USPS and how it's a constant fail festival

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WTF ever happened to USPS actually doing deliveries in [almost] any weather?? Wasn't that their motto years ago?? I just googled it and it's not their 'official' motto. But I KNOW I heard it growing up (TV and radio ads). "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." I guess that's just like how the police are no longer there to 'protect and serve' but just on call to clean up the mess, or SWAT your dog.

An order I placed on Amazon (during the specials running over the long weekend) was shipped via USPS (I already KNEW there would be an issue with them hitting the delivery date). About 2:30 yesterday afternoon they made the claim of "Delivery attempted - Front door / Driveway was not accessible" which is total bullshit. The door WAS accessible, with maybe an inch of snow on the ground at that time (new snow after I cleared it yesterday morning).

I would have less issue if they were at least HONEST about them being a bunch of pussies and can't make deliveries in any bad weather. Or anything other than a light rain. I remember the days when they really WOULD deliver in pretty much any weather. Unless it was an actual blizzard making travel a hazard. Maybe if they had decent vehicles to use, they could deliver in <1" of snow. Of course, the roads WERE plowed and people were actually driving.

I guess I'll need to contact Amazon again and tell them to NOT use USPS for ANY of my orders. Since they have a high failure rate for actually delivering on time. Oh, and I placed another order that is supposed to arrive tomorrow, shipped with UPS, and it's out for delivery right now. It's a coin toss to see IF USPS will actually [really] "attempt" to deliver my order or not. I just hope that my other orders placed (with other vendors/sites) coming via USPS actually DO get delivered on time. I'm not going to hold my breath.
 

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My local mail guy is good but in general I expect failure.

Sent a MO to florida certified, next day. It showed as delivered 2 days later. The recipient did not recieve. The PO insisted it was delivered. 6 days later the recipient accosted the delivery guy who magicall produced it, all smashed up from the bottom of his bag.

Had a MO sent from NH to PA get detoured though Missouri and Texas.

Amazon deliveries via the PO always show up a day or 2 after tracking shows delivered.
 

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WTF ever happened to USPS actually doing deliveries in [almost] any weather?? Wasn't that their motto years ago?? I just googled it and it's not their 'official' motto. But I KNOW I heard it growing up (TV and radio ads). "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
That poem was not released by the USPS, and has never been adopted as USPS policy. It's in the same category of "never has been policy" as the poem about tired masses yearning to be free on a famous statute, when the actual policy was "give us your disease free, fully abled, to help build this country - all others ride back home on the boat".
 
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Amazon is starting to suck balls hard. I went to order some shit yesterday and with f***ing Prime it still guarantees delivery by next Monday.

Honestly, Amazon is way f***ing overpriced and the quality of their vendors had come down to shit. You have to check products real hard to make sure it's not a f***ing scam. You may as well look for products at cheaper prices elsewhere. The delivery suck is pretty much equal for all vendors now. You may as well save cash and some eBay sellers actually ship faster than f***ign Amazon.

I do get steady supply of kindling from USPS ... I mean junk mail. Actually I'm running so much f***ing surplus that I literally have 5-6 5gal buckets full of kindling paper that I can't burn fast enough.
 

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it's not the usps, it's the route guy. i honestly love the usps and my delivery guy. yesterday i hadn't cleaned my driveway, a foot of snow on a steep incline, and some ice underneath. he braved his way up the driveway, struggling all the way, to deliver a bj's flyer. i saw him, yelled out the door to him not to worry to deliver anything until i'm cleaned out which may take a while and he said, "no worries, hardly anyone is shoveled out yet anyway." he hands me my bj's one month free membership flyer and trudges off down the drive. super guy!
 
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I must agree with greencobra here

I order pretty much everything I purchase online, most of which gets shipped via USPS and I can honestly say that I have excellent luck with packages being delivered successfully. I credit my mail carrier Karen who goes out of her way to see my mail gets delivered properly every day. I make sure to take good care of here every year around the holidays and she's appreciates it. When you have a good mail carrier you take care of her/him. Those folks are rare!
 
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We got close to a foot of snow yesterday and our mail guy dropped my packages (bagged) off at the front step and I hadn’t cleared the driveway or walkways yet. I never have any issues with him.

Amazon on the other hand... they seem to fail to meet the 2 day delivery promise more and more. I ordered some toys for a family we are helping out for Xmas and the same toy was delivered twice where the original packaging had clearly been opened and re-taped shut. Twice!

Then a few months ago we came home as Amazon was driving up the street after having delivered a package to us only to realize he had backed up over one of my wife’s flower beds and hit the mail box. Now had the guy left a note or something I wouldn’t have cared. I fixed the mailbox in a couple minutes but the fact that he just drove off pissed me off so I filed a claim.
 

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Amazon has a secret customer score, and if the demerits rise to a certain level (too many of those easy returns; filing a claim for an expen$ive lost package; etc.) and you get de-customered.
 

