Good ole USPS!

Good ole USPS!

Joined: November 30th, 2008, 6:14 pm

June 8th, 2018, 2:30 am #1

Glad it contained only tamiya tape and a decal sheet. 😳


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Joined: October 24th, 2007, 10:03 pm

June 8th, 2018, 3:15 am #2

It was self defense I tell ya, self defense!🤦‍♂️
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:47 pm

June 8th, 2018, 4:29 am #3

Wow! That's really......mangled!
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

June 8th, 2018, 5:08 am #4

How MANY rolls of Tamiya tape?!

I've had pretty good luck w/ USPS pkgs, for many yrs. Knock wood. Even surfaces from Hong Kong!

But some damaged Amz USA pkgs in the last 6-12 months. Way more than in the previous 10+ yrs of AMZ'g. A couple w/ wide open burst flaps, their lame paper sealing tape gave up, w/ an item or two missing. Pretty sure it wasn't thief. Low cost dish towels, heating pad and chute cord missing but a big box of candy, a travel clock radio, batteries, etc, still there! More likely the tape just couldn't handle the trip/handling and items just fell out. Left on the porch w/ flaps wide open too! All delivered by Amz themselves. Not the PO, UPS, FedEx, DHL  afaik from the shipping label. So no one had a roll of 3M pkg tape handy eh?? AMZ, at the very least, supply your crews/vans w/ a roll of duct tape, just in case! How does a loading dock/delivery guy just pass it on/ignore or leave in such a state on the ft porch? Seal it up again! Geez. Fix it best you can. It ain't brain surgery.

And yes, Amz emailed they were real sorry and replacements arrived in 2-3 days. Still luv Amz but they have slipped a bit in the last few yrs. Mostly bad/lazy/unskilled packing, and slow delivery. I'm not a Prime subscriber, and pkgs have gone from 4-6 to 8-12 days!

And too, why do sooooo many of my orders travel cross country (usually from Ky or Fla!) to NorCal when there are Amz ctrs in Reno, Vegas, Tracy (60 miles E of SF) and LA?? Amz says it's inventory. So then just WHAT is the vast 'specialized West Coast' inventory in those Western ctrs, NONE of which I guess I buy? Kinda perplexing for me, but then I don't own a zillion $ mega biz.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:24 am

June 8th, 2018, 11:18 am #5

I love the USPS. I've never had an issue except once of them loosing a package. It was a decal sheet and the funds were refunded to me by the seller. I much rather prefer to use them over UPS or FedEx.  
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Joined: June 9th, 2010, 5:37 pm

June 8th, 2018, 11:25 am #6

looks like an extra point attempt.
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Joined: April 14th, 2009, 5:29 pm

June 8th, 2018, 11:41 am #7

Ahhhhh... the hidden costs of not supporting our local hobby shops.  We find things cheaper and faster online and our locals loose business and eventually go out of business, then we HAVE to order online and are at the mercy of the shippers.  Think our LHS never had a damaged shipment?  The damaged good never made it to the shelves...

C2j
Assembler of plastic model kits for over 50 years.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:47 pm

June 8th, 2018, 12:24 pm #8

Cubs2jets wrote: Ahhhhh... the hidden costs of not supporting our local hobby shops.  We find things cheaper and faster online and our locals loose business and eventually go out of business, then we HAVE to order online and are at the mercy of the shippers.  Think our LHS never had a damaged shipment?  The damaged good never made it to the shelves...

C2j
While I understand the sentiment of your post, to lay the blame of the demise of brick and mortar LHS's at the feet of on-line hobby shops is a bit misleading. While on-line shops have played a small part, the much more significant reason LHS's have struggled is the size of the hobby shrinking. There just aren't enough hobby enthusiasts to make it worth it. LHS's also don't have the room for a diverse inventory. Do you know how many Eduard sets there are? Add to that the fact that real estate demands prime money for renting/leasing space in strip mall/shopping centers. One complaint is that the on-line stores don't have any overhead to contend with. That's simply not true. Places like Sprue Bros. have warehouse space. That costs money for mortgage and utilities. Where the LHS's missed the boat is having an on-line presence. The on-line shops sell world-wide. The LHS's are limited to who walks in their door. That's what really killed the LHS.
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

June 8th, 2018, 3:51 pm #9

Cubs2jets wrote: Ahhhhh... the hidden costs of not supporting our local hobby shops.  We find things cheaper and faster online and our locals loose business and eventually go out of business, then we HAVE to order online and are at the mercy of the shippers.  Think our LHS never had a damaged shipment?  The damaged good never made it to the shelves...

