Anyone Else Notice A Major Slowdown in the Mail?
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I track all my comic deliveries and shipments very closely. I have packages sitting in the same locations across the country for days now.

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I haven't notice a huge slowdown with USPS, but I have seen a huge price increase with international FedEx. Because FedEx sometimes subcontracts freight on commercial flights, and with fewer flights because of covid, the cost comparisons have been wild. Here's one example:

I sent 7 slabs to Malaysia

USPS was $160

FedEx was $480

Obviously I went with USPS, because yowza! 

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Several packages over the past month were weeks late, one lost 

 

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Just another victim of the current state of affairs. I wouldn't expect it to return to "normal" anytime soon...  :popcorn:

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lol 50th version of this topic on the boards since covid. usps awful right now.

if your pkg disappears from tracking, start an 'inquiry' on their site. it seems to help them find it after a bit.

im using fedex on all comic shipments now. 

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It is strange because mail overall was really bad once everything got shut down but seemed to improve over the last couple of months to almost normalcy.  I noticed a delay starting about 2 weeks ago on par with when the shutdown first happened. 

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I agree--two weeks ago is when it got really slow/bad and extra random.

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Im also seeing things sitting with UPS at their hubs for many many days (up to a week) now for no apparent reason. 
Which is annoying cause our hub is like 2 miles away... 

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yes very very slow and sent a thick letter full of stickers to friend which was lost-first time ever i've had mail lost.

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My experience with USPS during COVID has been very poor. Priority can take 7-10+ days easily. I have ahead may 10-20% deliver right on schedule. I ship and receive everything in Ann Arbor.
 

First Class has been mostly 7-10 days. I have had two things go to Oregon and both made it in two days. I thought those might take a long time.

Media Mail has been awful. It’s usually slow as it is, but it has reached new depths. I had one package go missing in the Jersey City, New Jersey Distribution center and disappeared for over a month. Filed a lost package claim. The USPS did what they could but told me they couldn’t find it anywhere. It showed up unannounced over 5 weeks later, no updates at all after Jersey City. eBay refunded me, but I repaid the seller. He also did not respond d to any request I sent him about looking into it. One seller used Media Mail. It got pinched and sent back to him. He resent it First Class, and it took over two weeks to get. He also never sent me the new tracking number.

Another Media Mail Shipment didn’t show up after entering the Jersey City facility for over two weeks. It finally updated today and shows in is in a local distribution facility. It’s still probably a week out.

Another one book shipment from Lansing is now on its 11th day. Seller provided no tracking. I’m guessing that went media too.

I’ve had one UPS shipment this whole time. It was shipped from Idaho on Tuesday and arrived today.

I’ve found FedEx to be

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I just sent a boardie 35 pounds of books via Media Mail...:wishluck:

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I had an eBay purchase from UK 7/9, sat in Los Angeles for over 2 weeks, arrived just this morning (7/31).

Also had another that shipped and left Illinois 7/6 Priority Mail, haven't received it yet, tracking says "Arriving Late", yeah sure.

 

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I started a thread on this about a month ago.  It took Nine weeks for a registered single comic package to get from San Diego to Waterloo, Ontario.  The package spent six weeks in LA.   The rest of the journey tracked regularly.  

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1 hour ago, bronze_rules said:

The new postmaster has recently implemented mandates to deliberately slow down mail, in oder to ‘save money.’ Trying to avoid politics, but if you are voting by mail, make darn sure to do it earlier than later.

https://fortune.com/2020/07/24/usps-mail-delivery-postmaster-general-louis-dejoy-us-postal-service/

https://www.newsandguts.com/postal-service-experiencing-backlogs-under-trump-appointee/

I kinda suggested it above. I'm showing up early and in person now matter how long it takes. Might be the most important one I have ever participated in.

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8 minutes ago, Robot Man said:

I kinda suggested it above. I'm showing up early and in person now matter how long it takes. Might be the most important one I have ever participated in.

Missed that. Agree. However you do it, vote early, be prepared.

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This has been going on for a while, months now. So much so that Mycomicshop has this message right front and centre on their site for all to read:

We are shipping all orders on time, but please expect possible delays in transit. The post office and other shippers are overwhelmed and some shipments may experience significant delays. Some international orders have seen delays as large as 2-6 weeks.

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i’m seeing more orders sitting at the local post office for a day or so before making it to the main distro center. but the other thing i’m starting to notice is more packages being routed to the wrong state before landing in the proper state. i’ve had 3 packages this month zig-zagging across the country for no apparent reason. at least from what i’ve observed, the local post office personnel do appear to be overwhelmed at times.

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