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  •  I wish more of the Goodwills (20+ / 0-)

    On Shopgoodwill.com would figure out that USPS Priority shipping is cheaper than UPS Ground and many times faster.

    I bought an item from a Goodwill in Iowa that used USPS and I got the package in 2 days (allowing for the 4th of July holiday). I have had packages take more than a week to arrive from the west coast that were shipped UPS.

    The worst though is UPS "Mail Innovations". Lets see...charge twice as much as the USPS then take more than twice as long to deliver the package. And the final delivery will be by the USPS anyway. A plan worthy of Dr. Evil...

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    by boriscleto on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 11:47:59 AM PDT

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    •  UPS = Dr Evil (8+ / 0-)
      The worst though is UPS "Mail Innovations". Lets see...charge twice as much as the USPS then take more than twice as long to deliver the package. And the final delivery will be by the USPS anyway. A plan worthy of Dr. Evil...
      In addition, UPS delivery is "dump and run" -- no knock, so even if someone's home you won't know about the delivery until you open your front door (and many people don't use their front doors except "for company").

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      by NoMoJoe on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 01:09:22 PM PDT

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      •  UPS My Choice is worse! (7+ / 0-)

        Their new "improvement" means that they will sit on your package an extra day unless you pay a premium to get it delivered on time.

        Fat chance!

        Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

        by elsaf on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 01:44:05 PM PDT

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      •  Have you talked to your UPS driver? (10+ / 0-)

        You can agree on how you'd like your packages delivered (including whether you want them left if no one is home); and he'll put it in your customer record that pops up whenever they deliver to your house.

        I have always had customized instructions with UPS where he (and his back-up drivers) leave packages that we agree would be good for both of us. And part of that is giving me a sign, so I know it's him and not some annoying solicitor at the door.

        If you opt for a live/signature delivery, though, they only attempt delivery twice then you either need to go pick it up or they'll return the package.

        But it's an option.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 02:34:30 PM PDT

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      •  Used to have an UPS driver who hid packages (4+ / 0-)

        around the side of the house when we weren't home, which was nice of him, except that we didn't always know that packages were coming, and sometimes in the winter they'd sit there for days and get rained on. Um, thanks? When I worked in publishing I used to have to remember which author/illustrator liked which delivery service, as many of them had issues with their local delivery person, and used that as a reason to hate the entire outfit. And since the company would sign contracts with one or the other of the big two delivery companies, if it was a time that we were using UPS, I"d have to walk five or six blocks to the FEDEX office (or vice versa.)  The WORST was one author on the other side of the country who was waiting for some corrections via FedEx, one of the flat envelopes. He specifically asked for FedEx, so I did it, even though we were UPS contracted at the time. Got an email that the envelope hadn't arrived. Told him to wait, it was cross country, even though I had paid for 1st morning delivery. Get another email. I tracked it, found out it said delivered. I emailed him, asking him if it had arrived in the interim, or could he check around, sometimes they put them in odd places. Got a terse message that it wasn't there. I call FedEx, they say it's delivered, I tell him this, next my boss gets a seriously angry screaming phone call from this guy. I'm an idiot, I can't even ship something (I didn't have an assistant so I did my own shipping, but I was an exec at the time with plenty of experience.) My boss suggests nicely that he looks around, he went out the front door, still yelling.  I try calling FedEx again, ask them to contact the driver, when my boss gets a call back. A very contrite author saying that he found the envelope under his doormat, he was actually standing on it while screaming that I was an idiot. He apologized to my boss for me, but never to my face. I never had any respect for that guy after that.

      •  They always ring the bell my house (0+ / 0-)

        They always ring the bell my house

    •  FedEx's version of this is (3+ / 0-)

      SmartPost, which is also pretty stupid.  The shipper should just send it USPS to start with, it's not like most of them don't charge enough for shipping, and USPS will deliver it anyway.  It also takes longer than USPS all the way.

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