Originally Posted by kullwarrior
This is news? I hope it isn't for anyone who reads this.
US First Class does not offer tracking. It's a confirmation number. If you check up on the description, it says confirmation NOT TRACKING NUMBER
US Priority is the same as Canadapost's Expidited mail
US Express is the same as Canadapost's Xpresspost mail
Canadapost's Priorty is usually done via FedEx Express
If you have problem with lack of tracking: GO USPS Priorty or Express
If you have problem with mails spending more than two weeks, GO
USPS Express, It'll spend about a week, If you complain about the crappy tracking GO
->UPS (I suggest you avoid Standard as you pay the saving in brokerage. Non-standard UPS does not have to pay for brokerage)
->FedEx Express (there aren't as many retailer that use FedEx as UPS, additional fees are slightly lowered when you compared to UPS)
->DHL Express (If your retailer offer this, this is probably the best Express company, typically 1-2 days from US and the extra fee ontop of customs is only 2%)
Seriously folks, either suck it up with package getting lost or being slow(USPS/Canada Post) or dish out money for Non-gov't parcel service (My favorite orders: DHL, FedEx Express, UPS Expidited)
Actually it is news. I understand the basic service they offer, the problem is you don't get even that, and they know it. If you send something regular post you still expect to "arrive", and within reasonable "time". You shouldn't have to pay for a special service to ensure you don't get cocked around. You pay extra for special treatment, i.e. quick, concise, readily tracked. Regular mail is still an important service with a standard of professional expectations. It doesn't say on their website to avoid first class or standard mailing because it's a dismal train wreck. But it sub standard and they openly admit it...
I wasn't posting to rant though, just letting everyone know to avoid this service ...with the blessing of USPS employees no less.