New Amazon tracking system.

 

I received an Amazon order today, delivered by the Amazon truck. When I checked the tracking link it not only gave the expected delivery time window, but showed a map with the exact location of the Amazon truck and the number of stops they were from my house. As I refreshed the screen every few minutes, it would update the location and number of stops. When it showed the truck on my street, I looked out the window and sure enough, there it was about a block up the street from me.

Maybe that system has been available in other areas, but this is the first time I have seen it where I live. While it was great being able to get a very accurate view and estimate of when my package would arrive, it seems to me that this will just worsen the problem of delivery theft. I am almost always home, so I can retrieve my package as soon as it is delivered, but for people who work away from home, this could increase the theft risk.

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bdhsfz6 wrote:

USPS definitely has problems that are ongoing even after the holiday crush.

I ordered an expensive item from Amazon on 12/8/20 with Prime 2 day shipping. It arrived today exactly 6 weeks from the order date!

Amazon shipped it using USPS from a warehouse in NC to my home in PA. USPS tracking showed it bouncing around from location to location all over the east coast for 2 weeks. It arrived in Philadelphia on 12/22/20 and sat there for 1 month.

I filed a lost package claim with Amazon but was told I had to deal with the seller directly. The seller said it was delayed shipping and would not process a refund or ship a replacement. It turns out he was right but 6 weeks is simply ridiculous!

To add insult to injury, four Christmas cards arrived along with the "lost" package!

not to make light of your situation, I'm glad I'm not alone!

I saw the same thing where from NYC the item came to Phila then to NJ and gone. I contacted the eBay seller, then a week later it came...

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bdhsfz6 wrote:

USPS definitely has problems that are ongoing even after the holiday crush.

I ordered an expensive item from Amazon on 12/8/20 with Prime 2 day shipping. It arrived today exactly 6 weeks from the order date!

Amazon shipped it using USPS from a warehouse in NC to my home in PA. USPS tracking showed it bouncing around from location to location all over the east coast for 2 weeks. It arrived in Philadelphia on 12/22/20 and sat there for 1 month.

I filed a lost package claim with Amazon but was told I had to deal with the seller directly. The seller said it was delayed shipping and would not process a refund or ship a replacement. It turns out he was right but 6 weeks is simply ridiculous!

To add insult to injury, four Christmas cards arrived along with the "lost" package!

USPS has been going downhill for years. For a while there I kept having packages disappear in northern NJ, all but one never to be heard from again, a postal Bermuda Triangle. The one that lived came about 5 months after I filed a claim, I offered to return the refund, they said no.

The odd part is why was it in NJ at all, from one part of PA to another. I've watched tracking end up in my local post office, not get delivered that day and the next it's across the state at a different PO.

That said, when buying from Amazon I will only buy when the listing says "Fulfilled by Amazon", I've never had trouble with a return/refund or exchange with those items.

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USPS increase 1/24/2021

There are several USPS price increases starting January 24. Many of the increases are for Priority Flat Rates, although the greatest % increase is for First Class Mail Additional Ounce with a 33.3% increase from 15 to 20 cents.

For folks routinely shipping letters weighing over an ounce and using stamps, this week would be the ideal time to buy a sheet or two of Additional Ounce postage.

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CraigW wrote:

There are several USPS price increases starting January 24. Many of the increases are for Priority Flat Rates, although the greatest % increase is for First Class Mail Additional Ounce with a 33.3% increase from 15 to 20 cents.

For folks routinely shipping letters weighing over an ounce and using stamps, this week would be the ideal time to buy a sheet or two of Additional Ounce postage.

Don't think UPS can ever be cheaper, but what's odd....one time before xmas I had to return something to amazon and huge line to get into the UPS store. A man comes out irate, screaming it's a rip off, but he gets in the face of the woman first in line that I found bizarre especially during covid. ranting about the prices.

Anyway, close to real figures from last year, say it costs $21 to ship to a residential address, one can simply sign up for a UPS account and get a discount (google is our friend). Now that package is like $12, cheaper than my corporate discount (that's just how it goes, my employer would not qualify for such a discount). So rather than rant and complain, isn't it a shame how we (we all do it sometimes) don't just take 5 mins to save $9 once, and every time through 2031 lol

The only item I ever sold on eBay I shipped UPS and it had residential surcharges in southwest CT...and those are real figures, $21, but net $12.xx. The UPS statement shows the exact discount--the new web page obscures it.

