It has been several days, and still the Post Office system reports no record of the item. However, Amazon's own tracking reports that "Shipment has left seller facility and is in transit". It also has an "Arrival Scan" with no location or a blank location field on it.
- yliu on March 10, 2010, 10:09 PM UTC
To check if this is the case, use the issued tracking number (that is supposedly a USPS tracking number) in the FedEx online tracking system. If Smart Post is being used, FedEx will return a detailed tracking log of the package until the point of hand-over to USPS.
FedEx is also where Amazon is magically getting its tracking information, when the USPS system reports "no record of this item".
A similar deal might be used with UPS, if it isn't FedEx. But I don't have first hand knowledge of that process.
( http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r23059441-Amazon-USPS ) - found by yliu on March 10, 2010, 10:03 PM UTC
Just wanted to say thanks-- I had this same problem and this is exactly right! I put the tracking number into FedEx's site and all the details were there. It even told me the actual location of the most recent scan instead of the "---" that Amazon had. And the estimated arrival date is two days earlier, which makes more sense.—
Awesome find! Thank you so much.—
Answered my Q, too. Thanks for your informed answer.—
Thanks. Good find. Its Fedex..—
THANK YOU! I really want to get my package before the weekend, and hadn't been able to figure out what was going on. I feel a bit more relaxed now after checking FedEx's site.—
FedEx Smartpost is a bunch of crap...they made a mistake with delivering a package that was already in my hometown and then ended up in another state. This package contained time sensitive materials that are now on hold for another week. When questioned, they didn't want to admit to anything. Those working for FedEx are there just for a paycheck and don't want to admit and compensate for their mistakes. FedEx get real or get out....lousy service and a bunch of liars.—