send a parcel upto 10kg for £3.49 @ collectplus
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send a parcel upto 10kg for £3.49 @ collectplus

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Found 11th Jan 2013
i've just looked at a company called collectplus after being recommnded it by a friend as i sell a bit on ebay. to send a 9.9kg parcel by royal mail would cost at least £15. use collect plus. have the item sent to your customers nearest collect plus shop and as long as you parcel is under 10kg send it for £3.49 or for £6.99 to their address either way it is a big saving compared to royal mail. hope this helps all us ebay sellers out there. who knows if we all leave royal mail they might drop their prices. we can live in hope

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Wow where have you been? This is a well known service and something that you use with caution, the drivers are mostly useless as the company is Yodel
Hopeless, valued goods damaged. Don't use this crowd, or anyone via parcel to go.
yep - look to my profile and find my Collect+ thread

have had no end of issues with Collect+ and as mentioned above, the courier service they use is Yodel - but the interface between PayPoint and Yodel is woefully inadequate and full of holes that unscrupulous local shop staff can exploit without trace.

EliTom
Used them for 50+ Parcels. Posting times vary massively from 2-3 days to 7+ days.
Lost one and took them 3 weeks to ay up.
Also, note if you book and pay but don't use the ticket they will not offer you a refund in full or partial. Once you pay your money has gone. So I stopped using them as a fairly decent customer I felt that was a bit off....!
Used them a couple of times no issues.

Think it's like the post office, hit and miss service
My "local" is the petrol station, as I know they type of people and staff turnover these places have I won't trust this service.
Mr_Smith

Used them for 50+ Parcels. Posting times vary massively from 2-3 days to … Used them for 50+ Parcels. Posting times vary massively from 2-3 days to 7+ days.Lost one and took them 3 weeks to ay up.Also, note if you book and pay but don't use the ticket they will not offer you a refund in full or partial. Once you pay your money has gone. So I stopped using them as a fairly decent customer I felt that was a bit off....!



what ticket?
garethsmith72

Used them a couple of times no issues.Think it's like the post office, … Used them a couple of times no issues.Think it's like the post office, hit and miss service



i've had FAR more problems with Royal Mail, but it is a cut-throat industry, we want cheep, we get...... upon sometimes.
Did anybody know which service is best to use for sending parcels on Ebay...?Thanks
SKNIGHT

Did anybody know which service is best to use for sending parcels on … Did anybody know which service is best to use for sending parcels on Ebay...?Thanks



many here swear by parcels2go but you have to wait in for the courier pickup - no use to me as I am out at work all day / abroad on business.

i have used MyHermes via drop off shop - local Coop and they have worked well, but they deliver to the customer - not to a local shop.

With Collect+ it would appear that the problems are with the receiving shop as traceability can be lost on the Yodel to shop handover ....

EliTom
They are OK for sending large, relatively low value items.

I wouldn't entrust them with an iPhone 5 / Galaxy SIII / Lumia 920 *

* Delete where appropriate Didn't want to upset any fanboys! ;-)
Be very cautious when booking via Parcel2go as the wrong service comes up! After putting in measurements and weight they were offering the 'jiffy' service, I asked if it was ok to send a box and they said 'of course' - not so, it must be a jiffy bag, if you have a box it has to go at the higher rate service which doesn't even come up on parcel2go as an alternative service! My local drop off shop was useless (a garage) and parcels took ages for delivery. I use Myhermes which I know a lot of people don't like either but have not had one parcel problem with them at all, drop off shop service with Hermes takes around 2/3 days for delivery, around 4/5 for home collection. You can also get signature on delivery too. The best three bits of advice I can give - wrap parcels 'very well' a bit of tape here and there is not good enough, use internal packaging (screwed up newspaper is good enough) to bulk up the box and make it solid rather than floppy and squashy, sellotape the label all over with clear tape (except barcode) so it can't come off in transit. Basically, if you can drop your parcel from head height without damaging box or contents then its ok to send!
elitom

many here swear by parcels2go but you have to wait in for the courier … many here swear by parcels2go but you have to wait in for the courier pickup - no use to me as I am out at work all day / abroad on business.i have used MyHermes via drop off shop - local Coop and they have worked well, but they deliver to the customer - not to a local shop.With Collect+ it would appear that the problems are with the receiving shop as traceability can be lost on the Yodel to shop handover ....EliTom


Thanks EliTom ,actually i have few brand new things to sell on ebay,but because i am new to ebay and dont know how to sell and which service is best to use for sending parcels for home delivery,thats why wanted to know,thanks for your answer.Do you know is there any service who can pick parcels to send from home?Thanks
Just started using these this past week as MyHermes once again did not turn up, waited in two days. Local shop normally has a gang of scallys standing outside within arms reach of all the pick up and collect parcels. First parcel dropped off Saturday, no sign tracking just said dropped off so rang up courier on Monday, luckily local number answered quickly and was told not in system yet, staff must have scanned it wrong even though I had the correct receipt off the shop.
On Monday took two more and they where picked up next day no problem, other parcel was still not tracking, I emailed and received a reply quickly and was told at depot. Then emailed again and was told must still be in the shop so went round and asked where it was, told it was picked up but staff member looked where the parcels are kept and found it shoved under the shelf, would have still been there if I had not gone to see where it was. That was Tuesday, was not picked up then till Wednesday, attempted delivery next day though.
My other two parcels to same recipient even though picked up same time and tracked same time where not delivered together, took another day to deliver the other, dont ask me why.

