11-13-2008, 09:42 PM
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I'm not sure about the fish, because I've never had a fish shipped to me... (seems like they would have a good chance of dying... but that's an un-substantiated opinion, not fact).
I'm replying to ask whether you had the fish shipped UPS or FED-EX? Typically these carriers have other options if you miss a delivery.
They should leave a sticky on your door, and if you read the whole thing you'll notice that you can call a # to get more options. If it's early enough in the day you can sometimes get the driver to stop by at a later time. If it's later in the day, say past 6:00pm, you should still call because they usually have pick up hours, where they will hold the package at the distribution center until like 9:00pm or you could pick it up first thing in the morning.
Another idea is when you buy it be sure that you, or someone else will be around all day the next day to be sure it is okay. Online retailers will not guarantee a fish that is not accepted right away with a signature (so they can track exactly what time you received the package so you can't wait before calling claiming dead livestock).