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That must be a highly local phenomenon. I had great shipping experiences in rural Missouri, then when I moved to San Francisco they became ridiculously great. I was getting packages the next day long before they started offering next day shipping.

In fact, I agree with other common complaints about Amazon (counterfeiting, higher prices) but still often go with them because I'm confident the product will show up quickly.

I've experienced it in both San Jose and San Diego. Not exactly the middle of nowhere.

I've rarely had a problem with Amazon in San Diego, but as someone who ships ~1,000 packages a month through USPS - our local postal service leaves a lot to be desired in terms of reliability and consistency.

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