Thanks to Amazon and other online vendors, a person never needs to leave their house to be supplied with anything they want. Everything they want—as long as they have a credit card limit high enough—will come to them in the mail.
Or be delivered by another parcel service.
The other day, the UPS man rang the bell at my door. I can see the porch from my office, and I noticed he wasn’t ringing and running like he usually does. Interesting.
When I opened the door, he held out the little electronic keypad thing-a-ma-jig they use these days.
“I need your signature today,” he says.
“I don’t even know what’s in the package.” I said this before I saw it was addressed to my husband. I hadn’t ordered anything I needed to sign for.
“It contains alcohol,” he informs me. Alcohol? We don’t even drink alcohol?
Or is there something my husband isn’t telling me???
“Signature required by law.”
Well who I am to break the law?
After he verified my name (since no one can sign those digital do-dads with any legibility), he handed me the package.
After checking that the box was from Alex in Laguna, California. And it was indeed addressed to my husband, I sent a text to The Man at work.
He didn’t know what it was either. Even after I sent him a picture of the label.
Things I Get all the Time
I get packages on a pretty regular basis. Mostly because it’s so easy to order anything I want and have it delivered.
Why leave the sanctuary of my home to purchase items if they will come to me? For just a few dollars more.
Amazon supplies me with:
- Home decor
- And pretty much anything I can imagine.
But I also have become adept at clothes shopping. Who wants to go to the mall by themselves? Not me.
Why try on clothes in a cramped changing room when you can do it in the comfort of your own bedroom?
Right. Return fees.
It’s pretty amazing how many companies run specials that include free returns.
Of course, when I’m ordering my bras from Victoria’s Secret, I know the style and size I like. There’s not much risk of having to return them. Unless they are damaged.
It’s not that I don’t like shopping. I on’t want to go by myself. And why fight the crowds on the weekend when all my friends are finally off work and available to hit the stores with me?
Services I’m Trying Out
Recently, I’ve become part of the crowd that uses repeat delivery services.
I began this years ago with Gevalia coffee. Delicious stuff. In fact, I should probably look into starting that up again. I canceled it before we moved because I had a year’s worth of coffee stockpiled in my freezer.
Last year, my insurance finally came up with a mail-order prescription service that wasn’t a pain in the patooty. They ship me a 90-day supply of my daily medications automatically and charge my co-pay to my credit card.
So I get three months of meds for what I used to pay each month at the drugstore.
Save money? I’m in. Added convenience? I’m doubly pleased with myself.
What other things is the delivery man setting on my porch on a regular schedule? Well:
- Cat food (from PetCo delivered every six weeks)
- Shakeology -my healthy breakfast-delivered every two months
And I recently signed up for Stitch Fix. This is a service that sends you five clothing items (you choose the frequency). You keep only what you want. They send you an addressed, postage-paid envelope for the returns.
Yes there’s a fee for the delivery even if you keep nothing.
But nothing is free in this world.
I’m looking forward to having my own personal stylist and seeing what sort of outfits she/he puts together for me each month. Actually, I signed up for an every two month delivery for this, too.
The end of the story
Oh, the package that started this story? You want to know what it was and who it was from?
Well no good gossip here.
It was a bottle of wine with the option of signing up for a wine-of-the-month club. (See? Here’s another thing you can get via mail.)
The sender happened to be one of the owners of a company who did work for us recently. They were thanking us for our business.
We could have used a Home Depot gift card rather than the wine. But what do you expect from a guy who lives in California?
What sort of things have you gotten in the mail (or in a package delivered to your door)?
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