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Priority mail is NOT worth it

Discussion in 'MadVapes' started by Worldgod, Apr 25, 2011.

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  1. Worldgod

    Worldgod Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    IMO...First class gets to me in 3 days (my last 3 orders) and priority gets hung up somewhere, today is day 3 and no package. Not worth paying double shipping cost for upgrade...bah.:mad:

    Don't get me wrong...this has nothing to do with MV...just a disappointment in an "upgraded service".
  2. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    First Class always is fast enough for me, as you said priority just isn't worth it.
  3. wolfstone5

    wolfstone5 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    First class takes the same amount of time. The only advantage to priority is that you can track your shipment with more detail.
  4. ZooKansas

    ZooKansas Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 22, 2011
    Kansas City, MO USA
    Unless I'm in a panic situation, priority is not worth it. The bigger issue for me is some vendors charging upwards of $4 for basic first-class shipping, which always seems to reach me on the third business day.
  5. Gracchus Grey

    Gracchus Grey Moved On

    Mar 12, 2011
    Southern California
    I like tracking numbers. And I haven't had any bad experiences with priority.

    My orders shipped this morning, and as of this evening they are tracking and are expected to arrive wednesday. Which is pretty awesome. Especially because the orders are a VV box, batteries, DC Car Toes, and some vanilla flavor concentrate.

    I've only ever had one bad experience; Something was a day late-- It reported as delivered, which was weird, but then it showed up the next morning.
  6. simply me

    simply me Super Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    Takes the same time. Post office told me they all come the same way. I guess it all depends on if you like a box or a envelope. And they all go in the trash the same way.
  7. Worldgod

    Worldgod Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Well...ordered on Wed evening and received it today (Tuesday). Pretty much fail if ya ask me. Won't be using priority anymore for sure. All of my orders have come in a box and have had shipping info so IDK what's up biggie I guess just some rambling :)
  8. DannyW

    DannyW Moved On

    Mar 27, 2011
    Mayberry of course
    I know the last time i used Priority my package came past my house and went 2 1/2 hours east of me then came back to my address. It took 1 day longer than using First Class.
  9. hoogie76

    hoogie76 Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Aug 1, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Priority is an odd duck... USPS is also...

    How it was explained to me:

    All mail from our facility goes to Charlotte hub. Items within XXX miles regardless of class are trucked PO hub to PO hub via USPS.

    Items over XXX miles are contracted out, usually to ups or fedex to haul by ground. Once on a truck, they bounce between hubs and eventually make it to your PO (sometimes routed efficiently, sometimes not)..

    (xxx= I can't remember the exact miles)

    The difference between priortiy and first class is that priority, once deemed over the magic xxx miles away, is flown instead of driven to the local hub/PO. The best value on priority is from say Colorado and west where the delivery time is 2-3 biz days compared with 3-7 biz days for first class.

    USPS also has time limits on delivering priority mail where they typically don't on first class mail so priority mail is always scanned when they deliver it.. But if they scan it late, internally they get penalized so sometimes you may see a scan that the package is delivered and you don't get it until the next day and it's typically because the driver forgot, missed it or for some other reason couldn't deliver it that day but has to scan it as delivered to not miss thier delivery time number..

    Take this with a grain o' salt because it's just a summary of the parts of what I've been told by ups, usps, mail carriers and others involved..

  10. Eddie.Willers

    Eddie.Willers ECF Wiki SysOp Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 3, 2011
    Prairie Canada
    Meh! Be grateful y'all live in countries with decent postal services and generally honest carriers.

    Methinks they are still using donkeys, here down old Mexico way. It takes our PO almost 3 weeks to get a letter from the nation's capital (just 5 hours away by road) to us up here on the Gulf coast in Tampico (about 6 hours south of the Texas border).

    Sure we have express service - they just hit the donkey a bit harder!
  11. BenD188

    BenD188 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2011
    O'Fallon, MO
    Depending on your location, Priority Mail is faster. However, it's not ALWAYS faster, so you can just go to USPS to check it.

    Postage Price Calculator

    Just put from 28031 to whatever your zip code is. It will show you how long it takes.
  12. Worldgod

    Worldgod Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 31, 2011
    Just a quick update... I used FC mail on my most recent order. It was shipped on 5-4 and I received it today (5-6). Yea...for me FC is the way to go...ymmv. That said when I ordered Tuesday MV was processing over 300 orders and it shipped the following morning...gotta love the speed at which they work there. Thanks Hoog and Co!

    PS My newest juice sample of Raspberry Lemonaide is fantastic!
  13. wolfstone5

    wolfstone5 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    I placed an order on Wednesday afternoon and it arrived today (Friday). First class rocks!
  14. illinoismom

    illinoismom Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 29, 2010
    I placed an order Weds, shipped Thursday Priority mail and still waiting oh well
  15. garvstone

    garvstone Full Member Verified Member

    May 11, 2011
    You got to love USPS Priority. It takes them a day longer to get to Alabama with A priority upgrade. No fault of MV, just the messed up Postal Service.
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