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Ebay Item Delivered In Or At Mailbox?

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 Posted 08/22/2017  09:21 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Ham1947 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I sent an eBay item via USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box, and followed the tracking information. The final scan was done and reads "Delivered, In/At Mailbox". The recipient says that "The item was delivered by USPS according to tracking, but it is not in our mailbox." I have given the description of the Priority Mail box, suggested that he ask neighbors about the package, and contact the local post office. Is there something else I can do to help locate the package? Finally, what will happen if the package was lost or stolen? What is eBay's position on this? Thanks in advance for any comments.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  09:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carwash to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This has happened to me 4 times. Usps worker has sticky fingers. I went to the post office each time and talked to them and filled out paperwork stating the item never arrived or the box was opened and empty (one time). 3 of the items were never found but 1 item showed up the next day in my mail box. I never tried to go through eBay for any help because they all were labeled as delivered.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  10:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You have $50. insurance on priority mail, unless you're a Commercial Plus customer.

Start the process now, it'll take a bit till they pay-off. Good luck.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  10:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
If the package shows delivered both eBay and PayPal will count it as such.

Working directly with the post office of delivery is your best hope.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  12:57 pm  Show Profile   Check edweather's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add edweather to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe the recipient can ask the mail carrier if they put it in the mailbox. A USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box should be easy to remember.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  12:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Andrew99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
File a complaint. It is probably your local carrier and he should be fired. It is unusual for small boxes to be stolen, so it is likely someone that knows you get coins.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  2:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Be very careful how you respond to the buyer. You don't know that the package was never actually delivered, if it says delivered I would assume it was delivered and leave it at that. eBay and them will side with you as long as you don't start corroborating his story in messages ect which is why you need to be careful how you respond. There really is no reason to believe that it isn't there when it says it is anyway.

Also he doesn't need you to ask the post office to track it or to go and claim he didn't get it. The only thing you can do that he can't is give him his money back and since it shows delivered your insurance claim with be denied and denied again upon appeal.
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 Posted 08/22/2017  11:07 pm  Show Profile   Check edweather's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add edweather to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just go through the proper eBay channel, and they will likely refund the buyer, and you will keep the $ paid you. Had a similar situation, and that's how it ended up.
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 Posted 08/26/2017  08:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ham1947 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Seller notified me that the package was delivered to the wrong mailbox. It was located and he now has the item. There are honest people everywhere. Ham
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 Posted 08/26/2017  09:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is wonderful news.

I have had a package or two sent to me that got delivered to the wrong address, and those never came to me. I have also had a package sent that was delivered to the wrong address, and it never showed up.
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 Posted 08/26/2017  10:34 am  Show Profile   Check jdmern's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jdmern to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This happens more than one might think... Glad it turned up safely!
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 Posted 08/31/2017  12:40 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add carwash to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great, glad your buyer was honest with you.
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 Posted 08/31/2017  12:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Crazyb0 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Folks DONT FORGET, the post office scanners record the GPS location of delivery as well as time. It gets resolved easily most times when searching these records. It is usually a misdelivered package 99% of time due to carrier fault or addressed wrong by sender. File claim w/PO and tell them to check while you wait, may require asking for supervisor or Postmaster's help. This was 10 years ago, I would deliver 50-80 mailbox parcels per day on SLOW days per my 702 customer route...only twice was there a mistake, one off mailbox deliveries, around the holidays too. Most carriers aren't smucks, those that are are taken off the mailroom floor in handcuffs, no questions asked...period! Saw that happen twice in six years, one clerk for swiping parcels(bypassed the scan) the other for steaming open cards and taking the cash from grandma out. 15-25 in Federal prisons is mandatory even first time offenders. I wasn't that "couregous" (stupid) to try. Part of a Shift Supervisor's responsibilities was to "covertly follow" a carrier on his route. Not only to look for suspected thieves, just your behavior and following rules(locking truck when get out, etc. ), they were pretty sneaky for sure!


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 Posted 09/01/2017  08:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ham1947 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great information Crazyb0.
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 Posted 09/13/2017  01:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jmkendall to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'm glad it turned out ok. My experiance is that eBay will refund the buyer no matter what. I have had four packages in 10 years where the PO said it was delivered, but the customer said it was not. So they refunded the buyer.
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 Posted 01/23/2021  7:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add NumisEd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Same story here. Tracking number indicates "Delivered, In/At Mailbox" but there is no package anywhere to be seen.
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