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#1   kenle

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 08:19

Hi all,

I have a customer that I sent to him the package via USPS Priority mail. I have the delivery confirmation. That delivery confirmation show that the package is delivered. The USPS said they drop in front of his door. He's away at that time so when he comes home, he couldn't receive the package for some reason.
So in this case, as a vendor, should I be responsible for that? I dont' think I do, but just want to check you guys opinions.

Thanks

#2   rommany

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 09:57

Hi

I work for fedex and we have two ways of doing it, 1 if the customers has an arrangement for packages to be left outside then its down to the customer, 2 if no one has permission to leave the package anywhere then its down to fedex for leaving outside.

I know USPS and fedex could have different rules but my guess would be they would be the same for this one.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 12:48

It depends on what you and the customer agreed to, if anything. Did you offer insurance? Did they reject insurance. Did you insure? If not, I would say the owness is on you. I would call the local post office and see if they know where the package is or what became of it.

Always insure and charge the extra money to customer.

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Hi all,

I have a customer that I sent to him the package via USPS Priority mail. I have the delivery confirmation. That delivery confirmation show that the package is delivered. The USPS said they drop in front of his door. He's away at that time so when he comes home, he couldn't receive the package for some reason.
So in this case, as a vendor, should I be responsible for that? I dont' think I do, but just want to check you guys opinions.

Thanks



#4   GraphicsGuy

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 14:03

I concur with Barabara on insuring packages. Whether you pay for their insurance or just set aside the insurance fees to create a self insurance fund is up to you.

As for what to do with this customer, I faced this exact situation a couple years ago. I took care of the customer. Since then they have placed several more orders and referred a couple of their friends. Good customer service that goes above and beyond what is required almost always pays off several times over.

From another angle, if the customer paid using a credit card and from their point of view never received the order, they will probably file for a chargeback with their card bank. A USPS Delivery Confirmation is not a signature proof of delivery. The charge back will likely stand and you will be out the order total plus the chargeback fee.
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#5   kitchenniche

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Posted 07 February 2006 - 05:14

Isn't a package sent via USPS automatically insured for $100.00 ??? I have had some lost packages and USPS and CP have always paid for them. Additonally, if the USPS or CP forget to scan the package, you can always tell them the package got lost and they pay for it /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> This is how we react to the often lousy services USPS and CP offer.
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Posted 07 February 2006 - 13:47

Isn't a package sent via USPS automatically insured for $100.00 ??? I have had some lost packages and USPS and CP have always paid for them. Additonally, if the USPS or CP forget to scan the package, you can always tell them the package got lost and they pay for it /biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':D' /> This is how we react to the often lousy services USPS and CP offer.



I'm not so sure how it works in conjuction with Canada Post, but for USPS domestic shipments, only Express Mail carries automatic insurance coverage. For any other service levels, you have to buy the insurance add on.
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 22:14

Hi all,

I have a customer that I sent to him the package via USPS Priority mail. I have the delivery confirmation. That delivery confirmation show that the package is delivered. The USPS said they drop in front of his door. He's away at that time so when he comes home, he couldn't receive the package for some reason.
So in this case, as a vendor, should I be responsible for that? I dont' think I do, but just want to check you guys opinions.

Thanks



Delivery confirmation is not really worth anything, always go with the signature confirmation so you have something proving delivery. I have seen quite a few times where the PO says something was delivered and the person on the receiving end did not get the package. For this reason you will lose out on a chargeback if the customer files one. Always get a signature and if what you are sending is worth more than a few bucks insure it, just make sure you are charging enough on your shipping to cover this.
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#8   eww

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 01:19

kitchenniche, how do you get canada post to pay for lost packages??? they always give me this "you must wait 60 business days from the date of dispatch before filing a claim"

by then, the customer has already done a chargeback or i sent a replacement!!

AND canada post sends a letter to the customer asking them if they ever got the shipment. if they already have a new item or their money back, they never bother filling this form out and thus i'm out the money, shipping cost and a customer.