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My POS carrier won't even put the package in her truck if it looks like it is bigger than the mail box. I went out and waited by the box when I saw it was out for delivery, she handed me the pre-filled out card saying delivery attempted. This was during the summer 3 years ago.
When I complained while picking up my package they wanted me to fill out an approval to leave packages on the side of the road next to the mail box!
Even with prime I will pay extra to make sure nothing goes USPS. They need to be closed down
 
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I have had them not even try to deliver a small package, They just put the Pink slip in the Box.
They were in my driveway so I waited across the street until I could drive in. If they had
went to the door, I would have come over. I have had them list a package as delivered,
But it was not on my porch , Mailbox, or side porch. I found the package on the Front Porch
the Next Day, Finally Delivered.

At work, we even had Amazon Deliver a package to the rear door (that we never use)
instead of coming in the Front door. We were open for business too.

Malodave
 

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Actually had good luck with a USPS Amazon order this week.

Daughter is living in a park model trailer on the property, Sunday the heated water hose blew out. No local shops had one, ordered Sunday afternoon on Amazon, they said Wednesday delivery. Got it USPS yesterday around noon. Our regular USPS delivery lady is great, her relief folks can be bad.

We are in a weird area for postal service. Folks outside of town get local delivery, in town they have no delivery, residents are required to rent a PO Box and locals complain about messed up package deliveries at the post office all the time. We have had some local employees have stuff sent to the campground as they know we'll get it faster than waiting for it to be sent to their PO box.
 

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Ive had good luck with USPS, the new Amazon drivers not so much.
yesterday morning the USPS, cam like 7am and dropped of some thing I ordered on amazon less than 48Hrs before.
I think it depends on your carrier and town post office.
USPS usually doesn't update their system till 5pm.
I think what they do if they receive it at your local PO they mark it as out for delivery as soon as they can., even though it maybe day before it actual arrives, ie in the bask/bin for the truck to your house.
 

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Weird. They (USPS) delivered an Amazon package to me yesterday morning in the middle of the shitshow that I wasn't expecting until today, and Amazon delivery delivered a package later in the day that I wasn't expecting until tomorrow.... USPS guy was grinning maniacally......
 

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USPS tracking is a joke. Actually, it's not even good enough to be a joke. I had one item that shipped, with an ETA of the following week, be delivered withing two days. Of course, it shipped from Salem, NH so even then it took longer than needed.

IME, any other carrier will list REAL reasons for when not able to make a delivery. I have had UPS list bad weather for why they couldn't deliver something during winter. Completely acceptable since it was nasty out. FedEx has a better track record than USPS. Then again, every other delivery service has a better record than USPS for me. I had some issues for a while since the town had changed the street name (years before I moved in) but the sign read the old name. Finally got it corrected about a year ago and things actually show up without much issue. Well, when they actually even ATTEMPT to deliver.

Checked the mailbox, since I saw the USPS 'truck' make a pass. Nothing. Nothing between my doors either. F'ing apes.
 

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Well some good USPS news. I had a package arrive today from Portland, OR. Made it on time/early in 2 days (Priority Mail). All the way from the west coast, I was figuring more like a week in December! Miracles can happen!
 

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Tomorrow morning, I have to go look at and evaluate the damages on a front porch that got wiped out by an Amazon Van this past Sunday night.
 

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Hmm. I looked online. I'm amazed I'm wrong - it happens so rarely.

I would SWEAR the "motto" begins "Neither rain nor sleet nor dead of night. . . " No mention of snow. Anywhere. I've "known" this for decades.

I'm wondering if someone ADDED snow in the last 20 years and that's how the inter webs remembers it. Because I learned the saying from my WWII era grandfather. Now they talk about heat and snow. HEAT??? Please! Snow??? Never heard of it!
 

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A lot of stuff gets "free shipping" around this time of year and is shipped UPS and USPS who does the final delivery. If you have UPS My Choice ($40 a year), you can "upgrade" these packages for free (for My Choice members) or $3.50 if your are not. This will usually speed up those "free shipping" options from 3-5 days to more like UPS 3 day shipping. I upgraded a dozen packages from my brothers and wife's Black Friday shipping in the last week.
 
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I'm fairly happy with all our postal service, UPS, and FEDEX drivers down here in NC. We did have one issue where USPS swore something was delivered, that wasn't. I found it three days later in my neighbor's mailbox. They're not fully moved in yet and nobody was checking their box.
 

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I haven’t yet been able to find any business that comes close to touching the USPS’ level of employee apathy. Some of the drivers/carriers are good, but the post offices are a depressing nightmare. Big shock that the service sucks.
 

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Oh, and I got mail yesterday. Since our regular carrier retired last Summer (sadness), our mail gets to us between 3 and 5 instead of 10:30 and 11:30. So it was post-storm.
 

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Well some good USPS news. I had a package arrive today from Portland, OR. Made it on time/early in 2 days (Priority Mail). All the way from the west coast, I was figuring more like a week in December! Miracles can happen!
Coast to coast, priority mail is fast. It takes 5+ days for a priority mail package to make it across Texas. Go figure.
 
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