Amazon and USPS team up to offer Sunday delivery

By Russ Boswell
Nov 11, 2013
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  1. Living in the mountains, I do a lot of my shopping online. We don't have any big box stores up here, so it's either drive sixty miles to the nearest Wal-Mart or scope Amazon for deals on whatever it is...

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  2. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 114   +8

    Between Amazon Prime (I receive a discount on it) and the cheaper more convenient shopping I almost always choose to buy online unless it is something I need to be fitted in. I have a Target and Walmart within a mile.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,781   +700

    I will always shop the old fashioned way, brick & mortar stores. I like to see the product in the flesh before I drop cash on it.
  4. insect

    insect TechSpot Booster Posts: 176   +43

    ^ This

    Bought some jeans last weekend at Kohls. Last time I was at a store before that was last March to buy a dehumidifier at BestBuy which I had price-matched at Amazon (Was $70 cheaper) and just didn't want to risk the shipping because you can't turn them on their sides (like refrigerators).

    Either my wife or I order near daily from Amazon and we have Prime. Stuff arrives in 1 day sometimes. Our UPS guy almost knows us like close friends.
  5. psycros

    psycros TechSpot Booster Posts: 669   +202

    I'd like to know how someone doesn't live within 60 miles of a Wal-Mart but (presumably) still has broadband. I have three of them within 40 minutes of me and I can't get any terrestrial internet here. Maybe the author blogs by dish. However, I definitely understand some of his plight, because Wal-Mart is ALL we have within 60 miles and the only decent one is in a direction that I never have reason to travel.
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,670   +868

    Wow, this is great. Lets see how it works out.
  7. Russ Boswell

    Russ Boswell Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 109

    I wish it wasn't true! The closest Wal-Mart (that is easily accessible) is in Evergreen, CO and that is around 50-60 miles from my doorstep, and over a 12,000 foot mountain no less! We do have a place up here called "Alco" which is like a tiny Wal-Mart spinoff, but unfortunately it comes with "spinoff" prices and most of the stuff they sell is discontinued or overstock items they get from other stores or distributors. We do have a Wal-Mart that is around 30-40 miles from our town but it lies along a notoriously dangerous highway so we don't really like heading that direction! One of the downsides of living in a ski-town is all the crazy high prices so it's actually much cheaper to order online than frequent Alco.

    On the internet front, that's actually really crazy for me to hear! We have Comcast here, so we do get cable broadband. I live in town though, if you travel a mile or so outside of town you don't get any cable service and are forced to use dish. Do you live way out in the country? That was an issue for me when I lived in Indiana. We were about five miles from a very populous city and couldn't even get cable there!

    Honestly, Amazon has saved me quite a few times in that regard. With no game stores and stuff here (closest being in Denver) they let me pre-order games and get them to my door the day they come out. I'm pretty impressed with their shipping department. Hopefully this new Sunday shipping craze will actually work, it would be nice to not have to worry about weekends when ordering stuff. The USPS around my area is anything but reliable though so I'm still a little skeptical.
  8. platinumsteel

    platinumsteel Newcomer, in training Posts: 27

    What about florida?lol
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,746   +1,421

    The way I see it; anyone that can't seem to wait through Saturday and Sunday, should be willing to travel 200 miles to get it themselves. I order things on-line, but if I need them immediately I will go get them myself. And if the items are not available locally, then what difference does it make if waiting an extra day? People are so impatient and continually show disregard for others. Everyone wants a day off, but expect others to work around the damn clock.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,361   +823

    Yeah well, all the major Etailers have had overnight shipping for quite some time.

    Unfortunately, the price of that shipping, can go from zero to sixty in just a a few seconds. (If you'll forgive the car performance metaphor).

    I'm fortunate enough to live in the New York City, Northern New Jersey, Philadelphia shipping corridor.

    Which means, I can order from Newegg up til about 2:00PM one day, and have the package in my greedy little hands by noon the next day..........(wait for it).......with free shipping!

    (Actually Newegg has moved some of its shipping to "LaserShip"). However, UPS brought me a new 27" monitor from "the Egg" last week, and it cost me all of .99 cents for their service).

    Many of the Camera and electronics retailers in NYC still do use UPS as a matter of course, and in the case of "Adorama Camera", I can order up until 8:00PM and still have my new toy(s), the next day by noon!

    So, while I used to work for the US Post Office, I'm a trifle ambivalent about its survival.

    So no, I don't need to have a $20.00 spindle of DVD blanks delivered to me on a Sunday, for maybe $40.00 or so......period!
  11. I think this already started then. I was wondering why I received a package this past Sunday, seemed strange with (supposedly) no postal service or normal UPS deliveries. Long Island, NY here.
     


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