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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 7:42 am 
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FMJ wrote:
USPS jacked their international rates a few weeks ago.

Now I know why the lines are shorter now. Maybe they will be justified in stopping Saturday delivery.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:11 am 
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Raging_Bulls wrote:
ajantom wrote:
Feel free to move it, but I felt it was bike related too.


That's exactly what I was thinking. Moving it to OT as it'll attract more views there.


We had one in <= '97 MTB as well.
I grab the link as it has some interesting talk as well...
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:52 am 
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scottmac wrote:
Funnily enough, I started a thread a while back about Royal Mail and got slated.

Glad I'm not the only one whom thinks they're too expensive :wink:


No, you were whingeing about spending a couple of quid to send stuff via the Royal Mail, when what you really wanted to know, via our mind reading skills, was how to spend big stuff cheaply.
arse>elbow, elbow<arse.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2013 10:55 am 
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Anthony wrote:
I would guess the huge price hikes are something to do with the government budget cuts, requiring Royal Mail to operate at a greater profit to help pay for hospitals, schools, ministerial limousines etc.

The definition things are a bloody nuisance, but I think one or two of the things said above aren't quite right, e.g.,

Handlebars
These should still be able to go as Medium Parcel rather than Parcelforce - it says "Roll or cylinder shaped parcels larger than these sizes can be posted as Medium Parcels up to and including 90cm in length and up to and including 104cm (length plus twice the diameter)"

Having to wait in for a Parcelforce collection
Parcelforce are in fact encouraging you to leave your parcel at your local post office for collection, and that way you get a £1 discount. There is a further £1 discount if your buyer will collect the parcel from his local post office.

Rims
This always could be a problem, depending on whether the post office took the rules literally. Does a 61 x 61 x 3cm package come within a 61 x 45 x 45cm limit? Strictly speaking no, but its volume is about a tenth of the volume of the biggest medium parcel, so common sense has often prevailed in the past. It depends whether the local post office wants to turn away business. Maybe they'll be forced to in future.

Forks
Again it depends on how literally they take the limit - 70 x 20 x 10cm is about a tenth of the volume of the biggest medium parcel, so we'll see. Anyway, even if it was accepted as a medium parcel, the price for that kind of weight has gone up hugely, so not all that much different to a Parcelforce price.

I like the sound of myHermes and I think I'll give that a go. The max length of 1.2m and max weight of 15kg could be a problem for sending bikes, but I think 1.2m isn't a lot different from Parcelforce's 3m for length plus girth (I usually go for 120 x 70 x20)


Common sense is not very common at post office counters. It does exist, but only in isolated pockets...


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:51 pm 
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lrh wrote:
Same here, had some bars and forks to post and Royal Mail had almost tripled their price overnight! Used "MyHermes" through Parcel2Go.com and dropped them off at a newsagent a few miles away. No queue, no fuss, free tracking too. Never entering a Post Office again.

http://www.parcel2go.com/


I second that, give Parcel2Go a try and Hermes are the cheapest.

RM have shot themselves in the foot with these new price hikes.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 9:07 pm 
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suburbanreuben wrote:
scottmac wrote:
Funnily enough, I started a thread a while back about Royal Mail and got slated.

Glad I'm not the only one whom thinks they're too expensive :wink:


No, you were whingeing about spending a couple of quid to send stuff via the Royal Mail, when what you really wanted to know, via our mind reading skills, was how to spend big stuff cheaply.
arse>elbow, elbow<arse.

Whingeing eh?

pot>kettle, kettle<pot?

Oh, and I did find a good courier, thanks :P


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