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I have always been hesitant to criticize the USPS. My mother is retired postal worker, so criticizing the USPS felt like disrespecting my mother. Now, having to checks go awol in 60 days for payment to Colt forum members, I am rethinking my position.

My mother has been retired 29 years so it should be ok to call them out when the folks working at the USPS muck it up.

The most recent payment was sent priority mail with the extra $7+ and a tracking number. Now the envelope is MIA in Detroit. Bobby Bare knew what he was singing about!

OBTW, I have a $3500 property tax check from 3-4 years ago somewhere in the bowels of the USPS.

Thank goodness for online bill pay systems.

Swallow your pride, poke PayPal in the eye with a stick and buy your guns/get your money using friends & family. Aren't we all a family on here?!!!!

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I’ve shipped many a usps money order and I’ve had one tracked money order bounce around to and from a Georgia sort facility unexplained and a MO sent to me that did the same thing. Otherwise, it’s been reliable for me and still a good way to go for the cost.

Most everyday, I receive parts for my job shipped FedEx overnight. Excluding weather related delays, they’ve been good. On rare occasion, a box will not make a FedEx flight. It can be frustrating and even weird when one box makes it and another identical box doesn’t and they left the same place together.

Usps has a very useful tracking tool now with packages and everyday mail. I receive an email at 7:05am very morning with a scan photo of each piece of mail being delivered to my box that day. Also, once usps receives tracking for packages, i can track it myself and know what day the package will deliver. The scan for letter mail is done at the sort facility so I know same day if a piece of mail is missing when I get home and check mailbox.

USPS has an app for it, and on their app and website it’s called Informed Delivery. Easy to sign up and it’s free.
 

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I have informed delivery for inbound mail. All of my monthly bills are "Ebills", no paper and automatically drafted from checking or charged to my Cabela's CC. I avoid writing checks like the plague these days. The next box of checks I order may last longer than I do.

I had a firearm stolen at the UPS facility in Albuquerque, so make sure you buy insurance on the package regardless who ships it.

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Overall I've had good results with USPS. One time I sold an item on eBay and I get an email "did you use the correct address, my item is in San Francisco." I live in Florida, item was going to Virginia, but was in fact in California, and had the correct address on it. So I replied that "I always go to Virginia from Florida by way of California."
 

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Just two weeks ago I bought a pristine Model 37 Chiefs Special Airweight online from an FFL on the other side of the State. He shipped it Priority Mail to my FFL in town. It reached my area and circled daily loops between two distribution centers and the wrong post office for three days. I was advised to go online and put a hold on the package. When it stopped at the wrong post office on the fourth day I was able to call them and explain the problem. It was delivered intact to my FFL the next day. Seven days for a Priority Mail Package to go 120 miles in State.
They do a large volume and it was delivered safely, but the last 8 months or so several priority mail parcels have taken long routes and had later then scheduled deliveries. I have one coming today that was shipped from New Jersey, Priority, on the 3rd. Went off radar. Got tracking notification this morning it is to be delivered today.
 

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Swallow your pride, poke PayPal in the eye with a stick and buy your guns/get your money using friends & family. Aren't we all a family on here?!!!!
PayPal stuck it to me for over $100 a couple years ago. Never apologized or offered me my money back. Their attitude was pretty much "sucks to be you". You can keep your PayPal.

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A few years ago I sold a Martin D-45 Koa to a collector in PA, 300 miles north. I packed it in it's OHSC and box then shipped it priority mail. Rather than going north this $12,000.00 Martin, one of only 54 ever made, went south to a bulk processing facility in NC. The box, case and instrument were handled by machines and completely crushed to kindling! The kind folks at the PO then put all the pieces in a box, slapped on a label saying "Damaged in Shipping" and sent the pieces TO MY CUSTOMER!!!:mad:
 

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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.
 

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A few years ago I sold a Martin D-45 Koa to a collector in PA, 300 miles north. I packed it in it's OHSC and box then shipped it priority mail. Rather than going north this $12,000.00 Martin, one of only 54 ever made, went south to a bulk processing facility in NC. The box, case and instrument were handled by machines and completely crushed to kindling! The kind folks at the PO then put all the pieces in a box, slapped on a label saying "Damaged in Shipping" and sent the pieces TO MY CUSTOMER!!!:mad:
Rick, I bought a Goodall guitar from a music shop in up-state NY. The guy shipped it Priority Mail and was told, and told me, it would be to AZ in three days. The guitar (cased and boxed) went missing for over two weeks. Tracking produced no information and phone calls were met with "we can't find it". Then one day it showed up on my front porch. I was much luckier than you in that it wasn't damaged.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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
Joe,
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.
 
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