DELAYS Minor Surgery 10/18


Letter Envelope with LIMITED TRACKING

A photo of your envelope will be taken and sent to the email address used for the order

  • This lets you know what to keep an eye out for
  • Allows you to verify the mailing address

Tracking is provided by LetterTrack  (

This service uses USPS Informed Delivery to provide information about when the envelope passes through major US-Mail hubs. It works most of the time (whenever the letter is scanned by a sorting machine) It does not work when a human scans it.

  • Tracking only updates when run through a sorting machine
  • It does not include pickup or delivery (only in transit scans)
  • Email updates are sent to the email used in the order
    Tracking emails sent from:
  • The tracking number cannot be used at 
  • While rare, it is possible for the envelope to be delivered without any tracking updates.
  • For example, if the barcode is un-scannable or there is a problem that prevents machine sorting. 

Envelope shipping is fast and reliable. In the busy holiday season they can be more reliable than tracked packages because they do not require humans to scan the package. Most backups at USPS are due to the bottleneck of human interaction. You can expect the order to arrive within 1 week (fastest on the east coast) HOWEVER, there can be delays (just as there are with tracked packages). 

Sometimes I see tracked packages that were placed on the wrong truck. They can travel thousands of miles in the wrong direction and take extra time for USPS to find the item and send it back on the correct path. The same can happen with letter mail but you just don't know the details. Tracking doesn't help much when problems arise anyway.  You can look at the tracking and see there is a problem but they never tell you if or when that problem will be fixed, so you still have just to wait and hope it shows up soon. 

USPS has no way to prevent the eventual delivery of a delayed order (tracked or not)  and there is no point in contacting USPS for more information, they don't have any

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