Follow-Up #2: Shipping With USPS Sucks

It’s the fourth week and I still haven’t received my package yet. Honestly I believed that this will be the last week I spend waiting. Now there is only one day left till the end of the fourth week and the chances for the package showing up tomorrow before next week is pretty slim. On the bright side, USPS did update the tracking information on their website. Here is the latest reading:
 
Detailed Results:
  • Out of Foreign Customs, March 13, 2008, 7:51 am, CANADA
  • Into Foreign Customs, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • Arrived Abroad, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • International Dispatch, March 04, 2008, 7:08 am, NJI
  • Electronic Shipping Info Received, March 01, 2008

So now I know the package is FINALLY released from customs but no idea on the exact whereabouts. This is certainly by far the longest time I had to wait for a shipment coming from the States. For God’s sakes, the origin of the shipment is just eight hours away from where I live! It would have been faster if I picked it up myself. And you know what the worst part of it all? The shipper told me that he upgraded the shipment to Priority Service and I should be getting it in two to three business days.

As you can tell, I have been complaining a lot about this shipment and I am at the point where I don’t care how long it takes anymore just as long as the package arrives with no absolutely no damage to what’s inside.

So the question now is: Will I get to enjoy the content of the package before the weekend or will I have to wait till next week?

 

Follow-Up #1: Shipping With USPS Sucks

The package still hasn’t arrived, but on the bright side USPS updated the tracking information. This is what it reads now:
 
Detailed results:
  • Into Foreign Customs, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • Arrived Abroad, March 10, 2008, 6:45 am, CANADA
  • International Dispatch, March 04, 2008, 7:08 am, NJI
  • Electronic Shipping Info Received, March 01, 2008

At least now I know where the package is. But I still can’t help but wonder why it stayed for a long time at the Inernational Dispatch. Anyways, I am guessing it will take another two to three business days until I see anything updated on their website.

Shipping With USPS Sucks

Apparently I am not the only one who ever had a problem with USPS. After googling the issue I am having, it turns out there have been numerous victims out there.

Three weeks ago, I bought an item from ebay (which I have a lot of experience in). During the first week, the seller had a problem with USPS. Apparently they didn’t send him the right boxes so he had to delay shipping the item until the second week. So after he sent me the tracking number on the second week, it showed on the USPS website that the item was received by their system. A couple of days into the second week, the USPS website updated the information displayed and indicated that the item is now at the "international dispatch" ready to leave the country. And that’s where it is since then.

Two full weeks (that’s ten business days) after the item was shipped, the item still remains at the international dispatch. I come home every single day after work looking for my package and end up dissappointed. Personally, I hate waiting. Patience is something that I totally lack. And I haven’t ever experienced such horrible shipping through out my entire ebay history except for this time. It’s not like it’s the first time I bought something online and got it shipped from the States either. As a matter of fact, I bought an item that was twice as expensive from a city in California and it arrived in less than five business days through UPS.

So far, all I know is that the item is still stuck in customs waiting to be cleared for over ten business days. To me, that sounds like a lot of time. And I am sure that most of it is time wasted. I am hoping that I won’t have to wait another full week. Maybe I will be lucky enough to come home tomorrow from work and finally find my package has arrived.

Saving Money Sucks

I started saving money a while back (for absolutely no reason) and so far I have saved a good amount. But it really doesn’t help knowing that there is a large sum of money sitting in a bank that you have access to and all that money is yours! The first thing that goes through my head is "what can I buy with all that money now?".

There is always a tonne of stuff that you’re dying to get and can’t afford. For example, I would love to get an iPod Touch or a Microsoft Zune. I would love to go to a warm place for a 2 week vacation at a beach somewhere. I would love to buy a Apple computer because I just never used one before and for the fact that it is pretty. I would love to get a kick ass video card for my Intel Quad Core PC to fully experience Team of Fortress 2. I also want to get a 24" widescreen HD LCD monitor for my computer. Most important of all, I would certainly love to get a big widescreen plasma HD TV and mount it on the wall in the living room.

As you can imagine, the list goes on and on. It’s pretty much endless. And knowing that I have enough money to buy a lot of these items yet I am not allowed to use it is killing me more and more as I keep depositing more money into the pile.

At the end of the day I keep reminding and trying to convince myself that the money is better off used in a certain investment rather than spending it on consumer products. That investment could be an appartment or a house. It also can be stocks and mutual funds. Another option may be opening a small business. And that list as well keeps going on and on.

But you know what I do? I buy something cool from time to time to shut myself up. Like a Wii game or accessory. Most of the time I buy a new cellphone. Sometimes new clothes helps as well. Basically I try to do whatever is possible to stop myself from touching my savings.

So far so good.