[nafex] Plant shipping costs

Ginda Fisher ginda at concentric.net
Mon Dec 18 20:04:13 EST 2000


One plus for US mail is that they are much more "household" oriented. 
Their overnight express service used to deliver on Sundays and holidays
(maybe it still does.)  I've had excellent luck with their "express
mail" service for small parcels, and their prices are very competitive. 
Truth be told, despite what I said below, I send everything USPS, even
to merchants who ask me not to, because they are so much more consumer
friendly.  I don't know if they are friendly for retailers, though.

Ginda

Thomas Olenio wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Doesn't seem too different from UPS.  8^)
> 
> I know one package I sent that UPS refused to leave with the recipient
> becasue they would not sign for it, even after I told UPS that a signature
> was not required.
> 
> I have equal respect for UPS and USPS.
> 
> Happy holidays.
> 
> Regards,
> Tom
> 
> --
> Thomas Olenio
> Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a
> 
> On Mon, 18 Dec 2000, Ginda Fisher wrote:
> 
> > I have had the US Postal service lose a package, and I've frequently had
> > my letters left next door.  (If I notice that I got all of one
> > neighbor's mail, I go over to the other neighbor to collect my own.)  I
> > have received parcels for people who long since left my house (including
> > prescription drug samples for the doctors who used to live here.)  They
> > do leave my packages in a protected spot in the shade.
> >
> > I wouldn't recommend using USPS without checking with the customer.  It
> > varies a lot by location.
> >
> > Ginda
> >
> >
> > PermacultureNo1 at aol.com wrote:
> > >
> > > John:
> > >     Why don't you just use the good old US Mail.  I've never had the US mail
> > > "lose" a package, deliver it to a vacant house, leave it outdoors exposed to
> > > weather  in hurricane season, deliver it to neighbors who may or may not
> > > decide to keep it for themselves, deliver it to places I've long since ceased
> > > to live at, etc., etc., etc.  We have pretty good drivers where we are now,
> > > though no responsible parent would let his/her children outdoors at 5 p.m. or
> > > so when they come bombing through the area.  Mostly they deliver to the right
> > > people, though things do get left outdoors from time to time and it is hit or
> > > miss whether they bother to get the "required"signature.  FedEx is worse
> > > because they don't want to come out to rural addresses--they only want the
> > > cream of closely packed urban deliveries.  They will claim that the road was
> > > impassible on days when three or four vehicles use it, including UPS.  From
> > > the customer's point of view, I would like my mail delivered to my post
> > > office box where I can pick it up when I am around and it will be under cover
> > > otherwise, and air conditioned in warm weather, a very important
> > > consideration if one is expecting live plant material.  (Fortunately, the
> > > road is to the east of our buildings, so generally materials are in the shade
> > > if delivered by UPS--they come in the afternoon and they happen to come when
> > > we are not away for a few days.
> > >
> > > We have been shipping permaculture books and publicatons via US mail since
> > > 1982, and shipping them all over the world.  We have never had a case where
> > > the person didn't get the mail, though in some cases it had been slow.
> > > (Mostly foreign, via surface, which would not be use for live plants,
> > > obviously.)  When we lived in Canada, we got a mail box in Niagra Falls
> > > because it was quicker to drive to the USA once a week than to wait for the
> > > Canadian mail, which is slower than many "Third World" countries I've
> > > visited.  But the US Mail is OK--way better than any alternatives in my view.
> > >
> > > Dan Hemenway
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