not2easy - 5:54 am on Aug 19, 2013 (gmt 0)
I don't want to get into a big postal debate, but I've been sending stuff USPS for over ten years, much of which is excess length and fairly valuable... Out of thousands, only had one disappear, maybe 5 damaged.
I can echo dpd1's experiences with USPS, I sent thousands of large, heavy and expensive boxes all over the world with USPS and was able to track them since around 2005, not at every station, but in a 3 day cycle, do you really need to know when it left point C and arrived at point D? That makes sense only if you aren't sure when it will be delivered. I could count on 3 day delivery all across the continental US 97% of the time and I'm off-continent. At Christmas time, I brought cookies and fruit for the guys, and they took good care of my shipments all year. I have closed that business now - too physical! But I have recently noticed improved delivery times on things I order.