Someone shipped me a package via U.S. Postal Service Express Mail (overnight service), sent on April 4, and it was last scanned by USPS in the morning on April 5. At this point, April 7, there has been no activity for two days -- on an overnight package.
The clerk at my local post office tells me that they will do a "trace" on the package, and it is likely to be found at a USPS depot sometime soon. She advised that some Express Mail packages are lost lost internally but later located.
Has anyone else ever experienced this with U.S. Postal Service Express Mail packages, or experienced anything similar with UPS or Fedex?
It seems really odd to me. :p
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1. I sent a book via USPS, not express, but media mail with tracking. A month or two later, I got the torn envelope back, minus the book, with an invitation to file a form describing the contents so that, if they find it somewhere, they can return it to me.
2. I sent an express envelope by USPS that was guaranteed to arrive the next day by noon. It got there several hours late. They gave me a full refund.
My conclusion? If it's really important, use FedEx. The post office is still the post office - inexpensive, but not something you can count on for really important stuff.
Having shipped thousands of packages over the past 10 years I can say that I personally don't see a difference most of the time between Parcel, Priority and Express.
The following factors which may make one faster than the other from what ive noticed is:
of course if your new to shipping and don't know the proper way to pack / seal it will take longer.
There is more of a difference between Parcel and Express however from Parcel to Priority and Priority to Express there is not much of a difference. "Maybe 1 day". Priority takes an average of 2-3 days to get to someone from the east coast to the west coast in my experience.
If you need to ship something heavy or valuable DO NOT USE USPS. USPS is not only expensive however you are likely to see issues arise. UPS is far more equipped to handle this. UPS rates on crate shipping is also reasonable and reliable IMO. If you do a lot in crates a transportation company like Road Runner might suit you better though.
I would also say that an average for 1 out of 100 packages would get lost in the mail. Of course im sure some of these were fraud too.
Last edited by indifferent; 04-08-2011 at 07:07 AM.
We sent an overnight when we moved to this area, which had a check in it to pay for heating oil in our new home. It never arrived, until 53 weeks later...yup, one year and one week it was returned to us, at our new address. For important things, we stopped using USPS.
Fedex has tracking, and I've yet to have it fail to arrive when it was supposed to.
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I will agree, every package ive shipped out after the first thousand or so had delivery confirmation. If you order shipping through the internet like through PayPal it actually requires Delivery Confirmation and comes included in the packing slip. The rates are like $0.18 vs standard USPS rates of like $0.80ea.
All though if you need to ship something valuable / important don't use USPS.
You know whats kinda funny? Those boxes you ship via USPS usually depending upon delivery time they actually get put in bag bundles, and shipped via UPS/Fedex in bundled bags to the recieving town post office!