BEWARE the USPS Conspiracy...
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The short version... Over the Christmas holiday I made several sales. Any item that was marked "fragile" by myself or the postal counterperson but did not have insurance applied was broken ~ no matter how well it was packed. One item was wrapped in bubble wrap, inside a box, that was packed in newspaper, inside another box~ BROKEN! All items with an insurance notice attached were intact.
When I asked the counter person on a return trip to the PO, all I received was a smile and a laugh. I told them that I was onto their scheme to sell more insurance and ask him not to stamp the package fragile. This package also arrived intact.
So you see... If an item is marked fragile and not insured; it is likely to be broken. If it is NOT marked fragile they don't know how hard to throw it! and it will likely make it in one piece. Just a thought.
Posted at 6:05 pm Jan 4, 2012 EST
Good information. I was concerned when the same postal worker (on multiple visits) refused to mark my items fragile. A friend who is a Postal worker jokes that they purposely kick around the boxes marked fragile. This Postal worker would simply ignore my request so I wrote it myself each time I had the misfortune of being sent to her counter. I am happy to say that my items arrived safely as I've caught this same worker tossing my boxes (marked fragile with no insurance) as hard as she could. Frustrating really.
Posted at 3:46 pm Jan 9, 2012 EST
There are ways to report this behavior and everyone should take the time to do it even if you think it won't go anywhere.
I personally have been looking for alternative shipping options. If the post office chooses to put themselves out of business, who are we to stop them?
Posted at 6:13 pm Feb 1, 2012 EST