As someone who gets stuff from all over the world with all carriers mentioned I can say that I didn't notice a difference. They're mediocre. That said, always require a signature. This means that there is always someone accountable for that parcel, even before delivery. Shai בתאריך 31/05/14 10:53 PM, ציטוט John Haley: > I also think it is always good to require a signature at delivery for UPS > (and maybe FedEx) to keep the guys on the trucks from just stealing stuff > and then saying they delivered it. I am sure that happens. I like the > suggestion to never use a box that shows or suggest electronic content. > > Best, > John Haley > > > On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 4:42 PM, Eric Jacobs <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > >> I¹ve had much better luck with FedEx, and often they are quicker and more >> cost effective than UPS. See my UPS claim story below. I¹m also loving >> USPS these days (see below). >> >> No more UPS for me. >> >> >> US Postal Service >> >> ================= >> >> I¹m a big fan of the fixed-price USPS Priority package ($12.35, any >> weight, anywhere in the US), which includes insurance and tracking. I use >> this for most of my media shipments now, and FedEx for most of my >> equipment shipments. The other nice thing about USPS is that you can use >> the self-serve kiosk after hours - the extra flexibility helps. >> Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical about USPS for anything valuable, but >> after a year of using USPS more and more, I¹m very satisfied. The >> self-serve kiosk may be enigmatic to use at first and could really use a >> UX makeover, but like anything, after using it a few times, I got used to >> the quirky menus. >> >> I still use FedEx for critical media shipments when I need the item(s) to >> go by air to minimize risk of damage. >> >> >> Shipping 2nd Day Air >> ==================== >> >> IMPORTANT: If you are shipping something especially fragile or valuable, >> ship it by 2nd Day air. One, it won¹t be sharing space with heavy >> freight, where it might get impacted or crushed. Two, the package is >> moving more swiftly through the system and there¹s less opportunity for >> the package to linger in transit and get stolen or damaged. >> >> >> >> UPS Claim >> ========= >> >> I¹ve had more claims against UPS (1) than against Fedex (0). >> >> Trying to recover a claim from UPS is hard work, even if insured - it >> requires lots of documentation and photos proving that the item was >> properly packaged, and conviction to keep fighting for your claim. I >> strongly recommend photographing the package before it goes out as >> back-up, especially if the item has significant commercial value. UPS >> makes a claim so difficult that I imagine many just give up. >> >> I had some electronics rifled through and then repackaged so poorly that >> it led to damage and 100% loss. After a 2-month battle, I finally >> prevailed - and fortunately I had photo back-up and receipts because UPS >> first claimed that I did not properly package the item, then they >> questioned the value of the item. I later learned from one of the UPS >> adjusters that they had a lot of theft of electronics at one of their >> transfer facilities. >> >> In my case, I had repurposed a very sturdy Sony box (the item I was >> shipping was not a Sony), and that may have attracted potential theft - >> and disappointment when they didn¹t find some shiny consumer electronics >> inside. The repackaging was fast and shoddy, and the perpetrator had >> removed (!!) the inner hard styrofoam protection (which I had photographed >> prior to shipping). When the recipient received the package, I instructed >> them to photograph the torn up box, the missing styrofoam (there were a >> few pieces of broken styrofoam left) and each step of unpacking it. >> Fortunately, the recipient photographed the package when they signed for >> it because the box looked so beat up. >> >> IMPORTANT: I now ship items in plain boxes and crates, void of brand names >> or content description. >> >> In all fairness, I don¹t know if making a claim against FedEx is any >> better than UPS. >> >> ~ Eric >> >> >> >> On 5/30/14, 5:39 PM, "Stewart Gooderman" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >> >>> Personally, as a person in business who ships things fairly regularly, I >>> prefer FedEx to UPS. It's going to be different for different people >>> depending on from where you do the sending, to where you are shipping, >>> and what kind of contract you have (or can negotiate) with the carrier. >>> >>> In San Francisco, UPS packages often come broken, smashed, and wet. FedEx >>> packages never seem to. I've had UPS packages stolen from their drop >>> boxes, and one UPS representative told me that, for a while, there was a >>> crisis brewing in New York City as many packages were being stolen within >>> the handling facility. >>> >>> FedEx has outlets all over the city, some open from 7 AM to 11 PM, as >>> well as Sunday hours, so drop off is a breeze. Not so with UPS. >>> >>> Regarding taxes and such, both companies have share of blame here. First, >>> FedEx is not the only large company evading taxes. If that's what you're >>> looking at then you won't be buying any products from Apple, HP, >>> Microsoft, as well as FedEx, and many, many others. UPS has fired workers >>> just for standing up for their rights. FedEx treats their Ground workers >>> as independent contractors, their Express workers as employees. >>> >>> DrG >>> -- Cheers Shai Drori Timeless Recordings [log in to unmask] בברכה, שי דרורי מומחה לשימור והמרה של אודיו וידאו וסרטים 8-35 ממ.