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Christmas delivery: The longer you delay, the more you pay

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Desperation to deliver to a destination, despite procrastination, just might take your last dollar. Desperation to deliver to a destination, despite procrastination, just might take your last dollar.
Dan Jackman Dan Jackman
Jeff Wafford Jeff Wafford
John Hassmann John Hassmann

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Economic recovery means more business and more stress for retailers and shippers trying to ensure that your gifts reach their intended recipients in time for Christmas. Mid-afternoon is the closest the St. Matthews Post Office gets to a lull on the eve of Christmas Eve.

Dan Jackman is hopeful that he timed his trip perfectly.

"We had to mail the Christmas gifts, and turn around and wait three days to mail these," he explained.

The destination - San Antonio, "So that my granddaughter doesn't get them for Christmas and her birthday, the same day."

Relatively speaking, Grandpa's got it easy.

"You have 20,000 people in Louisville, it's show-time for us," said UPS spokesperson Jeff Wafford. "It's the most hectic day of the year."

So much so UPS wouldn't allow cameras into its Louisville Worldport air operations. Four million packages were expected to come through Monday.

"You're seeing a shortened shipping season because Thanksgiving fell so late, the shipping season was only 17 days, whereas in previous seasons it's been longer than that," Wafford said. "There's time left, but you really are on your last minute."

Desperation to deliver to a destination, despite procrastination, just might take your last dollar. WAVE 3 News priced the delivery of a 5 lb toy via FedEx from Louisville, Kentucky to Rockford, Illinois.

Guaranteed delivery by 8:30 a.m. Christmas Eve runs $108.90. Delivery by 3 p.m. is $67.94. The price drops by more than half again, to $29.84, if you're willing to accept its arrival by 10:30 a.m. December 26.

"Put on there ‘Happy Holidays', ‘Happy New Year', ‘Season's Greetings,' something of a more generic nature," said Taste of Kentucky owner John Hassmann. "So if it does get there after Christmas, it'll still be well-received."

The Middletown-based business A Taste of Kentucky expects to ship a record 40,000 packages of Commonwealth pride, ranging from bourbon balls to bourbon-barrel cakes, to University of Kentucky and University of Louisville athletic apparel.

"Since most of them are going to adults, it's not as big as if it's going to a child and needs to be there for Christmas," he said. "Otherwise, you're spending more to ship it this late, than the cost of the gift itself."

But timing is everything to Jackman. Beyond wishing ‘Let There Be Peace on Earth,'  he lives by another daily credo, "All is peaceful in the home," he laughed.

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