Delivery Methods

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Runs with Scissors, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Many of us order stuff online because the LBS doesn't carry it, and we don't want to pay them to do what we can do for ourselves.

    Personally, I'll give the LBS every chance to take my money but it seems that on my bike build I have to order online to get the specific build items I want.

    Some of you Amazon users may know this already, but for those that don't, Amazon offers delivery to an "Amazon Locker." I used this recently on an order, and picked it up today. Ordered in the normal fashion, and the tracking email told me it was delivered. A separate email gave me a barcode with a number to enter if I had a problem with the barcode.

    This particular location is in a 7-Eleven (many of them seem to be). I checked it out before I submitted the order...and it really is a bank of lockers inside a 7-Eleven. I scanned the barcode at the bank of lockers, it told me to stand back while the locker door opened, and I retrieved my order.

    Holy carp, this is like the best thing since sliced bread. No worries about porch pirates or other issues as long as you pick your delivery point appropriately.

    I'll still give the LBS every chance I can, but this is a great way to securely get your stuff.

    This isn't Amazon specific, by the way...let us know about your experiences with other methods also.
     
  2. UPSed

    UPSed MTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Somebody needs to live in a safer area. They also need a delivery driver that will jack somebody's Sh!t up if they take their customers packages. :D:p:gag:
     
  3. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Unfortunately the one that got "misappropriated" was via USPS. They don't particularly care after it's delivered.

    I figure the UPS driver would be long gone also by the time it got snaked. :)
     
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  4. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

    Location:
    East Sacramento
    Name:
    Ross Lawson
    Current Bike:
    Highball
    I've used the drop box method before, when they offered free overnight delivery to the box. Just a short ride to an Albertsons near me.
     
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  5. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    We order a lot on line nowadays... it’s not uncommon for us to get over a dozen deliveries per week (3 today). We’ve never had an issue with porch pirates.

    Watch... I just jinxed myself. :cautious:
     
  6. Danmtchl

    Danmtchl MTB Addict

    Location:
    Bakersfield
    Name:
    Dan
    Current Bike:
    2015 Devinci Troy Carbon 27.5
    I have my packages delivered to my work if possible. But if they get delivered to the house, my neighbor is a retired cop and watches our Cul-de-sac like a hawk.
     
  7. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    I did not know this locker thing, thanks for shareing.

    If I am shipping expensive stuff out in CA I try to use this long trusted overnight courier and frienght service http://www.affovernight.com/

    Super easy online ordering system, but you can’t really specify pick up times so I always have my packages picked up from work. Sent my fork and shock to DVO this way, it was $31 overnight and no prepayment they mail an invoice :)

    If I buy something and seller agrees and I need it overnight I will prepare the shipment info and email the seller a label to print. They are great for heavy or bulky items that must be overnight. And the packaging can be minimal because they don’t huck items Around and damage them. Bubble wrapped surfboard with cardboard around the tip tail and fins to SF? No problem.
     
  8. Cornholio

    Cornholio MTB Addict

    Location:
    East L.A.
    Name:
    B
    I used to use the Amazon lockers when we lived on the peninsula in Newport. Had some Omaha steaks stolen off of our porch amongst other items over the years. Usually I’d just have stuff delivered to my office but when it was possibly arriving on the weekend I’d do the locker and make the trip up to a nearby 7-11 that had them, nice option to have.
     
  9. SnakeCharmer

    SnakeCharmer MTB Addict

    Location:
    Crescenta Valley
    Name:
    Mike, aka "Snake"
    Current Bike:
    Salsa/Trek/Kona
    I have ordered high dollar items a few times (bikes) that could be subject to damage during shipping. In cases like this, I ship the item to the shipper's local retail store (if it was shipped via UPS, I have it shipped to my local UPS Store). This way I can partially unpack it and inspect it before I sign for it. It also happens to be safer where package theft is concened. Those pesky package thieves work every block of every city on Earth these days. :mad:
     
  10. Sidewalk

    Sidewalk Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HorsetownUSA
    Name:
    Josh
    Current Bike:
    N+1
    I haven't heard of this, thanks.

    Though in my case, my LBS can pretty much get me anything I want. But also being my sponsor, I can side benefits (I also do my work at the shop too, I get ALL THE TOOLS!).


    You would think that Norco, being full of gun toting conservatives would be a good place. But, nope, stuff gets stolen all the time off of porches.
     
  11. Faust29

    Faust29 MTB Addict

    Location:
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    Name:
    Steve Macko
    Current Bike:
    Chameleon SS and Highball
    In a similar vein, the traditional brick and mortar stores are using the same "locker" concept. The Wal-Mart in Foothill Ranch has a bank of lockers at the front of the store. Order an item on-line, and have it delivered to the store. Get an e-mail when it hits the locker... Target has something similar. They've done away with the traditional "customer service" desk, and replaced it with an "on-line orders/ customer service" area in the front of the store.
     
  12. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Ladera Ranch
    Name:
    Dustan Baker
    Current Bike:
    Foes Mixer Trail
    Retail locations will become smaller "showrooms" with will call, and click to order will be norm. My wife is buying 1/2 our groceries on Amazon prime now, I get fresh food delivered at midnight!!!!!! We got our life back avoiding trips to the store with 3 kids.