Saturday, April 19, 2008

Why I Never Send Postcards

If you are family, or a close friend of mine there is a reason you haven’t received a postcard from me. The Colombian postal service is not reliable. The other postal services – UPS, FexEx, etc. – are outrageously expensive. I make a poor teacher’s salary. I’m sorry.


After leaving America, you realize just how efficient and trustworthy the U.S. service is. Once postcards or packages enter or leave the United States, they will be delivered in a few days. Maybe a week at most. In Colombia, this simply does not happen. If the mail arrives, you should be thankful. If you sent something valuable there is a good chance it will be stolen or not arrive at all. A letter sent from the United States Postal Service that should take under a week to arrive in Bogotá, will likely arrive a month or two later. Granted this letter probably took two or three days to get to Colombia. Then what happens to it is anyone’s guess. Colombia doesn’t have national post offices like in America. They have these service stores, such as Envía, where you can send mail with different companies and methods. I haven’t heard of Colombians ever mailing something at a post office.

Then there are the private carriers. They are reliable but just too expensive. Shipping a simple letter (just a piece of paper and nothing else) to the United States in three days or less would cost me about $15-20. A normal-sized package, might cost $100 with UPS, FedEx, or other reliable shipping companies. Some packages my mom has sent me that were supposed to be overnighted, took about three or four days. With UPS, they took a month or two. Granted, nothing was stolen, but it wasn’t the service I am used to in America. So for all those expecting a postcard, I’m sorry. I’ll just have to hand you a postcard when I return to the U.S.

18 comments:

Perseida said...

ja jaj a you are right! "If you sent something valuable there is a good chance it will be stolen or not arrive at all" I know many stories about this, for example my sister in law sent a book to Cali, but as she did not have an account she could not send money so she put inside bills $100.000, and her mom received only the book. The best for these situations is: Don`t take risk!

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