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Postal madness!

Yesterday was mostly a really good day, Julienne and Esther came round for coffee first thing, then we all went to Coffee Plus. After that I went to Mum's for lunch. All very pleasant and good fun!

After that I decided to post the CDs off to Canada. Now, I think the Royal Mail are completely mad!!! I had one box containing twenty five CDs all going to one person in Canada. It weighed over 2kgs, and the lady at the post office said it was going to cost £37 to send! but then added that if I put the same weight in two different parcels it would be much cheaper! So I went home and chopped the box in two, sealed, secured and addressed the two separate small boxes and returned to the Post Office and managed to cut more than £12 off the original price! How silly is that? - the Post Office now have two parcels to handle, sort and deliver instead of one, the total weight of the two parcels is slightly heavier than the original parcel because of the extra packaging required, I really can't see any benefit to them at all...can anyone enlighten me? - or is this just madness?


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Jan. 27th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like madness to me!
And a lot of extra effort on your part. And you make a good case for the stupidity of two parcels meaning more handling, packaging and everything!

I posted something heavyish to Germany the other day, and I asked if it would have been any cheaper going by surface or whatever it's called now. She looked it up. Airmail $27, economy (surface) $24.50 - not much of a saving, huh. I stuck with the airmail because otherwise she said I'd have to tear off all the stickers LOL!
Jan. 27th, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a lot of extra hassle really, I had to cut the box in half and then use card and brown paper and lots of sellotape to make the whole thing really secure for the journey, plus an extra trip to the post office...

But the difference in cost was just too big to ignore, you are talking more than $30 NZ!!!!
Jan. 28th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
-But the difference in cost was just too big to ignore, you are talking more than $30 NZ!!!!
Yeah, that's a helluva lot of money saved! Definitely worth the irritating effort.
Jan. 27th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
that does sound mad! Perhaps it is something to do with the insurance cost? Even if they lose one package they still have the other one they don't have to reimburse you for. almost like better than having your eggs in one basket.
Well worth knowing though, becuase I send parcels to Ben's great aunt in Canada quite frequently. The christmas gift cost around that to send and it would easily have gone in different packages as we sent her quite a few different items. It is mad though! Nice of the post office lady to let you know too.
Jan. 27th, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Canada
The key to the whole thing seems to be whether your parcel exceeds 2kg or not, but I don't get the logic behind it...but yes, it's definitely worth knowing for future reference.
Jan. 27th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
That's just bizarre! But yay, post office lady for cluing you in.
Jan. 27th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was nice of her to point it out! - but the more I think about it the crazier it seems...
Jan. 28th, 2007 01:35 pm (UTC)
It's madness! We had a similar experience with a parcel to Germany - I think a lot of post office personel are disposed to be helpful! The madness lies at the top, with the people who renamed themselves Consignia then had to rename themselves again.
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