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Priority Mail taking longer then First Class?

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  1. Tinkiegrrl

    Tinkiegrrl Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2013
    New York, NY
    Anyone have this issue lately, while waiting on vape mail? The last priority mail package I ordered took 4 days longer then it should have, and I'm waiting on another this week that is also taking an extraordinary amount of time. Meanwhile, I've been receiving packages via First class much faster. I took a look at USPS, and there doesn't seem to be a delay for my area... Sigh... I hate waiting on vape mail.
  2. Skeebo

    Skeebo Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    May 31, 2014
    Yep, I think they put that 2-day priority label on just to screw with our heads.
  3. anavidfan

    anavidfan ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 14, 2012
    It does happen occasionally to me too. It seems to happen on the more important or expensive items , which can really be nerve racking. I had someone send me a 2 day priority package that was only an hour drive from me and in all logic should have made it in a day. I guess they dont want a 2 day package to get here faster, so they actually routed it out of state , then back to my state so it would take longer to get to me. It was stressful to say the least and then it ended up getting to me on the 3rd day.

    I had another 2 day priority take 10 days. I called and they told me that even though it was supposed to be 2 days, that it was not a guaranteed time frame and you could only get that if you pay for the much more expensive delivery prices.
  4. Tinkiegrrl

    Tinkiegrrl Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2013
    New York, NY
    It is an expensive item of course. My first genuine mech mod. Lernaia Hydra and Zorbas. The switch seems to be exactly what I was looking for, the voltage drop is low, and I liked the look of it. Plus, I found a sale. Here's the weird thing though. USPS says that the electronic shipping info was received on the 8th, but the package was at one of their facilities on the 7th, and departed that facility in CA on the 7th. So, what's with the electronic info being received on the 8th?
  5. oplholik

    oplholik ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    I always choose 1st class whenever possible, it's always just as fast if not faster than priority.
  6. Tinkiegrrl

    Tinkiegrrl Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2013
    New York, NY
    I do as well, but I didn't have a choice on this one. It was Priority for free, or pay additional $20 for express. I'm concerned largely because of the odd dates. Electronic notification wasn't until the 8th, but the package was apparently received by USPS, and left one of their CA facilities on the 7th. For all other packages, I've noticed that electronic info is received first, and then the package recieved.
  7. NC_Fog

    NC_Fog Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2011
    Central N.C.
    As someone(contractor)who hauled bulk mail from distribution center to distribution center up and down the east coast during the 90's, first class(letters, flats, small envelopes), registered mail, and express mail go first...PERIOD! Then if there's room the priority, standard parcels, junk mailings. Priority mail are high ranking parcels whether its a flat or a 20lb box. It's all distributed in the same like BMC(Bulk Mail Container). If there's not enough room after the first class is loaded, the priority goes on the next trip or if there's enough left behind and extra trip may be warranted. My advice is that if it's under 13oz is to send it first class.

    I'm sure things have probably changed since then as most other industry has.
  8. Tinkiegrrl

    Tinkiegrrl Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 18, 2013
    New York, NY
    Well, that would explain why my Priority packages have been taking longer then 1st class. I had absolutely no choice in the matter though, unless I wanted to cough up another $20 for express. I'm willing to pay extra for international orders. There is so much that can go wrong with them. US orders though... Arrgh! It kills me that I've received packages from Austria faster then many Priority Mail packages from here in the USA. How many times can they skip transporting a Priority package? As many times as it takes for room to appear after 1st class? This one was likely over 13 oz... Weird thing is, everything I've ever purchased in the classies, plus everything I've ever sent priority in the classies always takes the expected 2 days. When ordering from a vendor though....
  9. NC_Fog

    NC_Fog Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2011
    Central N.C.
    A good dock supervisor would get it moving somehow even if it has to go from A to B via C. Meaning that it may get to you a day later instead of 2. It may appear on your tracking that it was shipped to the wrong center when in all actually it was shipped there to be forwarded to your local center instead of just sitting for another day where it was left. Keep in mind at heavy mail times(Christmas), there is a shortage of planes, trucks and drivers with enough hours to make extra runs to move the mail., thus resulting in jams.
  10. AntnyMikal

    AntnyMikal Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 3, 2014
    Clarksville, TN, USA
    Happens to me all the time. I always choose first class now. Normally a few bucks less and I get it faster, don't know why.
  11. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Heh. I have an international priority package that has spent 4 days in Miami, FL. They say it's now enroute. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.
  12. bamani71

    bamani71 Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 19, 2012
    What I can't figure out is the flight path. I live in Colorado and the package was coming from Oregon, but for some reason it bypassed my state entirely and hung out in Texas for a couple of days. I definitely take the first class option now.
  13. coldgin96

    coldgin96 Resting In Peace Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Post office sucks... Sorry, it just does... My mail constantly gets delivered to the wrong address. I live in a small town, no excuse...
  14. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Highly Esteemed Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 15, 2013
    When ever I have a shipping choice such as FedEx, UPS or USPS I always choose the government run shipper. No one can run a business like the government. For medical care, I go VA.
  15. GolemGolem

    GolemGolem Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 4, 2011
    I prefer 1rst class with tracking myself. Priority is still better than FedEx who often can't find my house, and when they do it's only to leave failed delivery notes.
  16. dbrandt01

    dbrandt01 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 6, 2014
    Had this came up before, I'd agree haha. Although USPS surprised me, by priority mail going from California to Alabama. Left Saturday at 11am and got to Alabama 6am Monday morning. It was scheduled for Wednesday and got delivered Monday. Never had I received a package that fast through USPS.
  17. coldgin96

    coldgin96 Resting In Peace Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Funny how I wrote this yesterday and today someone else's mail was in my box... I told my girlfriend it's getting old...
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