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#1 cytan299

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 06:49 AM

Well, it looks like there’ll be no Santa for X’mas frown.gif Two of my packages have been stuck for days in USPS. It looks like covid19, large increase in volume of packages for X’mas and “reforms”  instituted by the postmaster general has overwhelmed USPS.

 

https://www.seattlet...package-delays/

 

 

I really hope my packages don’t vanish without a trace.

 

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 06:59 AM

Keep your hopes up.  OPT shipped a filter "2nd Day Priority" to me just before Thanksgiving and it only took 27 days.  A detour through NJ didn't help.


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 07:49 AM

Bought an eyepiece used from a nice guy in KY who shipped it priority mail to me in GA, only took 13 days!  At least I got it.



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:10 AM

yes, USPS is overwhelmed. My package left CA on 06Dec traveled to Delaware then down to Florida (where it is stuck).  I live in PA, it was so close yet so far (I filed 2 claims, lets see if it ends up at the North Pole)



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:21 AM

We have shipped probably 30 packages via USPS this month.  All but one have arrived in a timely manner.  

 

It's good to hear others are having packages taking a long time, maybe that one will eventually show up.  

 

Covid has made it more difficult for the post office.  The workers are pushed to the limit.  As I was mailing some letters on Sunday, a postman was emptying the mail box.  I made a little small talk.  It turned out, he had worked about 13 hours already, delivering Amazon for the post office.

 

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:38 AM

Shipped two packages on the same day on Dec 11th. Both sent Priority Mail from the same local Post Office.

 

One arrived at it's destination in Colorado Springs on the 17th - 6 days travel time.

 

The other left Austin on the 12th and "disappeared" for 9 days.. It finally "reappeared" yesterday, leaving Indianapolis. It is destined for a friend in KY.

 

Travel time so far = 11 days and it is not there yet.

 

Talking to my KY friend, he told me a story about their local small town Post Office. A few days ago. he said that their Post Office had 1200 packages from Amazon alone to deliver in one day!!!! The Postal delivery workers are making multiple trips and working long after dark to make the deliveries, His town has a population of less than 3000. That's right 1200 Amazon packages for 3000 people in one day!

 

We are all shopping on-line and getting everything delivered to us in our respective Covid isolation bunkers/observatories. And it is Christmas time to boot!

 

Thank a Postal worker - they are doing their best, hopefully like the rest of us....

 

Merry Christmas all from Texas.


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 08:46 AM

Fortunately, all my astronomical (and other) packages through USPS and UPS seem to have been delivered this season. 



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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:51 AM

Well it is so bad now I have packages at the Denver Main for 8 Days now and on the USPS website tracking is down.

Why OPT is still using them bets me.


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 11:20 AM

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 01:30 PM

Bought an eyepiece used from a nice guy in KY who shipped it priority mail to me in GA, only took 13 days!  At least I got it.

 

 

I am glad its not just me...  I am waitring for some critical ATM parts from AstroSystems.  Randy shipped the package the next day after ordering.  See the photo.  No tracking update since 12/13.  I still have not received the parts as of today (12/22).

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Posted 22 December 2020 - 01:43 PM

I'm on day 13 for an order to get from California to Virginia.  

 

Edit:  Took out Vendor's name as I am not blaming them for this and didn't want to take a chance of it coming across that way.  


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Posted 22 December 2020 - 10:13 PM

We shipped an Espirt 150EDT in late November for a project. After multiple emails and looking UPS has claimed to have lost it.

A 4’ long, 20” wide, 90 pound box just vanished....

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 05:14 AM

We shipped an Espirt 150EDT in late November for a project. After multiple emails and looking UPS has claimed to have lost it.

A 4’ long, 20” wide, 90 pound box just vanished....

How many boxes do you ship a month?

 

The USPS activity is up 14% over last year.  Add in the Pandemic, I am not surprised they are having issues.  It's not like it's business as usual.  

 

The our lost box showed up in tracking yesterday and was about 10 miles from it's destination.

 

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 10:16 AM

A friendly reminder to limit the posts here to issues around delivery of astronomy-related items. General discussions of shipping companies would be more appropriate to, and welcome in, the Off-Topic-Observatory  forum.



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:23 PM

We shipped an Espirt 150EDT in late November for a project. After multiple emails and looking UPS has claimed to have lost it.

A 4’ long, 20” wide, 90 pound box just vanished....

That's crazy.  On the "plus" side, lost items are usually credited for replacement value.



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Posted 26 December 2020 - 11:45 AM

How many boxes do you ship a month?

 

The USPS activity is up 14% over last year.  Add in the Pandemic, I am not surprised they are having issues.  It's not like it's business as usual.  

 

The our lost box showed up in tracking yesterday and was about 10 miles from it's destination.

 

Jon

My local USPS has cut mail delivery to about 4 days per week because they have too many employees out with covid.

 

Plus of course there was no deliveries for 4 or 5 days thanks to the 4 FEET of snow we got in the area ( all-time 24 hour record for New York State ) on Dec 17/18 -- and now dealing with floods.


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Posted 26 December 2020 - 01:39 PM

Up here in Canada it is exactly the same, proportionately with the difference in population. It is what it is but it is still getting to us in a proportionately timely way over a proportionately period of time in proportionate portions ! Every day of the week, proportionately, lol !  


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Posted 26 December 2020 - 01:54 PM

"USPS overwhelmed."

No way, I don't believe it.

 

My daughter ordered boxes, empty folded ones from the post office before Thanksgiving.

Well after a while we went down to the post office and got some.

The day before Christmas, yes Christmas eve they showed up.

You can't make this stuff up.



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Posted 26 December 2020 - 02:04 PM

"USPS overwhelmed."

No way, I don't believe it.

 

My daughter ordered boxes, empty folded ones from the post office before Thanksgiving.

Well after a while we went down to the post office and got some.

The day before Christmas, yes Christmas eve they showed up.

You can't make this stuff up.

 Perhaps that's why they are overwhelmed...!!  Shipping empty boxes must be last on their list....


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Posted 26 December 2020 - 04:20 PM

 Perhaps that's why they are overwhelmed...!!  Shipping empty boxes must be last on their list....

If they offer the service they should be able to provide it.

If you can't pull it off, don't offer it.


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Posted 26 December 2020 - 04:59 PM

If they offer the service they should be able to provide it.

If you can't pull it off, don't offer it.

So why not have it shipped courier for a much, much better service ? Oh yea sure, lol !



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Posted 26 December 2020 - 05:15 PM

Luckily it's only a small Bahtinov mask.
 
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Posted 26 December 2020 - 05:16 PM

So why not have it shipped courier for a much, much better service ? Oh yea sure, lol !

My original post said "daughter" not me.

Oh well 

Read the posts before mine, they seem to have it together. 



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Posted 26 December 2020 - 05:20 PM

My original post said "daughter" not me.

Oh well 

Read the posts before mine, they seem to have it together. 

I’m really saying it tongue in cheek, lol ! To be honest I have great service with USPS to Canada even in these trying times. But speed has slipped even with Canada Post but not too bad.


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#25 Jeff L

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Posted 26 December 2020 - 06:21 PM

356E9F62-D1D2-4314-B685-3C4D50C61409.png Notice the Dec 7 entry. Phoenixville Pa is 60 miles away from me. It went to West Fargo, that’s North Dakota. It’s a Televue paracorr and a Televue 16mm Nagler. I hope it’s not lost.


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