UPS Lust

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickbass, Oct 12, 2001.

  1. Almost every piece of gear I've bought in the last decade has been from out-of-town merchants which means shipping is involved.

    I've had so much stuff shipped over the years that everytime I see a UPS truck go down a street or see someone in a dark brown shirt I feel pressure in my pants.

    But invariably, they always deliver my stuff after 4 p.m., which almost always means either I don't have time to try it out the same day or I get a "no one at home" sticker on the door saying they will make 2 more attempts to deliver. Like today, for instance, I'm supposed to have 3 deliveries of bass stuff and it's a safe bet none of them will be here till 4 p.m. at the earliest on a gig night.

    Is it like this for any of you???

    Is there some constitutional amendment that says these guys can't deliver before 4 p.m.? My home is in an old metro area about 20 minutes from the muny airport, not out in the boonies.
  2. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I solve that problem by having them ship it to me at work. The guys in the mailroom don't mind. I currently have a vacuum cleaner, a video game, and a DeArmond Ashbory on the way. The only problem is getting work done with stuff at my desk. When I got my Sansamp in the mail, I opened the box and checked it out. Granted, it was simply a black stomp box, but it was fun to look at. :D

    I'm sure when the Ashbory gets here, I'll yank it out of the box and go THWAP, THWAP, THWAP with it in my cube.

    I doubt I'll take the vacuum out and try it at work, though. That's for the girlfriend, anyway. Did I just say that!??! :eek:
  3. fisk


    Jan 3, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    Your not doing it right. When Carvin sent my amp, I kept track of it every day and made sure I knew what day it was coming to my house. By some terrible coincidence, I was *cough, cough** sick that day. :rolleyes: Had the entire day to play with it.

  4. Is there a cover to get into your DWA???

    Be sure to let us know when have an amp and a bass due the same day!
  5. I've tracked it but the day isn't the issue. And they don't give any indication of AM/PM delivery.

    Maybe it's just coincidence not one thing has ever arrived in the morning or early afternoon.

    Carvin sent my stuff using some shipping company that didn't have online tracking and they didn't tell me when it would actually arrive or who the freight company was. From their website, I know they use different shippers for different areas. Funny thing, though, Carvin is having my bass picked up for the second time in 2 weeks and they're using UPS. Every one of the UPS pickups, including the last one, have been in the morning :confused:

    Watch those "bass bugs" fisk.....sometimes they can last for days!
  6. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    UPDATE: My Eureka Ultra Boss vacuum cleaner just showed up. Vroom vroom vroom!:p

    I guess this is the one time I can say, "I hope this thing really sucks!" and mean it, right? :D
  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Thank you for sharing! :eek:
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Sure, getting a delivery before 4:00 is actually very simple... here's the trick:

    Don't be at home before 4:00.

    I just missed a delivery on the first day, the note said call for pickup. I called UPS and they told me I wouldn't be able to pick it up until the following day because it was on the truck again but the truck should be at my house between 4 and 6pm. I come back home at 3:00 to find a 2nd attempt notice on my door:(

    I called Infocenter again, explained what happened and what I had been told. They said mistakes happen. I said nothing, as practically all of my UPS shipments for the last year got screwed up one way or another, the best recent one being the bass that sat at UPS for a day and then was headed back to the dealer instead of coming to me. They told me to let them know if I heard anything (no joke).

    They got the driver to come back between 5:15 and 5:30.
  9. Heavy - Yeah, I was trying to think of a polite way to express that.

    Brad - If anybody has a reason to bitch about UPS, it's you.

    I've gotten the bit about, "You can't pick it up because it's back on the truck....(yeah, well, get the key, open the truck, I'll pick it up, and you can throw some other delivery on there)....."A driver will make two more attempts to deliver at times when we're certain you're not home." :rolleyes:

    I remember when your Elrick went "sightseeing,"
  10. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I only live about 10 minutes from the main UPS hub in the metro area. Whenever I have something shipped, I request that it be sent "hold for pickup." Then the morning that it gets in, I just swing by the hub on the way to work and pick it up. Or sometimes after work. That might be a pain if you are an hour from the hub, but for me it works great. UPS can mark any package hold for pickup.

    I decided this was a good policy after the UPS driver just left my L-2500 sitting on the front porch.

  11. Now there's a thought!! Thanks, Chas!!!........

    .......although, after watching the UPS guy carry in two cabs in boxes, it is kind of nice to have them plunked in your living room. :D
  12. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Happens to me all the time. Most if not all my gear are bought from the US - UPS, FedEx, USPS, DHL - I've known them all. I have had basses, effects boxes, even a Spiderman #1 from 1963 left on my front porch!!!

    If you have a nice neighbour who you know is always home, use their address. Has worked for me. Otherwise, use your work address, or a relative's address.
  13. Y'all do know what the UPS stands for, right??? :D

    U People Suck! :eek: ;)

    ...somehow they managed to snap the headstock off a Zon (graphite necked bass) while it was still in it's hardshell case!!! :eek: Utterly amazing.
  14. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    The last 4 times I've had basses shipped to me, I've had them shipped FedEx and held at the center near my office for my pick up. Since I track them online I usually get to the FedEx center before the counter people know it's there. Then I freak them out by taking it out of the cardboard there in the lobby and opening the case.

    I tell them that I'm just checking for damage before I leave their property. Truth is I'm conveniently giving them the opportunity to dispose of the cardboard and peanuts, and I get my fix of staring at my new toy :p .

    Right now I'm waiting for a repair to come back to me. I'll see if they're on to me yet.


  15. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Yeah I was about ready to punch a UPS guy once. Why? Because my bass was 2 days late, the website said it should be there but no. Luckily for him, I was still at school.