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Uncle Leroy
03-26-2011, 02:43 AM
HI all,
Where to begin, I have been waiting 4 weeks now for a Kanilea Tenor. Due to some lack of communication and sensitivity on behalf of the US Postal Service, I am suffering a hell I cannot describe. I do not in any way blame the seller. I am also waiting for a big island Tenor that I paid for more than a week ago that just shipped yesterday. Again, I don't blame the sellers, I understand that S**t happens. It just seems like I am always involved in it.
First thing first, FPO addresses. An FPO address is an address that represents a US military base in a Foreign land. This means that there is a US Post office on a military base wether it be in Turkey, Belgium, France, Tokyo or Korea. So, for anyone as the shipper it is just like sending a package to Oakland Ca. or New York City. Once the package is in NY or Oakland, it then gets put on a chartered US Gov plane to the mail distribution center in the specific theater.
So, In short, I urge any and all shippers and sellers to be prompt after receiving payment and the big thing.....never, never, never send anything via parcel post. Please insist that the buyer pay for at least priority mail.
THis post will not make the two ukes in question arrive any sooner but, maybe we all can understand that the waiting is the hardest part. Thanks for listening.
Uncle Leroy

Uncle Leroy
03-26-2011, 02:45 AM
Wow! That guy sounds uptight!

roxhum
03-26-2011, 02:53 AM
It sounds like you are frustrated. Sorry for your postal troubles. It is such torture having to wait. When is it suppose to arrive?

NatalieS
03-26-2011, 03:14 AM
I know how frustrating it is to have to wait, especially for such nice ukuleles. Could it be that the recent disaster has a part in the delay of both ukes? That would certainly make sense. At any rate, I hope they arrive soon so you are able to enjoy them.

Kem
03-26-2011, 03:37 AM
You should adopt the Canadian Uke-Buyer's Mantra: If you pay for it, it will eventually come, even if it takes a while and involves ridiculously inflated customs charges, plus a bit extra from UPS, cursed be its name.

It's kind of a long mantra, but it's worth it in the end.

Rockabilly
03-26-2011, 03:38 AM
I feel you Leroy...I ordered a custom tenor from Kanilea in December...it should be done in mid April...This is my first custom uke... I don't how some members with four or five customs do it...I get impatient just waiting five days for one from MGM haha.

mm stan
03-26-2011, 04:57 AM
That's why we got collections...we always get ukes to play....but still the wait can be excruciating.. with buying, it's the excitement and the waiting....highs and lows..then highs hopefully...lol

mailman
03-26-2011, 05:19 AM
Amazing how it's always the Post Office's fault....

uncle phil
03-26-2011, 06:22 AM
Take a deeep breath, back away from the ledge ... ;)

Sorry for your troubles, but sounds like you're gonna have one helluva new ukes day! :cool:

haolejohn
03-26-2011, 06:25 AM
HI all,
Where to begin, I have been waiting 4 weeks now for a Kanilea Tenor. Due to some lack of communication and sensitivity on behalf of the US Postal Service, I am suffering a hell I cannot describe. I do not in any way blame the seller. I am also waiting for a big island Tenor that I paid for more than a week ago that just shipped yesterday. Again, I don't blame the sellers, I understand that S**t happens. It just seems like I am always involved in it.
First thing first, FPO addresses. An FPO address is an address that represents a US military base in a Foreign land. This means that there is a US Post office on a military base wether it be in Turkey, Belgium, France, Tokyo or Korea. So, for anyone as the shipper it is just like sending a package to Oakland Ca. or New York City. Once the package is in NY or Oakland, it then gets put on a chartered US Gov plane to the mail distribution center in the specific theater.
So, In short, I urge any and all shippers and sellers to be prompt after receiving payment and the big thing.....never, never, never send anything via parcel post. Please insist that the buyer pay for at least priority mail.
THis post will not make the two ukes in question arrive any sooner but, maybe we all can understand that the waiting is the hardest part. Thanks for listening.
Uncle Leroy

why shouldthis be the seller or shippers responsibilities? If it is that big a deal why shouldn't the buyer be responsibile for this?

dkcrown
03-26-2011, 06:29 AM
I feel your pain. I am waiting for one from Japan.:)

LoMa
03-26-2011, 07:19 AM
If the buyer wants to pay an increased price for priroty shipping, then no problem.

But if the buyer wants the lowest price possible, then parcel post may also be the price you pay...
I think buyers should be given the option of priority shipping though, if they want to pony up some extra $$.

I know I'm a bit weird, but I never minded the wait. It was all part of the excitement!

LoMa
03-26-2011, 07:20 AM
That must be rather anxiety provoking, given the current events in Japan.

Man alive, those poor folks there. It is impossible to imagine it even though we see the photos on tv.


