The US post offices I know *can't* put something in a PO box without
postage. For instance, I can't walk in and hand the clerk of the
small office a letter, and ask him to put in a PO box 6 feet away,
I can't see how Canada would be different.
_Private_ mail boxes, like Mail Boxes Etc... (UPS Store) are a whole
'nuther nut, because they are really "PO Boxes", but actually a
By now, everybody here knows that you can get your orders by UPS, but you're
just too damned inept to place an order properly and specify a suitable
shipper. It appears your whole life is now dedicated to being a troll. It
baffles me how you get satisfaction out of being an ignorant wonder, but
there it is.
I had some Lee Valley shipping issues where one shipper damaged
several packages in a row. One package was ripped open, bagged, and
contained items Lee Valley dosen't even sell, like a hair brush and a
can of spray silicone. <G>
ONE short phone conversation with a very pleasant and professional CSR
later, my packages were sent via other companies and the problem was
Lee Valley also sent a call tag for the damaged packages so that they
could take the issue to the shipper.
you have to admit that because Jimmy chooses to live in a remote area, that at
least his village isn't missing it's idiot..
Almost true. UPS (to cite just one example, will indeed deliver to a
rural area. In my case, I have a PO box number, which they will not
deliver to, but they will deliver to a land location.
Personally, I prefer the PO box delivery, so I don't have to be there,
and I often just give the address of the post office (which is the
same as the cafe, pub, and hotel), and the owner/bartender/postmaster
just signs for it and I pick it up when I get the mail.
Let's make sure we have the same definition of "rural area". I'm
excluding towns (which could be only a few hundred people where I am) if
it's on the courier's route. By rural, I mean places that have directions
that begin "at the end of the paved road..."
I haven't tried UPS, but Purolator, DHL, FedEx all will not deliver to
my work location, in spite of us knowing the land location, having a
street address, a sign with the street name on the nearest major road
(gravel!), and a honkin' huge sign with the business name on it. We're
five miles from pavement, and it's just too far out of their way. There
are small, local couriers who will do it (and at least one large transport
company), but the costs escalates rapidly.
The postmaster where my work mail address is (a PO box) has also
suggested giving couriers the street address. And that's for an Offical,
Canada Post, Post Office building. She also signs passport applications...
...and I agree: courier delivery when you're not home ends up being
"hold for pickup". Some couriers (FedEX, Purolator) seem to have no
problem if you tell them you want all deiveries to your address "held for
pickup", but your mileage may differ.
Well, my place is about 3 miles off the paved road, and I can get
to-the-door-delivery by specifying "NW25-18-16-W2nd" as my shipping
address. It's a land location, specified as
quarter-section-township-range and whatever the hell 'west of the 2nd
meridian' is. UPS will deliver to my land location, and will even
leave the parcel on the back porch if I'm not there, and if the
They will deliver to places further (way further) off the beaten
track, and will tell you that if you ask about it.
Dunno about Purolator, but DHL is the most useless so-called delivery
service in existence. I have had the misfortune to have dealt with
them on three occasions, and in each case, they screwed up, royally.
The latest fiasco was when they delivered the package to the nearest
post office, when the package was clearly marked "hold for pickup",
they didn't call, and when I tried to track the parcel, they couldn't
tell me anything more than "It's in Regina", which it wasn't. Caused
me to have to run back home to get the parcel that should have been in
their depot when I went to pick it up. Just an extra 50 miles or so.
What a bunch of twits!
FedEx is great for speed and for following instructions, though I've
never tried to get them to deliver to my home.
Yep. You're on the northwest quarter section of the 18th township on
the 16th range. Standard Canada Land Survey designation in the western
provinces. There are several zones, each based on a meridian (line of
longitude). The prime meridian in the system is somewhere in Manitoba, so
there is a NW25-18-16 quarter section somewhere there, too. (As well as
one in the zone that is west of the 3rd meridian, one in the zone east of
the second, etc.) I should be able to find you pretty easily on the map...
I'll have to ask them - could be useful to know if they would deliver
where I work. Out of curiosity, how much do they charge? Small courier
services out of Regina seem to want about $50 to do a delivery to my work
They did manage to deliver one package to my work location, after
trying to take it to the town the PO Box is located in. The Postmaster
told them where we were... Now that they know, they just keep it at the
depot and phone us to pick it up...
Pretty sure they won't, based on my experience, but things change...
I figured the meridian thing was something like that, but had no idea
where the boundaries were.
The land location is a pretty easy way of finding someone in a rural
area. I responded to a fire call today, in which the place was
referred to as the 'Bennet Farm" (not the real name), and by land
location. Looking at the map, I saw it was the "Smith place". Turned
out the Smith putting in the call was Bennet Smith. Without the land
location, there would have been no way to find it.
Worse, all farms seem to be called by the name of whoever homesteaded
it 50 years ago. I have been in my place for about 5 years, and I
suspect they'll start calling it by my last name just after I die, if
I manage to last more than 10 or 15 years from now.
No idea. I have received only stuff for work, paid for by my employer,
and haven't noticed the shipping cost.
Twenty-five years here and someone came by last year who referred to it as
the "J...." farm. Didn't feel so bad, though. They left in 1942, and the
next family owned it longer than I have, a fact known to the questioner, who
said "we always referred to it as the J.... farm when I was growing up."
Dispatchers have a tough job. Been both dispatcher and responder in my
time, and getting worthwhile information out of someone in a panic is very
difficult. Not only by 'phone, either!
I just mentioned BossTools because I have spent a bundle with them lately.
Much of the stuff I was buying from Lee Valley I get from either KMS tools or a
local hardwood supply store.
Much of my Lee Valley purchases were purely impulse and not stuff I needed.
Lot's of kitchen stuff, garden stuff, watches, cool flashlights, etc. For gifts
I bought 3 boxes of veneer that I loved and haven't seen elsewhere so I will be
ordering a couple more soon.
I'm considering that Lee Valley vacuum press kit even though 72 bucks seems high
for a plastic bag <g> but I haven't seen anything else like it.
Has anyone ever used it?
I have searched the net but have never been able to find anyone using such a
simple device. Or how durable it is.
Nor a Lee Valley customer who has one.
I have plenty of veneers that are not going to glue flat unless I use a press.
On Tue, 11 Apr 2006 16:09:15 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
BTW Rob if you are reading.
You could do worse then adding a page to the website for customers to post their
experiences and or how to's with their purchases.
I'd be happy just to read the positive ones if they give insight into using the
Lee Valley Reps are good but not intimately familiar with every product.
Hi Jimmy -
Yes - we've thought about that - but it's a maintenance/moderation
nightmare; we'd have to edit for accuracy (can't let bad information stand),
and monitor content....
There're lots of BB's out there for that purpose...
Why? So you can have your complaints posted permanently for all to see? And
in regards to experiences, isn't that what many people have done here? Aside
from one or two, all experiences I've read have been positive. And for Lee
Valley tools, there's been thousands of comments here in rec.woodworking.
That's not an LV problem, it's yours. Every question I've ever asked of LV's
technical support has without exception, come back to me with the exact
answer I was looking for or a way for me to find the answer. You'd do well
to consider that with the thousands of items that LV keeps in stock, nobody
is intimately familiar with everything.
You're still trolling and just so you know, I'm essentially a troll too.
Only difference is that my trolling is primarily aimed at other trolls.
(Just in case you were thinking of asking)
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