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3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
I have some items to collect from the other side of uk, but the person i'm collecting from doesn't have sufficient packaging.

Are there any reasonably priced couriers who can do this? collect the item from the house, and ship it to me undamaged? anyone done this and have any experience to share?

I usually use, parcel2go parcelmonkey and ipostparcels, but they don't seem to offer this, at least on their website.

Thanks :)
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3y, 1m agoPosted 3 years, 1 month ago
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Try posting your collection on Shiply.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Oct 27, 2013 00:22

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#1
Your cheapest option will be to ship that person appropriate packaging via MyHermes/Collect+.
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SUMMONER
Your cheapest option will be to ship that person appropriate packaging via MyHermes/Collect+.

Exactly my thoughts as I doubt any courier would ship items without packaging (except maybe large items like furniture)
#3
Thanks for replies so far.

I've considered this already :)

It is ok for one of the items, but unfortunately the other item has an additional issue, she is unable to lift the item, it weights 30kg,, if she can't lift it, she isn't going to be able to wrap it up :(
#4
You could ask her to find "a man in a van" to go direct from her to to you but I doubt if it would come cheap
#5
Try posting your collection on Shiply.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Oct 27, 2013 00:22
#6
I've used this company for a house move but they do smaller items/loads too.

http://www.anyvan.com/
#7
SUMMONER
Post your collection in Shiply.

Nice site, will give it a try..

Thanks
#8
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.
#9
Lou Scotland
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.

Yeah, fair point,

One item is a faulty AVR ( audio video receiver, ie amp ) which weights 30kg, and is the standard size of an AVR, the other item is a pair of floorstanding speakers, around 10kg each.

They are being collected from greater manchester, and being delivered to bristol, approx 164 miles :)
#10
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.

Yeah, fair point,

One item is a faulty AVR ( audio video receiver, ie amp ) which weights 30kg, and is the standard size of an AVR, the other item is a pair of floorstanding speakers, around 10kg each.

They are being collected from greater manchester, and being delivered to bristol, approx 164 miles :)

You are fairly lucky in location at both ends as neither are out of the way. Try Pickfords for a quote first of all as they have depots at both ends. Stress that you are flexible as regards dates (if you are) and that it's a part load price you want. That will give you some basic idea of cost and you can then get quotes from other companies in both Bristol and Manchester. For what you want the larger companies won't necessarily be any more expensive than small companies or 'man with van' type businesses.

It occurs to me that, if you can drive and are old enough to hire a little van (usually over 25) then that might be your best bet. A cheap 24 hour hire plus fuel may be cheaper for you if you don't mind a few hours drive each way. (Depending on size a car might do?).

Let us know how you get on!
#11
Lou Scotland
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.

Yeah, fair point,

One item is a faulty AVR ( audio video receiver, ie amp ) which weights 30kg, and is the standard size of an AVR, the other item is a pair of floorstanding speakers, around 10kg each.

They are being collected from greater manchester, and being delivered to bristol, approx 164 miles :)

You are fairly lucky in location at both ends as neither are out of the way. Try Pickfords for a quote first of all as they have depots at both ends. Stress that you are flexible as regards dates (if you are) and that it's a part load price you want. That will give you some basic idea of cost and you can then get quotes from other companies in both Bristol and Manchester. For what you want the larger companies won't necessarily be any more expensive than small companies or 'man with van' type businesses.

It occurs to me that, if you can drive and are old enough to hire a little van (usually over 25) then that might be your best bet. A cheap 24 hour hire plus fuel may be cheaper for you if you don't mind a few hours drive each way. (Depending on size a car might do?).

Let us know how you get on!

I have considered driving, the problem is my OH is 9 months pregnant, due any day... so i can't go on missions around the country really lol!

Our car does about 50mpg, and it still costs around 50 quid in fuel, plus the 5 hours+ there and back... meh, i'd get bored.

Thanks for your reply about pickfords, will give them a try
#12
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.

Yeah, fair point,

One item is a faulty AVR ( audio video receiver, ie amp ) which weights 30kg, and is the standard size of an AVR, the other item is a pair of floorstanding speakers, around 10kg each.

They are being collected from greater manchester, and being delivered to bristol, approx 164 miles :)

You are fairly lucky in location at both ends as neither are out of the way. Try Pickfords for a quote first of all as they have depots at both ends. Stress that you are flexible as regards dates (if you are) and that it's a part load price you want. That will give you some basic idea of cost and you can then get quotes from other companies in both Bristol and Manchester. For what you want the larger companies won't necessarily be any more expensive than small companies or 'man with van' type businesses.

