« on: March 01, 2017, 05:31:04 pm »
I've never had a problem with General Delivery. I choose a post office in a town small enough to only have one post office, which is about five days away, a town that I expect to pass through in the middle of the day in the middle of the week. I check the post office address carefully, and the hours. I've never had a problem with the hours listed on the web being wrong. Be careful of the weekends, as some post offices have little to no hours there. Some post offices also close some afternoons, and many small post offices close for lunch. I choose a delivery method (e.g., priority mail) that will get the package there at least two day in advance of when I plan to be there.
As mentioned earlier, make damn sure you have the right zip code. The zip code trumps everything else written on the package.
Cities with more than one post office typically designate one of them as the general delivery post office. That may or may not be the main post office, and it may or may not be the post office that corresponds to the zip code you chose. That's why I always try to choose a town with only one post office to avoid the hassle of potentially ending up at the wrong one.