A question about UPS

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  1. KhronoS

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    In a few days i would like to buy some gear from B&H. The gear will be sent through UPS, and being the first time i buy of the internet, i have a question: How will the package arrive? It will arrive at my local postal office? Or, at my doorstep?


    P.S. Hope i posted in the right thread...
     
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    your door.
     
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    Thanks for the prompt answer :)
     
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    UPS has nothing to do w/ the US Postal Service as they are commercial vs governmental, so they will not deliver to the post office.

    Anymore, most internet stores will give you a tracking number from UPS or whoever they ship your package with, and you can track the progress of your package.

    The two major carriers are pretty reliable, but there are some others that are trying to make a name for themselves, and I have had some bad results from them. The last instance was leaving a $3800.00 laptop on my front porch for 14 hours in the rain and snow.

    The carrier you ask about is not that carrier, and are reliable.
     
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    I believe I had this carrier leave my $2200 laptop on my front porch while I was on vacation. . . Good thing a friendly neighbor grabbed it.

    Sure are fast though.
     
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    Fedex is the best carrier around. But I won't get into that...
     
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    i prefer ups...

    fedex is bad about updating trackking info in my experience and i am one to keep an eye on it... I got no update from the day my camera was dropped off to them to the day i received it
     
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    Well kind of thought that it was somehow related to Postal Service, that`s why i asked, wasn`t sure :p

    Yeah, there are some carriers that are fooling around. Ordered once a Video card, and wasn`t home when they arrived, although they had my phone number, the next day they sent me an email saying that because i wasnt home, i have to pick up myself the video card... from their city 200km away :lol:. But after following a complaint at the consumer protection, all sorted out very swiftly :lol:
     
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    just a question, i've bought things online from the UK and everytime i buy anything parcels arrive to the post office and I have to pick it up, if i buy something from B&H for instance, and post to Gibraltar would i recieve it the "american" way, by hand, or will it g to the post office...thing is i've never seen anyone receive a parcel in hand.
     
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    I am so sorry, I forgot about the "global" aspect of the internet. My post deals w/ our service in the US.

    In answer to your question, it would depend upon how you chose to have your package delivered (shipping), either by parcel post or through a commercial carrier like fed-ex or ups. If you choose a commercial carrier, I would contact the carrier, either through the internet or call a local / regional / national office, and inquire about how and where they deliver. Most internet sellers offer various alternatives for shipping, at least they do here in the US.

    Once again, sorry for the mix up
     
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    no problem, thanks a lot, now i might consider buying off B&H
     
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    you can make them have somebody sign the package, so it doesnt sit out on your doorstep all day..

    but if you're not there, your gonna have to go to a pick up zone and who knows how far away they are
     

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