It occurs to me that, if you can drive and are old enough to hire a little van (usually over 25) then that might be your best bet. A cheap 24 hour hire plus fuel may be cheaper for you if you don't mind a few hours drive each way. (Depending on size a car might do?).

Let us know how you get on!

I have considered driving, the problem is my OH is 9 months pregnant, due any day... so i can't go on missions around the country really lol!

Our car does about 50mpg, and it still costs around 50 quid in fuel, plus the 5 hours+ there and back... meh, i'd get bored.

Thanks for your reply about pickfords, will give them a try

Don't forget anyvan.com Worth getting a quote or two.
#13
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
jayjayuk1234
Lou Scotland
If one of the items is 30kg it's going to be expensive. Maybe your best option would be with a removal company, depending on where you live. If they will be near to where the items are to be collected and there's flexible access then it may be that they will collect the goods as single items as a part load.
If we knew what the items are, how big and how heavy and where they are to be collected from and delivered to it might be possible to give better advice.

Yeah, fair point,

One item is a faulty AVR ( audio video receiver, ie amp ) which weights 30kg, and is the standard size of an AVR, the other item is a pair of floorstanding speakers, around 10kg each.

They are being collected from greater manchester, and being delivered to bristol, approx 164 miles :)

You are fairly lucky in location at both ends as neither are out of the way. Try Pickfords for a quote first of all as they have depots at both ends. Stress that you are flexible as regards dates (if you are) and that it's a part load price you want. That will give you some basic idea of cost and you can then get quotes from other companies in both Bristol and Manchester. For what you want the larger companies won't necessarily be any more expensive than small companies or 'man with van' type businesses.

It occurs to me that, if you can drive and are old enough to hire a little van (usually over 25) then that might be your best bet. A cheap 24 hour hire plus fuel may be cheaper for you if you don't mind a few hours drive each way. (Depending on size a car might do?).

Let us know how you get on!

I have considered driving, the problem is my OH is 9 months pregnant, due any day... so i can't go on missions around the country really lol!

Our car does about 50mpg, and it still costs around 50 quid in fuel, plus the 5 hours+ there and back... meh, i'd get bored.

Thanks for your reply about pickfords, will give them a try

I think that once you get prices the cost of fuel might seem fairly attractive. It's good that it will fit in your car though, at least it gives you that option (baby permitting!).
Best of luck with the new arrival :)
#14
I've set large speakers before via Parelforce from Glasgow to Aberdeen 35kg for around £70
The guy didn't mind they weren't wrapped he just stuck a tiny sticker on it and it got there three days later :D


I've typed in 30kg from Bristol postcode to Greater Manchester postcode

http://puu.sh/50X75.png
#15
Thanks for all your replies,

i got an amazing deal on shiply. £24... result!


So extra thanks to Summoner
#16
That's cheap, lets hope they do a good job.
#17
Hey, did Shiply work out for you? I've got a similar dilemma (a large speaker than can't be boxed).
#18
As well as Shiply try http://www.uship.com/uk/ both do the same thing. Worth checking both out to see where you can get the best price from.

Any of these should be fine, as long as the person who collects it is reliable and correctly covers and straps your speaker in. Also check to see if they have the correct insurance cover, they need GIT to cover the items if they get damaged in transit.

I used to advertise on these years ago when I had my removal van, used to get the odd collection here and there in between house removals, it tends to cover the fuel costs and the customers would get a bargain compared to usual courier services.

Edited By: NEtech on Jul 09, 2014 12:18
#19
Thanks for the tips NEtech, I'll give them both a try. Always wanted an excuse to check out Shiply : ).
#20
Quick update, I ended up doing auctions for the speaker delivery on Shiply and UShip. I only got 4 Shiply bids for around £70. UShip was much better, starting around £45 and gradually going down. I went with the cheapest bid despite mixed feedback of the shipper (the speaker was not guaranteed working so didn't want to splash out on shipping) @ £31 + fees = £35. Their comms weren't great but they picked up on time-ish, treated it well (no damage or marks) and dropped off shortly after the same day. v. good.

So maybe I was just unlucky with Shiply, but uShip (erm) delivered, thanks NEtech.

Edited By: loot68 on Jul 16, 2014 14:22
#21
Couriers are pot luck, unless you have used them yourself before. Nice to see that you got a bargain with UShip. :)

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