@Room101 SO true! A good number of our meh purchases we buy knowing it will be a nice gift or gag for someone, but with zero hurry to get it. With most of the orders, I totally forget about what it was and then a meh box arrives and the kids get to open it and we all participate in the surprise factor. “Ohhhh, that’s right, a thingamabob to hold a cellphone around your neck!”
(P.S. - Don’t laugh, that thing is actually fantastic for reading chords/tab off your cellphone while playing guitar.)
Then remember that it represents Pitney Bowes time and add a couple of weeks for the inexplicable detours.
(unsolicited business hint for PB… hire a logistics person… or at least someone that can read a map!)
@Barney@medz I broke down and ordered the Princess Bride/Fleetwood Mac Rumors shirt this morning (somehow received a hefty discount on it, too). It says I’ll have it by the 26th. We’ll see.
It seems everything I’ve ordered lately that is shipping via USPS is wandering all over the country. Ordered swim suit bottoms from a company in my state 5 hours south of me. Supposed to arrive on the 19th. For some odd reason they’ve traveled to White Plains, NY, and then on to New Jersey.
@medz I am prime and I do not get 2-day shipping anymore from Zon. Right now I just added a prime item and it will not arrive until June 26, but a different Prime item will not be here until between July 3rd and July 7, so it depends what you order?
For months I have been ordering RC hobby stuff from vendors in Florida - tiny companies, much smaller than Meh. USPS nearly always gets it to me in Oregon in two business days, or three at most during covid time. Just plain old first class parcels.
I don’t know how they are doing it, nor do I know what every other company is doing differently, but maybe they have just ruined me so that my expectations are too high.
@blandoon You’ve got small companies, small enough that they are shipping them out same day, and possibly sending in flat rate priority boxes. While a company like this is at times taking orders that will be shipped en mass directly by the company that made the product, like the jerky and the sausage a while back, but most of the time it’s coming from the same warehouse as morningsave and sidedeal, and going through a 3rd party handler that’s got a bulk discount rate on shipping. Not shipping first class
They are doing something like sorting by destination and filling and wrapping pallets or containers that then go across the country by contracted truck and get broken up at the destination center and go to local post office for cheap last mile delivery.
Since they are scanning a code on a pallet that’s tied to all the codes for the packages contained, I think in some cases the weirdness in tracking is due to things like a package code getting tied into multiple pallets, “in transit [city name]” may mean it should be on it’s way to that city, etc.
@kevinrs I clearly have less knowledge of the topic than you… I guess I’m mostly saying that it pays to find and patronize the small vendors that really want to please because it’s made me realize how little I actually need Amazon.
@blandoon It is good to patronize those small businesses.
You just can’t compare the shipping you get from them to meh, and you can’t compare amazon to meh either. they are at opposite ends. Small is quick but costly, amazon is quick because of scale. Meh is slow because they are selling cheap stuff really cheap, and shipping cheap is part of how they can get the price down.
The recent crazy ship times are probably due to things like limited trucking due to coronavirus and high demand meaning truckers take higher paying loads than pitney bowes is shipping.
I honestly wonder if there’s been an influx of new customers. I can’t imagine anyone that’s been with mediocre labs for a while to expect anything decent when it comes to shipping. Hell, I remember the ole snail post comments when Woot was well, what Meh is now
Oh, they’ve done far worse than fail you. They’ve hurt you, and they wish to go on hurting you. They shall leave you as you left them: marooned for all eternity in the center of a dying sale-a-day site, buried alive.