jane q. public

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The shipping saga continues

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Our baby shower was last Saturday. It was awesome, and should get its own post when I have the time. I don’t know how many people were there, but there were a lot – and that meant tons of wonderful gifts for the baby. This translates to many thank you notes to write. I was excited about writing those notes on the stationery I designed, but of course, that’s where everything went awry, as I mentioned the other day.

My husband has spoken to a seemingly helpful lady at the post office twice, plus he talked to the mail carrier on Saturday (who said he would investigate and stop by on Monday to let me know what he found out … he didn’t). At the post office, he was told that we could fill out some sort of a claim form, but because the package wasn’t insured, it would be at USPS’s discretion as to weather they give us a “we’re sorry for fucking you” payment.

Here’s the thing: all issues of money, incompetence and unfairness aside, I NEED THOSE NOTES. I had hoped to have them by last Friday so I could get started writing them on Sunday. I have to do as much as I can, when I can, and as fast as I can. I’m trying to accomplish things right now in between bouts of extreme fatigue, not to mention the fact that we don’t have a lot of time before the baby arrives (and after that, when will I have time to write them?) – with the way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if she gets here early.

J.R., who writes much better thank you notes than I, would gladly take care of writing them for me because he’s amazing, but he has handwriting that is… a little hard to decipher. Plus, he’s already picking up so much slack for me that I don’t really want to throw anything else on his plate.

Not really sure what to do to get some thank you notes into my hand, I broke down and ordered more today. I’m not sure that I would have done it at the original amount that I spent (which was actually about $10 more than I’d estimated in that previous post), but I managed to find a 50% off coupon*, which was too good to pass up.

So I got the notes for under $40, as opposed to $75ish, and that was good. The next hurdle was Vistaprint’s turn-around time and shipping. I may have mentioned it before, but their shipping is overpriced in my estimation, especially considering how long you have to wait. The standard option is over $8 for an item that may not ship for 14 days. The next option is priority, which is what I chose this time around, and it was over $17! And it will still be up to seven days before they even ship it. They had a rush option where they ship in three days, and that was around $31 – it would have still left my total below what I spent on the original order, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much to ship something unless that meant I’d have it tomorrow.

Unfortunately, when I selected the shipping option, there was nothing to tell me what the actual delivery method was. I knew from experience, of course, that the standard shipping went out via UPS SurePost (that’s the one where UPS brings it to the local post office, then the mail carrier delivers it to somebody else, and you get mad and write excessively long blog posts about it). I had to do way more googling than I should have to come up with not much of an answer here. This is all to say that I’m not really sure what carrier will bring the package, but I’m concerned that somewhere along the way, it may end up in the hands of the USPS.

*Retail Me Not is excellent. I check there every time I make a purchase online because a lot of times, at the very least, you can find a coupon code for free shipping. The 50% Vistaprint coupon I found was probably the most amazing so far.

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Written by janeqpublic

March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

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  1. […] given my recent experience with the USPS, I could easily believe that they delivered my package to Utah. I’ve pretty much lost faith […]


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