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Posted 12 February 2006 - 04:59

Additonally, if the USPS or CP forget to scan the package, you can always tell them the package got lost and they pay for it biggrin.gif This is how we react to the often lousy services USPS and CP offer.


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#10   brassknuckles

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 20:35

Delivery confirmation is not really worth anything, always go with the signature confirmation so you have something proving delivery. I have seen quite a few times where the PO says something was delivered and the person on the receiving end did not get the package. For this reason you will lose out on a chargeback if the customer files one. Always get a signature and if what you are sending is worth more than a few bucks insure it, just make sure you are charging enough on your shipping to cover this.


In my industry, we deal with a lot of chargeback investigations.

USPS Delivery Confirmation is acceptable evidence for proof of delivery by Paypal, GlobalPay, NPC, and many other credit card processors if shipped to the credit card holder's billing address. However, if the customer initiates a chargeback because he claims an item was missing from the package, no amount of tracking or signature confirmation is going to help resolve that.

If your customer claims he did not recieve the package and your USPS tracking number confirms delivery, you will usually win the chargeback case.

That being said, offering and insisting on signature confirmation and insurence might be a good business practice and increase customer satisfaction.

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#11   ginginca2000

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 14:27

kitchenniche, how do you get canada post to pay for lost packages??? they always give me this "you must wait 60 business days from the date of dispatch before filing a claim"

by then, the customer has already done a chargeback or i sent a replacement!!

AND canada post sends a letter to the customer asking them if they ever got the shipment. if they already have a new item or their money back, they never bother filling this form out and thus i'm out the money, shipping cost and a customer.


I sent a package Canada Post to USPS in December (destination Missouri) and the package was lost by USPS. I eventually received a cheque. There was a waiting period, and they remimbursed for the postage and the lost items. There were no hassles. Once THEY agreed that the package was lost, I had a cheque within a week or so. I would guess that the process was about 2 months from when I sent the package.

Edited by ginginca2000, 02 May 2006 - 14:28.


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Posted 02 May 2006 - 19:59

how do you guys have such luck with postal reimbursements??? i've had an expedited package sent to the usa in FEBRUARY, still undelivered and canada post won't respond to my complaints!

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Posted 05 May 2006 - 19:22

Hi all,

I have a customer that I sent to him the package via USPS Priority mail. I have the delivery confirmation. That delivery confirmation show that the package is delivered. The USPS said they drop in front of his door. He's away at that time so when he comes home, he couldn't receive the package for some reason.
So in this case, as a vendor, should I be responsible for that? I dont' think I do, but just want to check you guys opinions.

Thanks

I was under the impression that USPS had to place mail in the mail receptacle or in the persons hand. Large packages stay at the post office and you get a ticket telling you to come in and pick it up. If they left it on the porch, they must have had permission from the homeowner. Then that is customers fault.

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 21:27

Sorry to be fashionably late on this thread, but ya'll forgot the simplest measure of self-protection: a disclaimer. Particularly when shipping international orders you should put a disclaimer saying that they agree to take responsibility for teriffs, legal issues such as border seizure &c. You should add a checkbox within an inch of the credit-card number part of your payment form stating the standard "I have read all the terms of shipping <link> and I accept whatever risks and agree to release CompanyX of all liability if I ask them to ship something" - I say within an inch because that's what one of our Portals told us on our other site (it's also easily enough done).

That being said, once you cover yourself there's no harm in being generous. Customers that feel you aren't accountable to them or are trying to weasel your way out are less apt to trust you or have a friendly relationship with you. In regards to chargebacks I'd make sure that your company already has a pre-made template of the standard form your portal uses as they tend to come in handy. I'm divided on the subject, but a company may also elect to invoke its right to refuse service upon people having filed a chargeback.

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#15   vicki

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 04:46

Hi all,

I have a customer that I sent to him the package via USPS Priority mail. I have the delivery confirmation. That delivery confirmation show that the package is delivered. The USPS said they drop in front of his door. He's away at that time so when he comes home, he couldn't receive the package for some reason.
So in this case, as a vendor, should I be responsible for that? I dont' think I do, but just want to check you guys opinions.

