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Title: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Bespin-81 on November 16, 2018, 12:06:09 PM
I don't know how widespread this is, but I've had two orders cancelled in the last two days.

According to one seller, China Post is not accepting mail to Canada right now due to the strike.

Apparently this just started in the past day or so.

From the seller:

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The Canada postal union is oranizing a stirke now,and the postoffice stop the shipping to Ca form today,i can not send it out,sorry.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 16, 2018, 12:37:01 PM
That sucks.  I honestly really hate Canadapost.  I don't even use them anymore unless I need to ship within Canada. 

Funny thing is that it's cheaper for me to ship to Canada using USPS than it is to ship with Canadapost.  It's just that I don't want my packages going through US customs and then back through Canada customs.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Bespin-81 on November 16, 2018, 01:49:44 PM
You might like this Darth Woo.

One of the purchases was for a TRU exclusive 3.75" Star Lord.  It uses the MU Steve Rogers head sculpt, but with darker hair. 

I planned on using that head for the 25th Anniversary Flash.  Never cared for the head that came with it.  In my opinion, it looks nothing like the comic, cartoon, original figure, or card art.

The MU Steve Rogers head is the only head I've found so far that gets closest to my "head cannon" Flash (i.e. the original card art) so when I saw the Star Lord auction at a decent price, I was all over it.

I'm hoping when the strike is over, Chinese sellers will quickly re-start shipping. 

I want to finish off my Flash dagnabit.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 16, 2018, 02:45:13 PM
Lots of them also don't ship to Canada because it can take up to 3 months to arrive and they get a lot of people asking for refund because item hasn't arrived.  :(
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 16, 2018, 02:49:46 PM

I want to finish off my Flash dagnabit.

Have you thought of using Mouse's head for Flash?
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag63/cmvd1977/gijoe/OG13/20140418_071650_zps5bf8ce1f.jpg) (http://s1299.photobucket.com/user/cmvd1977/media/gijoe/OG13/20140418_071650_zps5bf8ce1f.jpg.html)

Had to give him a vintage helmet to fit on the head though.
(http://i1299.photobucket.com/albums/ag63/cmvd1977/gijoe/OG13/20140418_071237_zpsd9d86e28.jpg) (http://s1299.photobucket.com/user/cmvd1977/media/gijoe/OG13/20140418_071237_zpsd9d86e28.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Bespin-81 on November 16, 2018, 04:05:10 PM
Hadn't considered Mouse.

I've mostly checked out customiser sites for options (like Vortious Customs), but that MU Rogers head had really stuck out to me. 

It's shape is closer to the original Flash than the 25th one is (more oblong than round like the 25th Flash), the hair reminds me of Flash's illustrated appearances, and the intensity on its face is reminiscent of the orginal card art.

Ultimately my kids will be getting it so it probably doesn't really matter if I can "improve" the head or not, but since Flash is one of my faves and the 25th version (in my opinion) was so off target, if I get the chance to pick up a good replacement at an acceptable price (i.e. single digit shipped), I probably will. 
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 16, 2018, 06:22:39 PM
Yeah, the vintage Flash was one of my favourites.  He was my first OG13 figure and I got him as a mail order and it arrived right when I was in the hospital.  My dad brought it (and the hooded CC that I got on the same order) to me there.  That's why I had to improve on that head they gave him. I also had to give him a black laser and green backpack too.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: jjreason on November 16, 2018, 07:06:00 PM
I didn't get Flash until they rereleased him with swivel arm battle grip - one of my favourite all-time action figures from any line, ever. Absolutely amazing.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Goldenrod on November 16, 2018, 07:12:41 PM
Lots of them also don't ship to Canada because it can take up to 3 months to arrive and they get a lot of people asking for refund because item hasn't arrived.  :(

