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Posted: 04/13/21 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dedmiston wrote:

I haven't written off Amazon yet, but I shop around before I add anything to my cart.

I'm a big fan of Etrailer.com/. Their product selection is great and they've always given me good service.

My local Walmart is pretty decent, but only to a point.

I only go to Camping World when I'm truly desperate and in a hurry. Otherwise it's Amazon or Etrailer for me.

I do the same thing, except my local Walmart (25 minutes away) sucks, but I like Walmart online. I really like Etrailer.

I am also getting a little sick of Amazons passing shipping to the USPS, which is almost always late anymore. My local people are great, but they can't deliver what they don't have.


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Another vote for etrailer.com


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dedmiston wrote:

I haven't written off Amazon yet, but I shop around before I add anything to my cart....


Completely agree. After what Amazon did to Parler, I am now questioning my choice to shop with Amazon. But, at the end of the day, it is my money.

I can regularly find stuff cheaper elsewhere. And if I cannot, I use the Amazon Chase card for a 5% discount on Prime purchases. (Free card, I never carry a balance, I actually transfer the money with Bill Pay before I make the purchase on Amazon). I figure if I have to shop with Amazon, I want to give them as little profit as possible, maybe even taking a net loss on my my business.


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2oldman wrote:

....I have a rural mailbox which is in a stand with many other mailboxes.....


It is eight miles from my mailbox to the nearest cell service. The Amazon drivers (never the same twice) get lost without their little devices. They like to report the package as "Undeliverable, cannot reach front door" when I am home all day and they never even go past the driveway.

Truthfully, I don't blame the city-bred Amazon drivers for not delivering. To minimize package theft, Amazon has their drivers do delivery from afternoons to late evenings. I would be scared out of my wits delivering in the middle of winter when it is dark at 5pm, up a gravel lane, with no cell service, to a place where I had never been before.

After numerous complaints I got Amazon Logistics to "de-prioritize" Amazon's shipping department. As a result USPS delivers most of my packages. You have to get past the front line person and get through too Logistics to get this change made. It helps to be able to cite several lost/delayed orders that were being delivered by Amazon.

USPS knows the area and brings packages larger than an envelope the 1/4 mile from the mailbox to my door. They used to complain about it and leave the 'go pick it up at the Post Office' notes. However, Amazon wants the packages delivered - period. So they do a lot better than they did a decade ago.

I totally get it. My choice to live in a rural environment, so I cannot expect the same service level as people who live in town. My only ask is they meet whatever expectation they are setting. If it is going to take a week, tell me that upfront. Don't promise me next/2-day delivery and then fail.

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Eric&Lisa wrote:

The Amazon drivers (never the same twice) get lost without their little devices.
Amazon drivers? Not sure what that means. We have UPS and FedEx drivers.

I guess the post office is good or bad depending on where you live.

Still have your big orange kitty?

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2oldman wrote:

Amazon drivers? Not sure what that means. We have UPS and FedEx drivers.

I guess the post office is good or bad depending on where you live.

Still have your big orange kitty?


Amazon and FedEx have a rocky relationship. FedEx's performance with Amazon deliveries have been horrible for the past few years, especially during the holidays when FedEx couldn't keep up with demands. Amazon got so frustrated by issuing credits because of delayed shipments that they started their own delivery service.

Most of my Amazon deliveries come via Amazon's own service now (gray van with teal logo). We have two distribution centers nearby and Amazon seems to have their logistics down to a science in my area. Heaven help you though if you go to the Shell station near their dc at the wrong time, because those 30+ Amazonmobiles will clog up the station for a long time.


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dedmiston wrote:


Most of my Amazon deliveries come via Amazon's own service now (gray van with teal logo).
I had no idea. Thanks. The above poster lives near Portland which I guess is why.

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