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    I feel everyone’s pain, and have too many stories to tell. One of my (least) favorites involved the postal service. A uke was already on its way to me with no signature required when I found that I had to go to Chicago for six days. No problem (other than, possibly, low humidity in the post office) since I’m having the post office hold my mail, right? Silly me. When I returned home, I found the box on my front porch. When I complained, I was told that packages and letters are delivered by different people, and that package-delivery people are not required to check for mail holds. Fortunately the uke was fine.

    In another instance an irreplaceable book took only two days to get to my post office from New York City. Yay! The post office left a signature slip in my mailbox. When I went to pick it up the next day, the guy told me that it wasn’t there and had never been there, despite the physical evidence of the delivery slip. It magically appeared just short of three months later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The seller shipped, but he waited eight days after I paid. A poster here said that the dealer was closed for the week of Thanksgiving. He was closed, but he was still accepting payments - just not delivering. If I had known that at the time, I would have bought elsewhere. No more Leonardos' for me! He must have paid for shipping by horseback or pedal car. I ordered ukes from New Zealand and England several days later. The one from NZ arrived yesterday, and the one from England will be here in a day or two.
    I guess all you can do at this point is watch the tracking of you package as it makes its way to you. Any idea where it is now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The seller shipped, but he waited eight days after I paid. A poster here said that the dealer was closed for the week of Thanksgiving. He was closed, but he was still accepting payments - just not delivering. If I had known that at the time, I would have bought elsewhere. No more Leonardos' for me! He must have paid for shipping by horseback or pedal car. I ordered ukes from New Zealand and England several days later. The one from NZ arrived yesterday, and the one from England will be here in a day or two.
    Sounds like a combination of things slowing down getting the ukulele to you.

    With the holiday shopping adding to the overload for shipping services, too, I think things are slower in general. I've got some non-ukulele items very slowly working their way to me via the different shippers, and am glad I ordered some of these things way before Christmas, considering how long they're taking. I hope they make it in time for gift giving.

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    OK, this is not at all uke related, but here is my ultimate slow delivery story - off topic, but just for fun.

    In 1974 I was going to the University of York (reading chemistry) when my girlfriend (now my wife of 42 years) flew over from the states to join me for a month long backpacking/Eurail holiday across Europe to Greece. Before she left a friend gave her a copy of the 1972 book "The Joy of Sex", which contained various illustrations that were pretty darn racy at the time. But by the time we got to Greece we were lugging way to much weight around, so we wrapped the rather heavy book up in brown paper and stopped by the post office in Athens to mail it home. The clerk insisted on unwrapping it to be sure the contents qualifed for the inexpensive "printed matter" rate, and when he saw what it was his eyes opened wide. But he took our postage payment and put it aside, presumably to be wrapped back up for shipment. We sort of forgot about it after that, and we never did receive the book back over the next few months, so we figured it had been confiscated or some such.

    TWO YEARS later my mother called to ask why someone from Greece had just sent us a used copy of "The Joy of Sex"? It looked as if it might have been passed around the entire post office, but when they were done someone finally dropped it in the mail. Now THAT's slow delivery.
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    Dear Mr. besley,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshiNee View Post
    I feel your pain... Years of buying online and I still ferociously check tracking number..... the anticipation and excitement that you're about to get a package and no matter what is, it just releases the flood gates of endorphins. haha


    Here in Canada we have(had?) a rotating postal strike. It took a while for my Martins to come in. You know it's sitting in the depot in your city but on the tracking page it said delivery delay due to labour strike! all I can say like a TWEEN OMGGGGGGGGGGG haha. But after being delayed a few weeks I finally got my babies but they are my expensive ukes so they just sit in the damn case with a humidifier. Funny how we humans are

    Now currently I bought some Nest products- doorbell, indoor and outdoor camera during their blackfriday sale. They haven't processed my darn order yet. Every day it counts down process in t-minus 5,4,3,2,1.. and the next day it counts back up to 5. Whatup with that. It's frustrating because I just had a baby two weeks ago, and I was planning to use the indoor camera as a semi baby monitor . I just wish more retailers were like amazon though. Amazon does not charge your credit card until they actually ship or shipped the item. Where as Nest (google) gladly took my 700 dollars right away as my order sits in limbo. screw you google

    sorry off topic.
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    The uke arrived today from Florida, 17 days after I paid for it. I received a uke from New Zealand in under a week.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    The uke arrived today from Florida, 17 days after I paid for it. I received a uke from New Zealand in under a week.
    Glad that you finally got it. A questions if you don't mind. First of all you said that they didn't even ship it for eight days, so that leaves nine days and that is on the shipper. How did it come to you? I've found that if the seller ships it UPS or FedEx, then if that shipper transfers it to USPS for delivery, that eats up four days. I don't know why that transition is so difficult, but it seems to be. In San Juan, if they do that I can watch the tracking and it will track the package to he USPS facility in Catano, which is literally a thirty minute ferry ride from me. Tracking is easy because everything that comes to me in San Juan funnels through Catano. It will sit in Catano for four days. If a package is shipped USPS from the beginning and if I am tracking it, it will stay at the facility in Catano overnight. I do not understand that, but I was wondering if that is what happened to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    OK, this is not at all uke related, but here is my ultimate slow delivery story - off topic, but just for fun.
    That was definitely slow delivery. But, impressive that they finally got it to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    Glad that you finally got it. A questions if you don't mind. First of all you said that they didn't even ship it for eight days, so that leaves nine days and that is on the shipper. How did it come to you?
    Shipping was USPS Ground, and the dealer paid for shipping. That's the slowest and cheapest way to ship. I receive packages almost every day, and I have never received anything sent that way. I always ship Priority. It costs more, but the item get there in two or three days.

    I just looked on the USPS site to estimate shipping. A large 5 lb package sent Priority would cost $23. The same package sent USPS Ground would cost $22.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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