USPS Tracking

It drives me bazonkarus when someone or a company sends something via USPS, our brazen postal system. I mean, it’s great and all that you can do with them now what you’ve been able to do with UPS and FedEx since the dawn of time. Things like tracking are one of these big innovations for them and it’s pretty obvious that they’re only doing it to stay marginally competitive. Here is the progress of one item that was shipped and I still have not received as of the 12th (when I wrote this):

– Acceptance *, June 08, 2006, 9:49 pm, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94188
– Electronic Shipping Info Received *, June 08, 2006

I gotta say that this just doesn’t really tell me that much and making myself have ot sit around all day to receive this package is maddening, as they really only give you one chance to get it, or you gotta go stand in line to go pick it up.
Compare all of this to UPS, who give you a good many more details and you actually have some idea of the day to wait around for:

– SAN FRANCISCO,CA,US 03/10/2006 3:32 P.M. DELIVERY
– 03/10/2006 6:30 A.M. OUT FOR DELIVERY
– 03/10/2006 3:30 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
– SAN PABLO,CA,US 03/10/2006 2:57 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
– 03/10/2006 2:40 A.M. ARRIVAL SCAN
– HODGKINS,IL,US 03/07/2006 9:16 A.M. DEPARTURE SCAN
– HODGKINS,IL,US 03/06/2006 7:37 P.M. ORIGIN SCAN
– US 03/06/2006 8:53 A.M. BILLING INFORMATION RECEIVED

I don’t need all of this, but there is a lesson to be learned here in that the postal service flat-out sucks delivering anything but letters.