Thanks


We had the same (and various other!) problems with USPS recently. They were great for 3 years, then BOOM several missing packages in the same month. Including a packet of paperwork that took 15 days to travel about 25 miles.

Our company chose to take care of the client, and replace 2 packages that were stolen. USPS SHOULD HAVE left a notice to pick up the packages at the local PO; instead the carrier randomly decided to leave them on the door step.

We got reamed for the cost of replacement, even though we were not legally required to send new stuff (delivery confirmation showed the date and time of delivery) but the clients were happy.

Is it worth it? It depends on how much you want repeat business. You will get taken advantage of occassionally, but you have to make a very conscious decision to always put the client's satisfaction first. For the most part a happy, repeat clientele will outweigh the cost of the odd jerk.

Be SURE to file a complaint with your local PO, and the local PO of the delivery zip code. If there has been a pattern of this kind of thing you help build a case. You can usually file a complaint at usps.com if you have the label and/or tracking number, and ask to be contacted by phone.

Hope this helps a little.

#16   Olewynja

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Posted 21 July 2007 - 03:05

You can fill out the Claim Form known as PS Form 1000

#17   Azim

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 06:10

If the usps delivery guy sees that there is no one at home, they take the package back and leave a note at the door so the customer can claim his package from the usps store or it will be sent back to the shipper within a limited time.
this is what happens here with me in california.

#18   eww

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Posted 29 July 2007 - 07:16

I've had somebody with a UPS tracking number / delivery confirmation try to claim they never received the package (the tracking # states it was left at the customer's rear door). They repeatidly threatened a chargeback for nearly 2 months after the fact, which they never put through. (Going on nearly a year later and I've never been stiffed with it yet. It was quite a large purchase, so I have to believe if them not receiving the goods was true, they'd of pursued other avenues after getting nowhere with me)

A lot of the "I didn't get it" is BS on the buyer part, trying to bully the vendor into giving them freebies, discounts and overall bum massages that are entirely unnecessary.

In the end, it comes down to the customer attitude. I find more understanding they are, the less likely they are to be lying or looking for handouts. Of course, there's always exceptions to the rule too.

#19   Kelly1122

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 18:03

Hi I am writing to ask if anyone else has some problems with kitchenniche not being delivered....I am very frustrated as I ordered this as a gift for a friend...the order was placed on August 04, 2007 and said it was delivered on August 16th which it never was...i have emailed the company 3 times..and phoned the 1888 number 5 times but still no response from the company...would appreciate any suggestions that anyone has to offer and was wondering if anyone else is experienceing the same problem....thank you ...

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:19

I've had somebody with a UPS tracking number / delivery confirmation try to claim they never received the package (the tracking # states it was left at the customer's rear door). They repeatidly threatened a chargeback for nearly 2 months after the fact, which they never put through. (Going on nearly a year later and I've never been stiffed with it yet. It was quite a large purchase, so I have to believe if them not receiving the goods was true, they'd of pursued other avenues after getting nowhere with me)

A lot of the "I didn't get it" is BS on the buyer part, trying to bully the vendor into giving them freebies, discounts and overall bum massages that are entirely unnecessary.

In the end, it comes down to the customer attitude. I find more understanding they are, the less likely they are to be lying or looking for handouts. Of course, there's always exceptions to the rule too.

If you have the tracking number for that package and UPS states that they have delivered it, then the only thing left is to file a claim with UPS. You can call the 1800 PICKUPS and file a claim. Make sure that when you track this package that it has the delivered date from the tracking page. Usually the UPS driver will leave the package if it is small enough and hide it from being viewable from the street. If it is to big, then they will take it back unless specified by the person shipping or the customer to leave at the door. The package will only be reimbursed with the insurance value that was claimed. Automatically insured for $100. Come to think about it, the package was delivered and not lost, stolen or damaged. So, I don't know if there really it a claim. You as a vendor have done what you promised, I would think that you would not be held liable.
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