Mail Service: Netflix and Post Office Experiment

Frank and I set up a Netflix and Post Office experiment to check out our mail service.  I’ve always maintained that the mail service in our little town is terrible and now we are one step closer to proving it.  (As if all the missing post cards I’ve sent wasn’t enough.)

We mailed three Netflix movies back in the same day.

  1. CD #1 was mailed from the mailbox next to our house in our town of 5,000 at ~7:30am on 3/20.
  2. CD #2 was mailed from the post office in our town of 5,000 at ~7:30am on 3/20.
  3. CD #3 was mailed from a post office in Broomfield at ~8:30am on 3/20.  (About 30 miles from home.)

Netflix got CD #3 a full day earlier than the two mailed from our home town.  (The Broomfield DVD arrived 3/21 at 9:30.  The other two arrived at Netflix 3/22 at 8:30am.)

Netflix service note: it looks like they process all of their in coming DVDs in the morning and send out emails at between 8:30 and 9:30am.  I got notices for all three at 8:30am in the morning.  (Two just a day later than the third even though we mailed them all the same day.)

Obviously, without lots of further experiments, it’s hard to tell if the problem is with our mail service, Netflix or the Post Office but in the future we will return all of our movies in Broomfield on our way to work.