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  • mroper

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    I have some questions about the Tracking numbers on packages. Do the tracking number contain the address information or Zip Plus 4 that postal employees can see. Is there GPS location when an item is delivered?

    Here is the background . I bought something off of facebook. Not marketplace an Advertisement in my feed. I used paypal to pay made sure it was business so I would have recourse. I filed a challenge to paypal after not receiving my item after a month. I figured it was a slam dunk for me. Low and Behold they supply paypal a tracking number to my zipcode that shows the item was delivered two days ago. My claim is denied. I have informed delivery every single item I have ever gotten that has tracking showed up in my informed delivery page or the email I get. This one has not .

    Do folks trade these tracking numbers on the black market or something. I guess if I can prove to Paypal that item was never intended to be delivered to me I might get my money back.

    If not it is a lesson learned and I wont pay with paypal any more.

    Thanks in advance.
     

    TexasRedneck

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    If it showed delivered two days ago, it may not have made it to you yet....USPS is notorious for showing "delivered" when, in fact, it's not actually delivered for 1-4 days later. What does the seller say? And a tracking number to your zipcode proves nothing on the seller's end - it needs to show that it was delivered to YOUR address.
     

    kyletxria1911a1

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    I just brought something from a member here my address is on the package got tracking number from him tracked it here showed delivered went to the po.. nothing..
    Asked the clerk she said it was there but they had a day to process it. She went and found it for me...
    Go to the post office ask them my suggestion
     

    Wiliamr

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    Not exactly sure if you asked your question correctly. The parcel has the delivery address on it (Number/street/city/state/zip possibly zip+4). SO to answer your Q about address information in the tracking number, simple answer, NO. No GPS information either.
    The parcel gets thrown into the mail street and scanned at major hubs along the way (You can check this by going to USPS.com , entering the tracking number and using the parcel tracking feature yourself Expand the "History" section and you will get the information.

    Since, according to PayPal the parcel was delivered, as far as they can figure it, it was delivered to correct address.

    Now comes the sad part in two parts - The USPS began hiring delivery employees off the street with no background check and only minimal training several years ago. These are called City Carrier Assistants). These people are non- career and for the most part only last less than 90 days. Most of these people think the Carrier job is easy (Working 12 - 14 hour days, 7 days a week in all kinds of areas and weather, most quit pretty quick once they find out the USPS works delivery people like dogs. It has become not unusual for these basically Temp employees to steal mail. Also it has become a huge business to rob Letter Carriers for the "Arrow" key (this opens all the mailboxes, collection boxes, apartment and cluster boxes in the town) and drive around stealing mail . Even making duplicate keys from sheet metal and selling on Neighborhood.
    These people are under huge time pressure to hurry, hurry hurry and they pretty much just toss mail everywhere.
    Part 2 - if there is a similar address number in the neighborhood, then it was probably mis-delivered there and scanned as delivered. You may have to go a hunting for the parcel, generally most people are honest about this and put it back out for correct delivery address. That can take several days to make its way back to the correct address. So you may have to go to all the street numbers in the area and knock on doors and hope someone admits to getting the parcel, or just from laziness they left it by the door to put out later.

    (35 Years as Letter Carrier now retired 10 years)
     

    kyletxria1911a1

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    Not exactly sure if you asked your question correctly. The parcel has the delivery address on it (Number/street/city/state/zip possibly zip+4). SO to answer your Q about address information in the tracking number, simple answer, NO. No GPS information either.
    The parcel gets thrown into the mail street and scanned at major hubs along the way (You can check this by going to USPS.com , entering the tracking number and using the parcel tracking feature yourself Expand the "History" section and you will get the information.

    Since, according to PayPal the parcel was delivered, as far as they can figure it, it was delivered to correct address.

