Have you ever had experience with a used USPS tracking number? (especially with international orders)

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Have you ever had experience with a used USPS tracking number? (especially with international orders)

A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
My order has been shipped today, but when I try to track it, it shows the status "Attempted Delivery abroad" in Australia in 2009 (and I live in Russia). I requested more info from USPS archives and I soon saw the whole succession of tracking statuses that you see when you track an international package (Electronic Shipping Info Received, Arrival, International Dispatch, Arrived Abroad, Into Foreign Customs etc.), which did happen in 2009 to Australia. Clearly, the number has been used already for another package.

Has anyone encountered this? What happened?
(I started this discussion in "Shopping the Site" because I did not know which category would be more appropriate)
04/26/2011
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It seems the number is wrong and from an old sell. send a support ticket to ask for the right one.
04/26/2011
A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople) A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
Thanks for the answer!
By the way, here's an update: after a few hours it started tracking as if the number was right from the beginning.
I guess, USPS are recycling old tracking numbers.
04/30/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
Hmmm, haven't come across this problem.
If they are reusing old tracking numbers, then they should wipe the old ones from the system so that kind of thing doesn't happen.

I'm so not a fan of USPS! They have issues!
05/01/2011
Howells Howells
They kinda lost tracking when the shipment left the US. Maybe there was a note when it reached our customs, I don't remember.
05/01/2011
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Quote:
Originally posted by A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
Thanks for the answer!

By the way, here's an update: after a few hours it started tracking as if the number was right from the beginning.

I guess, USPS are recycling old tracking numbers.
The USPS definitely recycles tracking/delivery confirmation numbers, though it's usually six months to a year before it happens.
05/19/2011
Do emu Do emu
Yes, but only at first. They soon gave me a new tracking number without me sending in an inquiry to anyone.
05/06/2012
Hot'n'Bothered Hot'n'Bothered
Quote:
Originally posted by A Closet Slut (aka nipplepeople)
Thanks for the answer!

By the way, here's an update: after a few hours it started tracking as if the number was right from the beginning.

I guess, USPS are recycling old tracking numbers.
Seems to me I have had this happen once (Not with an eden order) And the same thing happened. Checking it later, the number had 'refreshed' to my own package.
05/06/2012
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