Canada Post employee here (please don't kill me) It take so long to process them because we receive too many at the same time. We don't have the taskforce to process more rapidly and Canada Post don't want to create more job to correct that problem...
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Imperial_AMGmobile on November 16, 2018, 10:03:22 PM
Same issue here. Had other packages leave earlier this week but got an email from a seller yesterday from Singapore saying he was unable to ship to Canada. Told him I had other packages ship out from HK and china earlier this week with no problems. Heís going to retry on Monday to see if anything has changed.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 17, 2018, 12:24:31 AM
So, I just found out, it's actually Canada Post telling international carriers not to ship because of the backlog caused by the job action. It's actually Canada Post's fault. More reason for me to hate Canada Post.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 17, 2018, 12:27:13 AM
Lots of them also don't ship to Canada because it can take up to 3 months to arrive and they get a lot of people asking for refund because item hasn't arrived.  :(

Canada Post employee here (please don't kill me) It take so long to process them because we receive too many at the same time. We don't have the taskforce to process more rapidly and Canada Post don't want to create more job to correct that problem...

It's not just Canada Post. Apparently, there is a backlog of International trailers sitting at the Richmond sporting hub. Canada Customs is not able to clear them fast enough.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Eradicator on November 17, 2018, 08:56:21 AM
I also read, Canada Post is telling other countries not to ship to Canada right now. With Black Friday sales starting this situation is going to be bad.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: ambasah on November 17, 2018, 08:59:30 AM
it is a difficult situation but I will never fault a worker for trying to get what they (and all of us) truly deserve.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 17, 2018, 10:43:50 AM
it is a difficult situation but I will never fault a worker for trying to get what they (and all of us) truly deserve.

I dont either, but I do blame unions for being out of touch with reality and setting unrealistic demands. Its gotten to the point that I just dont use Canadapost to send anymore. After the last time they threatened job action, I just had it with them and sought out alternatives.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Imperial_AMGmobile on November 17, 2018, 12:52:06 PM
it is a difficult situation but I will never fault a worker for trying to get what they (and all of us) truly deserve.

I dont either, but I do blame unions for being out of touch with reality and setting unrealistic demands. Its gotten to the point that I just dont use Canadapost to send anymore. After the last time they threatened job action, I just had it with them and sought out alternatives.

Hey Woo what recommendations do you have for other shipping options with comparable shipping costs to Canada Post?
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 17, 2018, 01:18:34 PM
I use a company called Chit Chats. Most of my shipments go to the US though. For Canadian, I still use CanadaPost, but through Chit Chats.  Look them up. Chitchats.com
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: JediPatrick on November 17, 2018, 06:54:55 PM
I use a company called Chit Chats. Most of my shipments go to the US though. For Canadian, I still use CanadaPost, but through Chit Chats.  Look them up. Chitchats.com

That's an interesting alternative. Anything to avoid Canada Post in the future might be the best. This service is doomed and the sooner the better. 2% raise per year guaranteed is often more than most of what people working in private companies get, without even a job security. Maybe it's time we turn this public service into a private company. And open the market to other players. Maybe costs would go down a bit... and service quality go up as well...
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Imperial_AMGmobile on November 17, 2018, 09:40:17 PM
I use a company called Chit Chats. Most of my shipments go to the US though. For Canadian, I still use CanadaPost, but through Chit Chats.  Look them up. Chitchats.com

Never heard of them before. Thx for the tip. Will check it out.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 17, 2018, 10:08:46 PM

 darth woo mentioned chitchats to me. its mostly around the toronto area for this area. nothing towards hamilton or niagara :/ too bad! they might start freaking out canada post if they expand! ya never know! i hope so! canada posts prices are crap.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 17, 2018, 11:43:24 PM
They are expanding. They do use Canadapost for Canadian shipments, but it's cheaper than Canadapost because all Canadian shipments are treated as shipped within the province because they dont scan package acceptance until it gets to the destination  province sorting plant.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 18, 2018, 05:19:58 AM

 a true! sorry, my mistake. i know they still use canada post within canada so i wasnt quite right there~! i actually have a package coming from toronto that used chitchats. first time ive had something use them.

 great! I hope they come this way. a good way to get some better shipping prices when i get around to selling stuff whenever that will be. no time soon. got other hobbys to work on :S
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 18, 2018, 11:30:32 PM

 darth woo mentioned chitchats to me. its mostly around the toronto area for this area. nothing towards hamilton or niagara :/ too bad! they might start freaking out canada post if they expand! ya never know! i hope so! canada posts prices are crap.

