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Thu Oct 8 2020 12:10:06

How Realistic Are USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines This Year?

By: Ina Steiner

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The US Postal Service understands the challenges presented by the pandemic this year. It issued a press release today titled, "Despite 2020’s Best Efforts, the Holidays Are Approaching."

In it, it recommended that sellers who send orders to customers for arrival in time for Christmas send First Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces) by December 18, and Priority Mail packages by December 19th.

How does that compare to last year?

First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
2019: Dec. 20
2020: Dec. 18

First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
2019: Dec. 20
2020: Dec. 18

Priority Mail service
2019: Dec. 21
2020: Dec. 19

Interestingly, the USPS is recommending shippers again mail by the preceding Friday (for First Class) and Saturday (for Priority Mail), but that gives the USPS an extra 2 days to deliver before the holiday. 

(Christmas Day fell on Wednesday last year. This year, it falls on Friday.)

Retailers are doing everything they can to get people to shop early - if they don't succeed, a last-minute surge in online shopping could strain the US Postal Service and other carriers. (Weather incidents are always a wildcard as well.)

The Postal Service expects the period of December 14-21 to be the season's busiest for mailing, shipping and delivery.

Any predictions on how well the Postal Service will deliver for you this year, and the ramifications for online sellers?

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by: toastedmutt This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 8 12:40:01 2020

Don't trust a word of it.

Protect your selling account and take a vacation beginning December 16.  That will give you time to add and update all those listings you haven't had time for yet.  You can open back up on December 24 for those after the holiday shoppers who are bored and looking for bargains.  

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by: OnlyPollyPocket This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 8 15:33:23 2020

OT @FeelingFroggy. Love Belize!!  Have a blast!

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by: COVID-19 This user has validated their user name.

Thu Oct 8 21:14:47 2020

This reminds me to change my listings as Christmas near that I don't do holiday rush shipping.  Take it or leave it.  What am I, Malwart?

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

Fri Oct 9 06:32:34 2020

Fully 2/3 of the stuff I've sent out via USPS over the last 3 months has Never been marked delivered.
That's Sabotage.

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by: Chicago48 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Oct 12 07:42:50 2020

I'm putting notice on all my listings that delivery times may be delayed or slowed.



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