Sounds like all these Horror stories have to do with inefficient
individual post offices and not Post office policies. If you're
trying to factor in human error, NO service is safe!
That’s so true. I mail stones to many places and have found the USPS
as reliable as any other service. I usually use insured Priority or
Registered. I’ve had 3 different Priority shipments to New Jersey go
temporarily missing for up to 2 or 3 weeks. But all were finally
delivered intact. It sounds exactly like what you have in mind,
One of my most interesting shipping experiences involved a very
large chrysoberyl cat’s-eye, nearly 16 carats. A supplier in India
sent it to me out of the blue, asking if I could sell it for him. His
firm price was unrealistically high and after showing it around
Tucson I decided to send it back to him. But how? He insisted on air
I made a little box out of plywood and assembled it with plenty of
long countersunk wood screws. I packed the stone inside and took it
to an air freight company. After demanding to know what was inside
the manager refused it, obviously fearing pilferage by her own staff.
Disgusted at the time and effort I’d expended trying to return a
stone I hadn’t asked for I took it to the nearest Post Office, asked
the people to wrap it up in official red, white and blue, and sent it
on its way. I decided I’d done all I could.
Almost 4 weeks later I received an elated email from my supplier
saying the stone had arrived “intect.” Apparently I’d used enough
wood screws to make would-be thieves along the way fearful of drawing
unwanted attention while they tried to remove them.