FedEx uses the same system, Smart Post. Makes sense as the USPS visits
every house every day so the can go that last couple of miles cheaper
than the UPS truck.
The post office will deliver Prime packages even on Sunday.
Here is an update on my Amazon order. It's getting close. It's within 50 miles of my house and UPS has handed off the package
to the USPS, but the expected delivery date has been moved out from Mar 29th or 30th to Mar 30th to Apr 2nd.
The delay is still being blamed on weather. We did have a little light rain here in the last 24 hours and maybe they're
looking for their umbrellas.
I wonder if Amazon is pissed at me because I won't cough up the money for Prime?
Which of course is the least they can do for people called Prime
But even if no Prime orders arrived one week, the only problem in
delaying shipping would be space to hold the stuff not shipped. A)
they might already have some empty space, B) it would be worth getting
some because if everyone gets their stuff in 2 days, it's not worth
paying extra to get it in 2 days.
And what, may I ask, is wrong with that?
Prime customers are paying a premium in order to always have 2 day
shipping. Those not willing to pay the premium are relegated to free
shipping (in some instances) that takes 6 - 8 days.
Amazon delivers what they promise. I get my Prime order delivered in 2
days, others get theirs in the 6 to 8 day window that was promised.
As Clara Peller used to ask, "Where's the beef?"
Seems that some of us would complain if we were hanged with a new rope! ;)
My experience with Amazon and Amazon Prime has been great. Before I was
a Prime member I'd often get packages in two or three days with their
free (non-Prime) shipping even though they said it would take longer.
Now, if the package doesn't arrive in two days and I call them on it. I
get a profuse apology and they bend over backwards to make it right even
to the point of the FIRST thing they do is extend my Prime membership by
a month and then set to work on straightening out the missing/delayed
I shop around and often find prices and shipping costs lower with other online sellers. I probably buy only about half from
Amazon than I used to and that will keep decreasing if this trend continues.
Let me explain. I have Prime. Yesterday I ordered something and an
hour later, I got a notice it was shipped and will be delivered today.
They sent me a note that they were very busy , but to get my order out
they put a sway bar ordered by some Smith guy on the bottom of the pile.
They like me better than him.
Sleazy? Maybe, but I think it is more a question of priorities. They
offer multiple shipping options and though some are slow, they always
came in the stated time. Prime works for me and I get other benefits
In my experience, the only time an Amazon order "sits" is when it's being sold
and shipped by a third party. There are three types of sales on the Amazon web
- Sold by Amazon
- Sold by Third Party, shipped by Amazon
- Sold and shipped by a third party
Almost everything I order from Amazon is the same way, they sit on it for
about a week and then ship. If it goes to one of the 'stores' they usually
ship it right out.
Someone said they give priority to the prime and at the end of the week when
all the prime orders are filled, they start working on the other orders.
That is ok with me as I expect it. I seldom order anything from Amazon if I
really need it quickly.
I order from China and it usually takes about 2 to 3 weeks to get here. I
know this, so put up with it.
I have to give Staples credit. This week I went to get some paper wipes
called Kemwipes. They did not have it in stock so the store ordered it for
me, free shipping. The total cost was just under $6 for two boxes about the
size of the small Klenex type. That was after lunch and the next day at
lunch time the UPS man dropped them off at my door. Slightly less than 24
The total order probably did not even pay for the postage.
I went to Staples to buy a desk chair. They had a nice chair at a
decent price. I was not sure hot to get it home as it would not fit
into a car easily. Whipped out my phone, ordered it on line and had it
delivered the next day for free. I was sitting in the chair at the
store while I did it.
I wonder about the relationship between Staples stores and Staples.com.
Are the stores franchises, or are they company owned? A little over a
year ago I went to my local Sears Hardware/Hometown store (or whatever
it's called now) to by a set of sockets that I'd seen at a good price on
sears.com. The marked price in the store was considerably higher, but
when I pointed out the Web price, they admitted that they had to match
it -- but they spoke of sears.com as their competition (or even,
perhaps, as their enemy), and they had to process it as an on-line
purchase for local pickup. How much the local franchise owner made out
of the deal, I don't know.
I went to Staples for a phone battery. They did not have it but ordered
it on line with free shipping and I had paid at the store.
Also got my smart TV from Best Buy on line with free shipping as they
did not have the model I wanted at the local store.
These stores want to stay competitive with Amazon on line and will ship
free on line themselves.
I only buy items from Amazon where Amazon is the supplier. They have a
nearby ware house and stuff is shipped fast. I bought my last microwave
oven from them with free shipping and it only took a day or two.
You're getting what you paid for.
I'm not a prime member but I often get my Amazon shipments way ahead
of any predicted date. Why don't you come back tomorrow when the order
Seriously, there are all kinds of reasons why they might delay shipping
even when they could ship earlier, like filling up the truck.
You don't know why they haven't shipped yet you've assumed the worst
Yes, you appear to be.
My guess? Neither does Amazon. There is a huge shipping organization
there, I doubt they have places to store packages so that customers
don't get them too early.
Could be. I'll let you know. I looked at my history and items
ordered this year (all Amazon sold) are all 5-8 days.
Last year's items were 2-4 days. There's definitely a big difference.
Okay by me.
Just a little surprising.
I see both sides.
I know how you feel, but I'd noticed that I got most of my stuff
within 2 days with free shipping (and no Prime). So what incentive is
there to sign up for prime?
Maybe this would bother me more, except the 2-day shipping was a
bonus. Like you, I'm not in a hurry and if it takes 8 days, that's
fine. Heck, some things from China take 3 to 5 weeks and that's okay
I have two bigger problems.
They don't tell what shipping will cost if it's not free, and they
raised the minimum from 25 to 35. Soon after that, they raised it to
49. Now it's pretty easy if you need one thing, to find a second
thing to make 25. But it's really hard for me to order 49.
Last night, 24 hours ago, I bought two things, and though I got the
webpage back that said Order Complete, I got no emails from them. Now
what does that mean? I"m happy I copied the important text out of
the webpage, with the order/confirmation number.
I realize that Paypal didn't take money from my checking account
And I don't remember them charging sales tax, even though I read
months ago in the local paper that they would from then on.
Ah, I can go to the Amazon website and see.
Both have shipped already!
Neither included sales tax, and a DVD that came from suburban DC in
Maryland is already in Baltimore, at 2:34 this morning. It's one
zipcode over so I may get it today. (They've sent stuff to this
zipcode before, before shipping it to my zipcode not long after. It
must be a hub.)
So much for them sitting on shipping these two items. I haven't even
paid them yet.
This is why you should register wherever you are buying something.
When you don't register, you can't check the order in the vendor's
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