USPS - Unusually Slow Parcel Shipping?
Like the old adage, "it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good", I learned a few lessons from my USPS package that eluded its scheduled arrival by almost 2 weeks. First the saga.
On Tuesday December 8th I took a package to Emerald City post office containing my camera, two lenses, two prescription meds, 2 Kitchen Cooked caramel corn packages and other assorted items to be shipped to Floriduh. I recall being a bit miffed because my shipping choice would miss that upcoming Geminid meteor shower. Estimated arrival date was the following Monday, the 15th.
I tried saving a few dollars by only insuring it for a third of its worth. Why pay more, huh, what could possibly go wrong?
The 15th came and went , along with the rest of the week. I signed on to the tracking service they have and discovered it was in transit to Jacksonville. From there is went to St. Petersburg where it remained a few days until I noticed that it was heading back north to Des Moines.
On the 23rd of December the long lost package arrived as you see it. For $35.00 this package travelled 4,010 miles, a bargain if you look at it a certain way. On the other hand, it was a bit of a pain not having my camera, and meds. Not to mention Norah's Iowa Wesleyan University jersey.
The only problem but it was a scary one at first. Notice the top picture with the little orange pill stuck in the tape?
My plastic pill bottle and caramel corn was a little rough up. But he camera worked fine.
I was worried that a lens cap had come off. I haven't tried it yet, but I am hopeful all is well.
Final thoughts, and a word to the wise.
- I have decided to forgo any future shipping up or back (famous last words?). I am going to buy a sturdy backpack and use it as my carry-on. I have been using a satchel of sorts to transport stuff, but a backpack will eliminate the need for shipping boxes.
- This will eliminate the need to purchase insurance. But if I were going to ship I would purchase more insurance. At least what the stuff would cost to purchase new.
- The Wombie said to ship UPS because it is faster and cheaper. If I were to ship in the future I will use them. There is a UPS kiosk in Emerald City.
- Next time I am at the Emerald City post office I will thank Carrie for her assistance.
One final note. My great friend, Pat J. sent me her camera so I wouldn't be without one for the Christmas. Isn't that nice? I'm sending it back to her...UPS, and full insured.