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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:18 PM
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Well, it's finally happened!!

After close to a decade of buying and selling RC stuff, I've finally been hosed. It appears that someone has stolen my shipment from my mailbox. The seller, a known hobby outlet, and the USPS both have the same info as far as the delivery of my package, (Hyperion P-51). I live in a rural area and the USPS usually just leaves moderate sized packages on the top of the mailboxes. I contacted the local USPS office and they say that the package was delivered on Dec. 26th. Now, it is very unusual for them to leave a box the size of the P-51 and there is usually a pink slip stating that the package can be picked up at the post office. But this time they say they left it under the mailboxes. Is there really any recourse for stolen packages once they have arrived to there destination? I don't believe the hobby store is at fault, and although I have my doubts with the postal service as leaving a box that size is unprecidented until now, I really have no hard proof that they are not being truthful. I payed with payPal, but starting a dispute case with them I'm thinking will only stop, or delay payment to the hobby shop who has no fault in the matter. I can and will report it to the local police, but mostly as a move of protocol as I don't really believe that the package will be recovered. Any ideas??

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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:24 PM
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Nothing much you can really do. I get my shipments sent to my neighbors all the time. I'll check tracking and it shows delivered, yet I get home and there is nothing there. I always drive around my street and try to spot boxes on porches and by doorways. I;ve found 2 packages this way. I just go and pick it up and head home.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:31 PM
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This stinks. I don't think you can do much about this, any general idea who might have done this?

Check your local Craigslist postings, Backpage, and even Ebay for the item. You might get lucky there, but even then it's iffy. For future purchases like this have them do signature required if possible.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Sorry to hear that. Another good reason to ask that items be shipped "signature required".
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Post a sign on the mailboxes "asking" if anyone "accidentally" picked up your box. Some parent may have an explanation for their child's new toy...
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 04:53 PM
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The postal service should be somewhat responsible. They can bring it to your door and leave a slip for redelivery or pickup.I would go to your local office and find out why it was left like that. They can research it where it went if it was delivered elsewhere. I wouldn't let them off the hook.

I had a expensive item that I sent with signature conformation and insured priority mail. The carrier left it.
I had to go 3 weeks back and forth. It was a ebay sale and they wouldn't release the money because it never showed delivered. Hence, I don't sell on ebay.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:10 PM
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If paid with a CC file with them and see where it goes. Bottom line, you didn't get it.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:12 PM
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Thank you all for your time to respond. I will check craigslist and ebay. In the rural area where I live, we have a bank of 4 mailboxes all on one stand. 4 of us live between 1/4 and 1 mile down the dirt road and we all have large boxes where most smaller packages can be put inside. Larger deliveries are usually left on the top of or between the boxes. Something as large as a model plane would certainly need to be left on the ground. As for a neighbor being suspect, we've all known each other for years and many for decades. Not what I'd consider a possibility. I'm afraid that I don't really trust the USPS. I've had two weeks off of work, and the mail has been picked up each day. This means that someone would have had to have taken it in broad daylight. The road I live off of is a dead end road which means that the overwhelming majority of traffic is from my neighbors. I don't think the USPS has stolen the package, My guess is that they just don't want to be bothered trying to locate it or write up reports for lost packages. I'm bummin!!

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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:21 PM
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Still file a police report you never know what they can find out
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:25 PM
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Still file a police report you never know what they can find out
Will do! Thanks

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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:27 PM
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They were paid to deliver it to you. I would go see them. I can't believe that would of been left. Have you talked to the carrier.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:38 PM
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They were paid to deliver it to you. I would go see them. I can't believe that would of been left. Have you talked to the carrier.
I talked to someone at the local post office who said they looked around the office for the package, and did not find it. he also said he just talked to the carrier who says he remembers the 'Large' package and left it under the mailboxes. Where I live I'm told is known as 'Rural route #1' by the post office. It's not unusual for the carrier to leave packages at the mailboxes as they will not drive down the dirt road to our homes, it is however unusual to leave such a large box. Just not looking good.

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Old Jan 04, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Wow, they drive down dirt, mud, snow, ice roads here in Mi. I hope you get this rectified somehow. I would be smoking over this. I think you can sign a form for them to make pickups only on your packages larger than your mailbox. Signature conformation they would have to drive to your door.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 06:06 PM
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They were paid to deliver it to you. I would go see them. I can't believe that would of been left. Have you talked to the carrier.
They will say that they did deliver it, and did the same they have done all along with other packages, which was leaving it there.

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I talked to someone at the local post office who said they looked around the office for the package, and did not find it. he also said he just talked to the carrier who says he remembers the 'Large' package and left it under the mailboxes. Where I live I'm told is known as 'Rural route #1' by the post office. It's not unusual for the carrier to leave packages at the mailboxes as they will not drive down the dirt road to our homes, it is however unusual to leave such a large box. Just not looking good.

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About a year ago I bought something here and it wasn't as described. Seller was ticked off after he refused to try to work something out and I opened a PP complaint. He said "this will never make it back to me". So I sent it with tracking and signature required. One state over too in a sleepy little town. So I'm able to track the package right down to the time it got on the letter carriers truck. Guess what...it never showed as delivered, or could be found. Calls to the local post office are useless, even to higher ups in the post office. They couldn't explain what happened. Not that they would ever say "ya, our carrier did this guy a favor", but that is exactly what happened. I showed the tracking info to PP, that was enough for me to get my money back, and shipping charges. Chances are you will not get the PO to admit any error.

I think the police option might be your best one at this point. I hope you get some satisfaction out of this.
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Old Jan 04, 2013, 06:16 PM
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So was this package insured?

I agree it is not the hobby shops fault.

I would not let the USPS off the hook. I would be steaming over this.

A few years ago, some items for our wedding were delivered by Fedex, we flipped out when it showed delivered yet we were home and nothing was delivered here. A few phone calls and found out he had delivered over $350 of stuff to the wrong house. I went walking the streets, seen the package, went and grabbed it and went home. I was still furious that FedeX did this, but had I not found it, I certainly would not have just let it lay... was not our fault it was not actually delivered.
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