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    I was sending out CP shipments today and before I could specify Priority, a 1st class sticker for $2.31 was slapped on the box. I asked what the difference was in terms of time and was told that it was 3 days & 3 days, but if for some reason there isn't enough space, the 1st class has the potential to be bumped a day. Hmmm.....

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    depends on the plant material shipped. if its delicate or rare, as quick as possible with insurance is my preferance. if is something along the lines of a couple common terrestrial utrics or capensis or something. first class is generally fine this time of year.
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    That was the same philosophy I took about it. BTW, yours went out Priority!

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    Priority mail can cross the country in two days. I've been told that, although it begins and ends with the PO, priority mail rides a Fedex plane in between. It's worth asking how late you can drop off a package at your PO without it being delayed by a day.

    As long as it starts and ends near enough to Fedex airports, priority mail generally only takes two days. I can't remember if packages I sent Rattler arrived in that desolate wasteland in two days or if they took three, but there's a black hole in southern Oregon where three days is the best one can hope for and sometimes it takes four.
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    first of all: hahahaha i know what you mean!
    i really dont know the diff...
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    your right Bruce but ive had prority stuff can get lost just like first class. ive had stuff sent via priority dissapear for between a week and 2 months and i wasnt sending it around a holiday. its funny, ive gotten stuff sent first class from Hong Kong, faster than ive gotten stuff priority from 2 states away. that was wierd
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    The impression I get is that when "push comes to shove", a 1st class parcel will get bumped a day - and that's it. With the plastic pipette containers I ship, which are very small, they are not likely to get bumped.

    I would probably take more of a chance when it comes to leaf cuttings, Utrics, and gemmae. Whaddya think?

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    My experience agrees w/ Bruce - usually 2 days for Priority - sometimes 3. It makes sense to know departure times for trucks at your local post office since missing the truck will often mean a delay of a day.

    Also - travel continues over w/e's. 95% of packages I ship via Priority on Sat arrive on Monday. For me, virtually all live plant material goes Priority. I've had a few instances where a sender used non-Priority (don't know what class) and it took over a week. I had a D. derbyensis take over 20 days to arrive because the guy was too cheap to add a little bit of postage and too lazy to ask me if I'd pay more... (no - there was nothing left to rescue). When purchasing or trading - never assume anything!
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