Thursday, January 3, 2008

The U.S. Postal Service: my new best friend

In researching shipping options to use for sending packages to my customers, I have come to learn more than I have ever wanted to about all the different ways the post office can deliver packages and letters. Insurance? Signature confirmation? Delivery confirmation? Retail or online rates? Priority, first class, parcel post? Overnight, ground? What constitutes a small package vs a parcel?

I've been scouring the post office website, learning all I could about the different options until my eyes started rolling to the back of my head. But when I went to the actual post office, I was presented with even more options.

What happened to the days when it was just one man on his horse, riding on the rugged plains, carrying your package on a leather rucksack?

Thanks to highmaintenancemom for hearting Hazel Designs on Etsy!


Garden girl said...

haha- really made me laugh because I have been contemplating the exact same thing..cannot get to grips with stamps/ new rules as to what constitutes an envelope (an envelope, surely?) or a package. Apparently a parcel is a whole new thing together.V.confusing!x

Garden girl said...

By the way, obviously this is just British madness, obviously-you guys over the pond have your own problems!:}

Highmaintenancemom said...

I got my necklace yesterday & I love it!! The pony express sure moves fast! The packaging is super cute and the necklace is even better!

Hazel Designs said...

Garden Girl, I always thought "parcel" was a very British word, and it's funny how we never really use it in the U.S. except for at the post office!

I remember in France I used to go to the post office to pay my phone bill and marveling at how there are so many things you can do at the post office there compared to here - is it the same with British post offices?

Hazel Designs said...

HMM, I am SO glad you love it!!!!!! Thanks again for all your support!