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    Amazon vs. eBay

    I was surprised to encounter a USPS truck this Sunday morning pulling into my driveway. On Friday, I'd ordered from Amazon, a USB wall charger. (I won't have one that doesn't bear a UL approval in my house--I've seen the innards of some of the Chinese trash; cheap and dangerous as heck). It was only about $8 with free shipping.

    I asked the driver "Sunday delivery?" and she responded "The Post Office has a special deal with Amazon".

    Blew me away completely. I know Jeff Bezos is out to conquer the world, but this really surprised me.
    Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

    #2
    Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I was surprised to encounter a USPS truck this Sunday morning pulling into my driveway. On Friday, I'd ordered from Amazon, a USB wall charger. (I won't have one that doesn't bear a UL approval in my house--I've seen the innards of some of the Chinese trash; cheap and dangerous as heck). It was only about $8 with free shipping.

    I asked the driver "Sunday delivery?" and she responded "The Post Office has a special deal with Amazon".

    Blew me away completely. I know Jeff Bezos is out to conquer the world, but this really surprised me.
    If he could buy USPS, he would

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      #3
      Given the current administration's tendencies, he probably will.
      Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
        I was surprised to encounter a USPS truck this Sunday morning pulling into my driveway. On Friday, I'd ordered from Amazon, a USB wall charger.

        I asked the driver "Sunday delivery?" and she responded "The Post Office has a special deal with Amazon".

        Blew me away completely. I know Jeff Bezos is out to conquer the world, but this really surprised me.
        It has nothing to do with Amazon -- she was just yankin' your chain.

        USPS has been delivering parcels here on Sunday for quite some time.
        PM me if you're looking for 3" or 5" floppy disks. EMail For everything else, Take Another Step

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          #5
          Sunday deliveries by USPS for amazon have been going on here in SoCal for many months, we get to dodge mail trucks on Sundays. Since I use Prime with great regularity, I even go check my mailbox on Sundays.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Al Kossow View Post
            If he could buy USPS, he would
            And this reminds me of a recent experience that tells me big box places (esp Walmart)
            are so hopelessly clueless on web order processing that Amazon will eat their lunch.
            Walmart's local store pickup assumes that someone at the store is going to do something.
            Nothing happened for five days after I placed an order, I went there and spent an hour
            trying to find the person handling the order. I never did, went home, tried to cancel the
            order and couldn't because their transaction processing system was wedged, ordered the
            exact same thing from a location 2 miles away, and picked it up an hour later. I did finally
            get the cancel transaction to go through later that day, the other store couldn't cancel it
            because they can only cancel transactions for their store!

            sheesh..

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              #7
              In 2013, Amazon signed a 5 year contract with USPS for Sunday deliveries. Given the increase in shipments, USPS will have to either continue offering Sunday deliveries or buy larger trucks.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                I was surprised to encounter a USPS truck this Sunday morning pulling into my driveway. On Friday, I'd ordered from Amazon, a USB wall charger. (I won't have one that doesn't bear a UL approval in my house--I've seen the innards of some of the Chinese trash; cheap and dangerous as heck). It was only about $8 with free shipping.

                I asked the driver "Sunday delivery?" and she responded "The Post Office has a special deal with Amazon".

                Blew me away completely. I know Jeff Bezos is out to conquer the world, but this really surprised me.
                If you are an Amazon Prime member, for items that Amazon is in complete control of packing and delivery, their 2-day shipping means 2-day shipping. If the second day falls on a Sunday, you get it on Sunday. Very nice feature. However, even as a Prime member, if you order something kind of late on a Friday, and the vendor (not Amazon) is in charge of shipping, and for whatever reason the vendor normally does not receive orders on Saturday or Sunday, then they get the order on Monday and the two day clock starts on Monday, and you get it on Wednesday. Even worse if Monday is a holiday! It doesn't happen often, but it does happen - it has happened to me. Just a circumstance to be aware of.

                And, yes, we see the USPS trucks shuttling around our neighborhood on Sundays, too. Started to notice this last Christmas time. Thought that might be a special activity for Christmas, but they have continued to be around on Sundays now.

                smp

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Al Kossow View Post
                  And this reminds me of a recent experience that tells me big box places (esp Walmart)
                  are so hopelessly clueless on web order processing that Amazon will eat their lunch.
                  Walmart's local store pickup assumes that someone at the store is going to do something.
                  Nothing happened for five days after I placed an order, I went there and spent an hour
                  trying to find the person handling the order. I never did, went home, tried to cancel the
                  order and couldn't because their transaction processing system was wedged, ordered the
                  exact same thing from a location 2 miles away, and picked it up an hour later. I did finally
                  get the cancel transaction to go through later that day, the other store couldn't cancel it
                  because they can only cancel transactions for their store!

                  sheesh..
                  I've shopped online at Walmart for a few things, but dread doing it. Their web site is so overloaded with scripts and whatnot, things are very slow going.

                  I had an interesting email from TechForLess the other day--I was looking at monitors and bothered to check detailed specs on a few. Two days later I received an email saying that if I didn't like the price on a particular monitor, to make an offer.

                  Mind you, all I did was browse.
                  Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                    #10
                    Just never order anything that gets delivered by FedEx SmartPost. FedEx handles the first part via their standard ground processing, then it get handed off to USPS at the destination for final delivery. Adds 1 or 2 days to already slow shipping plus extra handling and more opportunities for shipping damage along the way.

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                      #11
                      But here's the real kicker on this deal. I bought the thing on eBay. It came with an Amazon receipt and shipping:

                      Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by gslick View Post
                        Just never order anything that gets delivered by FedEx SmartPost. FedEx handles the first part via their standard ground processing, then it get handed off to USPS at the destination for final delivery. Adds 1 or 2 days to already slow shipping plus extra handling and more opportunities for shipping damage along the way.
                        I hear you on that. USPS handles their responsibility to deliver the FedEx item, but it does not appear that they give any priority to the FedEx items so they fall to the back of the line.

                        smp

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                          #13
                          Amazon using USPS for Sunday delivery is actually pretty old news:

                          https://www.geekwire.com/2014/amazon...ostal-service/

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                            #14
                            Well, in this neck of the woods, a couple of years ago, USPS was talking about shutting down their local distribution center. Sunday shipping is new to us here--I don't doubt that it's been a fact of life in major urban areas for some time.
                            Reach me: vcfblackhole _at_ protonmail dot com.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Chuck(G) View Post
                              But here's the real kicker on this deal. I bought the thing on eBay.
                              I was going to say that the next thing is Amazon taking over distribution and warehousing for all but the biggest guys.
                              I didn't remember but I thought I might have gotten similar things from a couple of eBayers recently through Amazon.

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