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What good is a usps tracking number if you can't look it up and track it??

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#1 WaxManRonnie


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 03:46 AM

This message appeared everyday until it was dropped off at my door.

Class: First-Class Mail®
Service(s): Delivery Confirmation™
Status: Electronic Shipping Info Received

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper on July 7, 2009 to expect your package for mailing. This does not indicate receipt by the USPS or the actual mailing date. Delivery status information will be provided if / when available. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.


#2 Boston Man

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 03:59 AM

That is not a tracking number. That is Delivery Confirmation.

#3 SuperBee364


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 04:18 AM

Actually, it is a tracking number, and I agree; the Post Office's tracking system sucks.

The Delivery Confirmation is an additional service the shipper paid for, where the shipper will get an actual piece of paper back from the Post Office showing proof of delivery. Without a tracking number, he couldn't have gotten *any* of the information shown.
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#4 tom p.

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 04:54 AM

I don't think the PO really intends their system to be a tracking system. It's more of a delivery verification, as BM says. However, I have noticed they display more detailed info as of late, but there still appears to be that significant lag in what's displayed.

#5 Labster


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 06:00 AM

It's definitely lacking behind say UPS and Fedex.

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#6 Meghan@Autogeek


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 06:14 AM

I can give you my .02 since we ship a lot of packages everyday using UPS, FedEx, and US Mail. US Mail has by far the worse tracking system, thats if you get the tracking. We find that they do better on tracking when it is shipped internationally oppose to within the states which I find strange. When you do get tracking it is not real time updated like UPS so you might not get tracking till after your package arrives. I cannot see how companies can use it if shipping a lot of packages, you just don't have that up to date info for your customers.

#7 CocheseUGA


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 06:16 AM

Not so much tracking as it's 'Did it get there yet?'

#8 WaxManRonnie


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Posted 09 July 2009 - 07:28 AM

Yeah I didn't include the number when I copied it. But my item did get delivered.
I'm waiting for 3 more items and every tracking # says the same as the above.

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