AFCA Forums Home

 Moderated by: Steve Cunningham, Stan Adams, Rod Rogers  
AuthorPost
Steven P Dempsey
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue May 15th, 2012
Location: Clarksville, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
This USPS mail business is terrible - - there is a regional depot near Richmond (Sandston) that is holding a dozen or so packages for a week?? Says "IN TRANSIT" with  red dot?? 2 hours away. Any one else seen this in their tracking?

Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Steve i too belong to that club. I bought a set of fan panels from Hersehy Pa (3 hour drive) shipped out the 5th, still "in Transit" with red dot, i called the local PO and they scoffed, apparently "priority" mail isnt a priority and it could be 2 weeks ...so then why did they send me an email with an estimated date of the 8th? if they had sent an email saying delays will see delivery on the 18th then so be it, ... i wouldnt be watching for it everyday 
i HOPE the bills i mail are at least getting there on time
very disappointing , but the way it is 

you and i are not alone on the this either...sad 

Richard Daugird
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Sep 12th, 2017
Location: Texas City, Between Hou. & Galveston, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
USPS sucks. I NEVER ship with them. Typical government-paid idiots.

Michael Rathberger
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Nov 15th, 2005
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Richard Daugird wrote: USPS sucks. I NEVER ship with them. Typical government-paid idiots.

Read this, if you have a sense of humor, it's good. I did read a bit to a friend once, he was horrified, I thought it was funny as heck..




Attached Image (viewed 767 times):

Post_Office_(Charles_Bukowski_novel_-_front_cover).jpg

Tom Zapf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2009
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
all the delivery operations are facing un anticipated demand due to the circumstances of the last year and so many people working and buying from home . OK i get it, dont send me an email with an expected delivery date that isnt realistic thats all. my package is a week late ad no eta in sight. if they sent an email saying 2 weeks, ok then i wouldnt be watching for it every day...it will come 

Richard Daugird
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Sep 12th, 2017
Location: Texas City, Between Hou. & Galveston, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
Michael Rathberger wrote: Richard Daugird wrote: USPS sucks. I NEVER ship with them. Typical government-paid idiots.

Read this, if you have a sense of humor, it's good. I did read a bit to a friend once, he was horrified, I thought it was funny as heck..




Haven't read that yet, but I DID notice the author...

Steve Cunningham
Administrator


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Grapevine, TX, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
We sent an envelope Registered Mail. It’s been two weeks and still not delivered.

Andrew Block
Guest
 

Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Status: 
Offline
I send 35-40 registered mail every week in my business. I'd say 15 of those will now come back as "undeliverable" to confirmed addresses and 10 are delayed at least 2 weeks before delivery now. They can't seem to manage to deliver things to offices that have been there for 20 years and I regularly mail things to. I've even had mail come back addressed to the federal courthouse as "undeliverable."


I had a package that was shipped December 21 and remained "in transit" until I did a trace, then suddenly showed up this week.


I will add that the mail dropped off around September/October of last year by our estimation. I wonder why.....

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
You can't really blame the government for the poor postal service. It's run by a corporation on behalf of the government.
As far as deliveries are concerned, it's a mixed bag right now, with individual sorting sites practically at a standstill, especially the ones located near large cities.
I've had packages delivered out here in 3 days on the average, but right now I've got one stalled in Brooklyn, NY for two weeks.
There's a number of reasons for this, not the least of which is this dam pandemic business.
Not much we can do about it. After all, most of the major transport organizations are working in tandem carrying parcels for each other now. So, if USPS is having trouble, likely FEDEX and UPS won't be much better.
It will probably clear up in a few weeks, I think.
Cheers,
Bill

Tiffany Bode
AFCA Member


Joined: Sat Jan 9th, 2021
Location: Byram, Mississippi USA
Status: 
Offline
My wire, wicks and plugs package has disappeared between Ohio and Mississippi for two weeks with no updates besides "In Transit - Delayed."

Andrew Block
Guest
 

Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Status: 
Offline
True, however it seems that those at the top have cut hours and positions according to our postman. He receives no leeway to complete his route, his timetable is strict now and what is not delivered today, too bad. He says there are major backups at the sorting facilities so he gets piles of mail periodically and cannot deliver it all. I received a letter today that was postmarked on 12/18/2020


William Dunlap wrote: You can't really blame the government for the poor postal service. It's run by a corporation on behalf of the government

Daniel OToole
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Mon Jun 3rd, 2013
Location: RED OAK, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
Took my mail 2 weeks to move 17 miles

Arjun Saini
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 25th, 2020
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
cant trust anything with em

Alex Wolf
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Mon Jul 29th, 2019
Location: Pound Ridge, New York USA
Status: 
Offline
I bought a mint 1950's fishing bobber display it arrived with half the bobbers rattling around and the cardboard was bent. I ship with ups now.

