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So, looks like the days of returning home to find a box of cigars (or pipe tobacco, et al) waiting on your front porch are gone!

As of December 19th, UPS requires a signature for any/all tobacco deliveries.

From their website:

All Tobacco Product Shipments must be made using UPS Delivery Confirmation Adult Signature Required service, requiring the signature of an adult 21 years of age or older upon delivery.

Although I do get the intention behind the requirement, it does kinda suck if you can't receive your package at work.

Small Batch still uses USPS, and so far USPS does not require a signature...Is anyone aware of any other online retailers using USPS?
 

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I get a lot of stuff that travels UPS to the main post office in New Orleans and then is delivered in the daily mail. Curious how that will be handled. Are they asking for an ID to check your age or is it a theft issue?
 

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I get a lot of stuff that travels UPS to the main post office in New Orleans and then is delivered in the daily mail. Curious how that will be handled. Are they asking for an ID to check your age or is it a theft issue?
This is how most of my packages arrive as well. They travel via UPS and then USPS makes the final delivery to my mailbox.

I have only received 3 orders since December 19th and none of them required a signature.
 
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I've had a lot of UPS orders sine the 19th no sigs required, for some reason during the holidays USPS required sigs on the out of the US stuff, but so far none required for UPS, including 2 today
 
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Just got a delivery Wednesday and they just dropped it off on the front porch. This will definitely be a problem when they actually start requiring a signature because I work afternoon shift and they usually stop around 2 hours after I leave.
 

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UPS probably defines that on the web site, but it's up to the shipper to select that option for each shipment. As I recall, adult signature is about $5 for each shipment. It gives UPS plausible deniability if the package is delivered to someone under 21.

That will increase shipping costs dramatically. USPS priority is faster and cheaper anyhow.
 

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If they have to verify age I think eventually you will see more pickup at distribution center or post office requirements. Going back and forth to have an adult available to sign for it just adds costs and delays.
 
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I think reasoning is because of age and having them "fall into the wrong hands" aka anyone under 21. I could also see a slight reasoning because of these "porch pirates" stealing packages right after UPS, USPS etc. drop off packages at our doorsteps. Most of my cigar deliveries have been via UPS then transferred to the USPS and I haven't had any issues, yet. Then again, I haven't made any cigar purchases from on-line retailers in quite a few months. If they charge us more now just for this "signature", then it's a BS money grab IMHO.
 

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I think reasoning is because of age and having them "fall into the wrong hands" aka anyone under 21. I could also see a slight reasoning because of these "porch pirates" stealing packages right after UPS, USPS etc. drop off packages at our doorsteps. Most of my cigar deliveries have been via UPS then transferred to the USPS and I haven't had any issues, yet. Then again, I haven't made any cigar purchases from on-line retailers in quite a few months. If they charge us more now just for this "signature", then it's a BS money grab IMHO.
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Why no buying?
Change in jobs which led to a big pay cut and working a 2nd job trying to make up for the loss. Sadly, been like this for just shy of a year, but not giving up as my 2nd job has plenty of openings and interviews every few months. Just praying for the right time that they say “you’re hired.”


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I bought some sticks online through famous and they shipped USPS. Now I don’t know if it’s cause I’m in sorry ass California but USPS did require a signature. Sucks! That was a first for me.


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At least USPS can return the item to the post office where you can pick it up at your convenience, UPS doesn't have a distribution center in the area and the best he can do is "meet me somewhere" to get the signature. I am expecting an order Wednesday by SurePost (UPS and USPS final delivery) but tracking doesn't show a signature requirement.
 
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