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Shipping overload leaves
many Christmas giftless

Wall Street Journal, by Shelly Banjo

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Posted By:Toledo, 12/25/2013 4:57:20 PM

Many shoppers are blaming online retailers for stealing Christmas. Companies from Amazon.com Inc. to Kohl´s Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. promised to deliver items from headphones to television sets before Christmas, but shipping delays left gift-givers across the country without anything to put under the tree. On Christmas Eve, Brandon Scott was still waiting for a 46-inch Samsung TV and Kate Spade watch he ordered from Amazon on Saturday. "I´m frustrated because these items could have easily been purchased at various retailers in my area, something I would have gladly done had Amazon not guaranteed´

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Should have used Fedex. Got mine toute suite

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/25/2013 5:03:29 PM     (No. 9667755)

Maybe he shouldn´t have waited til 4 days before Christmas.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 12/25/2013 5:29:02 PM     (No. 9667767)

This reads like an ad for "brick and mortar".

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 12/25/2013 6:03:00 PM     (No. 9667777)

Didn´t happen here. Ordered several online items 10 days ago, all here, except for one (backorder, due Jan 31)



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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bazi, 12/25/2013 6:18:12 PM     (No. 9667784)

One thing I know for certain; It wasn´t George Bush´s fault! I had an order in for his beautiful cardinal ornament(back ordered by thousands) But it arrived on Christmas Eve...just in time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Boston Tea Party, 12/25/2013 7:14:42 PM     (No. 9667802)

How come the whiners get all the ink. They should have shopped earlier.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jennie C., 12/25/2013 7:25:13 PM     (No. 9667804)

I work in a mail-order fulfillment warehouse (Eddie Bauer / Express). Let me tell you, we elves have been working our backsides off since the Monday before Thanksgiving.

We do our best, even for the groom who almost had to get married without pants (because his wedding date wasn´t set until after Black Friday? Seriously?)

I know that UPS, the USPS, and FedEx are all working just as hard as we do.

I remember my grandmother´s ordering her (mail order) Christmas presents in September. Things aren´t that slow anymore, but please, people. Try to think a little ahead of your I-gadget?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/25/2013 7:38:30 PM     (No. 9667809)

UPS blew it epically big time this year. When I read elsewhere the "we decided not to bring in extra help this year" from the exec responsible for the shipping game plan this season, I knew they blew it.

This shortened shopping season was not the year to scrimp on employees, UPS. They are going to be hurting for this error, big time.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pinger, 12/25/2013 7:46:54 PM     (No. 9667812)

If everyone wasn´t union, the boss in each terminal could say "Our company has not kept its promise to a large group of people. I need you, you, you, you and you...to drive tomorrow, Christmas day, till 11AM to get all the remaining deliveries out." As it is....even if drivers wanted to volunteer to do that.....the union would stop it. If all the drivers and the postal employees weren´t ...most adoringly...under the thumb of a union contract there would have been far fewer people disappointed from carriers not delivering in the time promised....and paid for.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 12/25/2013 8:11:26 PM     (No. 9667817)

Thanking #6 for her hard work. I ordered the CArol Burnett CD´s a couple of weeks ago and they were delivered early on Monday morning by a contract worker (?) of the USPS. No uniform, no mail car, just delivering packages. DH said he saw her in the subdivision again in the afternoon. Good service, USPS!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 12/25/2013 8:26:42 PM     (No. 9667821)

Oh for heavens sake....if you don´t want to wait on UPS you should have gone to the malls and purchased items like everyone else instead of waiting till last minute and making UPS your scapegoat. The MSM makes it sound like no one in the US had Christmas because of UPS -- ridiculous BS

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Reply 11 - Posted by: CEP, 12/25/2013 8:37:07 PM     (No. 9667827)

Also didn´t the ice and snow storms have something to do with this. I ordered an items in November, it was delayed due to weather, had 5 times out for delivery but weren´t able due to adverse weather, the roads were ice covered. This waiting for last minute is ridiculous, people do their best and sometimes it just doesn´t make it. Also retailers need to quit promising this time of the year. Slow down and enjoy life.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: FunOne, 12/25/2013 8:50:17 PM     (No. 9667841)

Well, I guess we have become conditioned to "need it NOW".

But, if you can´s download it, order it a few weeks ahead of when you need it. Or, shop local.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 12/25/2013 9:02:36 PM     (No. 9667846)

We received over 30 packages early or on time. And just like others have pointed out, we ordered at least three weeks ago! We have a joke here, order from Amazon-press send and go to the door.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Not gonna take it anymore, 12/25/2013 9:03:46 PM     (No. 9667847)

Amazon was great and UPS delivered right on time.

But my grandson didn´t get his presents because I didn´t change his address in my Amazon account.

Completely my fault.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: avital2, 12/25/2013 9:05:18 PM     (No. 9667849)

since everyone has access to tracking, i don´t understand the whining. if you wait until the last few days, one knows something can intervene, usually weather like the ice storms this week. best to have a back up plan. i am sick of everyone blaming someone else.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Libertygal, 12/25/2013 9:38:40 PM     (No. 9667860)

Try US Mail.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Sandbar, 12/25/2013 9:51:04 PM     (No. 9667865)

Not that long ago, i would avoid using the US mail. They have it together now. I received several items a day prior the initial scheduled date.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: thewarden, 12/25/2013 10:26:34 PM     (No. 9667875)

I work at a major department store. I laugh at the customers who whine and gripe about the lines on Black Friday and afterward until Christmas. In a word--DUH! I do my shopping before Thanksgiving. Quit your beefin´.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 12/25/2013 10:40:58 PM     (No. 9667886)

I can´t sympathize because my tiny, one stringed violin wasn´t delivered in time by UPS!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 12/26/2013 12:35:03 AM     (No. 9667931)

Yeah, I got my wife a new steam iron for Christmas back in August. Had to listen to her complain about ironing my shirts until today. It made her so happy. sniff

The Greatest Christmas Miracle Ever is when you hit Amazon´s ´order´ button, ´guaranteed delivery´ instanty becomes ´estimated delivery´. It´s a miracle!

Bad Lie: "You can keep your doctor".

OK Lie: "Guaranteed two day delivery".

As Crazy Aunt Nancy Pelosi sez, "Embrace The Suck, America!




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Reply 21 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 12/26/2013 4:35:12 AM     (No. 9667970)

I did every bit of my Christmas shopping on Amazon, this year. We have a prime membership...every single package arrived on or before it was due. My son, however, sent us two packages through the postal service. Priority mail, no less. One finally arrived,10 days after the date promised, smashed. Now he gets to try and collect on their insurance claims, good luck with that. The box looked like it had been crushed. The other box, still no sign of it. When he went to the postoffice, after being on hold with the USPS for over an hour, and hung up on twice...the woman at the postoffice was amazingly rude. She told him to go home, be patient, and quit whining (I kid you not)...that they didn´t promise anything on the date, it was just a suggested date. I suggested to HIM that he use UPS in the future. It´s a lot more reliable!!

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