Dave McManaman
AFCA Member


Joined: Sat Apr 22nd, 2017
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska USA
Status: 
Offline
It's been so inconsistent lately.  I ordered a couple brush/spring assemblies from a company in California.  Shipped on Wednesday, arrived here in the middle of the country on Friday.  On the other hand, in late November I ordered a birthday gift for my wife, three weeks in advance of her birthday mind you.  Also out of California.  It arrived earlier this week, six weeks after shipping.  Three weeks late for her birthday.  Both USPS. Go figure. 

Rick Huckabee
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Jun 9th, 2008
Location: Lufkin, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
:clap:You got that right!

Rick Huckabee
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Jun 9th, 2008
Location: Lufkin, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
David A Cherry wrote: I paid for two day shipping and it’s been over a week...  :clap:You got that right, They stay in the back on break while 1or 2 of them tries to help 20 people standing in line

Michael Rathberger
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Nov 15th, 2005
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
Richard Daugird wrote: Michael Rathberger wrote: Richard Daugird wrote: USPS sucks. I NEVER ship with them. Typical government-paid idiots.

Read this, if you have a sense of humor, it's good. I did read a bit to a friend once, he was horrified, I thought it was funny as heck.
Haven't read that yet, but I DID notice the author...
Although the book is rough, it's a great quasi documentary about the horrors of working in a post office and how the post office, at least the inner city post office's, got to be what they are...

Ted Kaczor
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 7th, 2006
Location: Pennsylvania USA
Status: 
Offline
"0" Liability. I mentioned my experience before, but here we go again, I sold fan on ePay for $2400 shipped it out with famous USPS (15 Billion in the hole of taxpayer’s money) on Nov.23rd.2020..! two months later it is still in transit to next facility. Had to return money to buyer, lost $230 to ePay fees, and $59 to USPS. Filed 13 cases with USPS, opned USPS account and filed Package Interception form (was eligible) received message later that "package is not iterceptable" and got charged $13.59 for it. Our ANY government services are incapable, USPS should be privatized!!! long ago and save taxpayers money. 

John Fengel
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Temple, Texas USA
Status: 
Offline
David A Cherry wrote: I paid for two day shipping and it’s been over a week... I guess they’re all tuckered out From delivering all those unsolicited ballots to all the people that didn’t want them..


We just went through this over Christmas. Shipped a package using 2 Day Priority Mail. It took 7 days, so I went to USPS to see about a refund. They said "2 Day" is only an estimate BUT if I had sent it "2 Day Priority Mail EXPRESS", I could have filed a refund request.


I ordered a small item from a company in Colorado and after receiving the Tracking Number started watching it. It made it to Kansas City and sat there for 3 days, then made its way to the Dallas area where it sat for another 3 days, then to Austin where it set for 2 days, then to a town 5 miles from us and then to our city. I guess I paid for warehousing..........

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
The problem with the USPS is that it has been bastardized. (starting in 1979) It is an unholy combination of a private corporation running the service on behalf of the government. The impetus of the corporation is to destroy the public's confidence of the service, paving the way toward ultimate privatization.
The end result will be just another UPS or FEDEX, two companies I will not deal with. Their service is no better than the USPS and cost sometimes 3 or 4 times as much.
What's to like about that? To be honest, the cost of their services here has a lot to do with the remote location where I live, but I think you get the picture. We already have two major carriers that are no better than the USPS.
Cheers,
Bill

Tiffany Bode
AFCA Member


Joined: Sat Jan 9th, 2021
Location: Byram, Mississippi USA
Status: 
Offline
I got an update on my shipment thats been listed as shipped and picked up two weeks ago. It’s 60 miles from where it started... 924 miles to go.

Arjun Saini
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 25th, 2020
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
a galaxy came screwed in the mail 2 yrs ago from EBAY bleh i cant even say it.GET YOUR FANS LOCAL

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
Not an option for me. The members here do a pretty good job of packing fans, so most fans I have I got from them.

