9 hours ago
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
To continue my journey through Anthony Powell's "Dance" required a bit of shopping. My local independent bookstore did not have what I was looking for so I turned to the ether mall. Finding a copy in Georgia, at a price I was willing to pay which included free shipping ,I snatched it up. Several days later I received an email saying my book had shipped along with a tracking number, with that I could watch it being lost.
Things are done differently in Georgia than in Mayberry. I've no idea what percentage of my chosen book store goods are shipped, and since I didn't directly pay for shipping I hardly care, but here is how the shipping went down.
Bookstore shipped via DHL a most excellent and expeditious international package delivery company. DHL took it to the US post office. The US Postal Service delivered the book to me.
Semi-capitalist that I am, I am all in favor of everyone making a living, in any way they can, but surely DHL was paid more than the cost of a stamp. For what? The PO picks up for free.
Posted by Toad at 12:00 AM