T'is the season to start buying stuff online. As someone who loathes lines and the nonexistence of customer service, I am a fan of online shopping. Over the years I have purchased many things online and also have received several packages from people so I've had a lot of varying experiences from different mail carrier services. Here is my analysis.
USPS: They are probably my favorite, as long as they leave the package here even if I'm not home. I know it's their job to take it back to the post office if I'm not but it is a pain in the arse going there. Also: in my experience, when they have a delivery for me, many times the courier will cheerfully call out "mailman!" as i'm opening the door, which makes me several degrees happier, and i say, "thank you!" and he says, "you are welcome! Have a great day!" And I say, "You TOO!" and by the end of that interaction I am dance-walking, swinging my arms high and whistling zippity doo dah while i walk back to my apartment door with my parcel tucked under my arm.
UPS: They are friendly too, but, in my experience, a little TOO friendly. When the delivery man starts inviting me to parties and saying things like "what you been up to? I haven't seen you in a while" and i say "i don't know..um.. i guess i'm not buying much stuff lately" and he said "well you should buy more stuff!" *wink* and also asks if i have a cat because he has some cat toys he's trying to get rid of, (?) I feel a bit intruded-upon not to mentioned slightly (very) creeped out, and i have to put up some resistance. This is where the fake phone call comes in handy, where I can pretend to be on the phone when i answer the door which leaves time enough only for a whispered "oh, thank you!" signing for the package, and closing the door so I can resume my "call." Otherwise I'll get cornered into talking about my marriage and whether or not I'm happy in it.
FedEx: I like FedEx. They are fast in getting a package to me and fast in delivering it into my hands. Kind of freakishly fast, in fact. I open the door, and as i'm saying "thank y---" ZING! He is gone, and a puff of dust is in his place. And i stand there a few moments longer wondering where he went, and perhaps I just imagined the whole thing or had a memory lapse because where did this box I'm holding come from??