Avoid a headache. Avoid the United States Postal Service. I sold an item here on 4/21/2012. I spent $32.15 to mail it from Indiana to Washington state. I shipped it REGISTERED MAIL, insured for $900, delivery confirmation and signature required.
It took 2 days for the package to go 90 miles to Chicago. After it had sat in Chicago for several day, I called the Postal Service. I complained online. I went to my local Post Office. The recipient did the same on his end. No useful response from the USPS. After two more days, I contacted the REGISTERED MAIL CLERK at our Processing and Distribution center. She called a contact inside the USPS in Chicago. Her contact found the package and got it moving again, after 8 days in Chicago. My package SAT in Chicago for 8 days! It has now been in transit for 10 days. It took 6 more days for it to get from Chicago to Yakima, Washington. Along the way there is NO scanning, no updates on location, and by the way, the USPS site still listed the 'expected delivery date as 4/25/2012. This was as of 5/6/2012.
On 5/7/2012 the package was delivered. I had to confirm this through e-mail. It is still (5/10/2012) listed on the the USPS web-site as 'notice left'. According to the USPS this package has STILL not been delivered. I got no notice of delivery. I got no verification of signature delivery.
During this ordeal, I contacted the USPS online and went to my local Post Office to complain. The e-mail response was a generic 'Thank you for contacting USPS'. It was never followed up. I did get a phone call from my local Post Master. She actually said, "I don't know why they gave ME this problem to handle." Outrageously poor customer service! I highly recommend NOT using the United States Postal Service to ship anything you sell. It does not surprise me that they are in such dire financial straights. Now they want to lower service standards? To what? Smashing every package on the counter when you drop it off? The only good thing about this experience is that the package actually did get there, in 15 days, for $32.15! Never again.