Dan, I'm not sure where you've come up with that from but I'll just leave it alone. I suppose you might be refering to my reactions to Light Impressions fraud or the discontinuation of various films given that those are pretty much the only things I've voiced any level of concern about in the forums. I wouldn't call an emotional investment in my money and in discontinuation of products that I use every day as a working artist "hysteria". Perhaps I'm more reactionary then you but I take what I do, my money, and my materials seriously. I work hard for my money and I use my cameras every day of my life so I think a little concern is more then acceptable when I've just spent a large sum of money (large in my terms) on a camera that I need and will use everyday which is floating somewhere in package limbo and no one can tell me where it is. Either way, I digress.Francesco, based on this and many of your other posts here and on other bulletin boards, you're prone to hysteria. Calm down.
Consumer Reports can say what it wants but it doesn't change the fact that an overwhelming porportion of those who use the service regularly are dissatisfied with it's performance. My comment was also focused toward USPS's lack of tracking which I don't think anyone denies, including USPS. The tracking service is sub-par and the lowest ranked of all the big four carriers. It is also not true movement-by-movement tracking that tells you the lasts stop, movement, and location of your package. USPS has lost packages of mine, UPS and FEDEX have not. Thats my experience which is different then yours. They're both valid experiences. Simply watching the news over the last couple of days makes it clear that they all have their flaws an inefficiencies. No one is arguing that.From time to time Consumer Reports does a delivery services test. USPS, UPS, FedEx, ... They're all equally good at losing parcels.
Ditto on the USPS tracking pretty worthless.
I usually have the item by the time USPS tracking is even showing anything useful.
When I buy small items off eBay from China via mail the tracking shows every step of the China post office then fizzles out once I gets to the USPS system.mwdake and dpurdy, I've had similar experiences which is why I have a level of concern. I think there is always some level of concern involved when shipping or receiving high vaule items (at least high value in personal terms). This is the root of why I posted my inquiry i.e. to get people's insight based on their experiences in these kinds of situations. My hope is that its just slowly making its way to me and is caught up in the holiday chaos. It still concerns me that CTT records show that the package was shipped on a flight to the US (with flight and reference numbers) but it has not been scanned in somewhere in the US so that someone would know where it is. But as dpurdy mentioned above, for all I know customs could have it and they may not have the best lines of communication with USPS. At this point I'll have to wait and hope that it surfaces within the delivery window.I just sent a package to China from the US. I used Global Express USPS with tracking and confirmation and insurance. Once the package entered China the tracking completely stopped. I went to the US post office 10 days later and they were able to research it and found it was sitting unclaimed in Chinese Customs. For what that is worth to you it at least tells you that customs departments aren't too quick to communicate with USPS. My story ended good and the Chinese buyer got his 2000 dollar Rolleiflex, though I went through some nervous time.