The US government makes a special effort to hire people that otherwise would be unemployed.
The Post Office and the Veteran's Administration are just two examples.
These people are doing the best they can with what they've got.
You have to be patient and tolerant.
I ship a lot USPS. I have had great success except in one instance recently where the certified mail payment to Paul Persinger wasn't tracking through the system and was delayed in getting to him. Postal inspector tracked it down and turned out the bar code on the label wasn't functioning right so it wasn't updating when scanned into the system. They got it there though. I have shipped a lot of guns from Colt SAA and Pythons(friends FFL for pistols) to Parker Shotguns USPS and had no issue, also lots of payments by check and a few times by cash.
FEDEX is mostly good, there delivery by dates leave a bit to be desired. 24 hour shipping and it arrives 3 days latter more than once, but the tracking was accurate. At least with USPS the postal lady tells me that it isn't worth 1 day shipping since it has to go to DFW first anyway and it will get there at the same time as 2 day. FEDEX just takes my moola and then delivers it 3 days later. They also like to leave packages sitting in a truck for a whole day before delivering them even though they are scheduled for delivery that business day.
UPS I refuse to use. Jim Martin has told me horror stories about UPS leaving extremely valuable SAAs sitting in the rain outside his gate. I have also had horrible luck with their tracking system never updating from the label being generated.
So I am extremely happy with USPS, but that may be because its a rural post office and I know all the employees very well outside of the post office.
As for hiring. The civil service exam still does a fairly good job of keeping decent employees in the post office. I know of several people that applied for it and couldn't score high enough on the civil service exam to get the job.
I can back up what was said about UPS. I once purchased a rare car part from someone in Canada. He shipped it UPS...it was tracked into Customs at the border and no sign of it ever leaving...tracking never picked it up. While I can also fault Customs (no proof where it was actually lost but they last had it by tracking)...it took over two years before UPS would pay off on the loss.
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I've purchased a number of firearms via money order, and I now only send money orders, checks, and other important communications Certified Mail. Thus far, I haven't had any issues with it, and it's only a few dollars more than a normal envelope.
One thing to consider is that quite a large amount of mail is also handled by contractors, i.e. non-USPS employees. Mail service companies handle some sorting and processing (usually for junk mail), rural delivery is contracted out in some areas, and actual transport can be handled by all sort of different companies. My company, an airline, handles quite a bit of mail every day. I've seen mail trays fall off the belt loaders as they are being loaded or unloaded from planes; usually the letters stay in the tray, but if it's poorly strapped, things can fall out. Mail trays are often loaded by zip code or delivery area, e.g. one tray will have all the letters going to 43201, another with 43202, etc. You can have mail trays with very few letters in them, possibly because it's going to a rural area (I've seen trays with just 2 letters in them for example). The result is the tray is very light, and on a windy day.... I feel bad for the loaders who have to chase mail trays blowing down the ramp.
Part of the problem is, we want residential delivery to every address, no matter how remote or whether the area generates enough business to support it; we want it cheap (compare first-class mail prices vs. FedEx/UPS/DHL); and we don't want taxes to pay for it. I think the USPS does ok considering what they've been given.
Well, you guys have managed to scare me. All of the guns that I have shipped have been by USPS without an issue except one! I bought a Garand from a guy and it was sent Priority Mail and by the tracking number it sat in a remote Post Office for days. It was insured but still??
As a construction worker I managed to work in a large PO here in Missouri and I saw first hand the work ethic there and it was not impressive
Would that be the sorting facility in Hazelwood, MO? That place has a very bad reputation. My Wife is a drug dealer (legal), you would be amazed by the number of her packages that get “lost” in Hazelwood.
I purchased a Dan Wesson Pistol Pac from a gent in NC. Sent payment via USPS, Priority Mail. Tracked it to aforementioned large sorting facility in Hazelwood, MO then it just disappeared. After a couple of weeks I sent the guy another payment which he received in two days. Three months later I get a large manila envelope from NC, inside was my Priority Mail package. Looked like it had been the floor of a garage the entire time.