Entries Tagged as 'United States Postal Service (USPS)'

Perpetrating a Public Fraud

On my birthday I sent off my US Passport renewal application via US Priority Mail® because I wanted to insure that my old passport wasn’t lost, and of course the National Passport Center only has a Post Office box.

You can view the tracking information on the link below.

I called the US Postal Service about this (I actually had to make three separate calls, but it’s the post office so I didn’t expect stellar customer service).  The bottom line is they told me that even though this item was mishandled by the post office, and that the delay was not the result of anything beyond their control I was not entitled to a refund.

Read what the post office has on their web site about priority mail… “about 2 days” — 2 weeks (and one day) is no where near 2 days…

Like most “big businesses” in this country, the US Postal Service believes they are above the law and simply do not have to be truthful or honest in their business and advertising practices.

My advice, pay a little more and use a reliable carrier and simply avoid the US Postal Service — it’s no wonder that they’re having a difficult time making ends meet, maybe if they actually cared about consumers.

Personally I’m looking forward to the day the US Postal Service fails and I stop receiving “Junk Mail”.

Priority Mail®

With delivery in about 2 days and affordable prices, Priority Mail service is a great choice for shipping packages and envelopes. It includes Free Package Pickup* at your door. Plus, when you ship online you’ll get special savings and free Delivery Confirmation™.

You can view the tracking information here:

Show tracking information for 9405503699300472497222.

Or you can view it online at USPS.Com (you can confirm I haven’t edited the information):

Originally posted 2012-05-04 02:00:34.

UPS could win when Post Office stops shipping iPads overseas

Starting May 16, new United States Postal Service (USPS) regulations will prohibit customers from mailing iPads, Kindles, Smartphones, and other electronics with lithium batteries overseas, reports Fast Company. While the news is a headache for military families and electronics manufacturers and resellers, private delivery firms such as Atlanta-based United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) stand to gain, the publication notes.

The Post Office says the restrictions could be lifted, or at least relaxed somewhat, in January 2013, but until then customers who want to ship lithium battery-powered items overseas will have to make other arrangements.

Shipping with a private service to the military could take more work in addition to extra cash, Fast Company says. Neither UPS, DHL, nor FedEx ships directly to many military boxes. (FedEx offers a service for military boxes, SmartPost, which is subject to the same restrictions).

Shipping an iPad or Smartphone overseas to a member of the military would require mailing through a private delivery service to a civilian address in the host country–which, for a country such as Kuwait, for example, could make the price jump from the current Military Priority Mail rate of $5.30 to more than $20, Fast Company reported.

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Carla Caldwell
Morning Call Editor, Morning Call Editor

Date: Friday, May 11, 2012, 5:28am EDT
Last Modified: Friday, May 11, 2012, 7:48am EDT