I order a LOT of stuff online. Where most people check out stores for stuff they need, my first reaction is to hop online and see if I can find it. The result of that is that I receive a lot of packages, so I’ve gotten to know the shipping companies pretty well.
There are three companies that are most commonly used (in my area at least): Fedex, UPS, and USPS (the post office).
Both Fedex and UPS are great. They are fast, reliable and on time. I get most of my packages in 3 or 4 days no matter the size or where they are shipped from. If they say your package will be delivered on X date, it will be delivered on that date, if not sooner (the only exception I’ve found is extremely bad weather). They have tracking information that is up-to-date, down to the minute (I once checked a UPS package and found it had been delivered one minute earlier). UPS will even will put your box into a plastic bag if there is supposed to be rain or snow! In short they do exactly what they are supposed to. Every single time.
The Post Office on the other hand is terrible. For a standard package it takes 7 days for me to get it. Only on rare occasions will I get it quicker, quite often it will take longer. They don’t take care of the packages, and quite often they come banged up, not enough to damage the contents, but still damaged. And they have no respect for weather (this could just be my local carrier though). I once found a package thrown onto a snow bank next to (not in front of) my door, and it had snowed since then and completely covered it. The only way I found it was because I thought that it would be delivered that day and I rooted around in the snow just in case it was in there. Their tracking information is terrible. Quite often I’ll check after I receive a package to find that they only list three lines (even if shipped across the country): 1 – Electronic Information Recieved 2 – Packaged Arrived at Facility 3 – Delivered. Quite a bit of missing information, don’t you think?
And, if all of that wasn’t enough, several times in the past year alone they have totally miss-routed my packages! One time it was shipped from Illinois (I live in Wisconsin) and some how it ended up in MASSACHUSETTS!! Where it preceded to sit around for another week or so (because they didn’t know what to do with it I assume), until they shipped it back to ILLINOIS and then finally to me. Over all it took 2-1/2 or 3 weeks for me to get my package.
FROM ONE STATE AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Last week I placed an order with Amazon (which is my favorite place to shop, I even have their credit card which gives me money back to spend at Amazon 🙂 ). I got my “your order has been shipped” email today (just a few minutes ago in fact). Guess who they used? That’s right THE POST OFFICE!
If they mess this one up I will totally loose it. I can guarantee you that I will write both Amazon and USPS and tell them in no uncertain terms how pissed off I am!
Isn’t it bad that when I find out that something is being shipped by the post office that I feel like I have to cross my fingers that it gets here on time and in one piece?
Now it is quite possible that everything will be fine. That my package will arrive with no damage and on time (one week from now, but still on time).
Keep your fingers crossed. Say a prayer or two. Wish on a falling star………