I'm expecting a check from a company in Rhode
Island. I'm in NYS. They say it went out on
the 15th, and it's not here as of the 20th.
And, I've had other moments where the mail
just seems to take too long. Is the PO slowing
down? I know we joke about it being the US
Snail, but they were doing OK for a while.
About two weeks ago I ordered a used book from a UK bookseller. Delivery
by surface mail was estimated to take three to six weeks, but it was
delivered within a week, so certainly it was not held up by the USPS.
The way it goes where I work, when a query about a payment comes in,
accounts payable looks in the accounting system to find the date the
payment was approved, and the date the check was cut. They tell the
vendor the date the check was cut. But there can be a several day
interval between when the check was issued and when it was actually
stuck in an envelope and put in the mail.
That could have happened in your case: the check was cut on a Friday,
then sat in an inbox on someone's desk until Monday, when it was put
into an envelope and put in the mail. If that didn't get done until
later in the day Monday, the USPS wouldn't have even picked up the
mail until Tuesday.
We receive a number of payment checks from the US mailed to us in Canada. We
find that mail from major hubs arrive in a few days, while I have had mail
from small centers have taken up to 20 days to mail to us. This is checking
the date on the envelope to the date of arriving, not the date on the check.
Mail from LA or San Diego or New York can get to us in 3 to 4 days, mail
from Charlotte NC took the 20 days.
Might not all be the post office.
Clerk may have put check in the out box on that date but it could take a
day or two before it actually gets to the post office via their mail room.
Also I cringe on getting checks through the mail. With all the junk
circulars they handle, the check might be buried in them. Also I get
other peoples mail and I assume they get mine.
On 11/21/2013 07:57 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I get others mail 1 or 2 times a month. It's almost always for the same
house number, but on the next street. My mail doesn't see to go wrong
that much, but it has happened. I once ordered a tube of thermal grease
(for computer CPU), and it came late. Apparently it was delivered on
time, but to someone else. It took a week for that person to correct
Also, one time I got an unexpected package containing 9 pounds of white
cake frosting, meant for a store in a city 35 miles away. One container
was leaking too.
34 days until The winter celebration (Wednesday December 25, 2013 12:00
AM for 1 day).
Very common. Or they just lied as that happens too.
When I was turning 65, I had mail every day from various insurance
companies trying to sell me Medicare supplements. I tossed most of
them, but decided to look at one. It was the second notice from a major
insurance company that had my pension money from a job I left in 1970.
Never realized it was there and I moved to another state since then.
At least around me, it's still great. Sent a Priority Mail package to a
friend about 70 miles away and he got it in one day not two. Was
expecting a package of some stuff I'd ordered online as well, it showed
up a day earlier than expected.
Of course I do live right near a major international airport and also a
major USPS hub, so that probably helps.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
You never know about the USPS. On Nov 13 I ordered some small electronic
components off ebay from Taiwan. They arrived on Nov 20. Small items about
10 of them each smaller than a dime. About a week to travel half way around
the world. It usually takes about 2 weeks from that part of the world. It
did arrive by the USPS.
About a year ago I sent a friend about the same ammount of stuff. He never
did get it. Was not worth the price to have it checked out. Sent him the
same thing about a month later and he got it in about a week. He is only
around 50 miles away. During tht same time he sent me something and it took
over 2 weeks to get here. About 2 months ago he sent me a leter and it
arrived in about 3 days.
I quit dealing with one credit card compay. It should have been a good
company as it was ATT. I would get a bill, put a check in the mail in a
day or two and half the time they said it did not get there in time and they
would add a late fee. Not sure if it was them or the USPS, but seemed like
they were the only one that did that to me.
I had regular forwarding last year and it took an average of 3 weeks
from the original Postmark to get from them to my home and then down to
the Fl. Keys. I was figuring it was just "island time" for the USPS then
noted that it was only taking 4 days to get from the home PO to the
Keys. That and they decided to not even send three checks, just returned
them to sender.
That is the only time. I went back to the ridiculously expensive but
at least you get the stuff premium forwarding .
Statistics are like bikinis. What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.
On a extremely consistent basis, letters we mail from our office to local
recipients - I.e. within our metro area - are delivered the next day.
Letters and packages that I send to my daughters at college, both within
the same state, might take 2 days, sometimes they are delivered the next
day. I'm kind of surprised how fast they get to my daughters considering
that all mail to the colleges is delivered to the school's mail room and
then sorted (again) and then sent on to the dorms. That tells me that both
the USPS process and the school's process are pretty efficient.
Just an an FYI, I don't know how it works in other cities, but this is what
a clerk at the local PO told me:
It doesn't matter if you drop your letter/package at the PO at 9AM or 5PM
or at the earliest time listed for pick-up on the street side mail box or
the latest. While it may get sorted earlier, nothing goes out until later
in the evening. In other words, it's not going to get there any earlier
based on when you drop it off. It all leaves the originating PO at
relatively the same time. I assume it's different at PO's with much larger
volume, like in NYC or LA.
One other thing that I have found interesting - and consistent - is the way
colleges handle their addressing vs. the standardized addresses the USPS
uses. All 5 of the colleges that my kids have attended over the years send
out a letter describing how they want their mail addressed. If you want to
use the USPS website to create mailing labels for packages, the format of
the address that the schools give you won't fit the format that the USPS
website forces you to use. I have always been able to manipulate the
school's address to get it into the fields that the USPS requires, but then
it's no longer in school's desired format. However, this has not seemed to
delay the mail in any way. I've talked to a couple of the colleges about
their flexibility vs. the inflexibility of the USPS website but I've not
seen any changes on the college's end to "bend" their format to fit the
USPS requirements. Seems like a simple change on their part, especially
since the USPS format works just as well as theirs.
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