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Fed-Ex Vs. USPS

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Tnerb

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No wonder the USPS is having difficulties...

This is the first time I ever posted two journals on the same day, or at the very least so close together. It is almost midnight and after working for 42 days in a row (some of them doubles) I finally have a day off. My internet has been sporadic at best. It took me a full day to download an episode of Doctor Who, which is slightly quicker than the last episode I downloaded which took three days. The upsetting fact is if I do not cut and paste to get these journals on?.they won?t be posted. In the past I have had numerous problems with the USPS. Most recently was my last package which was in Limbo a few more days than it should have. Fortunately I got it.

This past Monday I received two notices. One from CGC and the other from ComicLink, both notices were about my books. ComicLink sent a tracking number with Fed-Ex stating they were on the way and I was able to track each time my package moved as you will see below.

Oct 6, 2011 9:47 AM

Delivered

Philadelphia, PA

Signature Service not requested.

Oct 6, 2011 3:39 AM

On FedEx vehicle for delivery

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Oct 6, 2011 3:29 AM

At local FedEx facility

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Oct 5, 2011 9:06 PM

Departed FedEx location

KEASBEY, NJ

Oct 5, 2011 5:15 PM

Arrived at FedEx location

KEASBEY, NJ

Oct 5, 2011 12:30 PM

Departed FedEx location

WILLINGTON, CT

Oct 5, 2011 4:47 AM

Arrived at FedEx location

WILLINGTON, CT

Oct 4, 2011 8:42 PM

Left FedEx origin facility

SACO, ME

Oct 4, 2011 6:45 PM

Arrived at FedEx location

SACO, ME

Oct 4, 2011 4:47 PM

Picked up

SACO, ME

Oct 4, 2011 8:58 AM

Shipment information sent to Fed-Ex

I was able to follow my books with no problem and my mind was at ease. The books I sent to CGC are more valuable?not so much by what they are worth on the market, because they wouldn?t be worth anything to anyone else. Two of the three were books I bought at ComiCards when I was a Teen, and the other was sent in by Lee K to be graded for me hoping it would be a 9.8. It wasn?t, it was a 9.6 and now it is a 9.4. These three books are irreplaceable.

I have decided to stop using USPS when I have another option. Fed-Ex hasn?t failed me yet. I sent my latest batch to CGC through UPS. I also chose to spend the $50 for the ten books to be sent back to me even though the USPS is cheaper. The problem is the post office has been failing me in such a big way. The following is what I have from the post office for a package that was shipped out the same day from Florida as the package sent Fed-Ex from Maine. This is my Current status as of this writing.

Your Item's Status

Your item was processed through our SARASOTA, FL 34230 facility on October 03, 2011 at 2:17 pm. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.

Today is the ending hours of the 6th of October. Why isn't the package closer. I feel like my package is sitting in a warehouse in Florida collecting dust. Sure there is the possibility that it is in Philadelphia already but why don't I have confirmation of where it is. I cannot believe after four days my package is still down south.

When I first mentioned to my post office about a mussing package they blamed it on my neighbors saying I had a thief in the building. Their advice was to get my packages with signature required. When I was waiting for one of those packaged with signature required and I was able to track it through the website my post man did not have it in his bag. When I inquired if he had a package for me he said no. I pushed further and told him that the package says it is out for delivery. He said he would have to checks his truck and came back with my package. Why didn?t he have it on him in the first place?

Another time a postal worker signed for it?signed and forged my name. I followed up on this right away?got the package and talked to a supervisor who seemed very concerned with my plight, so imagine my surprise when I called up the post office to find out what was going on and I asked for her by name and no one seemed to know who she was. I collect in this hobby because I enjoy it immensely but I do not need someone who also enjoys it trying to take what is mine. I can go on about this and I will but has anyone else suffered like this? Would you spend the extra money to guarantee your comics safety? What was the most valuable comic you ever lost (if any) and I don?t mean financial. My most valuable comic is at CGC right now and it is only a copy of New Mutants #15 in a 4.5.

Thanks for Reading

Tnerb

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