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Mon Dec 3 2018 14:21:13

ALERT No USPS Mail on Wednesday December 5th

By: Ina Steiner

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There will be no mail pickup or delivery on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, though there will be limited package delivery service.

President Trump proclaimed December 5th a national day of mourning throughout the United States to honor former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on November 30th at the age of 94. The US Postal Service announced:

"Out of respect for President Bush, the nation's 41st commander in chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the Postal Service will observe the national day of mourning.

"The Postal Service will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service Dec. 5. USPS will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that the Postal Service network remains fluid and USPS does not experience any impacts to its package delivery operations that might negatively affect customers or business partners during the remainder of the busy holiday season."

eBay has yet to announce the news, but sellers were discussing the possibility prior to the USPS announcement. One seller wrote, "Wonder how eBay would handle all of those late Guaranteed Deliveries? That could be very expensive for eBay!"

Naturally sellers must also concern themselves with buyer expectations and marketplace performance standards. It's of special concern given the potential to disrupt orders with Christmas only 3 weeks away. 

Federal government offices will be closed, the Supreme Court will postpone arguments, the stock markets will be closed, and it looks like some states will close their offices on Wednesday (Kansas).

We'll update this post as we learn more details.

Update 12/3/2018: Here's a link to the announcement.

Update 12/3/2018: Looks like there *may* be some very limited package pickup on Wednesday for certain business accounts. (Doubt that would include small businesses.)

I'll try to get some clarification, it hadn't occurred to me that would be a possibility, even though the announcement said limited package *delivery.* (If true, could it have a lot to do with Amazon fulfillment centers???)

Update 12/3/2018: Stamps.com published a chart with some additional information, though we're still left with a lot of questions that we're trying to get answered.

Update 12/4/2018: It appears Amazon sellers will not be impacted by Wednesday's observance. Amazon will not penalize sellers for late delivery in case the promised delivery date was 12/5 or 12/6, since sellers cannot do anything for shipments already in transit, and Amazon will remove defects from their metrics. And Amazon won't penalize merchant-fulfilled sellers for standard shipments with ship date as 12/5.

Update 12/5/2018: eBay said it would protect sellers from any fallout resulting from postal delays resulting from the day of mourning observance by the US Postal Service.

Update 12/5/2018: The USPS updated its alert with some helpful information, see the Newsflash story just posted.

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by: ebayout This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 3 14:50:20 2018

Not the worst news...all of us not selling squat wouldn't have had anything delivered that day anyway.

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by: mamie14425 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 3 15:07:44 2018

We checked with our post office and they are open with full delivery services.....

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by: mamie14425 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 3 15:17:10 2018

We checked with our local post office and the USPS toll free phone number and as of right now all post offices are open.  Check the USPS website for any updates or changes

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This user has validated their user name. by: RKTOYS

Mon Dec 3 15:17:13 2018

Possibly a coincidence but it looks like eBay's taken to sending nag e-mails on when to ship items.  I had a sale Friday night, too late to pack up for Saturday, and along comes eBay crying about sending it by the 4th.  No mention of the post office closure though; must not be a fan of Bush Sr.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ina

Mon Dec 3 15:45:56 2018

Just added a link to the announcement above.

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by: mamie14425 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 3 16:02:06 2018

Thanks for the update Ina....

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by: Grady This user has validated their user name.

Mon Dec 3 16:08:53 2018

May Mr and Mrs Bush rest in peace

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Mon Dec 3 22:51:21 2018

GOOD. That's one less day they have to sabotage my mail.
5 pcs got "lost" in the mail since the new post master started at our post office.

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by: Whatever This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 01:57:56 2018

Doesn't it take an act of congress to actually close just the post office? Me thinks it's just Trump pretending he's God again - there was no notice on the door today - seems like they should know. I highly doubt that it will happen - certainly not in December when their short staffed and over worked right now - or perhaps it's just another ploy - mo money mo money - you'll get dinged it you don't ship on time remember?

