I ordered a Domke bag on Monday at lunch time, in Philly. Before I hit the order-now button on Amazon, I remembered that I had some B&H reward bucks, so I ordered the bag there instead. I was rushing and mistakenly chose super-saver shipping. I will receive the bag Friday. I could drive to B&H and be home before lunch.
On amazon, most items have free shipping. As an amazon-prime customer, I pay around $75-85 annually to enjoy free 2-day shipping on everything I buy that is prime-inclusive, which is most items. We also get free movie and book downloads via the prime-experience. It's worth it. My wife will order random household items at great pricing, and it arrives for free within a day or two. Bleach, detergent, rice. It's really strange, but it works.
Shipping time for B&H and Adorama. If you accidentally choose super-saver, and you were anxious to receive the item, get ready to pull your hair out. B&H got the order Monday by 1pm. Their warehouse must not stream the orders for super-saver deals for a full 24-hrs "just because". The Domke bag arrived at smart-post at 1am Wednesday, that was the location of the first scan. I will have it Friday.
I strongly dislike smart-post. I will never buy anything again from a distributor who is going to use that camel-like service. But actually, at this point, I will probably start using my amazon visa (rewards) and amazon for all of my photog purchases. The reward points on b&h were a nice surprise, and I continued to buy there BC of it. But they are a stones throw away from my house and will take all week to deliver a 10x10x9, 2-lb, in-stock item to my home, just to save a buck or two.
Their priorities are all wrong. They are up against a monster, their goal should be to over-perform. At least - get the box to the camel the same day.
Amazon's lightning fast shipping, free return shipping, text message tracking updates, ridiculous pricing.... heck, they can beat Tire-Rack now on four tires.... They are a monster.... they are taking over the world. Ugh. I'm guilty of feeding the monster.