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#1 OFFLINE   rvlyssup

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 02:52 PM

Hope I'm in the right forum but WTF is going on over there.  It is taking 5 business days for transit (1st class mail, small part) from Anaheim, CA & I'm still waiting.  Updates are 2 days late.  I also have an item I sold for $230.00 going to Napa, CA which shows (Priority) out for delivery 11/12 but shows "delivery status not updated".  WTF  :lamende: does that mean??  I got the buyer asking where her stuff is.  Unbelievable, hope I'm protected from USPS fock ups!!  :mad2:

With prices for all the carriers going up, not worth the head ache really.  Lolz, sometimes I wished I didn't have a FNhobby.  :gaah:

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:09 PM

Yes they suck, it's a gamble everytime you use USPS.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:48 PM

Never had any delay, but i ALWAYS get stung for import tax and brokerage charges as USPS use Parcelforce to deliver once they get to UK...  :bawling:

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:56 PM

Sorry to hear about your troubles man. I'm not a big fan of the USPS tracking system myself, not as good as UPS or FedEx. The new system is better, but still isn't where it should be to compete with UPS. I bet the USPS customer representative is blaming the holiday season coming up for the troubles.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 04:08 PM

I kind of gave up on *UPS* because of their high prices and seemingly impossbile damage/insurance recovery process.

I've been using USPS for some time, and while I do see some of that same kind of tracking weirdness, their prices seem a bit lower and haven't had too many problems with delivery in a decent amount of time.


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Posted 14 November 2011 - 05:45 PM

I've had ok delivery times with usps, but you definately don't want to have to make an insurance claim. They also could care less about your packages even if they say fragile. They destroyed my contest car. No one at the p.o. has any idea how to handle an insurance claim. Took everything back to the p.o. 3 times, and had to have them call the number I was given by their own people so they could walk them through the process. Also it's impossible to find the online claims form to fill out. It seams they do anything they can get away with to NOT pay a claim.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:45 AM

View Postmairandeddy, on 14 November 2011 - 03:48 PM, said:

Never had any delay, but i ALWAYS get stung for import tax and brokerage charges as USPS use Parcelforce to deliver once they get to UK...  :bawling:
True, I think it applies to all imports from the US though Eddy.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 05:20 AM

Here's a nod in the positive. They are my prefered carrier for cross-border shipping. I never get charged duties, but if I use UPS, Fedex, etc I bend over always.  Perfect example, purchased a model for $10 Fedex charged me $18.36 in duties. I protested the charge and won after more than four weeks!!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:17 AM

the horse died

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 10:37 AM

View Post[KRAFTIG], on 15 November 2011 - 05:20 AM, said:

Here's a nod in the positive. They are my prefered carrier for cross-border shipping. I never get charged duties, but if I use UPS, Fedex, etc I bend over always.  Perfect example, purchased a model for $10 Fedex charged me $18.36 in duties. I protested the charge and won after more than four weeks!!
Since when are there duties between the USA and Canada?

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 05:10 PM

good old tax is charged GST or HST and then the awesome ripoff brokerage charges with the couriers.  But hey its free trade.  I find Hong Kong orders no more expensive  then good old USPS and  they usually get here.  Unfortunately delivery charges today compared to a few years ago is dam near making the hobby of collecting too much to bother with.  l have cut back big time and will most likely call it a day soon. When l get charged $ 6.00 to have a dollar item sent to me the size of a toothpick then its time to find something else to do.
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Posted 15 November 2011 - 05:16 PM

View Postlittlerockshhd, on 15 November 2011 - 10:37 AM, said:

View Post[KRAFTIG], on 15 November 2011 - 05:20 AM, said:

Here's a nod in the positive. They are my prefered carrier for cross-border shipping. I never get charged duties, but if I use UPS, Fedex, etc I bend over always.  Perfect example, purchased a model for $10 Fedex charged me $18.36 in duties. I protested the charge and won after more than four weeks!!
Since when are there duties between the USA and Canada?

As long as I can remember, UPS is notorious for exaggerated fees!

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:01 PM

View Postmajbong, on 15 November 2011 - 10:17 AM, said:

the horse died

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 07:13 AM

View Post[KRAFTIG], on 15 November 2011 - 05:16 PM, said:

View Postlittlerockshhd, on 15 November 2011 - 10:37 AM, said:

View Post[KRAFTIG], on 15 November 2011 - 05:20 AM, said:

Here's a nod in the positive. They are my prefered carrier for cross-border shipping. I never get charged duties, but if I use UPS, Fedex, etc I bend over always.  Perfect example, purchased a model for $10 Fedex charged me $18.36 in duties. I protested the charge and won after more than four weeks!!
Since when are there duties between the USA and Canada?

As long as I can remember, UPS is notorious for exaggerated fees!
Hummmm.....I have never had to pay taxes on an imported Model on my end.  I thought NAFTA took care of all that? Are the taxes include into the shipping fees from Canada? Is that why shipping from Canada is so high?

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Posted 16 November 2011 - 09:44 PM

I live in Minnesota. From past experience, the USPS tracking service is terrible - it pretty much only updates once it has been delivered. So it's pretty much only good for "delivery confirmation". I don't have any grudges against USPS though. I've ordered way too many die-casts using USPS, and none of them has ever arrived damaged. And they're also the fastest between UPS and FedEx - many times when I order a model from New York, it would literally arrive on day-3.



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