Looks like we’re starting to get more widespread awareness that something’s going on at the USPS and delays could be getting worse rather than better. Chris Hayes did a full segment about this on “All-In” on MSNBC tonight (Monday 7/27) that is well worth hunting down on YouTube. Hopefully they will also excerpt it to the MSNBC site.
The purpose of this post is not to get into any of the political aspects like how it could be trying to sow skepticism about mail-in balloting, etc., but rather to point out that the problems are real and growing, might be in part deliberate (Hayes’s guest certainly believed so, pointing to the new postmaster general and a memo to slow down the mail), and could lead to piles of INRs for sellers here (regardless of politics) where Amazon just automatically suggests after 2 weeks or so the item may be lost (it’s not) and buyers start sending e-mails wanting refunds for items that eventually do get delivered but way too slowly.
Hayes’s guest, a union leader, said she thought it was sabotage what the postmaster general was doing, which is to direct employees in the memo to leave piles of mail for the next day if they can’t get to it, rather than doing what it takes to clear the backlog. It’s supposed to be a “cost saving” measure.
My own recent experience seems to bear this out, with increasing numbers of packages delayed for days on end at distribution centers like Atlanta and Greensboro. I try and communicate with buyers what’s going on (based on USPS tracking, not Amazon’s often-unhelpful filtered version), but some are bound to become Impatient Iggys (or even Karens).
The segment also included a seller of items running into the same problems and delays and saying maybe 10-15% of their items were taking weeks.
So awareness of the problem is building and becoming more widespread, yet Amazon seems to be still treating it like we had a Covid blip but that’s over and things are back to where they were a year ago. (I had an Amazon-fulfilled package that was supposed to get to me by 8 p.m. tonight on a USPS handoff not make it, BTW).
The Hayes segment showed it wasn’t just happening to me. He also promised to stay after the story of deliberately slowed mail.