Has Shapeways changed shipping to a slower option ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Tbmod, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Tbmod
    Tbmod New Member
    OK I was very pleased when my latest order order was produced several days ahead of schedule. It was due to be shipped on the 21st Feb and I got the "your order has been shipped" notice on the 16th. Netherlands 02/16/2012 4:45 A.M. Order Processed: Ready for UPS

    But since then it's only got as far as: Koeln, Germany 02/20/2012 11:24 P.M. Arrival Scan.

    OK there has been a weekend in between, but this seemed very slow. On checking however I noticed it had been shipped "UPS Expedited" rather that the "UPS Super Saver" which Shapeways has used in the past (Expedited is slower than Supersaver in spite of the name ! - 2-5 business days as opposed to 1-3)

    So is this a new policy for Shapeways - produce things quicker but ship them slower ? I'm not opposed to this just curious and it would help me plan which days I need to stay in incase the parcel arrives. The parcel is shipping to Asia so it's got a long way to go yet.

    Last edited: Feb 20, 2012
  2. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    Hi Tom,

    Thank you for your message.

    Yes you are indeed right in some sort of way.
    Shapeways indeed introduced slower shipment if the model will still be on time for its original deadline.

    As UPS Worldwide Express Plus (1-3 days) costs a lot more then the shipping costs we charge at the moment, we have chosen to use UPS Worldwide Expedited as long as we can guarantee that the model will still be on time.

    However, in the future we will start offering multiple choices for shipment (faster or slower).
    This way you can choose yourself if you would like to pay more or less for the shipment.

    I hope this clarifies the situation.

    As for your package, for some strange reason it took already 3 days to leave Eindhoven, this should not have happened and should have happened on the 17th already. I'm sorry for this.
  3. gibell
    gibell Well-Known Member
    It seems that within the USA the slow option is now UPS ground. I just had a package shipped from NY today, it is not scheduled to arrive until Feb 27th (6 days)! :(

    Is there no option between 2nd Day Air and UPS Ground? It seems ridiculous for a 0.5kg package to be driving across the country in a truck! USPS priority mail would go by air, cost less, and arrive in 2 days or less. :mad:
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012