U.S. Post Office issues once again...ugh..

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Paddy54, Jul 7, 2022.

  1. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    I knew it was to good to be true! Once again major issues.
    First a coin stolen from an envelope sent by Lord M to me...the envelope end sliced open coin removed.
    However any other time that I recieved open or damaged mail it came bagged in plastic, and noted what the issue.
    This one wasn't!

    Now I am waiting on several coins... one pkg came from the seller to Hyattiville md a hub here in Maryland.
    Instead of it being directed to my local post office ....they sent it into Washington DC!
    Now here's the kicker Hyattsville is < 20 miles from my PO. As DC is 35 miles.
    The pkg. Been in state since 7/2/22- now 7/7 it hasn't moved in 5 days to go 35 miles.
    But from central US to Hyattsville was < 1.5 days.
    And of course trying to speak to a human being is next to impossible!

    Yes I understand that we had a holiday this passed week... but again its been no more than 35 miles from my home.

    Trying to mail anything down I 95 to Lord M or John Call in Va. Can take up to or more than 10 days.
    Yet I cqn get a piece of mail from the east coast to west oast in <2 days.
    I just don't get it....
    One before they routed a pkg. From the seller to my state to Indy In.and back to Maryland. It actually went 1400 miles out of the way before it was delivered.
    Anyone else having issues as such?
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  3. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    A few days ago I had a coin I mailed to someone returned to me marked as undeliverable. I contacted the buyer and he confirmed it was the correct address and said he just received another coin in the mail that day. So what exactly is the problem here? This happens once in awhile. They I have to resend it with new postage and usually it goes through the next time. Just a waste of time and money for me.
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  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 Collecting Since 1948 Supporter

    We have received messages that mail was "attempted delivery" but "undeliverable". It happened one time while we were sitting in the kitchen watching the mail person go by. A stand-in that was too lazy to actually do the job.
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  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    You must have a terrible hub and I can’t recall if you’re in one of those known dead zones for the P.O. Despite The holiday, I received a package from Brooklyn, NY. Mine was mailed on Saturday and it arrived on Tuesday. Oh yeah, mine was shipped UPS. The weekend and the holiday and I had it. Hope you receive it soon.
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  6. brg5658

    brg5658 Supporter! Supporter

    The USPS has been a disaster ever since DeJoy was installed and started dismantling something he didn’t understand.
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  7. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    No worse or better than other delivery systems. People complained about the Messenger Runner. People complained about the Pony Express. People complained about telegraph runner delivery. People complained about Stagecoach delivery. People complained about RR mail delivery. People complained about air delivery of mail.

    We will survive.

    # Insurance or self delivery
  8. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky

    Paddy54 I can relate to your story. I had a coin package go to so many different places before it finally got to me. Was I confused at why it went that route ? Yes very much so. I was mad it took longer than expected, but in the end I was happy to at least get the coin. Coins should not be mailed in letter envelopes. Easy to tell it is a coin and or easy to fall out. When I send coins to someone I use tape all around the box. It is not getting out of there unless someone cuts it open. Lived and learned.
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  9. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    It started long before he got there.
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  10. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    I know you do Craig as we both have sent each other stuff.
    But this is a cherry pick that worth close to $500 ! Plus its extremely rare!
    Im not saying replace the PO with private carriers as ups stolen from packages that they delivered to me. And I know he did as he was caught in a lie.
    Said he tried to deliver and no one was home... which was a lie...as we just got back from vacation and our 75 lb Dalmatian was laying at the front door . She would lay there for hours...no one came up the driveway we didn't know about... Dals were breeded for being a watch dog.
    Just makes me mad to think that a very rare find is now in postal limbo.
    Believe me the usps is full of Newmans.... duh...
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  11. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Hey brother can you spare a half dime?

    Knew you were old....but pony express...really....must be all that grading juice you consume to keep you around 150 +/- years.;)
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  12. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Mel was/is my Hero. I knew him when...well, he was 2,000 at the time.

