Update by user Jul 19, 2012
Added on July 19- The reason I bought this item from Amazon was because I was offered a $30 discount if I applied and was accepted for an Amazon Chase credit card. The card arrived today and the package is still 2 days and 37 miles away!
Original review posted by user Jul 18, 2012
I ordered 2 items- one eligible for free shipping, one not. The one with paid shipping was shipped the next day.
The free shipping package took 5 days to ship- it was shipped right after I complained to both the seller and Amazon. In Amazon's return email they stated that they shipped orders in a way that was most economical to them and offered to sell me an upgrade for faster shipping in the future. The seller said that he had no responsibility for how Amazon fulfilled the purchase.
I think the delivery companies might also be involved. My package, scheduled to be delivered on the last estimated delivery date, will take 5 days to travel 215 miles. It's been sitting in a FEDEX SMARTPOST facility for 2 days.
I should have spent 2 more dollars and bought the item on Ebay...