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    blukat

    One of the problems probably was Amazon PRIME. They contract with UPS and FedEX to deliver stuff in 2 days. This is nice so you can buy something last minute on Saturday, and get it by Tuesday, in time for Christmas.

    Well, they got overwhelmed... Over 1 million signed up for PRIME for this exact reason, and Amazon had to block new users from signing up:

    http://online.wsj.com/...

    A lot of the folks who ship via the Post Office know enough to wrap their stuff and send it about a week in advance... otherwise the clerk might say "too late!"

    Apples to Oranges comparison... but yes, more people should be talking about it.

    •  I'm sure that contributed but (0+ / 0-)

      they were having problems that wouldn't have been about last minute Prime orders. I've used Prime for years and this is the first time that packages were one or more days late more than a week before Christmas.

      My daughter had the same problem with Prime orders as well as independent orders that she had made early in Dec. I keep wondering if they under hired and then got beat up by it.

      And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County Down by the Green River where Paradise lay. Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away. John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:05:27 PM PST

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      mmacdDE

      Amazon uses the USPS to deliver all kinds of stuff. More and more of my orders from Amazon come via USPS all the time. One of the reasons is that this allows them to deliver packages on Saturday and in some selected cities the USPS is delivering packages on Sunday.

      My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

      by Mr Robert on Sun Dec 29, 2013 at 02:25:05 PM PST

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