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Just wanted to give people a heads up. The USPS starting to do really underhanded things.

I don't understand any mail service not knocking on the door, but I can let that pass.

I cannot let pass the fact that despite signature conformation (I really wish I had screen caped the tracking page) a package was left outside on my porch in the rain. The signature conformation sticker no where to be found.

When I went to check the tracking it no longer said signature conformation. I believe the shipper when she says it WAS on there, because I saw it online before the change.

I was lucking she wrapped the petticoat (for my wedding dress) in plastic or it would have been ruined.

I've also had them shove a signature conformation inside the mailbox once, and it got bent up...but that's a different story.

It may just be the USPS in my area, but I thought I'd give out a warning.

Wrap EVERYTHING you send in plastic, and keep an eye on the tracking to make sure it stays signature conformation if that is how it is sent.

I've cross posted this to the Fursuit community, however I figured other artist would want to know this as well.

Sorry if this doesn't belong here.
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Jan. 30th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've had a grudge against the USPS since I applied to art college in January '03. I STUPIDLY sent my portfolio via USPS instead of FedEx or UPS (Dallas to Sarasota, FL) even though I did get signature confirmation on it.

Just like you, the stupid postman in Sarasota didn't bother to get the signature so there was a period of a few days where I really thought they had lost my portfolio. That was a huge deal as well because back then the school didn't accept CDs for portfolios; it had to be a physical book with photographs in it, so I couldn't just burn another one. I didn't know they had received it until I actually called the school to check.

I went down to the post office to raise hell and they did not give a shit. The lady actually told me "You should have sent it registered." to which I answered "No, I should have sent it FedEx." After that I harassed them until they had to get a manager to refund me my $0.50 for the signature confirmation just on principle. I've never sent anything important via USPS again.
Jan. 30th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I've had one since about that time as well ('04). I sent a present to my sister via USPS and bit of it ended up broken. And it was left in the rain with a signature conformation. My family found it the next day hidden around the back of the house.

When I went to claim the insurance (via the manager at that post office) they told me I couldn't claim it since I packed it, and I should have packed it better.

I was like...What?!

I didn't know USPS did the packing for you <_<. It doesn't make sense. (That was the only time I went higher then the Post Master on an issue. But even then they told me it was up to the Post Master whether I got the claim or not.) I've gotten to a point I only ship UPS and Fedex now. However those that ship to me its a different story, I have to go by how they ship. And even some larger companies don't ship via Fedex or UPS...which sucks.


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