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You thought Hermes was bad...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Feek, 31 Aug 2021.

  1. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 233,689

    Location: In the radio shack

    I ordered a small parcel from Manchester, New Hampshire for delivery to Laurel, Maryland using USPS for delivery

    The green pin in the top right is the starting point, the red pin is where it was delivered.

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    It went from Manchester NH to Nashua NH and then on to Hyattsville, Maryland. That's closer than twenty miles from the final destination and about half an hours drive.

    Awesome.

    Except...

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    From Hyattsville, it went to Washington DC and then it was sent to Sacramento in California. From Sacramento, it was shipped back to the exact same location in Washington DC before going to Laurel.

    What a waste of time and effort.
     
  2. Lysander

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 17,845

    Location: Flatland

    Worst "I ordered something from America" thread ever.
     
  3. im4gine3

    Hitman

    Joined: 7 Oct 2015

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    i had a similar experience when i ordered a few watercooling parts in Germany. It was shipped using DHL i believe but rather than go from Germany to UK, it went From Germany to Netherland then back to Germany, then to Australia (for some unknown reason), back to Germany then towards UK.. adding over a weeks delay for no apparent reason
     
  4. peterwalkley

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Feb 2009

    Posts: 4,046

    Location: South Wirral

    We know yanks can't do geography ... Films always say stuff like London, England and Paris, France
     
  5. Bluecube

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    Joined: 20 Feb 2011

    Posts: 2,649

    Not quite on the same scale but I frequently order things from Amazon which are in their Dunfermline barely a mile away from me on a 40mph road. Everything goes via Dundee or Edinburgh.
     
  6. Terminal_Boy

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    Joined: 13 Apr 2013

    Posts: 9,821

    Location: La France

    That’s the problem with shipping things across large countries or between distant countries. If someone puts your parcel in the wrong bin/on the wrong truck, it doesn’t end up 100 miles awry, it’s 1,000s of miles away from where it should be.
     
  7. dLockers

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    iTs SuCh a WaStE i BeT tHeY rEnTeD aN eNtIrE pLaNe JuSt fOr mY pArCeL tHiNk oF tHe CaRbOn wHy DiDnT tHeY jUsT dRiVe iT oVeR iTs OnLy 20 MiNuTeS aWaY

    p.s. gucci belts are available in the UK
     
  8. chrismscotland

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Jul 2009

    Posts: 4,438

    Yeah Amazon can be bad for this! I've ordered a few things from Amazon.De - they often actually ship out of Slovakia or the Czech Republic and then wind their merry way across most of Europe and the South of England before getting here!
     
  9. Lysander

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

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    Location: Flatland

    This is to do with those cities not being confused with London in Arkansas, Ontario, Ohio or Texas; or Paris in Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri or the other multiple towns and cities in the world called Paris.
     
  10. R-evans

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Nov 2012

    Posts: 2,031

    We are lucky in the UK with what we have, while we lived in the US everything took absolutely forever. From just setting up an ISP to opening a bank account, all took weeks.

    When we got insurance to drive we didn't just go on compare the market and choose a supplier and sign up like we do here, we had to find a company that looked good, then legally had to go through a broker who then took about 2 weeks to give us the exact same info we already had. Then we had to send a cheque by post and jump through a ton more hoops just to get it sorted, it was a nightmare.
     
  11. Hades

    Caporegime

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    Location: Surrey

    Did it end up on the roof though?
     
  12. Bluecube

    Mobster

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    A cheque? Bless the Americans and their old fashioned ways!
     
  13. Sonea Fifer

    Soldato

    Joined: 13 Dec 2006

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    Location: On the forest moon Endor

    Their Dunfermline distribution centre is also very close to me however there have been many times they have shipped my purchases from central Europe instead.
     
  14. Tefal

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 30 Jun 2007

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    Location: Wales

    Even my chappy Welsh town has a couple of places named the same in america
     
  15. R-evans

    Wise Guy

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    Actually it was a check :rolleyes:

    I had people in front of me at the supermarket paying by cheque a few times and on occasion some stores still use one of them credit card carbon copy machine thingies. I had never seen one of them before being a child of the 80s!

    Blew peoples mind when I told them about contactless, some places over there do have it but it's rare.
     
  16. Lysander

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

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    Location: Flatland

    I have only written one cheque in my life, and that was for the undergrad boat party in my first year.

    I'd totally forgotten they ever existed. It's kind of crazy to think they ever did, it's little more than a promise to pay.
     
  17. Feek

    Commissario

    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

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    Location: In the radio shack

    With a cheque guarantee card number on the back, a cheque was as good as cash.
     
  18. Lysander

    Capodecina

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    Location: Flatland

    What if you wrote it on a cow?
     
  19. Feek

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    I believe that worked ;)
     
  20. whitecrook

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    Location: Clydebank

    That's a thing that's made me wonder recently. When/if I order something from amazon (e.g. I ordered a pair of pliers for £1.80 or something the other week).

    £1.80.

    And some guy drives here to my house and gives them to me. One parcel. £1.80.

    How on EARTH can that be cost effective? I mean ignoring vast swathes of the supply chain, his time, petrol, etc must be costing that, it took him a minute to get out his van and to me door. another couple of minutes to get into the estate. goodness knows how long it took someone to find it in warehouse, box it up, put it in the van then he drives all the way to my estate

    It must be effectively 'free' for Amazon to deliver these kind of products, I mean everybody's costs, whether he delivered that parcel to me or not, are essentially the same, no ? It's like if I spit in the ocean does it get deeper ? If amazon does or doesn't delivery my letter post does it make any difference to anything cost wise? (even in the snow. sorry)