Hey bob, whereabouts you located? Hamilton, or Niagara? I'm in Niagara myself.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 19, 2018, 01:25:16 PM

 a true! sorry, my mistake. i know they still use canada post within canada so i wasnt quite right there~! i actually have a package coming from toronto that used chitchats. first time ive had something use them.

 great! I hope they come this way. a good way to get some better shipping prices when i get around to selling stuff whenever that will be. no time soon. got other hobbys to work on :S

Honestly, the prices of Canada Post are crazy when it's cheaper for me (using Chit Chats) to ship across Canada using USPS vs. going through Canada Post.  USPS 1st Class International is like $9 and using Canadapost for the same package was $12.  And that is actually already the discounted Canada Post rate I get using Chit Chats.  If I went through Canada Post directly, I think it was $15.  However, I still didn't use the USPS option because I didn't want my package going through US Customs and then right back again through Canada customs.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 19, 2018, 10:23:58 PM

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Hey bob, whereabouts you located? Hamilton, or Niagara? I'm in Niagara myself.


 ya man, im in the niagara region too.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 19, 2018, 10:27:30 PM
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Honestly, the prices of Canada Post are crazy when it's cheaper for me (using Chit Chats) to ship across Canada using USPS vs. going through Canada Post.  USPS 1st Class International is like $9 and using Canadapost for the same package was $12.  And that is actually already the discounted Canada Post rate I get using Chit Chats.  If I went through Canada Post directly, I think it was $15.  However, I still didn't use the USPS option because I didn't want my package going through US Customs and then right back again through Canada customs.

 how would you use USPS to ship across canada ? i get how u can get a chitchat discount cause your using there system. how much does that cost a month? im assuming if you ship enough the ends justify the means. i just dont understand how you can ship across canada using USPS if your shipping from Canada. you got this whole postal game worked right out! haha
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 20, 2018, 09:57:21 PM
No monthly fee. You pay a fee per shipment. I dont use USPS to ship across Canada, but the option is there.

Basically, they send it to the US and then back to Canada. But will take a long time  so I never used it. Just saying that it sucks that it's cheaper to ship across Canada by using USPS.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 21, 2018, 01:01:14 AM
 ah ok! i see. thats a weird option. no wonder i didnt get it! not that i havenet been confused before or anything but still.

 canada post is really annoying this time. whiners! they do this every year or other year but this time its really screwing with christmas coming etc etc. go work for walmart or some place like that and see how bad your good paying job is.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 21, 2018, 10:01:10 AM
I blame the union. The employees have to listen  to the union. There are those who think they have a great deal but the union wont let those people speak up.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Goldenrod on November 21, 2018, 08:09:56 PM
First of all, it was not a good deal, and second, Christmas will be fine, there's no 600 trucks that wait to be unloaded, it's a story that they invented and that the media relied and it's working.

Coming back at the good deal, are you referring to the truce they offered us? Let's stop all this non-sense with a cooling off period that goes to february 1st and when the parcels volume will go down, then they could lock-us out, no thank you.

It's funny that when some workers just want a decent raise (the 2% they offered us represent a 0.53$/hour raise) people are going crazy, but when those who employ us, make 600 000$ a year and then gave themself a 33% bonus just because they can (198 000$) nobody says a word.

And believe me, I would like if every time we have to negotiate a new CA, it would go smoothly and quickly, but that's not how Canada Post work, they know that every time, the government will go with a law to end this. Now the major problems that cause all this is health and safety, we have the highest rate of work injury in the country. That's what we are trying to do, reduce the accidents but Canada Post don't care.

