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USPS — a case study in government incompetence

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Darknut, Mar 28, 2013.


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  1. Darknut

    Darknut

    Apr 4, 2009
    I traded Pedals with fellow TB'er JCooper & the USPS has miss routed the package coming to me twice now due to no fault on JCooper part .... I'm left to conclude that its mind-numbing incompetence on the part of the USPS..... AMAZING.
     
  2. audioglenn

    audioglenn

    Jul 14, 2012
    Pennsylvania
    I hear you...just last week I sent a USPS money order via Priority Mail to purchase a P bass pickup from a fellow TBer and it took six days for it to be delivered. Priority Mail is supposed to be two to three days tops! What happened?
     
  3. boomertech

    boomertech Frank Appleton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 8, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Designer/Owner of FEA Labs
    Of the hundreds and hundreds of USPS shipments I have made, only one has taken a few laps around the country. I think two priority shipments were a day longer than they were suppose to be. So far, they have a really good track record with me.

    -Frank
     
  4. gttim

    gttim

    Dec 12, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    Your experience is n=1, and suddenly it is mind-numbing incompetence?

    Since you misspelled "dew", does that one incidence of poor spelling mean "mind-numbing incompetence" in your spelling ability?
     
  5. It's mostly recently. For a while I was using them to ship pedals and even a few heads and bass guitars.I had no problems. However the last few months they have been really dropping the ball. I sent a bass from Philly to S.Cali and it wound up taking two and a half weeks because of mistakes on their part. I hate UPS because of some really bad experiences. But at least they have some customer service. USPS basically told me there is nothing I could do within the first thirty days except hope it gets there. Bottom line, insure whatever you send if it has to be with USPS.
     
  6. Hey, spell check guy,what is n=1 ? And what does a mis-spelled word have to do with the incompetence of a service that we pay for?
    Is it not Ok for someone to voice their opinion? Especially if it could help others decide which method to use to ship things. So what if it happens once or ten times. If you pay for a service, its nice to know that you get what you pay for. Don't you think so?
     
  7. fisticuffs

    fisticuffs

    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Is that why you decided to pay for the least expensive service on the planet?
     
  8. Darknut

    Darknut

    Apr 4, 2009
    I have had lots of bad experiences with the USPS.
    I will never use the USPS for anything big or expensive.

    At least this was not something I "had" to have to play a gig .... I just don't see how do you miss route twice


    I am mind-numbing incompetent when it comes to spelling :)

    EDIT: What spelling error? :)
     
  9. I'm glad you have such a solid handle on the insane logistics that the USPS deals with that you understand how and why issues happen on occasion. Clearly one bad experience is enough of a sample size to formulate an opinion and populate the internet with it. Thanks for that.

    FWIW - I've had MUCH worse luck with UPS (chuck the package and RUN) than with USPS. FedEX is good, but you pay for it.
     
  10. Darknut

    Darknut

    Apr 4, 2009
    Cost is irrelevant .... I've had expensive (non USPS) overnight packages not make it on time as well.
     
  11. I've had that happen to me twice but I have used USPS more than twice. Its been a pretty good service to me so far.

    FedEx on the other hand.....
     
  12. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    You have heard about the Postmaster General treat to end Saturday delivery of letters? Along with that has been an arbitrators decision to add a lower paid tier of new carriers.Anyway delivery staff is being shifted and the potential new employees have not lined up to fill in the holes. Many that are have gotten bounced in pre employment screening.

    However that only accounts for the last mile where the institutional experieence of the carrier on the route has been disrupted and many have been mandated to work 12 hours a day, half of it on unfamilier territory.
     
  13. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    I've had my own share of troubles with the USPS. I know I'm not the only one. Their tracking is non existent. Once I sent a Stingray to a TBer and it was "lost" for about a week until it somehow found its way to the TBer. I like using their flat rate shipping for smaller packages but anything bigger is an absolute no. They tend to charge me the most of any carrier I've used (next to UPS anyway) unless I want to use Parcel Post, which is no.

    Don't even get me started on the actual service they've given me...
     
  14. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    What is a rant thread about the USPS doing in the "Effects" forum - instead of in "Miscellaneous" or "Off Topic" where it belongs - merely because the items that were shipped just happen to have been effects pedals? :eyebrow:

    Seems to me that there's more than enough incompetence to go around... :rolleyes:

    MM
     
  15. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    So post something in the wrong forum...suddenly you're an idiot? Sheesh. Parts of this forum need to get laid or something.
     
  16. kreider204

    kreider204

    Nov 29, 2008
    Oh, I am so sigging that ... ;)
     
  17. Darknut

    Darknut

    Apr 4, 2009
    All aspects of pedal usage/addiction/gas, & shipping woes gets talked about in this forum ...

    Lighten up Francis
     
  18. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    FYI, the USPS is under tremendous political pressure - and as a result, tremendous financial pressure - about which the OP probably has not a clue. Given the crap they have to put up with on a continual basis, count me sympathetic to their situation. Relative to the service they provide, they're still one of the best deals in existence.

    Without getting into factual detail that would have some accusing me of having politicized this thread, let's just say that, thanks to the ulterior agenda of some who serve in Congress, the United States is the only developed Western democracy in the world that seems intent upon starving its own postal service into oblivion.

    MM
     
  19. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    SoCal
    Well then at the very least their employees could try *not* treating me like I'm an idiot every time I try shipping through them. Not saying they're *all* like that, but the vast majority of them make me not want to ever use USPS again.
     
  20. Jhengsman

    Jhengsman

    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It is a matter of them getting paid the same no matter what. To pick up a package is extra work and a possible fight with their superviser for being late as a result. As the service shifts from an advertisement delivery service to a parcel delivery service the prevailing attitude will change.
     

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