Posted by PUNATICK on March 13, 1997 at 16:31:20:
In Reply to: Shipping posted by Animal on March 13, 1997 at 13:47:57:
: Somebody emailed me some info on why it would be better to mail stuff
: by first class rather than by a mail service. The pluses were that they have
: a huge volume to go through at customs and they need a search warrant to
: look at your packages. While that may be true, If you don't think
: customs is sitting on the mail line with a pocketful of search warrants
: you're goofy. You think they look at a package and pull and then go call a judge
: to ask if it is ok, c'mon. Even if they come to your house like a crack bust
: they yell 'search warrant' after they break your door down! Even if they
: don't have a warrant and you let them in i.e. (open your door, don't do it if
: cops are out there! Talk to them through the door!) Once you open the door
: and they get suspicious one of the cops can stay and the other can go back
: and get a warrant. They get a warrant 'AFTER' they open it if that's is even
: Another part stated that customs can open any private mail carriers' letters
: anytime they want without a search warrant. That may be true, but if they were
: doing this I think they would have a hell of a lot of law suits on their handss
: for opening 'confidential' legitimate business correspondence. Furthermore,
: these companies usually have a guarantee on service delivery. I don't think
: customs is going to be able to sit on a load for a couple days because that
: would void the carriers contract and they would be sued.
: Now I'm not ripping the guy that sent me this or anything, but I'm just trying
: to explain the merits of using either service. If all you ship are 'b-12',
: they aren't going to stop and send it to a lab.
: Let the discussion begin.
: Anarchy in the USA!
True...sometimes packages are opened upon reasonable/experienced suspecion and
if detected a warrant will be obtained after the fact. And remember if they call
you to pick up your parcel, DO NOT...unless you like a 8x10 room with a hairy roomate.