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    Default How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    Let's say I order something from an online retailer on July 2nd, and I need to have the item by July 21st.

    Going by USPS Priority Mail, is this possible?

    Thanks.

    edit: i forgot to mention, shipment is domestic USA, specifically Chicago.
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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    They advertise 2-3 day service but not guaranteed. I've used the service a lot and find that the 2-3 day service is accurate most of the time but occasionally a package takes a bit longer, maybe a week or so and I've had two horror stories using the service in which the delivery took much longer. One of them arrived six weeks later and had all kinds of marking on the package about where it had been delivered to. My biggest gripe about the service is that unlike UPS or Fed-Ex, you can't track your order. They claim the service but it's very basic, only giving departure and arrive information and is slow to be updated.
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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    Excluding Sundays/holidays, I've never had anything shipped USPS Priority and having it take longer than 3-4 days (usually 2-3 days), except one that came from Hawaii and took 5 or 6 days. UPS Ground usually takes 6-7 days. Slower, but you can track the progress if you're paranoid.

    Unless it's delivered by mule, I don't think you have anything to worry about with any of the major package carriers with regards to delivery time in the span you're talking about.

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    I've had good luck with priority mail so far. Usually 2 or 3 days CONUS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my name is fake
    Let's say I order something from an online retailer on July 2nd, and I need to have the item by July 21st.

    Going by USPS Priority Mail, is this possible?

    Thanks.

    edit: i forgot to mention, shipment is domestic USA, specifically Chicago.
    Almost always, within four days. Usually less.

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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    Usually for me, it's less than a week. Most of the time, I would say 3 or 4 days starting from the time the seller tells me that the item had been shipped.

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    It depends... bwaites and I have had 1 day transit times to a location across the US, but it takes 3 days for mail to reach us back and forth.

    I've had 10 day delivery to Europe, and longer to Florida (this is First Class). Go figure...

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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    2 days for Texas, But if you are in LaLa land, Malaysia (Looking at your location)it will take a lot more than 2 days. Maybe global priority is what you are looking for.

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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexGT
    2 days for Texas, But if you are in LaLa land, Malaysia (Looking at your location)it will take a lot more than 2 days. Maybe global priority is what you are looking for.

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    Yes, am in Malaysia right now, but a relative of mine who lives in the US is coming back for a vacation and im ordering some stuff online to be shipped to his place, so he can bring it back for me ( saves $$$$$ on international shipping & custyom duties).
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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    I've probably sent 2000-3000 Priority mail packages and I avg 2 day ship times. I do live near a main distribution hub though.

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    V8toytruck, living near a distrubution center does seem to make a difference. I live in southern New England and mail letters to Northern New England. When I post from the local work PO which is near a distribution center, the letters and even packages often arrive the next day but when I post from my residence town which as the bird flies is closer to the destination, they never arrive the next day.
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    It has been working very well for the last couple months in post-K New Orleans. Often 3 days. It's interesting because our USPS has always been flakey here.

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    I ship alot USPS Priority and I average 2-3 days. Remember, it is usually 2-3 days once the PO has it. Some retailers only ship on certain days, so that may add a few days to the trip.

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    I have never had a Priority mail from the US, even from Alaska, that took longer that 3 days. All CONUS were under two days, I have ordered stuff from McGizmo that arrived the next day!!!(within California).
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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    I received more than 100 Global Priority Mail packages from the US in the last five years between me "flashaholic" and my wife´s jewelry business, all of them arrived here in Spain in no more than 7 days maximum, I received few of them in three days and only once I had a late delivery during Easter week when everything here is closed from Wednesday to the next Monday (amazing). That parcel was a Global Express Mail box that usually takes longer becuse of the tracking/scanning.
    After UPS, FedEx, TNT, DHL or any other quick transporter but $25-40 range, GPM is the most reliable service, $5-9 flat envelope and less than 7 days transit.
    If USPS/GPM works in Malaysia you will get it there before the 21st of July.
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    My last package was 7 days to Australia.

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    Default Re: How fast is USPS Priority Mail?

    For domestic stuff in the US, I send small stuff First Class. It is off maybe 1 day to the Priority shipments but usually arrives same time. Fed Ex has also been good for larger items.

    To Japan I send a variety of ways, Global Priority 5-7 days, Global Express (This comes with insurance and tacking for certain weight/sizes.) 3-5 days or a small shipping company strictly for US-Japan 5-7 days. USPS is $$ for boxed sized items. (A buddy -had- to have Quaker oatmeal so I sent one box and some chcocolate bars to him...cost was $43!!!) Weight was like 4#'s and delivery time was 4 days.
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