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Lots of members buy and sell watches here, I was wondering what kind of experiences you have with USPS and others?

Most members I've bought from use USPS because it’s the cheapest and gets close to the address with success.
I say close because I can’t seem to receive my package at my door, instead I get a stick-em on the door that they were here, and I end up waiting for the next business day to drive into the city and pick it up.

Again it happened yesterday, 9am USPS was here, and left a stick-em. My doorbell works good (very loud), and I have a little dog that puts up a fuss when someone knocks on the door.
I think the USPS carrier fills out the stick-em slip in his vehicle, sticks it on the door and walks away routinely to get his/her route done early, its like they don't care.

Checked USPS complaints, hundreds if not thousands, and consumer affairs are loaded. I’m sure the other shipping companies have complaints, I didn't look them up because they make a better effort to deliver to my door.

The next time I buy a watch from a member, I'll offer to pay the difference to have it shipped FedEx.

When I get stuff via FedEx, somebody actually knocks on the door and I can enjoy opening my package minutes later :). Another thing is FexEX and UPS have real live tracking, while USPS tracking is a joke, you only see were your package is as its leaving, two days later no info and don’t bother calling.

Let us know what your experiences are, I’m curious and this would be good for all of us to hear.
 

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I never, ever use USPS. Its a deal breaker for me, not matter what the cost of the watch is.
Bad experience with them that was never resolved.

FedEx or UPS is the way to go.
 

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File a complaint to your local post master general.

Tell him/her that you were home, but nobody knocked on the door/or rang the bell.

Hey, you are already at the post office, it doesn't hurt to ask about it.
 

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Most of my watches from abroad have come by DHL and I must say that I'm well impressed with them. They can get a parcel from the other side of the world in the same time as the Royal Mail can ship one 12 miles.
 

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For me, USPS or FedEX is the best way to get anything shipped. Within the US, USPS does a great job. The carriers know the neighborhoods and do make the extra effort to deliver. That being said, FedEx can deliver a watch from Germany faster than USPS can from Seattle.

My biggest problem is UPS. I don't know what UPS is like where you folks are from, but here, UPS is just an old shack at the airport thats only open for an hour a day during the week. The employees are great and do try, but they can only do so much working with so little.
 

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I use USPS because they insure product whereas UPS and FEDEX will not pay a claim on watches over X amount.
Also only have USPS in this backwater town I'm forced to call home!
 

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When I sell a watch I ship it USPS, but I always insure it and add signature confirmation. I prefer to have watches shipped to me with something other than USPS, because since moving to my current address a year ago, my postal service has been absolutely horrible.
 

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On the contrary, the most egregious issues I've had have been with FedEx and UPS. My JLC mysteriously disappeared into one of their large sorting facilities until I raised hell with the shipper, and a Cartier ring was misdelivered to the wrong person in the other instances. The USPS gets unfairly maligned all the time, and it would not be losing money were it not for the asinine mandate by congress that it had to fully fund their retirement benefits much earlier than any other private or public enterprise is expected to do.

Eliminate the USPS, and you'll find that rural America will be totally devoid of shipping services, as it is not cost effective for a for-profit enterprise like FedEx or UPS to develop infrastructure to service such low population density areas.

I think what is implicit in the other posts is that one's experience with USPS is quite dependent on the local post office, and how conscientious they are. But, I suspect that this is not any different with FedEx or UPS.
 

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USPS is a blessing, compared to other government operated postal operators... trust me, i've encountered with more than one, and it is by far the most efficient, cheap, fast, safe etc, considering it's postage flows of course.
 

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First, if you ship expensive watches other than with 3rd party insurance you better be shipping it USPS registered mail. USPS registered mail is the most secure of any of the basic shipping methods open to us and the insurance will actually pay out on watches and jewelry.

The local service of USPS, UPS and Fedex vary, our UPS is great or USPS is OK and our FedEx is horrible, I have also been the victim of the "phantom knock", the worst was on a FedEx overnight package that was on its 4th day and no knock (dog that misses nothing, and my wife and I were both sitting on a sofa within 20 feet of the door). We drove to the FedEx center and the Fedex employees felt the wraith of my wife being denied her Cartier watch for three days...

From my experience they all drop the ball sometimes but I am at least as happy with USPS as any of the others and USPS presents the best value. Also anyone that sees USPS as a money looser read the headline but not the article, as mentioned the only reason USPS runs in the apparent red is the crippling mandates applied to them regarding their retirement funding.
 

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I use Canada post or USPS for most shipping but I do use Parcel Pro for insurance on shipped watches. They are way cheaper for insuring goods but you do need to set up an account first, then just pay your monthly bill.
 

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Value of lost packages or operating losses?
That would be operating losses, I have never seen a number for lost packages but I guarantee the profit from insurance sales far outweigh the monies paid out for damage/loss. While I don't know factually I would be willing to bet insurance is one of their highest profit margins.
 

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Lucky for me I can hear when USPS is coming because the delivery vehicle sounds like Mack truck with no exhaust, they drive house to house. They're all hit or miss IMO, phantom knocks, we missed you notes, it just depends on the person who's making the delivery-and if they actually care about how they do their job. I had a brief stint with FedEx right out of college and the guys were notorious for not attempting to deliver packages because they wanted to go home. They would just fill out a door tag in the truck or at the station and throw it away.
 

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Have sold a lot of watches, USPS almost exclusively, priority flat rate most often, registered mail on occasion. Nada problem so far (loud knock on solid block of wood), sympathize with those who've had negative experiences . . .
 

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You sound like a cold caller asking me to change my shipping provider. lol

"Are you happy with your long distance carrier?"

I've never sent out a watch by the providers you mentioned, but my experience receiving from FedEx has been great.
 
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