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Jan 05, 2012 20:51 |  #1

This thread has no real point...

Just wanted to say I love Amazon, it’s the greatest thing ever for online shopping, BUT...


You just never know how things are going to be packaged. I've ordered delicate items that come to me destroyed in nothing but a bubble wrap envelope and then you have what I received today.

I ordered a Pelican case. A larger 1620, empty, that will be used as general storage and occasional travel for some gear. It comes to me in a huge Amazon box. Inside the box was a bunch of paper padding and the Pelican box all sealed up with the Pelican case inside. Go figure, a virtually indestructible shipping container gets shipped double boxed, but my new electric razor head comes flattened like a freaking pancake in a envelop.

Anyway... Love Amazon, but what’s up with shipping?


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Jan 05, 2012 21:12 |  #2

I think it's a volume operation, get it out the door and hope it arrives ok. Most packages do, so it must be working.




  
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Jan 05, 2012 21:18 |  #3

I've never had one problem with an amazon package and average over 100 orders per year. I love prime.


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Jan 05, 2012 21:31 |  #4

I agree. Amazon packaging is hit and miss. I order a lot from Amazon and love their prime service but more often than not I shake my head about the packaging - I miss the old days when peanuts where used to fill empty space in the box.




  
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Jan 05, 2012 21:34 |  #5

I love amazon too. The UPS guy asked if I owned their stock. One gripe I have now is their supersaver shipping. It comes slow boat USPS, wasn't always that way. I got the amazon prime now, kind of pricy, but came in really handy for Christmas.


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Jan 06, 2012 05:57 |  #6

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One gripe I have now is their supersaver shipping. It comes slow boat USPS

That's hit or miss too. I always select the free shipping if the item qualifies. Sometimes it takes a while, but many times I've been surprised. With all the storms we had in the north east this year, I bit the bullet and ordered a 6500 watt portable gas generator from Amazon. A large heavy item that I thought would take some time to see. Free shipping was offered, which is amazing because it came by a third party freight carrier. Ordered it on a Monday, it was at my door on Friday. This Pelican case I'm talking about took a just over a week. With that generator, I paid just about what everyone else was selling the same item for on line and locally (if you could find one local), but with no tax or shipping cost, the real savings was close to $200.00! For many things, Amazon is hard to beat.


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Jan 06, 2012 06:37 |  #7

I ordered my 70-200 2.8 IS II from Amazon. It came yesterday in a box a little larger than the actual lens box, but packed pretty loosely. I was very surprised. Came out of TN. The lens is fine as it's packed like crazy overkill from Canon. Just that the packer probably didn't care that a $2300 lens was in it. No complaints, came on time and in great condition inside the box. But, a lot of times it's not shipped by Amazon directly, and depending on the item, what's available to use for shipping at the shipping center is what gets used. For instance, my son ordered a micro size card for his phone and got it in a large yellow bubble envelope. All that was in there was the smallest little plastic bag with the micro card inside. Why they could not have put it in a small yellow envelope was silly, but probably all they had.

I have PRIME and it's the best. With the family plan, my kids all get their stuff shipped free as well and I get to watch old shows on their Prime Video thing. Love that, too!


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Jan 06, 2012 07:42 |  #8

Are you getting it from Amazon or through a retailer on Amazon? I noticed that Amazon themselves ship things very nicely but when I have to get it via a 3rd party on Amazon it's usually in a bubble wrap envelope.




  
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Jan 06, 2012 08:12 |  #9

B. Wong wrote in post #13656300 (external link)
Are you getting it from Amazon or through a retailer on Amazon? I noticed that Amazon themselves ship things very nicely but when I have to get it via a 3rd party on Amazon it's usually in a bubble wrap envelope.

I'm pretty sure the destroyed razor head I mentioned was a 3rd party vendor, so that is likely true. To the vendor’s credit, they did replace the head no questions asked, but the new one came in the same freaking envelope. I did order a Domke F802 recently from Amazon (actually shipped and sold by them) and had the same experience SuzyVeiw had. A large box with the item floating loosely inside. It was a bag, so I didn’t care at all, but if it was a lens or something similar, it may have been a concern to me.


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Jan 06, 2012 18:28 |  #10

Yea I know what you mean. I think it matters whos packing on what day, from what warehouse. Either way I LOVE amazon. Best company since sliced bread!


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Jan 07, 2012 11:58 |  #11

I bought a new weed whacker last spring and I couldn't believe how loosely it was boxed. I was surprised it actually ran, and it was direct from Amazon. Speaking uf USPS, if you choose parcel post, it can take up to 2 weeks for it to arrive. It goes by space available because I'm told they don't make any money from parcel post. I sent a bunch of coffee mugs to a photographer in Alaska and it took 2 1/2 weeks. They sat in Washington for almost 2 weeks before they could find room on a plane. My last shipment of mugs to Florida took darned near 2 weeks, and Christmas was past. But when I offer flat rate shipping, I have to choose the cheapest route. Priority mail would only take 2 - 4 days.




  
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