- Post Office parcel changes coming soon
Re: dimensions, to quote myself:
It’s not a u-turn as such, more a tweaking of the small parcel exception rule.
The proposed change would mean the existing small parcel exception rule of the cube [160x160x160mm], would be replaced with a larger, shoebox size, rule. Where the maximum can be 350x250x160mm]
Consultation is ongoing since September, with changes to be made towards the end of October if successful.
I think the general aim is to move most medium parcels into a small parcel classification. I personally think they took an unexpected hiding from the likes of Collect+, Myhermes etc, so are bringing back a comparable priced offering. I could be completely wrong. though.Posted 4 years agobrooessMember
I sold some wire bead 700c tyres on here recently at a loss cos the postage was more than the £10 I’d sold them for 😯
Collect + means I’m far more likely now to buy clothes and stuff online knowing I can send it back for free and not have to incur ££ from Royal Mail.
Without trying to open up the whole privatisation debate again, it should make them more responsive to customers now as they’ll lose revenue if they can’t respond to our requests and superior competitors… which for us and for e-comm, has to be a good thingPosted 4 years agobreatheeasyMember
Talking to the Post Office guy (well, when I say talking, more a debate on whether tubes less than 70cc were classed a s aprcel…).
Apparently “after feedback from customers” in the next week or so that a small parcel is going to be redefined – it was either 45x35x8cm or 16x16x16cm which was fairly restrictive. I can’t remember the dimensions but he showed me a fairly large box (bigger than a big shoe box) that is basically going to still be classed as a small parcel.
So hopefully it’ll now make it worthwhile again to flog the old junk on eBay.Posted 4 years agoDT78Member
I was shocked at the price to send things now, £8 to send a pair of shoes. Problem I have is I only have limited time to post things, like 20mins in my lunch hour which I can usually get to the PO and back in. How do the other parcel services work? Do I have to be in waiting for them to knock to pick the items up?Posted 4 years agogavtheoldskaterMember
don’t start me on the royal mail and their parcel price increase last april, it doubled the postage cost of the items i sell (6quid to 12) and i could’nt absorb the cost in my margin so effectively it killed my mail order side of sales. not too mention that i now use couriers as its marginally cheaper, so instead of sensing multiple packets most days from my local post office i now no longer use them at all. and i hear this story a lot from many of the shops i do trade with.Posted 4 years agofivespotMember
Seems to be a bit of confusion between Royal Mail and Post Office here. Royal Mail has been sold off, not Post Office, its a completely different company now.
But PO prices and their recent scandalous rises are a joke. I spend time now packaging items to fit in the cheapest postage category, eg: split a headset up to fit as flat as you can, that way it goes as large letter instead of small package 😉Posted 4 years agobreatheeasyMember
Sold a set of bars recently, RM wanted 11.96 – cheapest, Hermes was 4.20. I’d far rather use RM, but that’s just not competitive.
That was the conversation I was having with the post master. Apparently (and unbeknown to him as their offical ‘comms’ didn’t have it on) as long as the handlebars are in a tube (i.e. a bit of rolled cardboard) as long as the length plus 2xdiameter isn’t over 104cm then it’s a medium parcel and hence it should have been a lot less than £12 -(that’ll be the ParcelForce 48hr price).
Give him his dues, he did ring up the central office and check the website and only charged me for the cheaper rate. Plus I’m on his ‘platinum support package’ so I can leave a bin bag full of parcels and some cash and he’ll sort it all out when the PO is quiet so I don’t have to wait in the queue or hold anyone else up. I just waltz in sometime later and pick up my change and receipts. 8)Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Sent some fork legs to Yorkshire recently, just under £20.Posted 4 years ago
Sent a frame to Denmark for £27, both with Parcelforce.
That’s mad. I asked about this and was told it’s because international is done on weight only and domestic is to do with size. Is the UK the only country who’s main postal services bases prices on size?jfletchMember
As well as the cost going up dramatically, in our post office they now insist on being told what is in the parcel and then quoting a price for the parcel including insurance which I didn’t want
My fave was when I tried to post a child’s toy as a birthday present.
Postie: What in the parcel?
Me: A childs toy
Postie: Does it have batteries?
Me: Yes – It’s a childs toy!
Postie: Sorry we can’t post batteries
Postie: Dangerious innit
Me: But I ordered it via Amazon who sent it to me in the post
Postie: Sorry its the rules
So I go to another post office.
Postie: What in the parcel?Posted 4 years ago
Me: A childs toy
Postie: Does it have batteries?
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