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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
5594 posts

The Frustrating USPS
Hey guys,
I realize I'm just ranting, but I've hit the end of the line on my frustrations w/ USPS and its inability to reliably make timely deliveries. It all started in June when I ordered a 22 Nosler case trimmer. After 3 weeks, it still had not been delivered. It was a hybrid shipping using UPS and USPS w/ the final delivery from the latter. USPS tracking was useless as it kept saying it was being delivered on a date 2 weeks past. Their website was useless. Their "trouble shooter" voice mail ended up basically saying "Everything's running late b/c of Covid, but we're working hard to deliver your mail." I initiated an investigation w/ Midway and ended up reordering it (on backorder again). One week after reordering, the original order arrived. But that was just the start.
2. Two weeks ago I mailed a check and money order to our prairie dog hunting host in OK but it still hasn't been delivered.
3. Two weeks ago I ordered a 22 Nosler seating die from Brownell's. USPS tracking indicted it'd be delivered last Sat, but it hasn't arrived yet. The tracking just says "it's late." Friday my wife went to the local Post Office to check on it. They said the package has been in Shreveport (big city 50 miles away) for 3 days. The postal worker said Shreveport had not sent any boxes to her in 3 days. The worker also said many USPS offices couldn't get anyone to come in and work because they make more money at home w/ the Covid relief package.
4. I bought a scope from a fellow on a different forum. He shipped it Mon w/ expected original delivery Thursday, 2 days ago. It was also in Shreveport Fri. The updated delivery date was today, but didn't make it.

What's really frustrating is that I've received THREE packages in 5 days from Amazon this week on orders made Sunday (today is Sat)! So, Amazon orders are shipped successfully to me by USPS in a matter of days, but non-Amazon shipments take weeks!?? Does Amazon have some sort of preferred shipping w/ the USPS over other retailers? Why are Fed Ex and UPS still able to deliver on time? Just for curiosity, I've looked at the internet to see if there are any good ideas as to what's going on in general w/ the USPS. A lot of different theories, but nothing that really looks credible.

Ok, rant mode off. I feel a little better, although it'll be brief. Thanks for sharing my frustration.


BuddyRoeaux
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Northshore
Member since Jun 2019
867 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
And just think, this is the same group that will be in charge of your ballot on November 3rd if we move to the mail in ballot system...


SneakyWaff1es
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re: The Frustrating USPS
I think fedex and UPS pay better. Probably a lot better.


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mfiredog
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Stonewall
Member since Oct 2016
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re: The Frustrating USPS
EXACTLY!!!


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TigerstuckinMS
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Member since Nov 2005
26834 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
quote:

It all started in June when I ordered a 22 Nosler case trimmer. After 3 weeks, it still had not been delivered. It was a hybrid shipping using UPS and USPS w/ the final delivery from the latter. USPS tracking was useless as it kept saying it was being delivered on a date 2 weeks past. Their website was useless.

I don't need to read any more to know you bought a case trimmer from Brownell's.

I quit buying from Brownell's because the shipping method they choose fricks their customers badly. If it even makes it, it's going to be days after they told you it would get there. If that's how they're going to treat their customers' shipping to save a nickel and I'm going to have to pay extra for shipping just to ensure I'll receive my package, I'll just shop elsewhere.

Don't reward Brownell's.

And, yes, the USPS is incompetent garbage.
This post was edited on 8/1 at 4:51 pm


TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
5594 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
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I don't need to read any more to know you bought a case trimmer from Brownell's.

Wow, Tiger!! You were VERY close. Actually, the case trimmer was from Midway, but the seating die that's been lost in Shreveport for 4 days now came from Brownell's. I order most of my stuff from Midway, but the seating die was a special order for Midway and wouldn't be in stock until late August. That may be about the same time the die comes in from Brownell's! I had a hard time finding the seating die so that Brownell's seemed my best choice. Midsouth wanted $12 shipping for a single die! Shipping charges are so unpredictable now days. Get it free from Midway a couple times a month if you have >$49 in merchandise (possibly w/ many items) or pay $12 for a single small item from Midsouth.


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Member since Nov 2003
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re: The Frustrating USPS
I have a Sig Romeo red dot I ordered from Amazon last Sunday. The last two days the tracking says delivery attempt was unsuccessful. My fatass USPS delivery woman hates to get out of the vehicle. I hate USPS.


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UcobiaA
Alabama Fan
The Gump
Member since Nov 2010
1138 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
Our entire small neighborhood got no mail for three days. Normally it wouldn't be that big of a deal but I had a pistol light due to be delivered. When it finally did arrive it looked like the carrier had just thrown it about halfway up my driveway. Thankfully, it was well packed and undamaged.


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Croozin2
LSU Fan
Somewhere on the water
Member since Dec 2004
2534 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
Ordered two spinning reels from Academy last Saturday. Projected delivery date was Wednesday, July 29. I’m tracking them each day as I’m prepping for a GI trip and wanted to get my two new reels mounted, spooled and rigged on the new rods. The reels were at the BR Regional facility (downtown, I assume) on Tuesday. All day Wednesday, they showed “in transit to next facility” which should have been DS. Next scan into a facility was in SARASOTA, FLORIDA! Here we are Sunday morning and I still have no reels. However, they are at least back at the BR Regional facility. Cannot believe Academy partnered with these morons for their shipping.


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TigerOnThe Hill
Springhill, LA
Member since Sep 2008
5594 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
quote:

And just think, this is the same group that will be in charge of your ballot on November 3rd if we move to the mail in ballot system...

Yes, I've thought of that a lot!


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JamalSanders
Navy Fan
On a boat
Member since Jul 2015
11279 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
I ordered some pmags last month. They shipped to my local post office then got sent 3 towns over just to be sent back before they finally showed up, 4 days after "guaranteed" arrival date.


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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
40282 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
I ordered 2x4's from Lowes which is five miles away and they missed delivery 3 times now. Next week will be 4 weeks since I ordered them.


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Scoob
LSU Fan
Near Exxon
Member since Jun 2009
12821 posts

re: The Frustrating USPS
ALL shipping sucks

I recently sent emails to sites I often buy from, asking that they don't use UPS anymore, or at least let us choose who ships.

I had a package the seller sent UPS with signature required. I went to the tracking link, there was an option to sign digitally, so I clicked that. Turns out, it doesn't mean anything, they still required a signature.

I got the "follow your delivery" link and watched on a live map, this was about the 3rd or 4th time I did that. What I've seen is, the fricking truck is in my area early, and several times came into my neighborhood before 3pm. Twice he was a block away, and drove past the turn to my street. He would then leave my neighborhood and drive miles away, wandering around without pattern. Once it stayed static and unmoving for 30 minutes or more, when I checked the address it was a restaurant.
At 8:30 pm I saw him back in my neighborhood... at 8:41 I got a notice that it would be delivered the next day, because I was not available to sign. I fricking saw the truck drive past my house.
I got on the 800# and yelled at customer service, they said he would not deliver it that night (despite the fact that he drove down a cross street in front of me while we talked); but at least I got them to redeliver the next day. They wanted to leave it at some "UPS dropoff location", which was a fricking Phone Repair/Gas Station/Nail shop a few miles away, in the hood.

I've had several deliveries come really late at night. One came about 10:45pm, on a weeknight. All UPS.

Fedex has been good. USPS has been good. Amazon minivans have been good. UPS drives me nuts.


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