Just a little coffee-break post (and way of letting you know I haven’t disappeared entirely)…
A couple of months ago, I ordered two DVD/TV collections that were set to be released Tuesday (March 6). I also ordered a third that was already available, but since we wouldn’t get to it before March, I told Amazon to use the fewest shipments possible and cheapest (free) shipping, which means USPS, presumably Media Mail. Cheap, but no guarantee as to timeliness.
Email from Amazon on March 5 said the order had been shipped–I guess it’s OK to ship a day early as long as nobody actually gets the DVDs until the on-sale date.
The package arrived day before yesterday. March 6. Via USPS, cheapest available rate.
This isn’t Netflix, where the nearest shipping facility (and company headquarters) are only a few miles from our house. This is Amazon, where the shipping facility is in Nevada
I don’t know how postal service is elsewhere. Around here, it’s pretty dang good.
Postscripts, while I still have five minutes left on my break:
1. If you care–Season Five of Moonlighting, Seasons Five and Six of Northern Exposure. We’re currently on season three of Northern Exposure but had run out of Moonlighting.
2. I’m not always a huge Amazon enthusiast, and I do prefer local stores when feasible–but there’s no local DVD/CD store to speak of (and our Target hadn’t been carrying these series), and even when Tower was still around, I refused to pay their absurdly higher prices for their “you’re not really young and punk enough to shop here” attitude. For books, I still check local bookstores first–and we do have local bookstores.