I will end this by saying that I respect your opinions wether you agree or disagree with what's happening here.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Imperial_AMGmobile on November 21, 2018, 09:50:53 PM
Quick update: my seller in Singapore went to another post office and was able to mail the parcel out no problem.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: JediPatrick on November 22, 2018, 06:56:35 PM
This year (and for 2 years in a row) I will have no raise at all. I work in a private company. Before that, been working in a private company as well for the past 15 years. And before that, another 5 years, again in a private firm. Annual raises were about 1-2% every year. At most. And that's when we had them. Because in harsh times, there are no raise. Private companies will often postpone raises and even ask employees to take a unpaid week off.

Yes, top managers makes astronomical salaries. In private companies and public corporations alike. Is it outrageous? Yes. Can I do something about it? No. The market is made that way, governments don't do anything to stop this nonsense where a boss makes 10 times the average salary of his workers.

I understand the need to do strikes to try to help negotiate deals. That's basically the only power left for the unionized workers. However, I think it's not really working nowadays. It was before, now it's a public relation marketing scheme more than anything. And sadly, it often turns out that governments will protect these companies rather then the workers. In the end, who loose? Employees who are forced to go back to work at the same conditions then those they asked upgraded. They loose face after having lost public support (usually, like I said, public and unionized conditions are way above most of what employees have in the private sector... WAY more. I don't have job security, I never have and never will. Ever. Except in the public sector, the concept of "job security" is fantasy). The losers are certainly not the corporations. They got what they wanted: government involvement to stop the masquerade...

I don't want to start a political debate, but I think Unions in general need to review their strategies. And maybe people should consider leaving their jobs and go work elsewhere. If work conditions and fringe benefits are that bad, and if there are real safety concerns, I would really quit and look for another job. Really. No job is worth loosing one's health. I've seen many people loose their health for their job and they end up having a nightmare of a retirement. Canada Post is not the End of the World, it's not the promised land, there are many other places people could be working. If conditions are that bad, then workers should leave. It would send a very strong message...
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on November 22, 2018, 07:23:54 PM

I don't want to start a political debate, but I think Unions in general need to review their strategies. And maybe people should consider leaving their jobs and go work elsewhere. If work conditions and fringe benefits are that bad, and if there are real safety concerns, I would really quit and look for another job. Really. No job is worth loosing one's health. I've seen many people loose their health for their job and they end up having a nightmare of a retirement. Canada Post is not the End of the World, it's not the promised land, there are many other places people could be working. If conditions are that bad, then workers should leave. It would send a very strong message...

Except people in unions know they have job security and know they have it good.  For me personally, when I hire new people, if they come from a public sector unionized job, they would have to be really good for me to hire them because I have my own bias against unions.  I know many people who work in unions and most tell me that there are those working there that absolutely hate the union and those that love it.

I have a friend from Canadapost who was actually the mail carrier that delivered to my work place so when I had packages, he'd call me up and I'd meet him so he didn't have to give it to the receptionist across the street (yeah, our mail goes to head office which is across the street).  He loved the job security the union provided, but one day he told me he lost his route and wasn't going to be delivering to my company area  because someone with higher seniority wanted it.  That was the part of the union that he hated.  My wife is kinda in that position at her work place.  People tend to get desirable positions due to seniority vs merit which is another annoying thing about unions.

I guess that's all I should say, this is after all a Star Wars collecting forum...haha.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: ambasah on November 23, 2018, 08:46:00 AM
I have 100% support for unions and those that strive for better/more. There is a reason employers hate them and do everything in their power to not let them form (cough Walmart, McDonalds etc.).

"race to the bottom" is a term I've heard before.

Instead of begrudging those that want pensions (gasp!) and raises that at least keep up with inflation, why not demand more?

I don't work for Canada Post and my comments are not directed at anyone. Just my point of view based on discussion I have had with friends / co-workers on this very subject.

It took a long time, but the Canada Post union actually took the Federal government to court and WON the last time around. Also look at what firefighters and cops (both unionized) have been able to achieve for their members.

