I recently purchased some items from Loft online. I usually purchased them in store so I can try them on and if it fits well I will take it home. Since I don't live near a Loft now I have to order them online (btw, it's my first time). So, the order was placed on Saturday. I got shipping confirmation today but only three items are shipping and the other ones will be processed later. Two hours later I received another shipping confirmation of the other items. I googled online to see if others experienced the same thing. I didn't find anything reviews about the odd shipping practice but I ended up reading an article about Dead Letter Office.
The title was interesting and I had time so why not! After reading the article I found out all our lost mails aren't actually lost. The ones that failed during the process of delivering are sent to the Dead Letter Office. The contemporary name for that is The USPS Mail Recovery Center. That will be the last place your mail ends up if it doesn't reach you. After a certain amount of time, USPS will open the package and auction off the content to highest bidder. According to 99% invisible's site,
"Many of the bidders at these auctions are resellers, buying from the USPS and then immediately putting purchased goods back up for auction on websites like eBay."
For a while, USPS did have their own eBay page for auction but now it's moved to this site here. There's a link that directs you the government auction page and they sort the items out by categories. You can't believe how many accessories they many things they compiled!
Long story short. I'm glad my shipment is throughs UPS not USPS. I heard Fedex is the best out of all three service. I still have to do my research and dig in a little deeper, but this was interesting!