USPS: Shipping

Norman Jaffe turing at
Mon Feb 1 13:14:53 CST 2016

I've had even more fun with UPS - there was a big hole punched in the side of a tape library that was shipped to me, completely destroying the library. 
The hole matched the fork on a forklift truck. 
UPS insisted that the hole existed before they shipped it - until it was pointed out that the hole was right through their shipping documents. 
----- Original Message -----

From: "Guy Sotomayor" <ggs at> 
To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at> 
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2016 10:43:40 AM 
Subject: Re: USPS: Shipping 

> On Feb 1, 2016, at 10:30 AM, Ken Seefried <seefriek at> wrote: 
> On Sun, 31 Jan 2016, Pete Lancashire wrote: 
>>> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 1:24 AM, Henk Gooijen <henk.gooijen at> wrote: 
>>> Spend the extra few dollars (or what your currency is) and pack it in a 
>>> very strong box. I've actually had EPROMs show up cracked in half 
>> Seconded. The machines the USPS uses for automated sorting of mail are not 
>> gentle on parcels. 
> I'd rather strongly suggest you not us the USPS period. In the last 6 
> months or so they've flat out lost 4 items either destined to or 
> shipped by me, and one item apparently (according to the tracking web 
> site) sat in a sorting facility in Utah for nearly a month before 
> magically showing up. Glad it wasn't perishable. 

I’ve had failures with *all* of the major shippers. 

UPS tracking is a *joke*. It tells you not where the package is but where 
it’s supposed to be. I was tracking an IBM 3278 terminal and it wasn’t 
until the tracking said it was “on the truck for delivery” that they realized 
there was a problem. There was not one “physical” scan of the package 
and they had no idea where it was. 

TTFN - Guy 

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