Hey all, thanks for the peace of mind!
It sounds like there's a good chance I'll get them tomorrow, or that they'll survive till Monday, and that if they don't I should just contact the vendor.
Good to know!
I've been keeping tabs on the tracking and they are already en route to my city (it's nice living in a big city) so fingers crossed on the Friday delivery (despite the estimate still saying Monday).
That being said, did they mail Wed or Thurs? I couldn't tell. Thursday is probably the worst day to ship, especially fragile plants since if they don't make it by Saturday they will be in the system a minimum of 4 days.
I agree with @AlGee
. 1st class mail and priority have the same delivery length. It is a myth that priority is quicker. Even if you go into the Post Office you'll see the signs (1st Class 1-3 day), (Priority 1-3 days). Priority was created for packages that are too heavy for the 1st class limit (16oz). Once it goes over 16oz you have to send priority mail or another service.
I'm in NY and most packages going to CA get their in 2 day, otherwise 3. Neither Priority mail or 1st class is guaranteed, although you do get $50 insurance automatically with priority and the vendor gets free boxes.
They were mailed out Wednesday afternoon my time.
I also noticed that First Class and Priority had the same time estimates but --not wanting to tempt the gods of DOA-- threw down the extra $5 for Priority.
Iím in the Central Valley of California and regardless of where it was shipped from, Southern California, Maine, Ohio, Kentucky etc it has always been 2 days. When I 1st check the tracking it always gives a 3 day eta then shows up in 2. That has just been my experience with USPS Priority.
So fingers crossed for me! Estimate still says Monday (shipped Wednesday) so I'm rreeaalllly
hoping I get it by Friday (since there's no Sat delivery). It's good to know you're receiving things within that time-frame no matter where they come from.
I think the plants should survive. If they are DOA, you would be entitled to a refund. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are, because the vendor didn't live up to their end of the deal by providing you what you purchased. Even if it's through some fault of USPS, it's really the seller's problem, not yours. The only other service faster than Priority is Express, and it's WAY expensive. Not worth it in most cases, especially when dealing with flora. Fauna on the other hand might be a different story.
Totally agree, I'd be super careful about getting fauna through Priority. I managed to get some shrimp with FedEx Ground because they were being shipped from an hour-long drive away (I don't have a car) but they were shipped out during a 90-100F heat wave so uh... it could have been better.
I do expect some/most of the plants to survive, I just know that some are a little more fragile (...and expensive). I'll just wait and see.
The time of day the shipment is made could make quite a difference too. Dropped off at the post office at 9am could be a lot different than sent out from their business at 3 pm.
Hah, end of the day. Don't know if that's better or worse, could mean the plants weren't packaged until later as well. Guess I'll find out soon!