I feel your pain. I am waiting for one from Japan.:)

Ronnie Aloha
03-26-2011, 08:02 AM
I sent a Kanilea to Alaska, overnight USPS. The buyer was worried that the temperature differences might cause damage to the uke so he requested the overnight service and paid for it up front. It amazes me that it was delivered the next day. I sent it from Southern California. It cost almost $100 for that service but it actually gave him (and me) peace of mind that the uke was going to be delivered that soon.

FPS, APO I'm sure the postal service does their best too. Two ukes that I ordered took a week to get to me from the east coast on via truck but at least I could track where it was every step of the way. For those in foreign countries that have to go through customs (the horror stories abound about European customs) I feel for you.

I was lucky to get my MB from Pahoa, HI to my place in 22 hours. Chuck said it usually takes almost two days just to get the uke from the Big Island to Oahu! Even he was amazed how quickly it got to me.

dkcrown
03-26-2011, 08:18 AM
That must be rather anxiety provoking, given the current events in Japan.

Man alive, those poor folks there. It is impossible to imagine it even though we see the photos on tv.

I said that with tongue firmly planted in cheek. I bought one from the OP. :)

Uncle Leroy
03-26-2011, 12:16 PM
Well after a good nights sleep and reading these posts.....I feel better. Patience, as it turns out, it not one of my virtues. Thanks for letting me rant.

ADD
03-26-2011, 10:18 PM
Hope they both arrive soonm so you can enjoy them immensely when they do.

buya808
06-27-2011, 06:11 AM
"Uncle Leroy" I know exactly how you feel, I'm in the military too and station in Japan and everyting take forever, sometimes I get lucky though cause I order from stores in Hawaii and have friends that know the owners, all I do is keep in contact and too less than 2 weeks for my Koaloha concert and my Kamoa Koa-Tenor to get here!!

Ken of York
06-27-2011, 06:45 AM
Yeah I know the feeling Uncle Leroy. I ordered a Kanilea GL6 on 6th Feb - then waited 109 dull, grey, lifeless, needful days before it turned up. I was so uptight in the latter 2 weeks you could have used my butt cheeks to crack walnuts.

allanr
06-27-2011, 07:25 AM
You should adopt the Canadian Uke-Buyer's Mantra: If you pay for it, it will eventually come, even if it takes a while and involves ridiculously inflated customs charges, plus a bit extra from UPS, cursed be its name.

It's kind of a long mantra, but it's worth it in the end.

LOL! Thanks for the tip.

Signed,
Still Waiting in Toronto

Kem
06-27-2011, 09:14 AM
LOL! Thanks for the tip.

Signed,
Still Waiting in Toronto

To be fair, our postal workers have been locked out for some time now. They WILL be returning to work this week, though.

OldePhart
06-27-2011, 01:49 PM
Yeah I know the feeling Uncle Leroy. I ordered a Kanilea GL6 on 6th Feb - then waited 109 dull, grey, lifeless, needful days before it turned up. I was so uptight in the latter 2 weeks you could have used my butt cheeks to crack walnuts.

Eeewww, why would anyone want to use your butt cheeks to crack walnuts? LOL

strumsilly
06-28-2011, 11:08 AM
I'm waiting for this to be repaired, but I think It'll be worth the wait. in the meantime I've got one of each size to play. the wait is hard though.

25100

poppy
06-28-2011, 03:31 PM
Please dont confuse the USPS with UPS they are not related The UPS is United Parcel Service and not related to The US Post Office . Confuses many people. UPS is a private company and many times uses the USPO to complete delevery as they do not service all US addresses.

haolejohn
06-28-2011, 03:35 PM
HI all,
Where to begin, I have been waiting 4 weeks now for a Kanilea Tenor. Due to some lack of communication and sensitivity on behalf of the US Postal Service, I am suffering a hell I cannot describe. I do not in any way blame the seller. I am also waiting for a big island Tenor that I paid for more than a week ago that just shipped yesterday. Again, I don't blame the sellers, I understand that S**t happens. It just seems like I am always involved in it.
First thing first, FPO addresses. An FPO address is an address that represents a US military base in a Foreign land. This means that there is a US Post office on a military base wether it be in Turkey, Belgium, France, Tokyo or Korea. So, for anyone as the shipper it is just like sending a package to Oakland Ca. or New York City. Once the package is in NY or Oakland, it then gets put on a chartered US Gov plane to the mail distribution center in the specific theater.
So, In short, I urge any and all shippers and sellers to be prompt after receiving payment and the big thing.....never, never, never send anything via parcel post. Please insist that the buyer pay for at least priority mail.
THis post will not make the two ukes in question arrive any sooner but, maybe we all can understand that the waiting is the hardest part. Thanks for listening.
Uncle Leroy

Did you request priority shipping?
I normally send my ukes by USPS but I rarely pay for priority. I allow myself $30-40 for shipping since I usually eat the shipping. I am sure most folks do the same???
It does suck. Hopefully the ukes will arrive shortly.

haolejohn
06-28-2011, 03:37 PM
Amazing how it's always the Post Office's fault....

Don, Its all that short time you guys have to work:) or :(

I prefer the USPS for shipping.