So many of us utilize holiday shipping services to either receive gifts in time to wrap them for events we’ll be attending or deliver gifts directly to friends, clients, family and loved ones.
My favorite phrases when it came to holiday shipping used to be “Free 2-Day Shipping for Prime Members” and “Guaranteed Delivery.” But that’s changed.
I’ve been a member of Amazon Prime for several years, and I enjoy being able to get almost any item on the planet delivered – for “free” (it’s not really free since that’s what the membership fee goes toward) – to myself or a different address within two days. But every so often, the shipping timeline message in the shopping cart during checkout or on the confirmation screen after checkout differs from what plays out.
On multiple occasions, I’ve found out that an item is going to arrive late. Sometimes I’m notified through a friendly message like this one:
Other times, I’ve discovered that a package will not arrive as promised when I log into my account and check on the tracking.
The word “guarantee” does not mean what it used to. Once when I paid for expedited shipping, there was a delay in delivery. (I did receive a refund on the upgraded shipping charge, but the item arrived after I needed it.)
This is not a knock against Amazon or any other services that promise prompt delivery. Amazon has delivered as promised to me 95% of the time. Instead, this is a reminder to not wait until the last minute during the holiday season to order your decorations, party supplies, and gifts. Stuff happens. There might be a sudden change in inventory or a blizzard snarling transportation. Build in a few extra days of cushion in case there is some kind of hiccup in the holiday shipping universe.
By planning ahead, you can save time and avoid panic and stress.