    Now comes the sad part in two parts - The USPS began hiring delivery employees off the street with no background check and only minimal training several years ago. These are called City Carrier Assistants). These people are non- career and for the most part only last less than 90 days. Most of these people think the Carrier job is easy (Working 12 - 14 hour days, 7 days a week in all kinds of areas and weather, most quit pretty quick once they find out the USPS works delivery people like dogs. It has become not unusual for these basically Temp employees to steal mail. Also it has become a huge business to rob Letter Carriers for the "Arrow" key (this opens all the mailboxes, collection boxes, apartment and cluster boxes in the town) and drive around stealing mail . Even making duplicate keys from sheet metal and selling on Neighborhood.
    These people are under huge time pressure to hurry, hurry hurry and they pretty much just toss mail everywhere.
    Part 2 - if there is a similar address number in the neighborhood, then it was probably mis-delivered there and scanned as delivered. You may have to go a hunting for the parcel, generally most people are honest about this and put it back out for correct delivery address. That can take several days to make its way back to the correct address. So you may have to go to all the street numbers in the area and knock on doors and hope someone admits to getting the parcel, or just from laziness they left it by the door to put out later.

    (35 Years as Letter Carrier now retired 10 years)
    My man.
     

    mroper

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    Not exactly sure if you asked your question correctly. The parcel has the delivery address on it (Number/street/city/state/zip possibly zip+4). SO to answer your Q about address information in the tracking number, simple answer, NO. No GPS information either.
    The parcel gets thrown into the mail street and scanned at major hubs along the way (You can check this by going to USPS.com , entering the tracking number and using the parcel tracking feature yourself Expand the "History" section and you will get the information.

    Since, according to PayPal the parcel was delivered, as far as they can figure it, it was delivered to correct address.

    Now comes the sad part in two parts - The USPS began hiring delivery employees off the street with no background check and only minimal training several years ago. These are called City Carrier Assistants). These people are non- career and for the most part only last less than 90 days. Most of these people think the Carrier job is easy (Working 12 - 14 hour days, 7 days a week in all kinds of areas and weather, most quit pretty quick once they find out the USPS works delivery people like dogs. It has become not unusual for these basically Temp employees to steal mail. Also it has become a huge business to rob Letter Carriers for the "Arrow" key (this opens all the mailboxes, collection boxes, apartment and cluster boxes in the town) and drive around stealing mail . Even making duplicate keys from sheet metal and selling on Neighborhood.
    These people are under huge time pressure to hurry, hurry hurry and they pretty much just toss mail everywhere.
    Part 2 - if there is a similar address number in the neighborhood, then it was probably mis-delivered there and scanned as delivered. You may have to go a hunting for the parcel, generally most people are honest about this and put it back out for correct delivery address. That can take several days to make its way back to the correct address. So you may have to go to all the street numbers in the area and knock on doors and hope someone admits to getting the parcel, or just from laziness they left it by the door to put out later.

    (35 Years as Letter Carrier now retired 10 years)
    Thank-you for that information. I asked my question that way because I think the seller provided a tracking number that has my zip code on a package not meant for me. I did track it on USPS site. it shows delivered. I do have a cluster box but my carrier has been good about putting the packages in the boxes or dropping on my porch. I do not think this is the post offices fault like I said I think the seller is scamming me. The sell has never provided me with an invoice or receipt they only provided the tracking number to paypal when I inquired about it/ Also every other time a tracked package has showed up on my informed delivery this one did not. I did file an inquiry with the Post office as well
     

    Wiliamr

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    Mailers do not choose the tracking number, those are assigned by the USPS when the parcel is mailed at PO.
    In the case of high volume mailers, they do log the parcel when they apply postage but that tracking number is assigned by the postal service, otherwise there would be no way to keep those tracking numbers unique to the parcel and there could be a thousand tracking numbers like 12345K out there. Would make the tracking system impossible to work.
     

    Bozz10mm

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    The USPS tracking will show delivered to your address, but that doesn't mean that's actually where it went. Maybe one of your neighbors has it. I've had USPS parcels not delivered because they couldn't get through the locked gate. Heh, I don't have a gate or even a fence. Then it shows up on my porch the next day. I have to admit tho, when it comes to tracked parcels, USPS beats UPS in my experience.

    It would be difficult, if not impossible, for a sender to fake a tracking number and then have it show as delivered.
     
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