS 1st class through paypal. All you have to do is log in, and use this link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_ship-now (linky)
If USPS won't let you in the front door, slip in through the back.

Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-28:
Priority Mail is the same as First Class for close distances - my post office always looks at the label and will tell me not to waste money on Priority if they think it will be the same amount of time. Happens to me and I have heard them tell other. Maybe there is a benefit to going in (:
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-02-28:
stamps.com has a program, but I think the cheapest is @10 bucks a month.
Posted by Ytropious on 2011-02-28:
I buy first class through ebay shipping just fine. First class MUST be 13oz or less, or 4lbs or less for international. Buy it through ebay OP, then you get delivery confirmation for 19 cents.
Posted by Renee on 2013-01-19:
You can purchase first class shipping for within the US but not to Canada. Why?
Posted by Jayesper on 2013-03-28:
International shipping, AFAIC, is out of the question. Even to Canada. The buyers don't deserve to pay those exorbitant fees or wait on their hands and feet. Oh and stamps.com is $15.99/month for the cheaper service. They'll let you add $10.00/month though it seems. I too am sick of going in there to do nothing but pickup FREE expedited supplies (I guess that's how they get you to use the services).
Posted by Michelle on 2013-04-23:
I'm livid. I've been selling on Ebay for a few years and also off Ebay. I've always been able to use Ebay or Paypal to ship items within the USA but not this year? I have no clue as to why i can't ship within my own country if it's under 13 oz... which is the weight limit for 1st class. I used to be able to ship 1st class international to my folks in England, but not anymore. Who has time and fuel to run to the post office for this? It's insane but yet they will take your money hand over fist... GRRRR Post office get with it!
Posted by John on 2013-07-20:
Hi Guys and dolls! Thank you for the advice here. I used paypal and it was a breeze. Also for some reason it was about 10% cheaper than USPS's estimate. Super quick no hassle and I pay for it right through paypal all at once. Love it. Saved me a trip and several dollars.
Posted by Maggie on 2013-07-22:
I agree with John that Paypal is a very easy way to ship eBay items, but I've found a problem with shipping lighter items. If it is below 4 oz, they charge you $1.69 for the label, when you can save up to $.70 by going into the post office. 1 oz - $.92, 2 oz - 1.12, etc. eBay now requires that you upload tracking information to them 90% of the time for "Top Rated Plus" status. Kind of seems like a mutually benefitting arrangement for them.
Posted by Taser_This on 2013-09-17:
I would think they don't offer First Class Postage because they want to force you to pay more for Priority - and want to deny you alternative options. Really not a good policy for the U.S. Post Office. You would expect private companies to abuse customers, but not a quasi-public entity.
Posted by Ed Maple on 2013-10-29:
Actually, Taser_This, you are much more likely to be abused by the State and it's minions as you most often have no other choice. with private industry you are free to find the choice which serves your needs at a price you agree to pay. Unless of course it has a government enabled monopoly or some other corrupt crony capitalist advantage. Which is imposed by the State.
Posted by Keith on 2014-02-08:
Not sure what everyone is talking about. You can send first class international on the website. I made a label today. You cannot send it that way on PayPal and today I couldn't send a package media mail.
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Christmas card w/money never arrived!
Posted by Chelonia mydas on 12/29/2010
GLADSTONE, MISSOURI -- Is it not suspicious that all my mail has arrived safely from my sister in Montana for over 4 years now, BUT the one very important Christmas card with two $100 bills in it has never arrived?! She writes at least twice a month and every one of those letters have made it right on time. I think there are a bunch of pathetic thieves that get hired to get the mail out on time in Dec. Hey, without paying for a tracking number or so called black mailing device, there is really no way of finding that card. (According to the gentleman at the post office) Shame on the postal service for not handling holiday mail more securely. Shame on the scum bag that stole Christmas from two very deserving children.
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Posted by leet60 on 2010-12-29:
Doesn't suprise me. I recently had a replacement ATM card, which was mailed to an address I have lived at for 30 years, returned to my bank marked by the post office as "not deliverable - no such address". I have seen the envelope it was mailed in as the bank kept it - the post office has no explanation to offer.
Posted by trmn8r on 2010-12-29:
My mom taught me not to put currency in the US mail back in 1968, and I never have. These days, I would send a gift card, money order, or a check.