Riiiiight. I'd rather 'guarantee' no damaged mailed pkgs ever over the 100s if not 1000s I save per yr buying from the www! In many yrs of mail order/www buying, 40+ yrs, no lost pkgs and maybe 3-4 'damaged' ones. And w/ those few nothing major. A crushed kit box corner, pressed in box top. No broken parts ever. Tho I must say I was sad to get the Hasegawa 48th Myrt Proto's box art slightly caved in. Beautiful/cool artwork and I'd have preferred it 100%! I still framed it tho. 

And too the time, gas, parking, wear/tear on your car. Also maybe one of these days a DUI could t-bone you and splatter ya all over Main St. I shop in the middle of the night, often in my uw, w/ the TV on, $$ car sitting in the garage, not a drunk driver in sight, safe, no traffic jams, etc.

Now if the LHS is like your local bar, a social thing, well then I guess I kinda get it.

Oh, and yes, at the LHS, you can sometimes paw thru a kit. See if you like it enuff to buy or check for damage/missing parts. There too I've been pretty lucky. W/ ALL my www purchases, very few missing/damaged parts. And those few problems 'fixed' w/ a quick email. Just rec'd a tiny replacement drill bit from Hong Kong. One in the set of ten was broken, tho I think it was factory packed as such cuz the other half wasn't in the set's snap case. Actually, they (www or factory) just sent me another whole 10 drill set! EZer for them I guess in the end over taping the tiny one to a piece of cardboard. Missing resin robot garage kit forearm 10 yrs ago. Emailed the www (Jpn), they emailed the kit maker (Thailand) and a sm pkg arrived (from Thailand) a wk later. And w/ all the www reviews out there, pretty much the same as 'pawing thru the kit at the LHS' for me. Like most, I look at 2-3 www in-box/build reviews before I even think of spending my hard earned.

Let's not even get into the HUGE inventory available to me worldwide thanks to the www. And almost always at less than MSRP, even w/ postage from the other side of the world!

I prob wouldn't take the time to visit a good LHS even if just 10 mins away! Maybe if it were something really spl (like Make-Up Company in Tokyo), had a super hot 25 yr old owner/counter gal ALONG w/ way cheaper than www 'to my door prices' (not likely), etc, sure, maybe.   
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Joined: November 17th, 2006, 1:18 pm

June 8th, 2018, 4:11 pm #10

Darren_Roberts wrote:
Cubs2jets wrote: Ahhhhh... the hidden costs of not supporting our local hobby shops.  We find things cheaper and faster online and our locals loose business and eventually go out of business, then we HAVE to order online and are at the mercy of the shippers.  Think our LHS never had a damaged shipment?  The damaged good never made it to the shelves...

C2j
While I understand the sentiment of your post, to lay the blame of the demise of brick and mortar LHS's at the feet of on-line hobby shops is a bit misleading. While on-line shops have played a small part, the much more significant reason LHS's have struggled is the size of the hobby shrinking. There just aren't enough hobby enthusiasts to make it worth it. LHS's also don't have the room for a diverse inventory. Do you know how many Eduard sets there are? Add to that the fact that real estate demands prime money for renting/leasing space in strip mall/shopping centers. One complaint is that the on-line stores don't have any overhead to contend with. That's simply not true. Places like Sprue Bros. have warehouse space. That costs money for mortgage and utilities. Where the LHS's missed the boat is having an on-line presence. The on-line shops sell world-wide. The LHS's are limited to who walks in their door. That's what really killed the LHS.
And too the 'warehouse' shops like SB, Sq, HLJ, HobbyEasy don't have to deal w/ theft (by customers), can sell 24/7, w/ their mass global customer base can order in BULK, get vol deals w/ shippers to further lower the postage and make shipping costs less of a concern, etc. And they can be most anywhere as long as there's a local shipper w/ pick-up service. Middle of Montana or tip of Maine. Cheaper (per sq foot) rent too vs a 'tiny' shop space in SF, LA or Philly. Even their 'burbs. LHS in middle of Montana or the tip of Maine, not much walk by/in prospects there abouts!

I wouldn't mind opening up a www/mailorder hobby supply warehouse up the coast from SF a 150 miles or so. Inland 5-10 miles too to get cheaper land vs coastal prime. Oh wait, all that land up there is being scooped up for pot growing now, damn dem potheads!! OK then, perhaps inland 20-30 from the central Calif coast. But w/ all the Baby Boomer buyers/builders dropping, maybe not. Hobby will always be around I think, just not in past #s.
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