US Postal Service Priority Mail

271 ratings (253 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating: Very Good
5 stars
101
4 stars
61
3 stars
28
2 stars
21
1 star
42
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

USPS Priority - Delivery Confirmation means NOTHING

Feb 13, 2009
Review by  
Rated a Helpful Review
  • User Rating: Very Good

  • Punctuality:
  • Damaged Goods:
  • Customer Service:

Pros:cheap, mostly reliable.

Cons:if they lose, steal, or allow your package to be stolen... kafka-esque hell ensues.

The Bottom Line: if you're shipping something important and irreplacable, use Fedex or UPS.
if you want the convenience of dropping it in the corner mailbox, use USPS.


In my personal experience, Priority Mail is a 95+% reliable shipping method for small, light packages with some very specific exceptions.

Example 1: A Priority package sent from NYC to Los Angeles with Delivery Confirmation was placed by the Postal Employee in the open magazine bin of an apartment building in Mar Vista, CA. This mailbox area is visible from the street/sidewalk of a highly travelled area. The package was stolen. The Postal Service claimed that leaving a box out in the open is a "confirmed delivery".

Example 2: Another East coast to West coast delivery. This time the person who was supposed to receive the package got a call from an FBI agent who was investigating thefts that were occuring at an East coast distribution hub. When the person who shipped the package checked on the problem, all the postal employee could come up with was "was it insured?". Filing a claim resulted in no response... pure runaround, passing-the-buck and non-accountability. Apparently, not insuring a Priority package means A POSTAL EMPLOYEE CAN STEAL A PACKAGE FROM WITHIN THE POSTAL SYSTEM and the consumer has zero recourse.

The lesson is this: If you ship Priority, it's a good idea to buy the insurance option. Know that if the package never arrives at the destination, you have to wait 45 days before you can make a claim. When you make the claim, you must take the time to PERSONALLY HAND THE CLAIM FORM TO A POSTAL EMPLOYEE at the post office of origin. Twiddle your thumbs while waiting for a response. It might never come.


Recommend this product? Yes

Read all comments (1)

Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

1000 .875x1.25 Priority Mail Mailing Shipping Labels

1000 .875x1.25 Priority Mail Mailing Shipping Labels

1.25X.875 PRIORITY MAILING LABELS STICKERS Manufactured in-house of 100, 250, 500, 1000 (separate listings) Permanent adhesive Used primarily for ship...
eBay

$7.99

+$3.95 shipping
500 .875x1.25 Priority Mail Mailing Shipping Labels

500 .875x1.25 Priority Mail Mailing Shipping Labels

1.25X.875 PRIORITY MAILING LABELS STICKERS Manufactured in-house of 100, 250, 500, 1000 (separate listings) Permanent adhesive Used primarily for ship...
eBay

$5.99

+$2.95 shipping
Priority Express Marketing Envelopes 6 X 9 Lot Of 20 Self Seal Mail 1st Class

Priority Express Marketing Envelopes 6 X 9 Lot Of 20 Self Seal Mail 1st Class

Very Impressive 1st Class Mailing Envelopes for Marketing your product or services. Similar to the US Postal service priority or express envelop so it...
eBay

$13.99

FREE Shipping
United States Postal Service(R) White Security Shipping Mailing Box, 10in. x 8in. x 12in.

United States Postal Service(R) White Security Shipping Mailing Box, 10in. x 8in. x 12in.

For all of your important and valuable mailing and shipping needs Boxes are highly visible and built with strong 200-lb corrugate. Box reads open when...
Office Depot

$2.29

+$9.95 shipping
United States Postal Service Lic. Toy Mail Box Metal Coin Bank - Usps, Gearbox

United States Postal Service Lic. Toy Mail Box Metal Coin Bank - Usps, Gearbox

Vintage Limited Edition Mailbox Replica Adult collectible - New never removed from package Collectible Gearbox Toy Metal Bank made in 1997 official li...
eBay

$40.00

FREE Shipping
200 Poly Mailing Bag Postal Envelope Variety Five Sizes Free Priority Shipping

200 Poly Mailing Bag Postal Envelope Variety Five Sizes Free Priority Shipping

PLEASE READ THE LISTING CAREFULLY. Please note that Poly BAG mailers do NOT have bubble linings Listing is for quantity of ...TEN ~ 24 x 24 Self Seali...
eBay

$34.95

FREE Shipping
40 Postal Plastic Poly Mailing Envelopes 12 X 16 Fast Priority Shipping

40 Postal Plastic Poly Mailing Envelopes 12 X 16 Fast Priority Shipping

Please read the listing carefully. Please note that Poly BAG mailers do NOT have bubble linings Listing is for quantity of ...FORTY ~ 12 x 16 Self Sea...
eBay

$12.98

FREE Shipping
200 Poly Bag Mailing Postal 10 X 13 Envelopes Fast Priority Shipping

200 Poly Bag Mailing Postal 10 X 13 Envelopes Fast Priority Shipping

PLEASE READ THE LISTING CAREFULLY.Please note that Poly BAG mailers do NOT have bubble linings Listing is for quantity of ...TWO HUNDRED ~ 10 x 13 Sel...
eBay

$28.99

FREE Shipping
125 Poly Bag Postal Mailing Envelopes 6 X 9 Fast Priority Shipping 6x9

125 Poly Bag Postal Mailing Envelopes 6 X 9 Fast Priority Shipping 6x9

PLEASE READ THE LISTING CAREFULLY. Please note that Poly BAG mailers do NOT have bubble linings Listing is for quantity of ...ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE ...
eBay

$12.35

FREE Shipping
50 Poly Bag Postal Mailing Envelopes 12x16 Fast Priority Shipping 12x16

50 Poly Bag Postal Mailing Envelopes 12x16 Fast Priority Shipping 12x16

PLEASE READ THE LISTING CAREFULLY. Please note that Poly BAG mailers do NOT have bubble linings Listing is for quantity of ...FIFTY ~ 12 x 16 Self Sea...
eBay

$14.50

FREE Shipping