So when the coupon mailer with coupons valid December 3-20 arrives in my mailbox on December 7, something is clearly wrong. It means that CostCo missed a weekend of high-volume Christmas shopping by either mailing late or allowing the USPS to deliver slower than usual. The address panel even has a request “Postmaster, please deliver between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1, 2009.”
I can only guess what happened, and my guess is that the US Postal Service is delivering standard rate mail slower than usual because of the holiday volume of packages, priority mail, and first class mail. Regardless of why the mail is late, late delivery is a Fail.
Learning: Prepare for the holiday season and compensate for prolonged delivery times by mailing early.