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Re: Did not recieve mail order hostas

The Post Office does not provide an easy way of tracking packages like UPS does.  They make you fill out a separate form for each package and pay an extra charge for it.  That may sound easy, and it probably is if you are only sending out a few packages, but a large mail order nursery can send out hundreds of packages at a time and I am not aware of any automated method of doing it by USPS.  There may be an easier way, but the Post Office has never told us about it.  With UPS it's all part of the shipping software and everything is automatic.

I know that it is not practical for many, but if you work in an office or store where it's possible, I always suggest receiving your packages at a business address.  UPS and most other delivery services are much more interested in business to business deliveries than residential.  UPS guarantees on-time delivery to businesses but not to residences, and if you can have delivery where you work, they don't have to leave the package unattended.

Lori Johnson wrote:
Hi Laurel,

There is no reason why the shipper could not send with tracking, especially
if you are paying the shipping. I shop on E-bay ALL the time, and most
shippers provide this information so I can confirm the item shipped on the
carrier website. Good Luck anyway.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ann James" <annfree@earthlink.net>
To: <hosta-open@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 5:33 PM
Subject: Re: Did not recieve mail order hostas


Nearly everything I buy except groceries is mail order, including plants,
especially plants that aren't common here in Conroe, which is not exactly

I have an increasingly hard time getting the delivery people to get a
signature, even though the vendors may request it. This is especially
urgent when you order food from a distant supplier and the delivery people
either just dump it in your driveway or in your entry. Half the time I
would never know when packages come except for my alert dogs, who know
precisely the sounds of the UPS and FedEx trucks.

The downside of this is that they warn when the neighbors get a delivery
raise unshirted cain that the driver didn't stop here.

The U. S. Mail, though, never fails. My first order of hostas from
came USPS and the box had deliver early stamped on it.  Our route carrier
came here first, before it was even remotely our turn to get mail. And we
didn't get our regular mail then, just the plants. Now, that's service.

I don't know who you ordered from, but I find mail order or the equivalent
to be very reliable. And if you charged on a credit card, all you have to
do is call your card people and lodge a complaint. They will take it from

Ann James
(who is very sorry you didn't get your plants)

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