UPS vs USPS – What the Heck?

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A few days ago I won 3 items at an on-line auction, totaling $40.00.  Not a big order, and nothing very heavy of course… I know better than that.

So imagine my surprise when I opened my email and the shipping fee was $158.00! Excuse me?  How much did you say?

The auction company (based in Las Vegas; I’m in Maine) tried to tell me it was because of the size and weight of the package.  “Oh nay” says I.  “I’ve shipped much larger and heavier boxes all the way from here to my daughter’s house in Los Angeles for half that price”.  Several times, in fact.

The auction company shrugged its shoulders.  Or at least the woman I was emailing with did. Or at least I imagined that she did.  In any event, she said that was the price and I could either accept it, or contact another company to go to the auction house, get my items, and do the packaging, shipping and so forth.

Ugh.  Not much of a choice, it seemed.

So I called her with a credit card, pointing out that the address on the card was different than the business’s post office box address, and they might as well just ship the package to my house.

And lo and behold!  The shipping fee that UPS was charging dropped by over $100.00!  Just because it was being shipped to a residence, rather than a post office box.

Methinks this is an interesting experience, and certainly one that others should be aware of. (Or was I the only person in the world who didn’t know this?)

I mean, really… the post office has larger boxes that hold packages too big for the regular mail box.  I get them all the time.  And I don’t see how it’s that much more difficult for a UPS driver to take my package inside the post office and leave it on the counter for Tim or someone else to deal with… not dissimilar from coming to my door to give me my package.

Anyone have an explanation?

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Main Location:  Heritage Collectibles at 5 Park, Lewiston  ME 04240.
Hours: Vary, but usually 12:00n to 5:00p on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays, although this depends greatly on whether we are exhibiting at a show, or are attending an auction we just don’t want to miss!  Your best bet is to call us first to make sure we’ll be there, or to make an appointment.
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Other Locations:
… Undercover Antique Mall, Route 26, Oxford  ME
… Cabot Mill Antiques, Fort Andross, Brunswick  ME
… Sherman Oaks Antiques Mall, Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks CA (coming in April)
Upcoming Shows & Exhibits
… April 10-12, Manchester Lions Club Home & Garden Show, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME
… April 23, Diva Mall at Lost Valley, Lost Valley Drive, Auburn ME
… April 25, 3rd Annual Spring Quilt Show, United Church of Monmouth, Monmouth  ME
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All of the items we offer are vintage, antique or simply pre-owned.  Therefore, reasonable wear & tear is to be expected, and our items are sold as seen and as described in the photos and/or in person.
We try to describe any damage, nicks, blemishes or other problems of which we are aware in any and all of our listings, and always include plenty of clear photographs which are integral to the description, so please review them closely.
Also, please be aware that vintage and antique items are unlikely to be in factory condition, so if you aren’t used to buying antique or vintage items – and are in fact looking for a pristine, unused item – a new reproduction may be better suited for you.
We ordinarily do not “clean up” items because such cleaning may detract from their value.
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