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UPS Priority Mailing Package-uh oh did I make a BIG mistake?

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Greetings All:

I'm sorry if this question has been asked to death, but last week I sent 4 boxes in weight ranges of 6-22 lbs. via the USPS Priority Mail Rate - any sense of when I might typically expect them to arrive to STJ? They were sent form Baltimore, Maryland. In advance, thanks for your feedback. UPS rate was about 33% more than Priority BUT now I hear from hubby , he says it could take them up to 6-8 weeks - YIKES!

Take Care

Posted : July 12, 2010 4:21 pm
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I think if you sent priority mail, they should arrive any day now. If you sent just regular first class mail, then expects weeks.

Posted : July 12, 2010 4:49 pm
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Probably 10-14 days max.

Posted : July 12, 2010 5:10 pm
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Usually about 7 working days from there to STT.

Posted : July 12, 2010 5:13 pm
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We send boxes by Priority Mail 8 to 10 times a year to St. Croix (from both the NY/NJ and DFW areas) and they usually take 3 to 5 days. Some one recently sent us a box by "regular" parcel Post that took 16 days.

Posted : July 12, 2010 5:46 pm
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Phew! Boy have you guys & gals eliminated my stress levels. THANK YOU!
I am now, as of April 2010 an officlial ST JOHNIAN (don't hate me, as I am only pemritted to use my condo for owner's personal use 12 weeks/ year) BUT I want to update & upgrade the interiors for a pleasent vacation expereince for our guest (and for us to when we visit) . Along with fresh updated linens, hbby'sd matools are in those boxes too (drill, screw drivers etc) you know what I mean.

You all have reassured me that I went I arrive JULY 21 (YEAH!) - my boxes shoud be there waiting for me (c/o our property Mgr. who by the way is the greatest since he lives on site) at Serendip condos.

The countdown begins, can't wait. I LOVE you guys for all of your helpful advice!
Fondest regards,
lv2fish in B'More-homeofthe Ravens & Chesapeake Bay blue carbs!

Posted : July 12, 2010 5:57 pm
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I receive lots of priority packages and it seldom takes more than a week to get to STX from the upper 48. Flat rate boxes, which are just a form of priority mail, do even better. Never, never, never send parcel post. I filed a claim with an eBay seller after two months and , lo and behold, the package showed up the next week.

For some reason, the post office refuses to deliver to MY NAME @ business address. They sometimes deliver to MY NAME + BUSINESS NAME @ business address's. They always deliver to BUSINESS NAME @ business address. It's just a few of the things I've learned to watch out for that can hang up your mail.

Posted : July 12, 2010 9:07 pm
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lv2fish - you should be fine, we send pkgs from Bmore to STX Priority all the time, has never taken more than 5 business days but we send from the main PO on Fayette so that might help You should be able to check the tracking online to make sure the pkgs have arrived - go RAVENS!

Posted : July 12, 2010 9:19 pm
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I have not done priority mail since my first year. Early on the post office ladies told me it could take a week or three weeks with priorty mail down here, that there was no guarantee. If you need it there fast you do express. Priority then sounds much like parcel post to me.

I do parcel and insure it for a dollar or more if I'm really worried about the contents and have not once had a problem since I started this. The insurance thing I learn about from working down here, the island myth is that it insures it gets it through puerto rico.

Posted : July 13, 2010 12:05 pm
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We do the priority mailings( for our normal mail) once a week from NJ.........last winter season it took between 3 - 10 days to receive the package. The one problem with the mailing is that it goes through Puerto Rico and can get stuck there for a week.


Posted : July 13, 2010 12:39 pm
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Prioriy with insurance and delivery confirmation can arrive in about 5 to7 days. Odd thing is that if you ship 2 or 3 items at the same time they don't show up the same day.

Posted : July 13, 2010 9:05 pm
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Skysthelimit - You hit the nail on the head!

That's exactly what happened - I did not buy the insurance though, but did do the signed confirmed receipt requested. 4 boxes were mailed July 9th and my P.M. reports today that 3 of the 4 boxes arrived today on STJ - actually I think that's not too shabby, pretty impressive actually. I am hoping box # 4 will arrive within the next few days. Just an FYI on a related note I ordered some stuff last week on July 8th from J C Penny (which I learned does ship [some items] to USVI - thanks for that tips all) and my order arrived today also.

Thanks for all the tips again folks! 🙂
Stay safe!


Posted : July 13, 2010 11:55 pm
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Both UPS and USPS are long-term clients of mine. USPS Priority should be the same in the VI as it is state-side.

Posted : July 14, 2010 7:59 pm
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I have no real complaints with the Postal Service here. Some quirks over the yrs but generally great service. We always use Priority or Express. When someone sends parcel post it will take weeks or even a month or 2.

I once saw a set of 4 new tires in the post office with priority stickers on them. They were not small tires so I was surprised and said. "you can mail tires?!?!" Yolanda rolled her eyes and smiled while saying "You can mail ANYTHING!" LOL Who knew? Of course there are restrictions but she was indicating that I wouldn't believe some of the stuff they see getting mailed.

Posted : July 14, 2010 8:14 pm
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Tires ! (LOL) That's a good one - who knew ! ?:D

Gee - that solves my problem of getting our kayaks down there! :*-)

Posted : July 14, 2010 11:52 pm
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