Cheers,
Bill

Arjun Saini
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 25th, 2020
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
wasnt from a collector 

Donald Coleman
Guest


Joined: Thu Jul 7th, 2011
Location: Waynesboro, Georgia USA
Status: 
Offline
They totally SUCK!  I can't even keep up with the number of orders they have lost.  I'm having to replace (and remake) items, or issue refunds.  I have orders that show they never picked up, ones that have been stuck at a location for weeks, and even an order for a customer in Canada that scanned a few days ago in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Every morning I spend most of my time answering emails about lost items and researching Tracking history...

Arjun Saini
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 25th, 2020
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
yup my 6250G came BROKEN just saying wasn't the sellers fault its shipping

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
The plan for privatization of the USPS is on schedule and working just fine. Soon there will be noise in DC about it.
Then we'll have another UPS or FEDEX.
You can expect the price of shipping to go through the roof.
Of course, with no improvement in service.
Cheers,
Bill

Arjun Saini
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 25th, 2020
Location:  
Status: 
Offline
oof

Andrew Block
Guest
 

Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Status: 
Offline
I have no problem with Fedex. They're always cheaper for packages. 

My issue is that a) I'm required to use Certified mail for certain documents and b) the post office, while not 100% was VASTLY more reliable about 6 months ago, prior to the new appointee taking over and screwing with the operation. My regional center has no mailing machines since then. Guess the way to make things more reliable was to remove automation and go back to hand sorting. 


William Dunlap wrote: The plan for privatization of the USPS is on schedule and working just fine. Soon there will be noise in DC about it.
Then we'll have another UPS or FEDEX.
You can expect the price of shipping to go through the roof.
Of course, with no improvement in service.
Cheers,
Bill

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
Right the onus on the quality of the service is down to individuals in the service who because of their work ethic try as hard as possible to provide the best service. It's an uphill battle for them because the cards are stacked against them. I know my postal workers here, some by name, and every one wants to do the best job possible. The problems are coming from management, from the top.
Cheers,
Bill

Jeff Lumsden
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Sun Jul 28th, 2019
Location: Suwanee, Georgia USA
Status: 
Offline
My dad's a mail man in Illinois.  They've been hit hard with all the Covid craziness.  Many moms have chosen or been forced to stay home to care for their kids.  They're allowed to stay home up to 60 days and the post office can not replace them unless they decide not to come back...and some don't.
My dad's been working crazy over time.  10-11.5 hr days are the norm - even on days off.  The OT is so out of hand, his office no longer allows anyone to work past 8pm - too expensive.  

They're under-staffed and over-worked - until that normalizes, expect more of the same.

Cam Kuruliak
AFCA Member
 

Joined: Sun Sep 2nd, 2018
Location: Whitefish , Montana USA
Status: 
Offline
Well Jeff that explains everything I am waiting for my stator that Rick Huckabee rewound  for me He sent it from Lufkin Tx & it went to their distribution center in Miami FL It cleared that center Jan 13 going to High River Alberta Canada but I have not received any information since Jan 13 I hope they do not send it to Cuba? they can’t get Cuba & Canada mixed up can they? I can’t understand why they shipped it way east when all they had to do is ship it to Seattle then Vancouver & finally Calgary Must be short staffed
Cam

Jeff Whitfield
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Apr 9th, 2010
Location: USA
Status: 
Offline
I've had a few things delivered via FedEx in the last few weeks. Delivered on time, without delay in the time frame described. I don't have any complaints. As I understand it, the USPS will not allow FedEx to deliver to P.O. boxes because the USPS owns the P.O. boxes.  The USPS carriers and the post offices near me have always been helpful. However, in years past I've known of certified mail items to be sent via USPS and not arrive at the prescribed date and time. This had nothing to do with viruses; it was just poor organization. Bottom line is I personally think the Post Office should be required to pre-fund their pension liabilities. To what extent is probably an open question going forward, but successful businesses pre-fund. Big businesses that fail to adequately fund pensions have been bailed out. Last thing that needs to happen is another set up for a bail out.

Regarding fans, I have used FedEx and USPS. Both services delivered without a hitch, but that was outside the holiday season and there was no pandemic at the time.

Andrew Block wrote: I have no problem with Fedex. They're always cheaper for packages. 



