What would you do? What would you do if you were anticipating a package to arrive this holiday season, and wait, and wait, and wait, without it ever showing up? Do you cancel the order and try to get your money back? Do you check with your neighbors and see if perhaps one of them has it? Do you contact the post office or the company you ordered it from and check on it? Do you shrug your shoulders and chalk it up to a loss? The mail service and delivery services will be picking up the remainder of the year and anxiety will be high, as anticipation increases day-to-day that a package does not arrive. When that package that was supposed to arrive on Tuesday doesn't show up and is still missing on Wednesday and Thursday, what would you do?

Missing Packages in Idaho

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As the holiday season is getting into full swing, many of us will begin ordering gifts online, and then anticipate until they arrive. The mail systems in the Magic Valley aren't known to be the best, but typically the mail arrives, even if a little late. There are situations in which days and perhaps weeks go by with a package not arriving, and despite ordering it in November, the expected delivery date could be moved back to January or beyond. The holiday season is stressful, not only for those waiting for their purchases to arrive but also for the people who have to sort it and deliver it. It is okay if a package is a day or two late, as that is to be expected this time of year, but the longer it goes, the more doubt creeps in, and you begin to wonder if it is lost forever. When this occurs, there are a few options on how to respond. 

What to Do When Packages Are Missing in Idaho

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With technology today, it is great to be able to track packages, but when one gets held up at a location for a while, it begins to raise questions. It is always smart to have a tracking number, as it will help lower anxiety during this time of year, but what are the proper ways to respond when they stop moving? Contacting the delivery service or post office is the best place to start, and if that doesn't work, then contact the seller or company that shipped the item. You may not receive the answers you are hoping for, but it helps to make sure everyone is aware. You could get mad, depressed, angry, and throw a temper tantrum, but that doesn't solve anything. Depending on how long it has been, you could cancel the order, ask for a refund, and then order the gift again or something different. You could do nothing, wait and see how things play out, and then let fate take its course. None of these are ideal, but unfortunately, when a package is lost, options are limited. 

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The mail system will frustrate you this holiday season. It is a part of the holidays and should be considered a tradition at this point. It will happen. The sooner you accept it, the better it will be. Stay calm, stay patient, and have faith that all of your packages will arrive. The sooner you order, the better chance you have of seeing them make it in time for the holidays. Perhaps one or two gets delayed, but late Christmas presents aren't the worst. It gives someone something to look forward to after all the holiday fun. If you do find yourself in this situation and you can't control your emotions or anxiety, what would you do?

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