Unions are not perfect but I would rather be working in a place that had one.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Goldenrod on November 23, 2018, 04:02:35 PM
I have a friend from Canadapost who was actually the mail carrier that delivered to my work place so when I had packages, he'd call me up and I'd meet him so he didn't have to give it to the receptionist across the street (yeah, our mail goes to head office which is across the street).  He loved the job security the union provided, but one day he told me he lost his route and wasn't going to be delivering to my company area  because someone with higher seniority wanted it.  That was the part of the union that he hated.  My wife is kinda in that position at her work place.  People tend to get desirable positions due to seniority vs merit which is another annoying thing about unions.

I guess that's all I should say, this is after all a Star Wars collecting forum...haha.
''Losing'' a route that way happens when the corps decide to do a volume count and reconstruct all the route from scratch. Then once everything is done, usually 6 months later, all routes are up for grab and we choose by seniority. Believe me, I like seing seniors leaving my office and always tell those that have more seniroty than me that my route is ugly. Even if my route is a mall (well today it was ugly with everyone shopping and driving and parking like retards)

Back on topic. I was told that customs are overwhelmed with parcels that comes from China, and that the backlog starts there. They are full of trailers waiting to be inspected before being cleared to be released to Canada Post and start the delivery process
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on November 24, 2018, 04:21:04 AM
 im assuming they are always overhwhelmed with parcels that come from China? i think i heard that here not long ago and figured that before anyway. with the rotating strikes im sure it will add a little more time.

 in my area we use to have a regular person delivering mail. it changes all the time now and has so for quite awhile. someone with seniority should get a better route then newer people. i don think anything is wrong with that. its called paying your dues and if things change often switch around with other co-workers to make it more fair or something. not sure it works that way but it would be nice a bit too.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Goldenrod on November 24, 2018, 07:36:47 AM
im assuming they are always overhwhelmed with parcels that come from China? i think i heard that here not long ago and figured that before anyway. with the rotating strikes im sure it will add a little more time.

 in my area we use to have a regular person delivering mail. it changes all the time now and has so for quite awhile. someone with seniority should get a better route then newer people. i don think anything is wrong with that. its called paying your dues and if things change often switch around with other co-workers to make it more fair or something. not sure it works that way but it would be nice a bit too.
Some routes are very ugly and when the postman who does that route leaves for vacations, injury, no relief worker wants to do it, so it must be offered day to day to temporary employee or on overtime
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: jjreason on November 24, 2018, 09:08:05 AM
Thank you guys for keeping the side discussion civil.  :)`
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: JediPatrick on December 06, 2018, 08:51:32 PM
Thanks to these strikes at Canada Post, a package that was shipped on Nov. 28th will take more than 15 days to get from Toronto to Montreal, thus ruining the gift I wanted to send to a dear friend.

Moreover, a package that was shipped from China almost 3 months ago never reached me, a first in 10 years. It's probably "lost" in bins filled with undelivered packages.

And I have 2 other packages coming from the USA that will now never make it in time for XMas. These were gifts for my daughters. Thanks for ruining that for me again.
 
It's more than time we get a private postal service. Amazon, Walmart, please develop your own mailing services! It's now time to act. Never been so pissed off. And I'm sure many others are as well...  >:(
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Ookk on December 06, 2018, 10:12:13 PM
Thanks to these strikes at Canada Post, a package that was shipped on Nov. 28th will take more than 15 days to get from Toronto to Montreal, thus ruining the gift I wanted to send to a dear friend.

Moreover, a package that was shipped from China almost 3 months ago never reached me, a first in 10 years. It's probably "lost" in bins filled with undelivered packages.

And I have 2 other packages coming from the USA that will now never make it in time for XMas. These were gifts for my daughters. Thanks for ruining that for me again.
 
