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Re: Plant disaster/ups versus usps


Kitty, I've checked with my UPS folks for the fastest yet most economical
delivery and if 3 day select was among the choices it had to have been
considerably more expensive than that. I will certainly ask again but I'm
afraid the cost differential is significantly higher.   (I"m not doubting
you I just wonder if that is offered here and if the cost is only $10 more I
would have used it.) Now mind you that my plants don't weigh 20# so if the
choice were $13 (which is what is typical for that distance and by the way
they guarantee 7 day delivery) or $46 that's a huge difference when you
talking about a $20 plant.

Parcel post, as I've been told could take up to two weeks as they don't
guarantee a particular delivery time.

David Franzman
A Touch of the Tropics
www.atouchofthetropics.net
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 10:23 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant disaster/ups versus usps


> David,
> Other choices include UPS 3-day select and USPS Priority Mail - also 3
day.
> They are more expensive than ground shipping but are a  bit less than some
> of the faster services.
>
> If you shipped a 20 pound 12x12x12 inch package from Santa Rosa CA  to St.
> Augustine FL by UPS:
> Next Day Air -  $94.61
> 2nd Day Air -  $59.36
> 3day select -  $46.75
> Ground  -   $25.25
>
> Same package via USPS:
> Express Mail - Overnite (usually, they say)  $53.45
> Priority Mail 3day  - $36.40
> Parcel Post 7day  -   $26.12
>
> For an extra $10 I might opt to get my plants in better condition.  I once
> ordered from Greer and they sent via UPS ground and it took 10 days.  They
> don't offer 3 day select for some reason, so it has to be ground or 2nd
day
> air.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "David Franzman" <dfranzma@pacbell.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 10:28 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Plant disaster/ups versus usps
>
>
> > Aurali
> >
> > I'm dealing with the same problem more or less with my business.  You
see
> > UPS doesn't deliver on Saturdays so the packages I send east of the
> > Mississippi take seven days to arrive instead of five or six.  They have
> to
> > sit someplace over the weekend.  Sending by air is absolutely out of the
> > question.  Recently I sent two packages by ground the total bill for
> > shipping was $60.  If I had sent them by air it would have been well
over
> > $200.  How can I ask a customer to pay $200 for freight?  On the other
> hand
> > USPS does deliver on Saturdays but they are more expensive and then you
> end
> > up with the same problem that you are describing.  USPS simply isn't
> really
> > geared for shipping large boxes.  Fed Ex. ground?  You might as well put
> it
> > in a blender first before sending.  That company is the worst for ground
> > service.
> >
> > So, I understand your disappointment but I have a new found empathy for
> some
> > of these companies who send out a nice product only to have it butchered
> by
> > the shipping companies.
> >
> > David Franzman
> > A Touch of the Tropics
> > www.atouchofthetropics.net
> > ----- Original Message ----- 
> > From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 5:44 PM
> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Plant disaster
> >
> >
> > > I can't blame you for venting.  Anyone who ships plants must know that
> > > weather conditions and delays can wreak havoc on plants.  I sure hope
> they
> > > can find a quick remedy for you, Auralie.
> > >
> > > Blessings,
> > > Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> > Behalf
> > > Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> > > Sent: Monday, May 17, 2004 10:32 AM
> > > To: gardenchat@hort.net
> > > Subject: [CHAT] Plant disaster
> > >
> > > In early April I ordered many miniature roses from Nor'East for a
> > > Horticulture School I will be running next week. We are having a
speaker
> > on
> > > the topic and
> > > wanted to have plants to demonstrate and judge.  I was disturbed to
find
> > > that
> > > they are no longer in the north east but in California.  Then I was
told
> > > that
> > > they couldn't ship until the middle of May, but they assured me that
> they
> > > would be here in time for the school.  Well, they arrived at the post
> > office
> > > on
> > > Friday, but the post office doesn't deliver packages up my road so
they
> > left
> > > a
> > > notice that we could pick up the package the next day.  The next day,
> > being
> > > Saturday, we were both tied up with the Lasdon plant sale and unable
to
> > get
> > > to
> > > the post office, which by the way is not at all near us.  There are
> three
> > > nearer, but for packages we have to go in to Peekskill and struggle
with
> > > difficult
> > > traffic and parking.  When I got the package this morning and opened
it
> I
> > > was
> > > just sick.  All the leaves have fallen off the plants.  It was  hot
over
> > the
> > >
> > > weekend and I guess they just cooked.  Only three of the 18 plants
look
> > any
> > > way
> > > like they might make it.  I'm sure I can nurse some of the others back
> in
> > > due
> > > course, but not by next week.  And what will I do with all these
roses -
> I
> > > had expected my club members to buy most of them, but I can't ask them
> to
> > > pay
> > > for these bare sticks.
> > > If they had used UPS or FedEx there would have been no problem - just
> the
> > > !@#) post office.  Since there is a three hour time difference, I will
> > wait
> > > until
> > > 11:00 to call them, but I really intend to protest strongly.
> > > Thanks for letting me vent.
> > > Aurali
> > >
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