Do you suspect that employees have some kind of scanner or sniffer that seeks out envelopes with money in them? How would they know which envelopes to steal?
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-12-29:
sad fact is, there are many postal service employees who target cards. most times cards contain cash. not so long ago, there was a local news program out of atlanta that busted several postal employees for stealing money from items they were in charge of. one can no longer trust the postal service.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-29:
My sister-in-law's mom gave me money for Christmas. Rather than mail me cash, she put the money directly in my bank account.
Posted by unhappy999 on 2010-12-29:
With all the thousands, possibly millions of holiday cards going through the USPS this time of year, the employees would have no way of knowing which ones contain cash, whether it be $1 or $200. Some mail does get lost. I hope your card turns up. I'm sure we all know never to send cash through the mail especially a large amount like that. I just checked the back of my Target bill and it says "do not mail cash payments." I guess some people still do and that's why most bills caution against it even though to most of us, it is common sense.
Posted by Ponie on 2010-12-29:
How often has she sent two one hundred dollar bills in mail you received from her? Just wonderin'.....
Posted by Chelonia mydas on 2011-01-10:
Hello to all the people still waiting for their Christmas cards! I called my local USPS to file a complaint. He said I couldn't. I was told their was nothing I could do because my sister didn't "BUY" into their so called safety feature, the tracking number. Look at all the people complaining about their mail that is lost even after buying into the postal services "sure" deal. Garbage...Oh, let me see..do I trust you to deliver this? Wait, I don't, go ahead and charge me for one of those numbers! Anyhow, I called the mail distribution center in Montana and she was very polite and said that the sorting machines do not like red envelopes (it can't read them) and thin envelopes (the cheap ones in the dollar stores). The machine jams and tears the envelopes and cards sometimes to the point where the addresses can't be read. They are waiting for people to call them looking for something in particular - like two $100 bills. My sister said it was a red card! I apologize for accusing a scum bag for taking it when there is possibly another reason. To answer that last comment- My sister has sent $20 every two weeks for my kids for 4 years now. All have made it. Call your local post office and find out where the distribution centers are located and give a call. One guy said he had a huge pile of destroyed cards and a lot of money but no $100 bills. I believe him, he seemed very honest. Good luck my friends. I personally never send cash but my sister who lives way up in the mountains is quite oblivious to the real world. You have to love that - someone who believes in and trusts the USPS. Not me :(
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No package arrived, but I received teasing phone call from PO
Posted by Nicki212 on 12/18/2010
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- This happened to me 3 times already. it always ended up with the same person to speak with by the end. I ordered something online and the sender always used tracking services. when I check on the USPS website, it always misteriously showed that it's already been delivered. But weird enough I haven't seen any pink slip in the mailbox in my building nor it's ever made it to my doorstep. the regular mail is totally fine, only package seems like it's disappear from the radar for 1 week or 2 week, then a 2nd notice or even final notice pink slip would somehow appear in my mailbox again. When it happened the 2nd time, I already suspected it's a work of my local postal driver who did this. coz when I made a complaint online, the local postal worker would call me tell me the same thing "on the net, it shows it's delivered". I said I never got it and I don't know how it can be showed delivered if I haven't gotten it YET! guess what? few days later, they would call and tell me "OH! it's been sitting on the shelves all along!!" then how the hell would it show "delivered on the net?" fishy? oh yeah. someone might want to cheat salary out of making a non-existence delivery!