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by: angryllama This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 03:21:59 2018

HELPFUL HINT #173  Only the USPS owned locations will be closed TOMORROW, Wednesday, Dec 5th.
Say what?  What is a NON- UPS owned location?  MANY ACE Hardware stores are USPS ''satellite'' post offices with a DEDICATED room or kiosk inside where you can buy stamps, buy package postage, and in at least SOME examples they even HELP with packaging.  
The STORE will be own, so as of Tuesday I anticipate that THOSE ACE Hardware satellite post offices will be OPEN tomorrow the 5th.  The employee(s) who man the Post Office cubbyhole operations are NOT USPS employees.
ALL 5 of the ACE stores within 5 miles of our home DO have the USPS kiosk, ALL have the equipment and DO provide VALID acceptance scans, but only ONE of them has the most recently released USPS scanning software/equipment package.
This UPGRADED software/equipment package means that THIS ONE location can even accept and scan EXPORT packages.
Additional HINT is that here in Houston this ONE ACE Hardware is where you can get an acceptance scan on SATURDAYS past Noon local time.  The part of USPS that services these satellite locations picks up THEIR packages and letters two hours LATER at about 2:30 pm Monday thru Saturday.
HINT # 3.   Use this surprise closing on Wednesday as the GIFT of Opportunity to seek out and get details on WHICH Ace Hardware stores are close to YOU and which of them CAN scan Export shipments.

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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 05:27:22 2018

No delivery of mail but LIMITED DELIVERY OF PACKAGES. CAN ONE SAY AMAZON WILL BE HAPPY.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Tue Dec 4 06:45:35 2018

"Doesn't it take an act of congress to actually close just the post office? Me thinks it's just Trump pretending he's God again"

I was thinking the same.

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by: lessthanthreerecords This user has validated their user name.
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Tue Dec 4 07:17:04 2018

I called eBay (and also messaged them on Facebook) yesterday evening to ask if Wednesday was considered a business day in terms of handling time.  After being put on hold, I was told that they are NOT counting Wednesday as a business day.  Several hours later, eBay replied to me on Facebook saying that Wednesday IS being considered a business day.  Typical eBay not having a clue about their own policies.

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by: dannyb This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 08:19:11 2018

As of 8:15 this Morning eBay is requiring I ship packages out tomorrow for items purchased today.
Sellers need to change their handling times or they will get dinged.  I ship within the 1 day handling time - but change it to 3 day when a big snowstorm is coming because ebay requires that I risk my life to get my packages to the P.O.
It looks like the National Day of Mourning is a Snowstorm.

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by: leathermermaid8 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 09:11:13 2018

Ebay doesn't 'fulfill' any orders or do any warehousing and shipping and given this particular event, they are being unrealistic and unfair.
So much for supporting small businesses.

Amazon is able to do a lot of delivering for its sellers because they  warehouse and in some cases, deliver their goods.  But obviously, not everyone who sells there uses it and allowances should be made.  

Ebay has too much bloat at the top to give time to thinking things through.   Their native and artificial intelligence is really lacking at times.  

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by: Lindentea This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 09:53:01 2018

I am a lttwrcarrier and we were just told we are working tomorrow to deliver Amazon, Priority and First class small parcels.

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by: Lindentea This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 09:57:30 2018

Lol letter carrier. We are using CCAs and volunteers. If not enough employees volunteer there will be mandates.

Also, the USPS has instructed carriers to bring Amazon carrier-delivered items that are found in mail boxes ( most are found in curbside boxes) back to the post office to be charged postage due. Despite emails sent to the offending parties, the practice continues.  

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by: Lindentea This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 10:01:29 2018

Just one more comment- USPS carriers are consistently finding parcels that have been misdelivered by companies carrying for Amazon.

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by: I Must be Crazy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 11:01:30 2018

''As of 8:15 this Morning eBay is requiring I ship packages out tomorrow for items purchased today.''

Same here as of 7:25 AM in California.

This is one of those times when sellers need to be on their toes. If the ship by date is not adjusted and a seller has shipments hanging tomorrow, Cassini will see you as  not having sent out your items and you will be diminished in search. I will mail out everything I can today and adjust my handling times accordingly for any orders that come later.

Hopefully eBay will resolve this later in the day. Thank you Ina for this article.

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by: Bignfuzzy This user has validated their user name.

Tue Dec 4 11:41:05 2018

According to our local PO, the retail side will be closed.  Carriers are picking up packages and some Amazon related mail operations between sort centers and PO are running as usual.  

Doesn't impact us beyond having to coordinate with our carrier to meet them at the PO loading dock so someone can scan the packages.  They'll make the evening truck as usual.  If you do enough volume that the local postmaster or your carrier knows you, you probably can work something out.

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