The eBay rates for UPS are TERRIBLE with a capital T. The USPS is no picnic either, rip off.

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johnnatash4 wrote:
CraigW wrote:

The eBay rates for UPS are TERRIBLE with a capital T. The USPS is no picnic either, rip off.

This is why I've all but given up selling on eBay and I'm not alone. Most eBay sales now are made by vendors with eBay "stores" who get a break on commercial shipping.

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bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:
CraigW wrote:

The eBay ... off.

This is why I've all but given up selling on eBay and I'm not alone. Most eBay sales now are made by vendors with eBay "stores" who get a break on commercial shipping.

You may have deleted a {/quote} or {quote} and made it look like I said something I didn't say.

For the record wink

my only loss on forever

CraigW wrote:

although the greatest % increase is for First Class Mail Additional Ounce with a 33.3% increase from 15 to 20 cents.

The funny thing is that the $0.15 price was down a lot from the previous additional ounce price. As it happens I had a number of additional ounce forever stamps in my possession, so I actually lost money on them!

Of course if I had held onto them and not used them then next month they would have regained their value. But I did not. Of course the whole affair is a loss of less than a dollar so hardly worth complaining about and I'm not complaining.

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archae86 wrote:
CraigW wrote:

although the greatest % increase is for First Class Mail Additional Ounce with a 33.3% increase from 15 to 20 cents.

The funny thing is that the $0.15 price was down a lot from the previous additional ounce price. As it happens I had a number of additional ounce forever stamps in my possession, so I actually lost money on them!

Of course if I had held onto them and not used them then next month they would have regained their value. But I did not. Of course the whole affair is a loss of less than a dollar so hardly worth complaining about and I'm not complaining.

think the Canada/international rates got jacked.

Likely the USPS is very poorly managed.

When I was a wee lad (early 90's) I was at the Jacob Farley bldg. in Manhattan. I was so angry I said, "Do you know what it says on your building? 'Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.'" That was from memory in case it's wrong.

The response: "Are you done, sir? Let me tell you something and give you a brief history lesson. An architect put it on the building, not a postal worker. It's not our motto."

Sure enough, it's not, has nothing to do with the USPS, McKim Mead and White put it there and in DC. lol

I guess it would be like the Prometheus quote at Rockefeller center, reciting it to Alec Baldwin. I can only imagine how he would explode

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CraigW wrote:
bdhsfz6 wrote:
johnnatash4 wrote:
CraigW wrote:

The eBay ... off.

This is why I've all but given up selling on eBay and I'm not alone. Most eBay sales now are made by vendors with eBay "stores" who get a break on commercial shipping.

You may have deleted a {/quote} or {quote} and made it look like I said something I didn't say.

For the record wink

Sorry Craig. I did not intend to quote your post.

I sell small items quite

I sell small items quite often on ebay. Such items are light weight and fit into a 6x10 padded envelope, usually under 4oz.

I gave up on printing labels on ebay. Too much of a hassle, and now I believe it's billed to account with mangled payments. End result you no longer earn the points/% with your credit card. Not mention the shipping manager is a ok.

I use something called pirateship.com. I get the same rates as ebay on first class and better rates on priority cubic. Ebay's discounts are slightly higher on regular priority and flat rate. PS's international rates are cheaper though. Win some, lose some. In fact, this thread reminded me to jack up the shipping by 25¢ on those first class listings. This way, anyone looking through the past sales history of the item will see the price hasn't changed (in some time). But that history doesn't reflect shipping fees.

Spoofing

From today's NYTimes:

"... But it’s not just nation-states messing with GPS. Spoofing and jamming devices have gotten so inexpensive and easy to use that delivery drivers use them so their dispatchers won’t know they’re taking long lunch breaks or having trysts at Motel 6. Teenagers use them to foil their parents’ tracking apps and to cheat at Pokémon Go. More nefariously, drug cartels and human traffickers have spoofed border control drones. Dodgy freight forwarders may use GPS jammers or spoofers to cloak or change the time stamps on arriving cargo. ..."

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/23/opinion/gps-vulnerable-al...

25¢ increase might not be

25¢ increase might not be enough. Just shipped my first package to CA (from chicago) using new rates. $3.05 vs $3.35, a nice 10% increase. Will have to jack it up another 25¢ in a few weeks to bring profit levels back.

I've been getting the map....

for the past few months.

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