Package hasn't arrived. No tracking number. Lost cause?
December 29, 2011 5:09 PM Subscribe
Sent package from MN to Toronto 3 weeks ago. It hasn't arrived. I have no way to track it. Is this a lost cause?
posted by Laura Macbeth to Grab Bag (12 answers total)
I mailed a package via USPS from Minneapolis to Toronto on December 6th. I used whatever the lowest rate would be. Package had a single gift in it, and was medium-sized. My friend hasn't received it yet.
To my deep (deep!) regret, I didn't get a tracking number, confirmation/delivery receipt or insurance, and I no longer have the receipt for the transaction. I asked a clerk at the post office if there was anything I could do, and she said no. This sounds right to me, but I've received different answers from different people for the same question at this particular post office before.
The address was clearly marked and correct on the package, as was my return address. The only thing I can think of that was off was the customs amount - I hurriedly/accidentally wrote $20, while the item was actually $200, though I don't know how customs would know that (no receipt in box and gift was an ordinary-looking purse). I realized this after I had left the post office, and shrugged it off, but perhaps it's a bigger deal than I thought.
I've successfully sent an item to the same person/address before.
Is there anything I or my recipient can do to track down the package with these variables? My hunch is no, but I want to make sure there isn't something I'm not thinking of before we call it a lost cause and/or a cautionary tale to always, always get a tracking number and insurance.