Dear Nancy, Whoa ! Now there is a can of worms......just show the
postmaster proof of loss. What if you are shipping something that you
manufactured or created....or what about something that you dug out
of the ground.
Hi Ron, I haven’t had a loss with them so the only experience I have
is the one time a customer was “playing games” and I hadn’t asked for
a signed return receipt. It would have taken much longer for the PO to
track it down then even though it was sent Express Mail, maybe up to
six weeks. But - my proof of loss is the credit card receipt that the
customer paid for the article. Even though I made the item, the price
they paid is the loss, according to the PO. Now since I haven’t had
a loss, I haven’t tested the practice, but I did check with my local
postmaster (who I am friends with) and twice with the USPS at their
800 number to make sure.
It would seem there are potential risks with any of the delivery
services, but UPS and FedEx really scare me. Yesterday, for instance,
UPS delivered a package to me and they didn’t even bring it up to the
porch, just left it at the end of the walk, on the wet ground, in
plain view to anyone driving or walking along the street. The package
was only worth $165, but if I were dishonest I can imagine how long
it would take the vendor to collect on that package! Fed Ex leaves
things on my porch all the time (porch also in plain view) and it
isn’t because the drivers know me, this route always has new drivers.
I can see you would have a problem if you don’t have something to
prove cost, but I think that would be true for any of them, especially
for jewelry and So… I’ll stick with the USPS where, at
least, I actually “know” someone who could tell me all the hoops I
would have to jump through to get reimbursed AND where packages aren’t
left without being signed for.
Bernardine Fine Art Jewelry