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Shipping woes: An unfortunate 1600-mile detour

Before you send your package out, remember these tips.

Before you send your package out, remember these tips.

Have you ever been dissatisfied by something you ordered and had shipped to you?  I know I have, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who has dealt with this headache.  But what about being dissatisfied with something that was SUPPOSED to have been shipped to you but instead wound up 1600 miles away?

The Consumerist posted this incredible first-hand account of a sour transaction involving a customer, a computer company, a shipping company, and the distance between Boston, MA and Wichita, KS.  Rather than pointing fingers, I think it’s more important to take away the following five lessons from the situation.  Keep them in mind the next time you ship something long-distance–these five simple tips will prepare you for the worst while you hope for the best.

1. Check the shipping address. Then, check it again.  Finally, have someone else (either a family member, neighbor, coworker, or friend) check it one last time.  Two swapped numerals in a zip code can send your package spiraling across the nation, so it’s crucial that you make sure everything is correct on your end.

2. Save your documents. Even if your belongings wind up in a strange new place, you’ll have proof that the error was not on your part.  Make photocopies as needed, or simply save the labels and forms on your computer.  Keep them safe until you can verify that your shipment arrived at the proper destination.

3. Something’s out of place?  Follow up. If something doesn’t seem right to you–perhaps your package is more than a day late, or the online tracking program isn’t working like you expected–or even if you’re just paranoid to begin with, follow up with all of the appropriate sources as soon as something strikes you as odd.  Part of the reason you pay for shipping services is for customer support.  Don’t be afraid to place a quick call to clear your doubts!

4. Be nice, but be persistent. When my reservation for a UHaul was mistakenly sent across the state, it was all I could do to not scream as the customer support associate.  But before I let her have it, I realized that she didn’t create the problem and that (if anything) getting mean would only make the situation worse.  I called several more phone numbers before the situation was straightened out, and wouldn’t you know?  My kind attitude got me 50 more free miles on the truck in addition to a closer pick-up location.

5. Pack your belongings as though they’ll be subjected to an earthquake onboard the sinking Titanic in a firestorm. It sounds ridiculous, but it boils down to this: don’t skimp on packing materials.  If your shipment does become lost, that’s additional handling that’ll impact whatever it is you’re shipping.  Extra handling means more chances for things to jostle and become broken.  Even if it means spending a few extra dollars, invest in added cushioning so that your package can survive a few extra miles.

Have you ever lost a package?  How did you solve the conundrum?  Tell us about it with a comment below!

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  1. Georgia87 says:

    Good post!!

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