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Xpresspost put Xs through Saturday and Sunday

Canada Post’s xpensive Xpresspost claims 2 day delivery, guaranteed. I dropped a parcel off on Saturday afternoon. Sunday, still where I left it. First half of Monday, same thing.

Tracking says:

The parcel first travelled from the west coast of the U.S.A. (Oregon) to Toronto in 2 days for $8.99. From Toronto to Victoria, B.C., the time remains to be seen, but the cost will be $23.09. The extra $14.10 must be for the ferry ride to the Island. Hope my parcel gets a window seat.

[UPDATE] At 4:10 p.m. today (Monday) I went to the post office where I left the package on Saturday. It was still sitting there.

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2 comments

1 Brian Hickey { 03.06.12 at 9:45 am }

I buy books online fairly often and find that the regular parcel post is often as fast or faster that what is promised in the extra cost “fast” shipping. None of this is relevant if the workers at your local post office happen to be slovenly (certainly not true of all postal workers).

2 Bill { 03.06.12 at 11:14 am }

Apparently there are fairly rare pick-ups from the postal outlet I used. As the truck doesn’t come until the end of the day on Monday, my parcel didn’t move at all for the first 49 hours. Canada Post thinks that there are more than 48 hours in “2 days”. FedEx service from Oregon was fast and cheap. Our service is probably fast enough, but it’s also much more expensive. No blame on the postal workers, just the facts about how our system performs.

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