What I Learned at the Post Office
Every month, we mail our rent check via Priority Mail. You see, our Landlord lives about 2 hours away from us and our rent has to be received by the 5th of the month or he’ll charge a 10% late fee (amounting to over $100 easily). So, I figure that by shipping Priority Mail with delivery confirmation I have the proof. I feel like it’s cheaper to ship our check priority than to have him say he received it after the 5th and charge us a fee. We’ve been burned a few times by people we trusted who turned out to be less than honest, so I choose to pay to play it safe.
In October, I mailed our rent check on the 1st (due by the 5th), via Priority Mail, from Seattle, Washington to Duvall, Washington. Note, I thought that if you mailed your package via Priority Mail it WOULD arrive within 2-3 days. Well, it took 7 days and I couldn’t even track it, even though it had delivery confirmation (somebody had not scanned it – go figure). My landlord called and said they had not yet received it. I started to panic.
I called the Post Office and they told me that it was not “GUARANTEED” to arrive in 2-3 business days but that 2-3 days is the average time it takes to arrive via Priority Mail. Now they tell me! The only method of mailing that is “GUARANTEED” a timed delivery is Express Mail.
So, here’s my point. If you want to guarantee something to arrive by a certain date, use Express Mail. Heck, you may even want to bypass the Post Office all together and use UPS or FedEx, which has a pretty reliable delivery date.