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Old 02-08-2015, 12:56 PM
 
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Chances are that Amazon has such a big account with UPS that they will negotiate away most of the surcharge. Amazon's long term plan does not involve UPS.
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:01 PM
 
Location: DMV Area/NYC/Honolulu
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If it makes sense, economically, for me to use other services, then I will (as I currently do), look elwhere once this plan goes into effect. If, however, UPS is still the best deal for when I need them even after this change, they'll continue to get my business.
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:01 AM
 
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I wonder how this will affect companies like Amazon who offer free shipping with Prime. I'm happier getting UPS deliveries. Sometimes USPS comes later in the day.
I'm a "Prime" member, and, in my case anyway, it's been a disaster. The P.O. transfers rarely arrive on time, however, my post office continually updates the tracking to reflect that the package was delivered on time. If I call and ask where the package is, I'm told that it is showing as delivered, check to see if maybe a neighbor has it. Usually it arives a day later, sometimes two. If I check tracking on a two day delivery item, and, on day two, it is received at my local P.O. after 10:00 am, it sits for there rest of that day. Repeated, repeated, repeated complaints to Amazon have been useless. They offer to refund $3.99. It's ridiculous...and frustrating.
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Old 02-17-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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That is perhaps why I was notified that a company that they have contract to use Fedex instead of UPS.
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Old 02-18-2015, 05:23 AM
 
Location: Florida
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That is perhaps why I was notified that a company that they have contract to use Fedex instead of UPS.
Fed Ex also uses the USPS with their SmartPost program for residential packages.
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Old 02-18-2015, 06:30 AM
 
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I assume this will help the USPS!
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I assume this will help the USPS!
For small packages, it helps a little. Keep in mind that UPS is delivering directly to your Post Office, so the USPS is only getting paid for a delivery in one zone and losing out on multi-zone charges. A few weeks ago (2014) Amazon made a mistake by shipping out 40 pound boxes with final shipping done by the USPS. She arrived at my home and couldn't get them (six) out of her vehicle. She had to call a supervisor to send someone else from another route to assist her to get them out.

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This decision is pretty short sited by UPS, since many of us run our businesses out of our homes or as I do, was to build a office on another part of my property.

As to vendors/sellers raising their prices to deal with it, many have already. So if I can't get my vendors/sellers to honor their old prices (or have dramatically raised their shipping charges), I either try to get them to do a price match to other vendors/sellers or I simply change vendors/sellers.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:26 PM
 
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Fed Ex also uses the USPS with their SmartPost program for residential packages.
Smart post is for very small items. Fed Ex does not use it for two day delivery. Its the cheapest method specially for small packages. Since they deliver it to local post office it adds a day is my experience. The company I mentioned stated it would be sent second day Fedex instead of second day UPS.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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A few weeks ago (2014) Amazon made a mistake by shipping out 40 pound boxes with final shipping done by the USPS. She arrived at my home and couldn't get them (six) out of her vehicle. She had to call a supervisor to send someone else from another route to assist her to get them out..
Odd. Last time I was discussing this at my PO because of the 70lb weight limit for USPS, the lady told me they had to be able to handle packages up to that weight.
I had asked if they had a cart because I didn't think I could lift it from the floor up onto the counter and she implied it was my problem and that she was required to be able to do it.
In actually, it turned out she couldn't lift it either (was not even the 70 but only about 50) and
got a cart
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Odd. Last time I was discussing this at my PO because of the 70lb weight limit for USPS, the lady told me they had to be able to handle packages up to that weight.
I had asked if they had a cart because I didn't think I could lift it from the floor up onto the counter and she implied it was my problem and that she was required to be able to do it.
In actually, it turned out she couldn't lift it either (was not even the 70 but only about 50) and
got a cart
Only for Priority packages which get different deliverers than standard route personnel. Thus a PO can take nearly anything in, but the issue (and cost) of delivering it is the issue.
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