I've been trying to avoid using USPS ever since, but on the 3rd time I ordered a book using priority mail.. hello~~ I paid more then 1st class and 1 expect to get it with 3 days. that's what priority mail is. isn't that what they advertise?????!?!?!? guess what? my package is somehow also showed a delivered status on the net but no one in my family has ever seen that package. ok. so now the driver is pulling the same trick again. I email USPS the complaint, I guess it's the local manager called me and insisted the package is delivered. and funny enough, he mimic a girly talk keep saying
"where is my book? where is my book?" I was very angry at that jerk's attitude. does he want to keep his job or what??? and he also sounds like I made a big deal out of nothing! I needed that book at my class that's y I paid priority mail. now it doesn't show up, I have to order another one because of it.

the jerk keep insisting my family got the package. and he also imply that may be they hide it from me after they got it! come on. I am the only guy in my family who would have the gut to talk to English speaker, ok? I kept saying the package is not arrived! he then ask my family composition coz first he insisted the package is delivered to a TEENAGE boy. I told him there wasn't any boy in my family. then he asked me WHAT OTHER FAMILY MEMEBERS DO I HAVE. WTF is that??? why is it his business? so he can frame my parents next time? lol... I didn't know the USPS postal has to know my family composition inorder to deliver a package.

the new book I ordered has arrived after 1 week, but I haven't received the missing package until 2 weeks after. that jerk called me again on the 2nd week. explained to me "NICELY" that the book somehow NEVER got delivered, but was sitting on the shelf of the postal office for the last 2weeks!!! I told him" you know what? I already brought another book. why don't you fXXking keep it !! jerk" then I hung up on him.

wow.. I've never seen such attitude as being the #1 in a service business. first it's the constant mislocate packages, then it's teasing / mocking, commenting on you haven't nothing else better to do then to make a big deal out of nothing attitude. at last, the package is always showed up and SOMEHOW always ENDED UP in the shelf at the post office waiting to be picked up.

that package was never opened, no tear, clean! so I m pretty sure it was never set foot outside of the post office.

then I've never use USPS to deliver package again. coz I know THEY ARE HIDING MY PACKAGE.

it's the old chelsea po, the manager there is a guy, I believe he's black because he surely sound like one, especially when he's mocking me.
I wonder why do post office keep him? to lose more business??
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Posted by clutzycook on 2010-12-18:
There has to be someone higher up than that manager. Try to find him/her and report the guy.
Posted by nicki212 on 2010-12-18:
i m not sure if that guy is the manager or even the truck driver. I couldn't find another person to speak with other than that guy. he was also the one call me when my 2nd package was missing. I know the mailman is doing their work, but the truck driver has been hiding package. they won't deliver it but tag it as delivered. i have never had this problem while i was living in brooklyn for 10 years. and the postman there are friendly.
Posted by MRM on 2010-12-18:
Interesting scenario
Posted by nicki212 on 2010-12-18:
i regreted i didn't record our phone conversation. so other people can hear how nice his girly voice is.
Posted by madconsumer on 2010-12-18:
since you live in an apartment building, could it be in the office?
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-12-18:
1st incident: "OH! it's been sitting on the shelves all along!!"

2nd incident: "...but was sitting on the shelf of the postal office for the last 2weeks!!!"

I would say that pretty much eliminates the "could it be in the office" possibility.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
Luckily, Ive had no problems with the USPS. I always get packages in a tinely manner, and my postal lady is very nice.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
You think with the decrease in people using their service, they would do everything they can to improve their customer relations. I recently had an incident with them that showed just pure laziness on someone's part. It makes me know why I rarely send checks in the mail anymore.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
I had a WONDERFUL carrier. Unfortunately, I moved and lost her. When she was off, everything went wrong. Some of them are ridiculously lazy. I was across the street at a neighbors and saw the truck pull up to my box. I was expecting a package so I went out but not from my side, from the opposite side because I was across the street so he did not see me coming. He was in there filling out the slip for the package as if I missed it. He wasn't even going to ATTEMPT to walk the 10 steps to the door. What a slacker!

