Post # 1
So…. I had a eternity ring made in the US, I live in Australia…
Instead of another band, I wanted a new engagement ring to swap out with my original one.
My ring was Posted on the 3rd and it went to Jamica then back to the jeweller??!!
She messaged me straight away saying for some reason it was returned to her – she used USPS
She is reposting it today. I am slightly bummed because I was expecting it tomorrow and now it’s another week!
Then my SO is joking about ‘what if on transit they swapped out your stone for a CZ?’
I know he’s kidding but this ring wasn’t cheap and the thought of that happening scares me!
Like, is this real thing (stones getting swapped?) or am I paranoid after watching too many Scam city shows on Discovery??
Post # 2
My SO said that the more likely scam is that a diamond is swapped out for a less valuable diamond rather than an outright swap for CZ. He had the jeweler who set our stone double check the certificate and the laser inscription because he had been a little uncomfortable with the diamond dealer from whom he purchased the stone.
Post # 3
seeker: Oh my gosh! I hope not, I trust the jeweller.. I’m just a little suss on its 5 day trip to jamica then back to the US. Hmm
Post # 4
USPS is the worst way to ship something overseas. Once it leaves the USA, you can’t track the package any more. It’s handed off to the local postal service. Can’t explain why it went to Jamaica and then back to the US but before it is re-shipped, insist on FedEx, DHL, or UPS where it will stay under the control of one single carrier the whole time.
Post # 5
Horseradish: See I’ll be honest, I never heard of them before. UPS – yes and FedEx – yes.
I don’t know why they would ship something valuable through an untrackable post 🙁
Post # 6
Toots83: USPS is United States Postal Service. Like CP is Canada Post. It’s the countries postal service opposed to FedEx DHL and UPS which are international postal services.
If you send a FedEx package across a border it will be delivered by fedex. But if you send something across borders with your national postal service, it will be delivered by the recipients OWN countries regular postal service.
So if I were to order something from the US online and they ship it to me USPS when it got to Canada it could be delivered by Canada Post.
Post # 7
Toots83: well go be fair, USPS = United States Postal Service. Not exactly a fly-by-night outfit. But they are a US government entity and their jurisdiction only extends to the Us. They’re not going to have employees in Jamaica or Australia any more than the Australian post has employees here in the US. So when your package crosses the border, it gets handed over to the next country’s government-run postal service.
Because USPS is the default shipping method for lots of domestic packages and mail (if it’s all domestic, you can track it just fine, by the way), many people/companies who only ship domestically don’t know how those handoffs and limitations work unless/until they ask.
sounds like your jeweler just doesn’t ship a lot of international stuff.