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Offline klennkellon

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Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« on: Thu, 29 June 2017, 11:23:46 »
I've ordered things from a few different websites in the past and have selected this option. Each time the item took SO LONG to arrive. I have ordered stuff overseas from China that took less time to arrive than stuff from CONUS with SmartPost.

If you are not concerned with waiting and it's a cheap option, go for it, but if you want it reasonably fast I'd choose a different option if you can.
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Offline Gajible

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #1 on: Thu, 29 June 2017, 11:45:05 »
I've found it's best to avoid the cheap option from most "private" couriers. UPS/FedEx's cheap options are like flying discount airlines. Cheap, but slow and full of hidden charges.

Offline klennkellon

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #2 on: Thu, 29 June 2017, 12:02:42 »
I've found it's best to avoid the cheap option from most "private" couriers. UPS/FedEx's cheap options are like flying discount airlines. Cheap, but slow and full of hidden charges.


Agreed, Post Office is best if you want cheapest TBH.

In this case SmartPost was the only option this seller had, and it was a good deal for the item + shipping all together tbh.

If anyone is wondering, in this case I ordered an item last Tuesday, the seller shipped it Wednesday, and it won't arrive until tomorrow.
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Offline Riverman

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 30 June 2017, 16:01:18 »
As someone who sells a fair amount of things on eBay, I can vouch for how tempting it is to use SmartPost.  Sometimes it's half the cost of FedEx Ground, especially if you're shipping something across the country.  Lately I've been shipping keyboards by Priority Mail, though, just because of the Large Flat Rate board game boxes you can get.  Without those, packing up a keyboard is a royal PITA because of their odd shape.

Offline robertdane101

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 03 August 2017, 03:47:05 »
I use TCS and DHL for fragile material and postal service for the regular items.

Offline Zobeid Zuma

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 04 August 2017, 22:59:13 »
What bugs me the most is those that only offer "Standard Shipping" with no indication of what the seller considers to be standard.  I don't even know whether to give them my PO box or my street address.

Offline klennkellon

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #6 on: Sat, 05 August 2017, 01:50:11 »
What bugs me the most is those that only offer "Standard Shipping" with no indication of what the seller considers to be standard.  I don't even know whether to give them my PO box or my street address.
I've typically only ran into SmartPost on eBay and once a long time ago when I ordered something off of TigerDirect.
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Offline Riverman

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 22 August 2017, 17:28:33 »
Massdrop ships a lot of things by Smartpost.  It's like adding insult to injury when you've already waited months for your purchase to ship, and then they use the slowest possible method known to man.

Offline InvidiousIgnoramus

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 02:30:40 »
Massdrop ships a lot of things by Smartpost.  It's like adding insult to injury when you've already waited months for your purchase to ship, and then they use the slowest possible method known to man.
Tell me about it. They took 8 days to ship me something that was sitting in a warehouse about 8 hours away.

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Offline HotRoderX

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 30 August 2017, 02:47:19 »
Smart Post is terrible! I know Massdrop uses it a lot and the only reason I turn a blind eye is so far everything ordered has been delivered months before ETA. Its kinda hard to be upset about something you didn't expect for months on end. My most recent drop was black box switches... they ended like week maybe 2 weeks ago they have already shipped should be here tomorrow. Only sad thing is they shipped last Thursday. Blah. Yea I avoid Smart Post any time I can if given the option. I Prefer to pay 5-10 bucks then get smart post!... same when I ordered from KBD I paid 15bucks for shipping was totally worth it I got the package in less then a week from china! Thats faster then Amazon prim sometimes sadly enough.

Offline Zobeid Zuma

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #10 on: Sat, 09 September 2017, 16:14:59 »
I am now waiting on a JD45 from MechanicalKeyboards.com.  Yes, they sent it Fedex Smart Post.

As far as I can tell, the way Smart Post works is. . .   First the seller gives the package to Fedex.  Then Fedex shove it in the back of a closet for a week.  Then they dig it out and turn it over to USPS, who then take as long to deliver it as they would if the seller had just given it to USPS to begin with.  So basically Fedex is a good thing if your goal is to delay the delivery of the package for a week.

No, I did not know they were going to ship by this method; nothing on the website indicated that.  If I ever buy anything from MechanicalKeyboards.com again, I'm going to include a note with the order:  Do not under any circumstances send it by Fedex Smart Post, or I shall come visit your shop in person and whip you with a wet rope.

Offline HotRoderX

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #11 on: Sat, 09 September 2017, 16:22:20 »
I am now waiting on a JD45 from MechanicalKeyboards.com.  Yes, they sent it Fedex Smart Post.

As far as I can tell, the way Smart Post works is. . .   First the seller gives the package to Fedex.  Then Fedex shove it in the back of a closet for a week.  Then they dig it out and turn it over to USPS, who then take as long to deliver it as they would if the seller had just given it to USPS to begin with.  So basically Fedex is a good thing if your goal is to delay the delivery of the package for a week.

No, I did not know they were going to ship by this method; nothing on the website indicated that.  If I ever buy anything from MechanicalKeyboards.com again, I'm going to include a note with the order:  Do not under any circumstances send it by Fedex Smart Post, or I shall come visit your shop in person and whip you with a wet rope.

Next time you order just order shipping with the package! Sure its like 3-4 bucks but its worth it! There free shipping is smart post!.. cause its free shipping so people can't really say to much. I am guessing you could request it be sent USPS free shipping but not sure they do it! plus 3-4 bucks for shipping is worth it! Yea Smart post from what read! depending on location works such! where Fedex has to meet a certain number of packages before the smart post packages are shipped out! to the next drop. So rural locations tend to get screwed with longer waits then main hubs/city's. I read people having to wait month+ before getting a package cause of this

Offline InvidiousIgnoramus

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 13 September 2017, 16:22:25 »
I am now waiting on a JD45 from MechanicalKeyboards.com.  Yes, they sent it Fedex Smart Post.

As far as I can tell, the way Smart Post works is. . .   First the seller gives the package to Fedex.  Then Fedex shove it in the back of a closet for a week.  Then they dig it out and turn it over to USPS, who then take as long to deliver it as they would if the seller had just given it to USPS to begin with.  So basically Fedex is a good thing if your goal is to delay the delivery of the package for a week.

No, I did not know they were going to ship by this method; nothing on the website indicated that.  If I ever buy anything from MechanicalKeyboards.com again, I'm going to include a note with the order:  Do not under any circumstances send it by Fedex Smart Post, or I shall come visit your shop in person and whip you with a wet rope.
The only shipping company I've ever had a good experience with is UPS. Well, unless you want to actually count USPS as well. Bot FedEx and DHL have been AWFUL with my packages. I'm still to this day baffled that it took DHL 3 weeks to ship my RAM cross country.

FedEx, on the other hand, has this really nasty habit of not giving me tracking info anywhere from a week after the package is given to them, or the day it arrives.
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Offline Zobeid Zuma

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Re: Pro-Tip, don't use Fed-Ex Smart Post
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 14 September 2017, 04:41:05 »
My JD45 was shipped from Nashville on the 1st.  Now it's the 14th, and Fedex tracking has it languishing in Houston Texas for some reason.  I expect the package to arrive with muddy water leaking out.  They also estimate that I'll get it by the 18th, although past experience suggests that may just be when they hand it over to USPS, after which it'll take a couple of more days to reach me.

Fedex:  When it absolutely positively has to be diverted to a natural disaster area!