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Postby Richard-B » Mon Apr 04, 2016 12:34 am

USPS - "Priority: You" = FAIL !!!
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...damp and squashed!
All the packing material was damp from the long ocean? voyage...
but the double-boxed TT parts survived trampling by berserk elephants.
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby Tom Dempsey » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:12 am

That's why I tend to ship USPS Priority in my own boxes, purchased from ULine. Those free boxes are too thin, I don't think they even pass 130 lb burst.
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Apr 04, 2016 2:17 pm

Wow. Glad your parts survived!
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:58 pm

Holy haggis! It looks more like the box came out of the back of a garbage truck, not a postal truck!
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby Richard-B » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:56 pm

I agree with Tom at Clover House... the current Priority mail boxes are P-O-S... even compared to the older USPS versions (with the wide blue stripe), and certainly compared to a 'real' commercial shipping box (U-Line etc). Free comes at a cost...

Paul Karichner told me this was the 2nd one in the last several weeks... An engine he shipped-out suffered a similar fate... and only the fact that it was double boxed limited damages to the pilot area.

I tend to put pieces of left-over extruded blue foam around anything I don't want crushed... the more brick-like; the better. I have also received several shipments that were double boxed... but there was insufficient packing material inside the inner box to prevent end-to-end (sliding) movement... resulting in damaged end details.

Before you ship... take the box and frisbee it across the room. This will give some indication of survivability... <VBG>
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby Bernd » Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:26 pm

I take it you complained to the Post Office about it?

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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby Richard-B » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:34 am

Bernd wrote:I take it you complained to the Post Office about it?
No I didn't...
Reason: No monetary damages... just the inner box split a seam; It's not worth my time and the web-form hassle (which I looked at on-line) to tell them what they already know.
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby ctxmf74 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:59 pm

I once got a box with three N scale hoppers in it that arrived with a big tire mark on the top and smashed flat.I guess it fell off and got run over before someone picked it back up. The hoppers were deformed just right to make a neat train wreck scene so I kept them :>) .......DaveB
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby Richard-B » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:26 pm

ctxmf74 wrote:<snip> The hoppers were deformed just right to make a neat train wreck scene so I kept them
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Re: USPS Priority Mail

Postby ctxmf74 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:48 pm

yeah,and they were N scale.
if they had been TT scale I'd have been pissed"......DaveB
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