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Thread: Missing Quilts-Happy Ending

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    10 days ago I sent 2 tops, K size & twin size, to the LA quilter in another state.Have been doing this for 20yrs(same quilter),with never a problem
    The quilter called to say it hadn't arrived...GULP....so that was Friday.No body knew anything till a man in a PO said it had the wrong Zip code on it.I knew better cause the PO clerk near us is a good friend & we always make sure the box is add right,postage paid etc.Then it's all typed by computer,checked again & sent.
    I tried for a wk on the USPS "track & confirm" & got the same message every time...."no info available" .
    Of course I was sick about it, so much work & a lot of $$$.

    This morn, we went to local PO again & she got on ph,trying her best to track it down.They finally found it had arrived in wrong state......was then shipped to right state.At 3pm, the LA quilter called to say it had just got there.Big sigh of relief!!!!!



    Even the PO couldn't say why it had arrived 3 states away from intended location.....nor could they say how they changed the Zip code to right one? The'd said it had wrong ZC....& they hadn't contacted us or local PO to get right one? Sounds ditzy to me, but thank heaven my quilts are ok.No more USPS for my quilts! BTW....even after delivery, their track/confirm site said no info available.

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    How scary!!! I am so happy they made it (finally) safely to the LA. I would send my quilts out to be quilted, but your scenario is why I am afraid to.

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    You are so lucky. So happy for you it was found.

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    glad to hear of your happy ending!

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    Whew!

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    Several years ago I mailed a check to a vendor in California. A few weeks later they called checking on why we hadn't paid yet. I voided the check at the bank and reissued payment. About a month later I got a call from the vendor telling me the check had finally arrived. Apparently when the post office employee entered the zip code info for the barcoding on the envelope they had a dyslexic moment and put in 492-- instead of 942-- and it had been floating around in some post office in Indiana till somebody finally looked at the printed address that said California.

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    Friends in Ontario, CA say that a lot of their mail is misdirected to CANADA, very often they get it too late to attend events, etc.

    So be sure to write out the address totally, with the ZIP in large letters, then put 2 inch wide clear tape over it. Then ask the postal clerk to put tape on the computer generated label. And be sure to put both your and the addressees names and addresses on a big piece of paper inside the package.

    That way there's no way they can get it the wrong way.

    Oh..we're talking about the USPS? Well................

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    Glad they finally got where they were supposed to go!!!!

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    so happy you found the quilts

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    Some years back we sold our home & moved. The escrow check didn't arrive for days! I checked with our local P.O. and it was in a box of mail being returned to sender. The escrow people used a wrong street name! Go figure!?!

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    Next time use UPS - they track EVERY step of the way - each time it arrives/departs a way station.

    I live in VT - many years ago my MIL sent a card that arrived very late. She had the correct zip code, but writing in cursive handwriting (anyone remember that?) her VT looked like UT. So it went to Utah, even though the zip was right. Don't tell me they always go by zip code...

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    Yes, I have not had really good results with sending via USPS either. I had a sewing machine sent Parcel Post, and it took 9 days to get to me!!! And the tracking wasn't helpful, either. It said nothing new for 8 days. Not good!!

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    I agree. DH already said "never again!" He was afraid I'd be mad at him, but friend knew pkg had right addy.From now on, it's UPS for my quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Next time use UPS - they track EVERY step of the way - each time it arrives/departs a way station.

    I live in VT - many years ago my MIL sent a card that arrived very late. She had the correct zip code, but writing in cursive handwriting (anyone remember that?) her VT looked like UT. So it went to Utah, even though the zip was right. Don't tell me they always go by zip code...

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    You do have them insured for a good sum to cover work and fabric don't you? I understand the creative work is worth more than money. When I mailed min as gifts I insured them for $750.00

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    The post office uses scanners that read the barcodes printed at the bottom of the envelope to direct your mail, just like your luggage at the airport. You can print your own envelopes and labels in Word and create your own barcode, that way you can ensure it is entered correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    I agree. DH already said "never again!" He was afraid I'd be mad at him, but friend knew pkg had right addy.From now on, it's UPS for my quilts.

