Re: USPS- ugh!
I ordered 7 queens from NY. They were shipped priority mail, which has always arrived in 2 full days for me. 5 days later nothing had been seen of them. So the breeder shipped me 7 more by express mail. On the 7th day the original order arrived I immediately watered them. Couldn't put them in until the next day. The express mail order arrived in 2 days. So I replaced the queens that I had intended plus using the 7 day old ones in other hives plus I made 4 nucs with the old queens. 4 of the 7 old queens are going strong, and all 4 new ones made it also. So the breeder agreed to accept payment for the 7 day old queens that made it. I felt he did as much as he could do, and the PO really screwed with his livelyhood. I was glad to try and help him, I'm happy and he's tickled pink. Alls well that ends well with no help from the PO!!
So much to learn, so little time!!