It's more than time we get a private postal service. Amazon, Walmart, please develop your own mailing services! It's now time to act. Never been so pissed off. And I'm sure many others are as well...  >:(

Dude... sorry to hear that, it sucks.  But if it makes you feel better, I could show you - if I could figure out how to post pictures here - the state of my 'fragile, handle with care' box shipped from Entertainment Earth with my two Han/Leia exclusives. IanToronto can attest that it looks like someone elbow-dropped the box several times before taking a shovel to it. 
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: IanToronto on December 06, 2018, 10:19:53 PM
It was a though the canopy of Echo Base had collapsed on Han and Leia...twice. It was something nightmares are made of....oh the horror!
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on December 06, 2018, 11:39:04 PM
Thanks to these strikes at Canada Post, a package that was shipped on Nov. 28th will take more than 15 days to get from Toronto to Montreal, thus ruining the gift I wanted to send to a dear friend.

Moreover, a package that was shipped from China almost 3 months ago never reached me, a first in 10 years. It's probably "lost" in bins filled with undelivered packages.

And I have 2 other packages coming from the USA that will now never make it in time for XMas. These were gifts for my daughters. Thanks for ruining that for me again.
 
It's more than time we get a private postal service. Amazon, Walmart, please develop your own mailing services! It's now time to act. Never been so pissed off. And I'm sure many others are as well...  >:(

That sucks. 

By the way, Amazon has it's own shipping service.  That's how the last few things I bought were shipped by them.  It's hit and miss whether it'll be Canada Post or their own service though.  I am pissed though as I bought an Xbox One for my daughter on Black Friday sales.  It arrived in 2 days (I'm not even a Prime member) but I there was someone home all day long and they delivery guy never bothered to knock on the door or ring the doorbell.  He just left it on the doorstep and uploaded a picture to the Amazon account as proof he delivered it and even had a survey asking how I felt about the picture.  Needless to say, they didn't get a glowing recommendation.  They practically left the Xbox one on my doorstep without even checking to see if anyone was home.  Luckily I was checking online my order status and saw the picture and quickly went out to get it.

For Walmart, I have it shipped to the store.  They send it on their Walmart truck.  Takes a lot longer, but I don't have to use Canada post at least and I know it won't be left on my doorstep.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: KaleDayspring on December 07, 2018, 10:29:22 AM
Walmart switched to Loomis and it has been a nightmare. My order, which used to be shipped as one package, came as 6 different shipments. With Canada Post, I use my Box number. Loomis requires physical address. So they needed my physical address and called
Every!
Single!
Load!

And they still ended up screwing things up. One package went to my company address in Saskatoon and one was delivered to Swift Current, 5 hours away from where I live. I'm still waiting for that to be resolved.

Being in a rural area, CP at least is a lot more reliable.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on December 07, 2018, 01:08:06 PM
That I didn't know cause all my latest purchases were via shipping to store cause I didn't hit the $50 mark for free shipping to  home.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: napseeker on December 07, 2018, 10:21:57 PM
The postal strike has cost me 4 TVC rebel tantive troopers.

The chinese ebay seller had them in stock, then after waiting for Canada Post to accept overseas mail again, probably decided that he wasn't going to bother with the hassle and wrote me a faux apologetic message saying "oh sorry, it turns out we were out of stock of this item" (which was BS since his earlier message to me clearly indicated he had tried to ship them before realizing that Canada Post was backlogged).

So now all I get is my money back and no reasonably-priced SA rebel troopers in my stockings this XMas. Grrrrrwarararghghghghgh.  The new guy taking over Hasbro's SW line better repack some Tantive dudes in a future wave of TVC (and add in some friggin' holsters while you're at it)


Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on December 08, 2018, 04:26:08 AM
 i ordered some audio cables and they all got cancelled (diff sellers too) cause of the postal crap. the one guy said the same thing ''we no longer have this in stock'' i even said ''are you sure its not cause of CP like everyone else is telling me?'' i dont like people that b.s too much so i had to say something.