Service is hit or miss with USPS.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
lee, I had that problem once too. It took me 3 weeks for them to locate the (Priority) package after they left the slip!
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
definitely laziness. Why dont they leave the packages at your door? All my packages are left by my door if im not home. So the pink slip is basically the "lazy" slip. They were too lazy to walk to your door and leave the package there.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
Priority really used to be something special. I worked for a company that sent payroll checks to their locations by Priority. I bet they don't now. Priority Mail is the old standard First Class Mail and First Class Mail is now like playing the lotto. They just use it as an excuse to get more money.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
first class is only available for packages up to like a pound. Then it automaticallty is priority, unless you go with Parcel. I heard that you're better off putting your packages in the dryer for an hour than send a package parcel post. Ive used parcel on heavy items that are not worth much.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
The price between parcel and priority are not much, depending on how heavy the package is.
Posted by clutzycook on 2010-12-18:
My mail carrier is my next door neighbor and she uses the fact that she lives on her route to full advantage. When she comes around to our neighborhood, she will stop when she gets to her house, take her mail inside, let her dog out, then about 5-7 minutes later will get back in her truck and take off. I've thought about reporting her, but I don't know if anyone would really care.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
clutzy, I wouldn't mind it as long as she's doing her job well. Maybe she considers this her break and has already discussed it with her employer?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-12-18:
clutzy, Id suggest just letting it go. The last thing I would want to do is make enemies with my neighbor who also delivers my mail. Sounds like it could cause a bad time.
Posted by nicki212 on 2010-12-18:
clarification : when i answered that jerk's call, i did asked him if the package is on the shelf in the postal office coz it already happened to me twice. he denied it right away, repeating himself like i don't understand english, "it was delivered to someone in your apartment!","it was YOUR SON!!" "i bumped into him so i gave the package to him." i don't have kid. i bet they don't even know who i am, how could she could know "my son"!! how can they make up a son of mine just to cover their asses. he even repeated my address to confirm, but it didn't make the package appear out of thin air now, wouldn't it? after he repeated my address, the other woman staff there said "yeah! we gave it to your son. ask your son." i repeated myself again "i don't have a son." he was very rude said "who else lives in your apartment?" x 3, coz i wouldn't say it.

if the guy quit working at post office, I am sure he will be a great story-teller. his attitude is just annoying and rude.
Posted by nicki212 on 2010-12-18:
i don't think they would even want to take the elvator to go up to the building. in fact, they didn't even make the attempt to deliver. i've seen it myself once. the mailman would fill out the "we missed u" slip and leave it in my mailbox. they didn't buzz me through intercom. But 2 years ago, packages were delivered to my door, the mailman bang my door so hard, scared the crap out of me. sometimes, they also buzz me and ask me to go downstair to pick up the package. now they just don't even bother to buzz or bring out the package while they deliver the mails.
Posted by leet60 on 2010-12-18:
I also have issues with USPS package delivery. The same incident has occurred twice in the past month. Rather than bringing a package to my door, which is less than 10 feet from the mailbox, they will walk up to the gate and unceremoniously drop the package on the ground on my side of the fence. No notice, no attempt to actually deliver.
My fence is rather short and borders the sidewalk. Had I not seen this happen, it is likely the first pedestrian walking by my house could simply reach over the fence and walk away with the package.

When I queried the post office about this, I was told if it did not fit in the box and the carrier was running late they could "leave it in a safe place". I find this kind of service undesireable and the USPS should not wonder why their business is dwindling rapidly.
Posted by nicki212 on 2010-12-19:
leet60>> that's pretty scary. unless they have a gps device on the package, they shouldn't just leave it out in the public like this. when i was still living in brooklyn years ago. there are houses with lawn and fence. i always see mailman / truck driver put packages in front of the door or inside the screen door. not the lawn or fence. they would only do it if they see someone is coming to get the package after they rang the bill. if no one's home, they would fill out pink slip instead, and put it into the mail slot. the house i lived doesn't have lawn, so they can't just leave it on the street if no one's home. they always deliver packages to my house, ring the bell, pink slip if no one's home. they made sure your mail / packages are inside your house. good old days.
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