Let me start by saying this is not a complaint about the Alumni Association's Football Saturdays ticket program, as I really think it is quite fantastic and I genuinely appreciate it and have enjoyed the seats I have purchased from them over the years.
My frustration comes from this rule:
*To ensure all members receive equal opportunity to participate in the program, order forms received prior to 8 a.m. Eastern time on April 14, 2010, will be considered as if they were received on April 14, 2010, at 5 p.m. Eastern time. We encourage the use of a delivery service that allows you to guarantee delivery on a specific date.
Now, I live in Western Wayne county. I went to a local post office yesterday and spoke with a Postal Service employee. My conversation went something like this:
Me: "Yes, hi, I need this to get to Ann Arbor on Wednesday morning."
USPS: "Well, with Priority Mail, you can get it there tomorrow afternoon, no problem."
Me: "Yes, but that won't work, it can't get there tomorrow, it has to get there on Wednesday morning."
USPS: "Why can't it get there tomorrow?"
Me: "Because it would go to the back of the line if it did?"
USPS: "Well, you could hand deliver it, that would guarantee that it would get there Wednesday morning."
Me: "It's not allowed to be hand delivered."
USPS: "This is way more complicated than it needs to be."
Me: "Yes, yes it is."
So what I ended up doing was setting it up for Priority Mail, but not putting it in the mailbox at the post office until this morning, which will get it to Ann Arbor tomorrow morning, I hope. I hope.
Anyway, my general question to you, MGoWorld is, what is the best delivery service to use that guarantees delivery on a specific date. (I asked this question of the Alumni Association once and they said they couldn't say because it would seem like they were promoting a specific service.)
(Mostly, thank you for letting me get my Kafkaesque Michigan ticket saga out of my system.)