    In all seriousness, I do commiserate with you, and just an attempt to not let the USPS (or any other Service) ruin your outlook, because I like you.

    I think the culprit in your particular situation, is the PG County Hub. You may remember the knockdown dragemout with the rural carriers started there, and was started because the carrier rates and routes changed, favoring Montgomery County and D.C., using the 270 and Rt. 4 Hubs. All that krap started because the PG Exec wanted the Mt. Ranier facility built, using Rt. I. So since last year, Riverdale and College Park feed thru Hyattsville. Have to wait to see how long that lasts, because it is having an impact on College Park, and you know darn well their power and Chancellor Berman M.D. influence. What he wants he WILL get.
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  13. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    I just woke up to a notification on my USPS account (I tried to log in to print a shipping label for an order from USACoinBook) that one of my packages had been flagged by their Automated System as being underpaid. This is the message I got when I logged in (this is the first I am hearing about this, keep in mind.)

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    So, they are threatening reporting me to a collections agency as part of their FIRST notification on this. Super.

    I check into it, and it's a package that I mailed (and has already been delivered) that weighed less than 8 oz (I purchased a 9 oz label because I usually pad them by an ounce or so just to be safe.) Shipped in a 4x6 bubble mailer envelope, so it's not by any means oversized. They want an additional $10.15. TEN DOLLARS AND FIFTEEN CENTS (I've already paid them $5.95 through their own website.)

    I cannot print any new labels through their website until I pay this erroneous fee.

    I have placed SEVEN phone calls today trying to get the issue fixed. Every single USPS employee except ONE has been utterly incompetent, and I'm counting the call back I received where their phone was messed up (I couldn't hear them talking, just a click when it was their time to reply.)

    Apparently I was supposed to receive an initial email with some ID code (I didn't receive the email, by the way, so I don't have the code.) Every person I spoke to asked for the code and said I should have received an email and I should check my email for it. This is after I explained to them that I didn't receive that email and I don't have the code. Utter incompetence.

    In other words, their machine screwed up and they are holding my account hostage for an exorbitant fee, with zero explanation, screwed up automated notifications, and dysfunctional customer service.

    I am livid that so much of my time has been wasted on such an obvious error they made, and that I've received zero competent assistance from them to get my account up and running again. What nonsense.
  14. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I wonder if you are receiving a USPS scam. I would call the USPS Hotline, and I would take the email to the local USPS and speak to the Postmaster. This notice has a very high probability of the dozens of scams that are encountered by USPS on any given week.

    I am not stating it is not a possibility, but the USPS using a collection agency is a new one.
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  15. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Supporter! Supporter

    And to think, postage will go up 2¢ in a couple of days.
  16. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    If the pony express or the stage coach showed up with an envelope with the end cut out and nothing in it, chances are they left toting lead.
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  17. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    Concur. It may have a hole from an arrow or 2, but the contents would still be in there.
  18. stldanceartist

    stldanceartist Minister of Silly Walks Supporter

    If you were responding to my post, I see the notification when I log in to the USPS website - so I'm somewhat positive it's their game.
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  19. Hiddendragon

    Hiddendragon World coin collector

    Today I got an envelope returned to me marked as postage due with a note that it needs a customs form. This is a single shilling I was sending to Spain in a regular envelope with an international stamp. I've done hundreds of these with no problems in the past. Of course if I did use a customs form then that makes it a package, and the rate for international packages is somewhere around $16, not $1.30. I just put it in a new envelope and put it back in the mail. Stuff like this is ridiculous.
  20. Hommer

    Hommer Curator of Semi Precious Coinage Supporter

    File a claim that it was never delivered.
  21. charley

    charley Well-Known Member

    I am not sure that is the way to conclude. Why not just take a copy to your local Postmaster or call the hotline. You have nothing to risk by doing so. The collection agency part is just not convincing me.
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