My issue is that a) I'm required to use Certified mail for certain documents and b) the post office, while not 100% was VASTLY more reliable about 6 months ago, prior to the new appointee taking over and screwing with the operation. My regional center has no mailing machines since then. Guess the way to make things more reliable was to remove automation and go back to hand sorting. 


William Dunlap wrote: The plan for privatization of the USPS is on schedule and working just fine. Soon there will be noise in DC about it.
Then we'll have another UPS or FEDEX.
You can expect the price of shipping to go through the roof.
Of course, with no improvement in service.
Cheers,
Bill


Last edited on Tue Jan 19th, 2021 05:46 pm by Jeff Whitfield

Andrew Block
Guest
 

Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Jeff Lumsden wrote: My dad's a mail man in Illinois.  They've been hit hard with all the Covid craziness.  Many moms have chosen or been forced to stay home to care for their kids.  They're allowed to stay home up to 60 days and the post office can not replace them unless they decide not to come back...and some don't.
My dad's been working crazy over time.  10-11.5 hr days are the norm - even on days off.  The OT is so out of hand, his office no longer allows anyone to work past 8pm - too expensive.  

They're under-staffed and over-worked - until that normalizes, expect more of the same.

I respect anyone who does their job, but the PO is basically a utility and therefore IDGAF whatever they need to do to fix their operation. This is not a restaurant or a store being shorthanded. If they started cutting off electricity because they didn't have enough people to keep the plant going, then people would be up in arms. Just because the PO doesn't get much use from John Q. Public thanks to email and texting, doesn't mean they can just drop the ball.

f they say it's 2 day delivery, and I pay for 2 day delivery, then I expect 2 days, not 2 weeks. This is costing some of my clients hundreds of dollars a day in delays. USPS returns mail sent to a federal courthouse as "undeliverable?" C'mon, that's just BS and some idiot not wanting to sort it correctly.

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
I talked to my PO worker today about these issues. She actually hadn't heard about any delays with service. The PO here is operated differently than the mainland. She says the workers here have a lot of crossover skills. She sorts, works the counter and some even drive as well. On the mainland, she says they only have one duty. When someone gets sick, they have to pull from the off duty workers, or get someone from another department. This slows things down. A LOT of postal workers are getting covid right now, so that explains a lot.

Cheers,
Bill

Steve Sherwood
AFCA Member


Joined: Mon Nov 14th, 2005
Location: Peculiar, Missouri USA
Status: 
Offline
UPS, FEDEX AND USPS are all backed up. Where I work have truck loads of items shipped in and out everyday. Overnight can take a week or more. Regular shipments up to 30 days. Local shipping is not to bad, but interstate shipping is another story.

Brice Nagelmaker
AFCA Member


Joined: Thu Nov 26th, 2020
Location: Tu, Iowa USA
Status: 
Offline
i ordered 2 books Washington state and Oregon. they had same tracking locations and time stamp until 70 miles from here. one is out for delivery, the other is in a little town 40 mles from here. At Over all decent time, just weird.

Sean Campbell
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jul 6th, 2018
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
I am one of the sorting machine operators for the Indianapolis FedEx. At least at our station, we are very easily sorting 30k packages or more in a four hour or less sort and always dispatching on time. We had a management change last summer and now our facility is working better and hitting our target numbers more than any time in the past decade. Granted I don’t work at every FedEx across the nation, but ours is having no trouble keeping up and it services a fairly large city (at least by regional standards).

Levi Mevis
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2015
Location: Elkhart, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Sean Campbell wrote: I am one of the sorting machine operators for the Indianapolis FedEx. At least at our station, we are very easily sorting 30k packages or more in a four hour or less sort and always dispatching on time. We had a management change last summer and now our facility is working better and hitting our target numbers more than any time in the past decade. Granted I don’t work at every FedEx across the nation, but ours is having no trouble keeping up and it services a fairly large city (at least by regional standards).Do you know a Brandon Cooper? I'm asking because he's a Cousin of mine (my grandmother's sister's son on my dad's side of the family), and he works at that FedEx place you do. 
Also I had recently bought from a fellow member here a Hunter Rebadged GE 2-Star Oscillator Stump from ca. 1918 that was shipped to me through UPS and it arrived in one piece, no damage or anything.  :clap:

Try that with USPS. 

