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Old 07-19-2015, 07:49 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone!
Andy you always help!
toddnbecka,I'm not telling them what is in the box as if they did their job properly it should not matter.
I do use kordon breather bags and will "get back on the horse" again soon.
Mostly just bummed that the fish did not get to another member.
That and I just can't even guess what happened to my box that I got back the top completely undamaged yet my package was too badly damaged to be repaired or shipped to destination?
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Old 07-19-2015, 08:04 AM   #12
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Its bunk, sir. Totally bunk..... But it only adds to my bad 12hrs now.

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Old 07-19-2015, 08:49 AM   #13
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This is a really good topic with good advise not to label your package or choose a better carriers for better success. Most of us have some fear with purchase or shipping live things, but its the only way sometimes.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:26 AM   #14
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I've shipped hundreds of boxes overnight and wrote "live fish" and "this side up" on all of them and probably 2 of them didn't make it. I used UPS, Fedex, and USPS depending on price and location, and I've found them all to be about the same in terms of parcel care, until recently.
In my neighborhood USPS hired a bunch of people at a lower wage and are sending them out without proper training. I get letters that should have taken 2 days, 2 weeks later, and in many cases, not at all. I've called and complained a few times, but it didn't seem to help. I'm getting mail now with completely different addresses. A complete lack of competence.
My regular carrier told me they sent a young girl out with a bag and told her to deliver as much as she can and then return the rest and she delivered to just 2 houses, and at the end of the day returned the full bag. They seem to be getting what they paid for.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #15
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[QUOTE=mr_X;3251589]I've shipped hundreds of boxes overnight and wrote "live fish" and "this side up" on all of them and probably 2 of them didn't make it. I used UPS, Fedex, and USPS depending on price and location, and I've found them all to be about the same in terms of parcel care, until recently.
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I'm with you on this. I've shipped to and received fish boxes from all around the world and in most cases, they arrive in good condition. With planes, they need to know what is inside the cargo so that it goes into the right areas of the plane. Just like a dog or cat, you don't want your fish boxes going into the unheated parts of the plane. Ground transportation can be tricky. The cargo area can get heated this time of year so you really do want to mark your boxes just in case you have a driver who gives a crap and tries to keep the box(s) cool or warm depending on the season. But every now and then, something happens. It's unavoidable. It just seems that these stories have been frequent these past few weeks. Coincidence? Maybe. Or someone might be trying to make a point. Who knows? It's the risk you take when not picking up and transporting the package yourself. If you must buy elsewhere, using breather bags or not, I suggest overnight express shipping. Yes, it costs more but it SHOULD make the process a bit easier on the contents.

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Old 07-19-2015, 11:42 AM   #16
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There is a relatively new trend going on and you all should be aware of it.
It's called "SurePost" and it sucks big time.
What SurePost is the lowest rung on the delivery ladder and ALL the shippers use it, UPS, FEDEX, and USPS.
what it is cut-rate shipping where they essentially hand the package off to the lowest bidder, from that point on there is no real tracking or anything.
We have had stuff that should have taken 3-5 days take 13 days because of SurePost.
One night around 8:30 this little P-O-S car pulls up with some guy that looks 98 in it. He gets out, wanders up the drive, hands me a package and leaves.
That was the SurePost delivery guy UPS handed my stuff off to, and the package had been obviously opened and resealed!

My local post office manager literally cringed when I told her they sent it via SurePost, she said NEVER EVER use SurePost

Unless you specifically tell them NOT to use surepost, you have no idea until they send you an e-mail telling you it has been handed off to another delivery person/company for SurePost.
another trend I've noticed and don't get is UPS and FEDEX dropping my stuff off at the post office for delivery?

I check tracking and it says "dropped off at local post office for delivery" ???
WTF???
I can walk to the post office in 8 minutes, why the heck can't the driver just bring it to the house?


and it sounds to me like your fish were stolen.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:45 AM   #17
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oh and make sure on any insurance claims with the USPS that you make sure to tell them they were ultra rare, one of a kind fish worth $2,500 each.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:53 AM   #18
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Great info guys !!!
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Old 07-19-2015, 05:29 PM   #19
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I actually have gotten others mail recently also?
I am surprised the box top was sent to me from Ga to be honest!
Tracking had it leaving Springfield Mass and.......expected delivery on Tues,still written on Friday(after!).
I am not a conspiracy type person ,but I will add a little flavor and honesty to the story:
The package was sent to Poppa from Bandit!
4 bags of water have a little weight but still went through for $12.
I can't say I think(or thought the fish were stolen),but using foil faced insulation(just how I roll) I know they can't Xray my boxes with their cheap equipment very well!
They definitely opened my box of their free will and corrupt behavior IMO.
Stealing the fish really sounds credible to me at this point simply because the thiefing fools could have resealed the box after seeing it was just fish?
But NO!!!!!
All that remains is the top of the box???
I am holding their crap(olla) chain form and going to go to my local post office where I shipped from and see what they say?
If I here "sure post" I will hit the roof(which I installed 30 years ago)!
I had the usual $50 insurance but can I really tell them I sent fish after the barrage of questions they asked (including liquids and perishable/live) that I answered no to as usual?
I feel they owe me free shipping at least but I will push the unsatisfied button and see what is offered?
Thanks for all the replies you guys it is good info!
Who would have thought all this from shipping one medium USPS priority express box?
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I had the usual $50 insurance but can I really tell them I sent fish after the barrage of questions they asked (including liquids and perishable/live) that I answered no to as usual?
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but using foil faced insulation(just how I roll) I know they can't Xray my boxes with their cheap equipment very well!
If they can't successfully X ray the boxes they will open them. If they cut it open and cut a couple bags then the box would get damaged and they wouldn't be able to repair it. Also, by shipping the liquid and live fish they would likely confiscate it.
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