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Do you want to see a brilliant move?

Posted on January 10, 2017 at 23:36:08
Michael Samra

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Location: saginaw michigan
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June 24, 2005
That Sherwood S-1060 I bought was down in Ferndale near Detroit.I live 90 miles from Detroit and shipping was 13 dollars for a 28 pound package.You would think it would go to Flint and from Flint to Saginaw but no.It went to Warrendale Pa. LOL. It is no mistake because this happens a lot when I buy from Detroit and pay standard shipping thru USPS.

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Jan-10-17, 22:31 PM, WARRENDALE 15095

Arrived at USPS Origin Facility

Jan-10-17, 14:30 PM, WARRENDALE, PA 15095


Jan-09-17, 10:12 AM, BERKLEY, MI 48072

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong" H. L. Mencken


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RE: Do you want to see a brilliant move?, posted on January 11, 2017 at 06:48:22
dee eye why

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Location: so. ohio
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I live Dayton Ohio. I purchased some Transistors from a local online electronics liquidator, less than 10 miles from my house. The parts went to Cincinnati and then back to Dayton. 100 mile round trip.

Freak out...Far out...In out....


RE: Do you want to see a brilliant move?, posted on January 11, 2017 at 07:09:41

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I have seen that. 100 miles away in MI and goes to PA first.


RE: Do you want to see a brilliant move?, posted on January 11, 2017 at 08:35:53
Jim McShane

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Location: Chicago
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That's because the big carriers use "hub & spoke" routing. You might recall in the early days FedEx had ONE hub - Memphis. ANYTHING sent FedEx (it was Federal Express back then) - even say from Chicago to Milwaukee just 90 miles north - would go via Memphis. Now they have many more hubs as does USPS, and the cost of routing it through an efficient hub is actually lower than point-to-point routing.


RE: Do you want to see a brilliant move?, posted on January 11, 2017 at 10:02:28

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Location: Phoenix
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I'm watching one that made it to Kansas City, left, came back 6 hours later, waited 18 hours and set off again. Delivery date changed 3 times, now it shows question mark.

My favorite was a PCB, end-of-life, that I accepted an order from as part of a system for factory in Asia. I accepted the order because I found one at a surplus place that had bought out an obsolete inventory. Turned out they drop shipped it from 60 miles away and it never showed up here. I had it tracked, complained etc., they sent my money back which I didn't care about, it was the order which I accepted that was the problem. I spent lots of hours trying to find another one anywhere in the world. Four months later the one I ordered shows up at my door. Shipper delivered to wrong place, sat in a warehouse somewhere until someone tripped over it, realized it wasn't theirs and returned it to shipper.

Decided I should be in the shipping business, would fit right in.


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