Last edited on Fri Jan 22nd, 2021 03:18 am by Levi Mevis

William Dunlap
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jan 31st, 2014
Location: Kula, Maui, Hawaii USA
Status: 
Offline
One thing to consider with the USPS is that from the start, the postage for a letter or a parcel has a flat rate no matter the address anywhere in the US, including more remote places like Hawaii or Alaska. Not so for other services.
UPS has zones which change the price with distance.
Not sure about Fedex.
Anyway, since I'm about as far away as one can get, that means a great deal to me.
Cheers,
Bill

Don Tener
Guest


Joined: Fri Dec 21st, 2012
Location: Saint Petersburg FL, Florida USA
Status: 
Offline
You know I here a lot of complaining about the shipping companies. But I think it is all about packing it right. If you pack it right I don't care who you use it will arrive in great condition. If you don't pack it correctly it will most likely get broken no matter who you use. So just pack it right and don't worry about it. If the person shipping to you will not pack it like you ask don't buy it.

Steven P Dempsey
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue May 15th, 2012
Location: Clarksville, Virginia USA
Status: 
Offline
after 130+ shipping, just 1 boo-boo - a Tank Switch, which I replaced from a complete running fan.

Sean Campbell
AFCA Member


Joined: Fri Jul 6th, 2018
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Levi Mevis wrote: Sean Campbell wrote: I am one of the sorting machine operators for the Indianapolis FedEx. At least at our station, we are very easily sorting 30k packages or more in a four hour or less sort and always dispatching on time. We had a management change last summer and now our facility is working better and hitting our target numbers more than any time in the past decade. Granted I don’t work at every FedEx across the nation, but ours is having no trouble keeping up and it services a fairly large city (at least by regional standards).Do you know a Brandon Cooper? I'm asking because he's a Cousin of mine (my grandmother's sister's son on my dad's side of the family), and he works at that FedEx place you do. 
Also I had recently bought from a fellow member here a Hunter Rebadged GE 2-Star Oscillator Stump from ca. 1918 that was shipped to me through UPS and it arrived in one piece, no damage or anything.  :clap:

Try that with USPS. 


Levi, unfortunately I’m not sure who he is. I’m rather isolated from most of the other employees where I work in the “control box”.

Andrew Block
Guest
 

Joined: Thu Apr 26th, 2018
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Don Tener wrote: You know I here a lot of complaining about the shipping companies. But I think it is all about packing it right. If you pack it right I don't care who you use it will arrive in great condition. If you don't pack it correctly it will most likely get broken no matter who you use. So just pack it right and don't worry about it. If the person shipping to you will not pack it like you ask don't buy it.

This isn't about the package being broken, this is about it even getting to where it needs to go. 

I tendered a USPS package yesterday at 2:13pm destination: California. It was scanned in when I dropped it off and then scanned as "Delivered to recipient" at 4:08pm. Now, either they hyperspeeded it or somebody f*cked up. That was quite important and the person on the phone did a verbal "shrugging of the shoulders" and told me they'd try to find it one day basically. 

Idiots.

Last edited on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 01:42 am by Andrew Block

Levi Mevis
AFCA Member


Joined: Tue Feb 24th, 2015
Location: Elkhart, Indiana USA
Status: 
Offline
Sean Campbell wrote: Levi Mevis wrote: Sean Campbell wrote: I am one of the sorting machine operators for the Indianapolis FedEx. At least at our station, we are very easily sorting 30k packages or more in a four hour or less sort and always dispatching on time. We had a management change last summer and now our facility is working better and hitting our target numbers more than any time in the past decade. Granted I don’t work at every FedEx across the nation, but ours is having no trouble keeping up and it services a fairly large city (at least by regional standards).Do you know a Brandon Cooper? I'm asking because he's a Cousin of mine (my grandmother's sister's son on my dad's side of the family), and he works at that FedEx place you do. 
Also I had recently bought from a fellow member here a Hunter Rebadged GE 2-Star Oscillator Stump from ca. 1918 that was shipped to me through UPS and it arrived in one piece, no damage or anything.  :clap:

Try that with USPS. 


Levi, unfortunately I’m not sure who he is. I’m rather isolated from most of the other employees where I work in the “control box”.
Ok, I was just curious because he works in the sorting area as well but I think he also works the loading docks as well. He's deaf so if you did ever run into him he would only understand sign language, he also has Autism like I do so I'm told, according to my dad.


Beige Theme By: Di @ UltraBB
UltraBB 1.17 Copyright © 2007-2008 Data 1 Systems
Page processed in 0.2476 seconds (20% database + 80% PHP). 47 queries executed.