This is just a heads up as I see many people in the post office who really don't have a clue what service they should get or fail to get proof of postage - which covers you up to £20.
By all means turn this into a debate about the merits or not of the courier you use.
For a lot of people and who don't want the faff of signing up to various sites, don't have a depot nearby or can't wait for a courier to turn up most people have a post office nearby and most collect Parcelforce packages which are generally large or heavy.
What a lot of people don't know is that if you join Rewards4U on their site you get 15% off. You can also get this in post offices even if you haven't got an account with them. Just tell them that you have and hey presto - 15% off like that!
Like all these companies that quote a price and can instantly knock a decent % off it goes to show quite how much we are being ripped off in the 1st place but - hey ho!!
I generally use MyHermes and out of over 700 parcels around 5 have been lost or damaged. Pretty good odds and a lot better than RM.
But if you have a large or expensive item that requires additional cover and that's convenient then Parcelforce aren't bad.
I always advise sending the quickest way so it isn't getting chucked about so with the 15% saved you can gain 24 hours less worry time!
Hope this helps someone who was unaware