 im biting my tongue too. someone i went to school with works for CP,hes a smart guy but can be arrogant and overboard about stuff. hes going on about how CP was lying to everyone saying parcels will be late yadda yadda, we put out 1 million things on such and such a day during the strike. i knew he was full of it though cause clearly there was going to be some problems. im still tempted to mention this and that but whatever i guess :/

someone did send me what i wanted though but that didnt happen till 3 canceled orders then finally 1 that went for it. good luck in the future to you!
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: JediPatrick on December 08, 2018, 08:19:45 PM
I can't expressed how mad and furious I am about this whole CP situation. I don't want to offend people, but let's say I feel the union and those which they represent are acting like greedy children. Like said, most working people have half of what the CP employees have. Their conditions is miles better than what most have in their life. They can't choose their "routes" anymore? Gimme a break, will ya!! When my boss tells me to work on a file or a project, do you think I have the choice to do it or not? The only choice I have is to quit and look for something else. My job contract, like most, tells that I get paid to get the job done. Not to decide what job I'd prefer doing.

Anyway, the delivery date for my Toronto package has again been pushed back by 3 more days! Wouhou! Screw you CP!!

And my chinese package? The vendor cancelled the transaction and told me, like for the others, that they don't have anything in stock for me and that they will not sell to Canada anymore. I'm left without nothing. Again, thank you very much CP! My opinion of this service has gone down the drain...
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Darth Woo on December 08, 2018, 10:49:06 PM
Even before the strike, lots of sellers from Asia stopped selling to Canada. Delivery takes too long and too many people file claims. Problem is it takes up to 3 months sometimes but you have to open your claim within 60 days so buyers have to file a claim and the item shows up after. Rather than deal with it, they just state no shipping to Canada.  Its really frustrating when I see something I want but cant get because seller wont ship to Canada.
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: cash_fan on December 09, 2018, 05:04:58 PM
I just wish there was a economical way to ship to the US with a tracking number. 
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: Goldenrod on December 09, 2018, 07:20:42 PM
Thanks to these strikes at Canada Post, a package that was shipped on Nov. 28th will take more than 15 days to get from Toronto to Montreal, thus ruining the gift I wanted to send to a dear friend.

Moreover, a package that was shipped from China almost 3 months ago never reached me, a first in 10 years. It's probably "lost" in bins filled with undelivered packages.

And I have 2 other packages coming from the USA that will now never make it in time for XMas. These were gifts for my daughters. Thanks for ruining that for me again.
 
It's more than time we get a private postal service. Amazon, Walmart, please develop your own mailing services! It's now time to act. Never been so pissed off. And I'm sure many others are as well...  >:(

That sucks. 

By the way, Amazon has it's own shipping service.  That's how the last few things I bought were shipped by them.  It's hit and miss whether it'll be Canada Post or their own service though.  I am pissed though as I bought an Xbox One for my daughter on Black Friday sales.  It arrived in 2 days (I'm not even a Prime member) but I there was someone home all day long and they delivery guy never bothered to knock on the door or ring the doorbell.  He just left it on the doorstep and uploaded a picture to the Amazon account as proof he delivered it and even had a survey asking how I felt about the picture.  Needless to say, they didn't get a glowing recommendation.  They practically left the Xbox one on my doorstep without even checking to see if anyone was home.  Luckily I was checking online my order status and saw the picture and quickly went out to get it.

For Walmart, I have it shipped to the store.  They send it on their Walmart truck.  Takes a lot longer, but I don't have to use Canada post at least and I know it won't be left on my doorstep.

Leaving the package on the front door and taking a picture is not Canada Post, here in the Montrťal Region it's a company called intelcom that do this. They are paid for delivering a package and if they bring it back, no money. So when you order from amazon and they drop the parcel, just contact amazon the next day and say that the package was stolen, easy refund and free goodies for you.

