Today I went to the post-office to send the sweater I knitted for YugiDean, and they charged me the equivalent of 30 dollars...
I remember the day when sending someone a present was nice!
I seem to have opened up a big can of worms... We all love the postal services don't we?
Four years ago I sent some cookies to a friend in Ireland and another in upper lower Michigan, about 120 miles away. They said it would take 8-12 weeks to reach Ireland. The friend in Ireland received them 4 days later while the friend in northern MI got his 7 weeks later! I could have taped them to the shell of a lame tortoise and aimed it northward and it would have gotten there quicker. They sent me a letter scolding me for mailing hearing aid batteries in an envelope (with 3x the normal postage, mind you to insure they weren't returned for insufficient postage) along with the envelope itself with the bottom torn out....but no batteries which were either still in the machine or stolen. Also received a box of half eaten sugar-free peanut butter cups from a company, where the box had been torn open and half-a***d taped shut again. They said they'd check on it but never heard back. My prescription medication has been delivered to the same house # one street over not once, not twice, but three times. Bad enough they can't read the street name but they cant count words either (Gratiot versus Van Buren) Ordered some plants by mail and two of the boxes were crammed into my mailbox in 90º heat while I was away for 3 days yet the other 6 boxes were taken to the mobile home park office for "safekeeping". The post office 1/2 mile from my house delivers to my friend 4 miles away and the post office 2 blocks from his delivers my mail. A friend sent a Christmas card that took 10 days to reach me and he's only a 10 minute drive away. The postmark was Grand Blanc then another from Lansing, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Sioux City IA, and finally Flint. (Address was correct as written). Then I sent a friend a Christmas card (I'll admit that the house number was wrong, 1410 instead of 1412) but it was returned as undeliverable two days before St Patrick's Day! The service (?????) gets crappier and the cost goes up. No wonder email, texting and IM are so popular. Funny how the junk mail ALWAYS gets delivered every Tuesday without fail. I don't send anything by regular mail any more. Items I send UPS, DHL, FedEx or some other delivery service. (Gee, can't believe I rambled on this long. Thought about erasing it but that was 10 minutes of typing) lol
Get this...I befriended an individual on Ravelry who desparately wanted to make Starmore's St. Ciaran shawl, so I shared the pattern with her. We corresponded for quite a while and it became clear that she would never be able to afford to buy the yarn required to make the shawl, so I had her choose the yarn and I purchased it for her. Since she lives in London, I ordered directly from Jamieson's (they won't sell/ship to anyone in the US). The yarn ended up being shipped to me instead of the intended recipient in London. Not only had I paid Jamieson's for the intial shipping, I also had to ship the yarn from Minnesota to London, which cost $32.00! When I brought the snafu to Jamieson's attention, they essentially said "Oh well."
Jason, I feel so bad for you. There are a lot of things in this world that are heartbreaking. One of them is not being able to show a kindness to someone in one way or another. I put a lot of work into an afghan for a friend and his wife in Greece. The post quoted me almost $60.00 to send it. I will be months saving up for that expense. Please allow me to help you with shipping your gift. Your friend should have it. How kind of you.
How far were you sending the sweater, and I'm assuming you had delivery confirmation and/or insurance? I have some things to send to Ireland, and I just shudder at how much it may be to ship...
No confirmation and no insurance, it's a package sent from Holland to the states, but still for 30 dollars I expect the package to fly first class, I mean this was the cheap option so it'll take a bit longer to arrive, the quick way to send the same package would have cost me 60 dollars...I mean...what the f???
I had a similar shock. I had to resubmit photos for my passport renewal. All I wanted was a proof of delivery receipt....... instead of 42 cents, like a normal letter, it cost me $6.15. I couldn't believe it. The higher the postage rates go, the less service we get.
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