    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Next time use UPS - they track EVERY step of the way - each time it arrives/departs a way station.
    I agree, I'd much rather ship UPS or even FedEx ground than use the Post Office, but unfortunately, even using UPS will not always keep your quilt from getting lost. Remember Janet Atkins?

    http://www.timesunion.com/local/arti...lt-1436177.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by plainpat
    10 days ago I sent 2 tops, K size & twin size, to the LA quilter in another state.Have been doing this for 20yrs(same quilter),with never a problem
    The quilter called to say it hadn't arrived...GULP....so that was Friday.No body knew anything till a man in a PO said it had the wrong Zip code on it.I knew better cause the PO clerk near us is a good friend & we always make sure the box is add right,postage paid etc.Then it's all typed by computer,checked again & sent.
    I tried for a wk on the USPS "track & confirm" & got the same message every time...."no info available" .
    Of course I was sick about it, so much work & a lot of $$$.

    This morn, we went to local PO again & she got on ph,trying her best to track it down.They finally found it had arrived in wrong state......was then shipped to right state.At 3pm, the LA quilter called to say it had just got there.Big sigh of relief!!!!!



    Even the PO couldn't say why it had arrived 3 states away from intended location.....nor could they say how they changed the Zip code to right one? The'd said it had wrong ZC....& they hadn't contacted us or local PO to get right one? Sounds ditzy to me, but thank heaven my quilts are ok.No more USPS for my quilts! BTW....even after delivery, their track/confirm site said no info available.
    they must have realized it was the PO mix up, because if they had thought it was YOUR fault, it would have been sent back to you with postage DUE....they have sent back 3 boxes to me recently telling me I owe the postage because the boxes went to the wrong address....yet each one had the correct address I was given and confirmed with the person who the address belonged too....
    I now have a legal action against the USPS for the monies paid and then some....

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    I one time mailed birthday card to dad that came back addressee unkown, now this was the address my parents had lived at for more than 20 years and suddenly post office didn't know him.
    funny thing is now that he is no longer with us my brother still gets mail for him after 8 years.

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    What a BIG relief now.....WHEW!!! Glad they were able to find your quilts. I know you must have just been sick.

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    I'm so happy that your quilts finally arrived at the designated address. What a great relief for you, I'm sure. I almost always use UPS to mail packages.

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    I sent out a package to son in Las Vegas with a zip code from daughter in Texas (my mistake). Took me 3 weeks of phone calls to 5 post offices to find a nice man in Texas who showed some interest. He finally found it (said that it was sitting on the postmaster's desk in Texas)...wonder how long it had been sitting there. It did get shipped to Las Vegas....and the candles weren't even melted. I was lucky on that one..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    Next time use UPS - they track EVERY step of the way - each time it arrives/departs a way station.

    I live in VT - many years ago my MIL sent a card that arrived very late. She had the correct zip code, but writing in cursive handwriting (anyone remember that?) her VT looked like UT. So it went to Utah, even though the zip was right. Don't tell me they always go by zip code...
    Soory but UPS has messed up for me also. They once put my son's condo's unit address as the street address and vice versa. A box of oranges sat in the Las Vegas post office for 3 weeks. Took several phone calls and lots of anger to find them. Again I was lucky...they were all o.k.

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    That is why I never ship anything of value by the USPS. I always use FedEx or UPS. At least I can track it every step of the way.

    Thankfully yours were found.

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    So happy it got there finally.

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    I hate to bust yall's bubble but unless you have a store reciept , they won't pay off on an insurance claim. Our postmaster told me that. She said you can have all the documantation you want but with not proof of purchase , it won't do any good. I've added some pictures of my husbands round top boxes that I was insuring for $375.00 . It didn't make any difference. Hugs, Noiseynana
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