So i recently sell some stuff on ebay via paypal, i haven't sold stuff on ebay for a while and some things had change for the better. The payments started coming in and i had the option of doing postage on-line. i thought yeah this is good as it means money doesn't actually come out of my pocket (i'd also heard/seen someone else saying about postal on-line so it was kinda at the back of my mind anyhow).
Normally when i get paypal money it gets spent on other stuff, it's never there long enough to be transferred into my bank account. So I'm always sort of out of pocket when i post stuff off as i actually have to pay for the postage from my normal money (if you get my drift)
Anyway so i go about doing the postal stuff on-line and after few attempts it's all good because i can get my postage label and my delivery note out of one A4 sheet of paper. I send all my items First class recorded just to provide a quick and a$$ covered service.
so all parcels are ready to go and from what i can tell all i need to do is drop them off at the post office. hmm huge que at main post office and no where to just drop stuff, i kinda thought there would be a big "PUT YOUR PRE-PAID ITEMS HERE" sign with a shoot or something under it but no. So i stand in the que for what seems like hours. I finally get to the counter and say to the lady I've pre paid all these on-line do i just drop them off with you? She looks at me blankly. I say this is the first time I've done prepay on-line so I'm not sure how it all works. She asks her colleagues who are also a bit clueless, one then pipes up you'll have to fill in a recorded delivery slip. So i said I've paid for recorded on-line and labelled them up etc... so do i still have to fill out the RD forms. she looks blankly and says i don't know (I'm thinking it's a bit stupid going through it all on-line only to have to do it again when you get to the post office - in fact I'm thinking it's stupid anyhow as I've had to que anyhow)
So i give up and take the parcels away with me and head for a sub post office that might be quieter and i can find out exactly what should happen.
Small que but not too bad, i get to the counter explain everything, and she says I've seen the prepaid stuff before but people usually get the recorded delivery bit done here, I've never seen recorded delivery done on-line. She takes them anyway and says that should be fine if you've done it on-line.
Soooooooo i'm walking home and thinking i wont be doing that again, then it clicks, hang on a minute i don't have anything to prove i've actually posted these things *alarm bells* so another hour on the phone to RM trying to find out what *should* have happened (good job i don't have to pay for 0845 calls otherwise they would be making more money out of me keeping me on hold and bouncing me around departments)
Well it turns out i should have filled out RD forms and the items will only go first class and not recorded like i'd paid for, so now i'm thinking i definitely wont be doing that again - you still have the hassle of filling out the forms but you've also done it at home and wasted your ink and your paper you still have the same queuing and waiting around - the only good side i can see is using your paypal money but is the hassle really worth it, not for me it's not!
I guess i can see the good in it if your just sending letters i.e stuff that will fit in a letter box and doesn't need to be recorded but otherwise it's a pretty rubbish (all in my opinion of course) :giggle: