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#4545500 - 10/16/17 07:44 PM Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow...
DuckRyder Offline


Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4208
Loc: Atlanta
So as many now know Blackstone has started to pay the postage for samples. (they will send you labels for any old bottles you have)

The problem here appears to be USPS. When you check the tracking (or scan it with the app on your phone) after the sample is picked up you will get what seems to be a normal priority mail like estimated delivery date, but after it departs the major cup for your area all you will get is an entry approximately the same time each day saying:

Quote:
The item is currently in transit to the destination as of October 14, 2017 at 9:25 am. It is on its way to FORT WAYNE, IN 46806.


It will take longer than they say at the beginning.
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#4545506 - 10/16/17 07:51 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
Pajero Offline


Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 846
Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
Echo! It took almost two weeks (13 days) for BlkSt to receive my sample recently. I was getting worried. I have friends in Louisiana and they normally get packages within 3 days, First Class delivery from New Mexico (1000 miles) Holidays, being the exception. I commend BlkSt for processing it on the same day and sending me notification.

But, I've noticed that the quality of the USPS is getting worse. Only branch of government that is authorized to profit and backed by the govt, unlike other providers, who are SOL if something happens. I had a large box with OEM parts go missing for three years and then one day it gets delivered. Government at it's finest. Rant over.....



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#4545509 - 10/16/17 07:53 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
Balrog006 Offline


Registered: 08/09/16
Posts: 465
Loc: West Michigan
What type of delivery timetable did Blackstone promise?


Edited by Balrog006 (10/16/17 07:53 PM)
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#4545522 - 10/16/17 08:09 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
JohnnyJohnson Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2739
Loc: Wet side WA
The big hurry are some of you waiting for your results before you complete you OCI?
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#4545529 - 10/16/17 08:15 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
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Registered: 05/14/12
Posts: 1125
Loc: Winchester, Indiana
Off topic, but since Pajero brought it up... the United States Post Office established in the early days of the republic is NOT the USPS... and that is why they can turn a profit. The two entities actually operate simultaneously... They just don't want you to know about the USPO. Don't believe me? Try this out:

A first-class stamp is what, 45 cents? Well, the USPO was originally authorized to mail letters at the rate of 2 cents per half-ounce, and this was never changed IN LAW, meaning the average letter requires 3 cents to mail ANYWHERE. (Why else would they still make 3 cents stamps in the days of forever stamps and electronic postage??) The only caveat is you must write out the full state name and NOT use a zip code, and the letter must be dropped in the slot inside the post office proper. I have personally used this many times, and it works every time!

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#4545538 - 10/16/17 08:26 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: SubieRubyRoo]
ammolab Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 996
Loc: Ruidoso, NM USA
Originally Posted By: SubieRubyRoo
Off topic, but since Pajero brought it up... the United States Post Office established in the early days of the republic is NOT the USPS... and that is why they can turn a profit. The two entities actually operate simultaneously... They just don't want you to know about the USPO. Don't believe me? Try this out:

A first-class stamp is what, 45 cents? Well, the USPO was originally authorized to mail letters at the rate of 2 cents per half-ounce, and this was never changed IN LAW, meaning the average letter requires 3 cents to mail ANYWHERE. (Why else would they still make 3 cents stamps in the days of forever stamps and electronic postage??) The only caveat is you must write out the full state name and NOT use a zip code, and the letter must be dropped in the slot inside the post office proper. I have personally used this many times, and it works every time!



Yep, I have received this type of mail....IT COMES POSTAGE DUE!
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#4545544 - 10/16/17 08:34 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
ammolab Offline


Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 996
Loc: Ruidoso, NM USA
I ran a medical laboratory with a prepaid postage mailer for specimens over 4 decades. I can tell you the post office people HATE to touch or process any mailer like ours OR Blackstones. Our mailers were paid first class mail which can not sit overnight in a facility without being moved on its way in the journey to us....yet a mailer could take three weeks from Dallas to Houston. Often the Houston office would say, "Roger was on vacation for two weeks and his stand in did not want to touch your mail"! This is the post office in the 4th largest city in the US...maybe 800 employees and one missing guy would stop our mail dead for days.