Now, about that so call backlog, it's not as important as CP claims, but they continue to claim such things because they know that many are already mad at us, so they continue to feed that anger by claiming huge delays. The truth is that most of the parcels that will be delayed are those ordered from outside Canada, mostly China and mostly those without tracking numbers. Why China? When ordering from outside Canada, there are deal with those country that spli the amount of the shipping rates goes to both countries, not with China. I mean, it costs more to send a letter to your neighbour (1$) than ordering something from China (free shipping) so Canada Post gets nothing or almost nothing and as a good business, they prefer to priorize those that spent millions of dollars in shipping (Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy and more) and if they have time, treat China Post. It's been like that even before the strike and like that last Christmas. Also, let's not forget that before the packages are relased to Canada Post, hey must be cleared from Customs and even they are overwhelmed with these.

PC doesn't have the work force to deliver all these parcels, so they offer the delivery in overtime on a voluntary basis, so if not many want to do overtime, parcels stays in the plant. Also, at then end f our shift, if we have to bring back stuff, we are to make sure that all ouf flyers are delivered, mail and parcels can be brought back...

I really hope that everything your ordered that is still in the postal service somewhere in the world gets to you before christmas
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: bob on December 09, 2018, 07:55:51 PM
Even before the strike, lots of sellers from Asia stopped selling to Canada. Delivery takes too long and too many people file claims. Problem is it takes up to 3 months sometimes but you have to open your claim within 60 days so buyers have to file a claim and the item shows up after. Rather than deal with it, they just state no shipping to Canada.  Its really frustrating when I see something I want but cant get because seller wont ship to Canada.

 i saw that as well just from the way it works and i always held out as long as possible to ask for a refund (which wasnt often). i realized the more u complain and not wait they might not want to send to Canada anymore. some poeple are too selfish to get that so i can totally see why this has happened. i always waited to ask for a refund at the end of the expiration shipping period. not the first date but the last! also, it isnt there fault if it takes so long either. you are getting FREE shipping so duuh. most the times it worked out and i got my package but sometimes it never showed up so i would ask them for a refund. not even filing a claim. just asking before that happens.

 i have stuff thats suppose to be here by the end of Dec but with all this who knows how much longer its going to take. thats the end of the shipping of period too so im sure they wont be too impressed if i tell them it hasnt arrived.  :/
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: old man ben on December 11, 2018, 02:32:57 PM
I ordered Bespin Han from a Toronto seller quite some time ago.  It finally came in and he mailed the parcel to me on November 27.  It didnít arrive until last Sunday, Dec 9 - thatís right, on a Sunday!  I guess they are trying to catch up...but 13 days for a local delivery?
Title: Re: Ebay, China, and Canada Post
Post by: napseeker on December 11, 2018, 06:41:26 PM
Given what's happening today in the news, we should just stop buying things from China (and I say this as someone who is Canadian-chinese).  Their government has detained a Canadian in retaliation for us detaining one of their executives and there's a move overseas to boycott Canadian products.

Never mind that they have a "President for life" now which is about as close to an Emperor Palpatine as you can get in the real-world, and their new "social credit" system which tracks every single citizen through face-tracking and punishes them for any behavior that the government deems "bad" (1984's Big Brother would be proud)... it's stunning how much of a dump that country has become.

Nobody in the western world should be helping a country like that flourish and continue to grow in power and influence. Imagine trying to unionize and protest for worker rights over there, never mind the CP troubles we have here, you'd just get tossed in jail or sent to a hard labour camp for life.

Apologies for the rant - our work problems here seem trivial compared to what's happening overseas. And JTA posted an article about the sad state of their toy factory workers to top it off:
http://www.jeditemplearchives.com/2018-12-10-nightmare-conditions-at-chinese-factories-where-hasbro-and-disney-toys-are-made/

edit: btw when I say "stop buying things from China" I don't mean overnight. Obviously the west gets insane amounts of cheap product manufactured in China and that's not going to stop in the near future. But hopefully the west can move towards more automation and innovative robotics so that we can move manufacturing back here while still keeping prices low (this won't help human workers since automation = fewer jobs, but then again people should not rely on those type of factory jobs any more going into the future, as the GM shutdown example demonstrates).   The future is us manufacturing our own goods on demand e.g. Shapeways, and home-based color 3d printing.