USPS tracking is a joke
Call me a conservative, but the USPS is worthless. Take for instance their “tracking”. It was instated because consumers were laughing at them for not having tracking, and then going to UPS/FedEX/Airborne even though it costs more. Imagine paying more for a better service?
Anyway, USPS finally got with the 21st century (a while ago, but this is still relevant) and has tracking on some shipments. Everytime I have had a package coming via USPS that includes tracking, I check the site religously. Every time I get greeted with the same thing: it’s been shipped.
Yes, just that it has been shipped. I knew that. I couldn’t be checking it if it didn’t ship. Like the moron I am, I keep checking for updates (something that UPS/FedEx/Airborne do all the time) and nothing changes. I then receive the package, and then check the site (see, wasn’t kidding about the moron part). Still nothing. A few hours later it updates and said it has been delivered. Again… I KNEW THAT.
This faux tracking is nothing more than a bureaucratic tease. It half works–I keep checking just in case they get their junk together. It’s a lost cause.
So why do I ship with USPS? Stupid Amazon. I can’t see paying extra so I can track how slow it’s taking. I’m not sure how they decide who to ship with, the last time I selected “super saver shipping” (AKA free), they sent it UPS and I got lovely/timely meta data.