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03-05-2016, 01:28 PM   #46
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I've tried several times lately to call a Bicycle Shop for information on bicycle hubcaps....nice chrome ones with those spinners like I once had on my '55 Chevy. No answer, the phone just rings and rings......they don't even have an answering machine where I can leave a vulgar message! ......what's the world coming to?

It's entirely possible the store believes you're pranking them. Bicycles are not traditionally outfitted with hubcaps.
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It's entirely possible the store believes you're pranking them. Bicycles are not traditionally outfitted with hubcaps.
This particular store is run by a prankster and stocks some unusual and hard to find items, but plays hard to get to drive up the price.
Eventually I'll get through...I have some tricks of my own.


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Just a suggestion. I know this is really off the wall, but maybe try calling when the shop is open?
I'm certain it's a very reputable business.

Alternatively, and I know this is hard for you old-timers to grasp, there's a new technology available -
Try calling a cell phone.

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03-23-2016, 06:21 PM   #51
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When I was little I wanted to be a mailman or an astronaut. Neither worked out.

I had one package a table from ikea. The box broke open and the table fell out. They dutifully put the empty box on my porch. I'm not sure of the carrier.

I buy almost everything online. I do wish they would throw the stuff behind the bushes.

Anything expensive I have to go to the main USPS place and pick up in person.
03-24-2016, 08:12 AM   #52
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My USPS person will only leave packages by one of my trees at the bottom of my driveway, if she delivers them at all. The UPS guy will actually call me and ask if he can sign and leave mine in my garage or on my porch when I am not there, and on small packages will leave them with Tiffany at the gas station she works at for me.

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03-24-2016, 06:28 PM   #54
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I have found that if you tip them at Christmas, they will go to great lengths to provide you with good service. My UPS guy not only rings the bell, he wraps stuff in plastic in bad weather, and takes packages requiring signatures next door if no one is home at our house.
So basically you have to pay them protection money to ensure they don't harm your packages. Or is it bribe money for them to do their job correctly?

Either way that is still sad.

Several years ago, I had a mail carrier either lose or misdeliver a package to someone else's mailbox. I suspect the latter. The package had tracking so I could see it had been delivered. Yet it was not in my mailbox.

I went to the post office with the tracking page printed and spoke to the manager (after the front clerk instantly passed the buck to the manager after discovering it was about a lost delivery). The manager took me to the hall way to hear my situation, then went to the back of the building to speak with the mail carrier. Finally the manager returned to say the carrier says they delivered it and its your word against theirs. And I'm believing theirs. <-- I looked like this at this point.

Basically they called me a liar that it wasn't in my mailbox. Then they suggested I should have insured it and then stood there shrugging at me.. game over.

Since then the same mail carrier keeps delivering someone elses mail (who lives at a different address) to me, that I suspect they, from time to time, get my mail.. and perhaps that missing package.

I got my money back for the item through paypal but the whole situation greatly diminished my trust in the USPS. That said, Fedex has given me someone elses package before too.. mistakes happen. But Fedex came right back to correct the situation. USPS essentially said 'I delivered to A mailbox.. job done.'
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I live at #4. The house across the cul-de-sac - #5 - was temporarily vacant, awaiting closing on the recent sale.

I stopped at home on the way back from an outside appointment just to see if a package from B&H was sitting on my porch. Quite by chance UPS pulled up across the street, left a box on that porch, rounded the little circle and headed out. "Hmmmmm," I thought. "Why would a package be delivered to a vacant house?" So I walked across.

What do you think was on the porch?

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I've stopped using UPS / Fedex and the like. They have had a 100% rate of damage, ,extra charges or other issues. They might be OK within the US border but as soon as it goes out. Outrageously high "Brokerage fees". I bought a Pentax telescope off Craigslist out of Chicago and it ended up costing hundreds more than if I had used USPS. So far I have never had one hint of a problem with Canada Post or USPS.

Back when I receieved a new K7 limited addition

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What do you think was on the porch?
Something expensive... of yours.
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Something expensive... of yours.

If this was the Price is Right, I suspect you'd be invited to the stage to play a pricing game.
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What do you think was on the porch?

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