[geeks] Stupid people rant
Greg A. Woods
woods at weird.com
Wed Feb 13 00:24:40 CST 2002
[ On Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 16:35:02 (-0500), Mike Nicewonger wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: [geeks] Stupid people rant
> Well that is all fine if the person on the recieving end is clueful and has an
> account set up with a large carrier. I have been fist fsck'ed by FedEx when
> they billed ME for the bloody taxes on several shipments to Canada since the
> recipient did not have a FedEx account.
I've never actually set up an account with FedEx (or UPS for that
matter) -- they just auto-broker stuff and phone/mail an invoice.
Perhaps if the receiver's card were to bounce or something then they'd
try to go after the shipper for the fees/taxes.
However unless "It Really Has To Be There Yesterday" then you should
always, always, always, just use the good old USPS. Only when shipping
stuff to weird far-away lands would you need a special courier, and in
those cases DHL is probably a far far better choice than FedEx.
> the other thing is customs. they hold things up and I get yelled at.
> <crybaby>Where's my widget! Waaaaa!!</crybaby>
Yeah, and to think we have NAFTA now. I remember getting electronics
parts shipped from the States long before NAFTA and having a lot less
trouble than afterwards (less trouble even than getting similar stuff
shipped half-way across this fine land at the time!).
Greg A. Woods
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