I’m pretty sure the days of “2 day delivery” are over with Amazon. Has anyone else noticed it takes days before an item is even shipped and then it’s a few more days before it’s delivered? Or is this something they are saving just for me? Are they going to reduce my Prime cost? I highly doubt it. I know … I know … P a n d e m i c … Inflation … Truckers … Rail workers … Supply chain … Lion mating pattern … it all plays a part.
I also used to be able to cancel items, even mid shipment if there was a problem. Now, you can’t cancel at all it seems. I ordered a skein of yarn a week ago that still hasn’t shipped. I finally got it from Walmart. I tried to cancel and they replied with “sorry we can’t cancel, we are working on your order and ready to ship. You can refuse to accept from the driver or return the item” that was 2 days ago and it still hasn’t shipped. I think I’ll just refuse to accept it. That should be easy right? I mean no, I don’t know what time he will be here, but I can just sit outside from 7am until 9pm waiting for him/her… right?..
I have several packages waiting to ship and was just notified that ONE is finally shipped and will be shipping through UPS Sure Post. That’s for low priority, low value items. Umm what? And it means they will hand it off to the USPS when it gets to Saratoga.
I HIGHLY suggest if you are ordering things for Christmas … DO NOT WAIT. You might not get it.
I hear rumors that people are cancelling Prime or threatening to anyway. We shall see. I guess I’m expecting too much from a multi BILLION dollar company.
Remember the old FedEx television commercials from the 1980s — the ones with the tagline, “When it absolutely, positively has to get there overnight”? Overnight gradually turned into two days, which gradually turned into three, then five, then whenever we get around to it.
Amazon seems to be headed in the same direction. The company has gotten huge by maximizing profits at the expense of the customer service that made them huge.
These days I try to support the local businesses where possible and buy in person, I think I like the experience more of meeting people and making friends and getting to hold the product in hand before buying (I often take a long time to decide to buy something).
That said, sometimes you don’t have a choice, but to go the online route for price or lack of local retailers.
As for my yarn needs. I am at the tail end of my years project of a temperature blanket and I’ve run out of blue. Of course I picked a shade of blue that seems to be nearly impossible to find a year later
Otherwise I just finished a blanket for my Niece for Christmas and currently working on Victorian coat cuffs for my Sister in law
This is the temp blanket … October with my Bella inspecting it
The only trouble I have is with FedEx trying to find anywhere in NYC. I often get delivery exceptions that say business closed when in fact most of the businesses I send Fedex to in NYC are open 24/7. I have to call them to tell them to send the driver back. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
The latest online trick is to tell you something is in stock and that it will ship and that you’ll have it in 2 days, when in fact it isn’t in stock and isn’t expected for weeks. I don’t have time for that in my industry. It’s happened 3 times in the last 2 weeks.
We cancelled our Prime membership some time ago; it felt good to do so. I won’t attempt to argue with the convenience factor of Amazon, but I prefer shopping locally whenever possible. Then shopping online (anywhere but Amazon). Then shopping Amazon if I absolutely can’t get it anywhere else. And this is coming from a guy who doesn’t enjoy shopping… or leaving the house for that matter.
Also, the convenience was a little too much. By that I mean, it was too easy to buy stuff without really thinking if you actually need it.
It’s “peak” for UPS and FedEx. Volume during this time almost doubles They do their best to keep up but as you mentioned there are a lot of other factors that are hindering delivery times. Try using USPS and see how long it takes to show up. USPS is the worst.
My complaints about Amazon’s delivery aren’t related to peak season delays. Instead, it’s their service throughout the year.
Over the past several months, on three separate occasions, I’ve gotten messages saying the package was out for delivery, only to get a subsequent message saying the package was undeliverable (for no apparent reason) and to reorder it. On other occasions, they’ve said the package was delivered, but the photos they shot of the delivery points were of someone else’s front porch. Other times, I’ve had other people’s packages dropped off on our porch. A couple of times, they’ve put our packages on the nextdoor neighbor’s doorstep and the neighbor’s on ours.
As for the US Postal Service. They might be a bit slower, but unlike Amazon Prime, they make no false claims regarding delivery dates. And most important, they’ve been reliable.