Ok, times have changed. Use to be your local post office (USPS) was the most economical way to ship a package. I needed to ship five identical packages all at the same time, all going to different people in different cities or states. I entered all the shipping info in for both USPS and UPS. What a shocker!
UPS, you know, the company with thousands of those big, brown, shiny trucks you see everywhere daily and their elite team of UPS guys always wearing the uniform…Well, pretty much hands down they beat the pants off everyone else. I expected to pay more honestly. Not only did they have a much lower shipping cost but also their delivery time was twice better than the other guys. They delivered a couple of my packages in two days and the rest being delivered in under four, plus, the moment each package was delivered they scanned it and I received an immediate text from them confirming delivery. Man, what more do you want? Oh yea, downside was that two of the five packages were damaged. One not so much, but still damaged, and the second one, it looked like it got in a bar fight and lost. Anyway, could have been my packing technique, who knows. Doesn’t really matter how great the shipping cost is if it’s in pieces when it arrives.
Wouldn’t be fair to end my little rant without a few words about USPS… You know the one… 39 people in line and only one person working the counter. The same ones you need to take out a loan to afford a book of their stamps. Yea, those guys. I don’t know how the Post Office delivers in your area, but here in mine it looks like the carriers use their family cars and stick a “US Mail” bubble sign, thingy, on top of their roof. I never know which person or which car will be delivering my mail, but every vehicle being used that pulls up to my mailbox looks and sounds as if it’s on its last journey. I won’t get a thing for three days straight and suddenly day four my mailbox is so crammed full you can barely close the flap. And what’s up with still getting the people’s mail who lived at my home over six years ago? Yea, this is that government side of the mail business that gets bailed out yearly, keeps raising its rates, and still somehow manages to lose eight billion dollars a year while all their competition puts them to shame. I now feel better….thank you very much.