They will fear those Blackstone mailers like they have liquid EBOLA cultures inside!
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#4545546 - 10/16/17 08:36 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: Pajero]
John_K Offline


Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2713
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Originally Posted By: Pajero

But, I've noticed that the quality of the USPS is getting worse. Only branch of government that is authorized to profit and backed by the govt, unlike other providers, who are SOL if something happens. I had a large box with OEM parts go missing for three years and then one day it gets delivered. Government at it's finest. Rant over.....


I have had more issues with UPS than I have ever had with the post office...and I use UPS much less often!
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#4545560 - 10/16/17 08:46 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: Pajero]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3858
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
Originally Posted By: Pajero
Echo! It took almost two weeks (13 days) for BlkSt to receive my sample recently. I was getting worried. I have friends in Louisiana and they normally get packages within 3 days, First Class delivery from New Mexico (1000 miles) Holidays, being the exception. I commend BlkSt for processing it on the same day and sending me notification.

But, I've noticed that the quality of the USPS is getting worse. Only branch of government that is authorized to profit and backed by the govt, unlike other providers, who are SOL if something happens. I had a large box with OEM parts go missing for three years and then one day it gets delivered. Government at it's finest. Rant over.....



Respectfully,

Pajero!


It was a couple years back, but the last sample I sent to Blackstone took 2-3 weeks to get to them as well.
It's only an Hour Drive from here to Blackstone. I likely could have WALKED it there faster... actually yeah, according to google, it's 18hrs of walking time from A->B.
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#4545628 - 10/16/17 09:29 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
bigj_16 Offline


Registered: 07/03/17
Posts: 1267
Loc: Douglas County, Colorado
You mean like this?:

https://tools.usps.com/go/TrackConfirmAction?tRef=fullpage&tLc=2&text28777=&tLabels=9216290191543300105474%2C#

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#4545644 - 10/16/17 09:46 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
Onug Offline


Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 344
Loc: Washington, USA
My first (and only) pre-paid postage took about a week longer between dropping it into the mailbox and getting my results than before when I had to pay for postage. Not sure if thatís USPSís fault or a backlog at Blackstone. The extra week kind of sucks, but I donít mind saving the $5 and not having to wait in line for postage. If you want faster service, pay for upgraded shipping...
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#4545659 - 10/16/17 09:57 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
NormanBuntz Offline


Registered: 07/27/13
Posts: 2123
Loc: Outer Banks, NC
Here's something many of you Blackstone users may not know. If they've gone to a "paid" label, actually it is done via a Postage Due Trust Account that Blackstone has to keep and replenish regularly at the local post office. If the money balance in the account approaches zero, the postage due containers will arrive at the post office but they won't be processed and delivered until more funds are deposited in the account. No tickee, no washee.
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#4545689 - 10/16/17 10:43 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
anndel Offline


Registered: 05/28/09
Posts: 245
Loc: Hawaii, USA
Thanks for the heads up. Maybe the USPS knows about the oil sample bottles so they put it on a slow boat or slow train to Fort Wayne, IN. I may put the sample in a small flat rate priority mail shipping box and pay for 3-5 day service.

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#4545711 - 10/16/17 11:17 PM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: anndel]
gabriel9766 Offline


Registered: 05/10/15
Posts: 936
Loc: Missouri
I sent my oil sample out the Beginning of the month and it says its delayed still.
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#4545837 - 10/17/17 06:22 AM Re: Blackstone's new postage paid service is slow... [Re: DuckRyder]
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Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29758
Loc: NY
I guess I'm lucky. It took me about 9 days to get my report from when I dropped it in the mailbox.
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