Its a very cheap convenient service, you take a huge risk dropping it off at your local shop. Luckily local number and answer quickly as they do with emails so not too bad just as long as delivered and in one piece.

Best courier service is UPS via interparcel, then royal mail and parcel force.

SKNIGHT

Thanks EliTom ,actually i have few brand new things to sell on ebay,but … Thanks EliTom ,actually i have few brand new things to sell on ebay,but because i am new to ebay and dont know how to sell and which service is best to use for sending parcels for home delivery,thats why wanted to know,thanks for your answer.Do you know is there any service who can pick parcels to send from home?Thanks



try interparcel, normally spot on, parcel2go no problems as yet. however these are agents so once paid its then upto the courier to turn up. myhermes are the worst for not picking up or delivering.
I have no problems with this service, I use it with my bussiness.
I send parcels around the world and use different services, I would prefer Interlink Express then any other.
SKNIGHT

Did anybody know which service is best to use for sending parcels on … Did anybody know which service is best to use for sending parcels on Ebay...?Thanks



I use Interparcel to arrange all mine, and most go via hermes. Interparcel have a very good and responsive help team, but I've never had a problem with a delivery going astray (50+ shipments this past year) so don't know what would happen if something did go missing. For really valuable stuff I go ParcelForce 48hr, just on the grounds the faster the shipment process the less time for the stuff to get nicked.

mike
Totally unexpected event using these people, I'll explain. Sent a parcel shop to shop for this price before Christmas. My relative said don't do it again because the shop that we sent it too was not very welcoming when she collected it, in fact she said she felt scared!! Sure this a one off but in future I'll still use the shop to home service only unless the recipient knows the shop destination well.
0049ner

Totally unexpected event using these people, I'll explain. Sent a parcel … Totally unexpected event using these people, I'll explain. Sent a parcel shop to shop for this price before Christmas. My relative said don't do it again because the shop that we sent it too was not very welcoming when she collected it, in fact she said she felt scared!! Sure this a one off but in future I'll still use the shop to home service only unless the recipient knows the shop destination well.



Think this could be the same shop i used to pick up a parcel - Owner was very rude and served everyone in the shop first (getting in the money) before dealing with me. Will not be using this shop again.
that is the big problem with Collect+

the shops are paid literally pennies to deal with the parcel - the service is sold to them on the basis that they get extra foot traffic and they are pressured by PayPoint to offer the service

Hence many shops don't really want to deal with the parcels and don't care about them

I have had several incidents like these and one where a parcel coming to me was not scanned in by the receiving shop (new user who did not know the process) so many shops know all the loop holes in the very un-robust process.

hence why I will never use Collect+ again - great concept badly implemented

EliTom
I detest Yodel, had a few probs with them but lately they have been better but customer service is crap whenever I have rung I get someone who don't speak English and hang up on me.
I used Collect+ for the first time earlier this week. Took my parcel to my local shop and it was delivered 24 hours later so I was very impressed and will be using them again.
Thing with Collect+ is the newsagent drop-off. I've had them refuse bigger packages because; "I'm not having that thing under my feet all day". Even though it's within the size limits. I've also had them tell me lies like "the driver driver doesn't come anymore" - I could see the packages in the back of the shop. That could be really annoying if you are not in a car or not many agents near by, too unreliable for my liking.
I've used them on about 10 occasions delivery times vary a bit but generally no issues. Lost one parcel, then found it 3 weeks later and sent it back to me. Gave me a full refund on the postage. My local is a newsagent and a petrol station, never had an issue dropping of large parcels.
Thanks caverncity ,Thanks mbuckhurst , Thanks for your informative and helpful information.
i just wanted to know people expect from a courier company do want fast delivery with reliable couriers and the items to only go through one sorting hub and then onto local depots and what kind of price would people pay for 1 - 2 day courier delivery within the uk
Sent another collect+ on Thursday, late afternoon. shop keeper was busy watching the alleged pilfering school kids so didnt look to pleased I was there. However it was picked up Friday and delivered Saturday morning, great service for £4.99.
spaceinvader

Thing with Collect+ is the newsagent drop-off. I've had them refuse … Thing with Collect+ is the newsagent drop-off. I've had them refuse bigger packages because; "I'm not having that thing under my feet all day". ....



My local drop off store has one little metal shelf (approx 3' x 1') that you get in small food stores. If that gets full they won't take anything else until it is clear. It seems that the whole chain is at fault
patchmurray

They are OK for sending large, relatively low value items.I wouldn't … They are OK for sending large, relatively low value items.I wouldn't entrust them with an iPhone 5 / Galaxy SIII / Lumia 920 ** Delete where appropriate Didn't want to upset any fanboys! ;-)



My friend sent an SIII via Collect+. It got broken.
For this I was happy.

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bigmac77uk

i've just looked at a company called collectplus after being recommnded … i've just looked at a company called collectplus after being recommnded it by a friend as i sell a bit on ebay. to send a 9.9kg parcel by royal mail would cost at least £15. use collect plus. have the item sent to your customers nearest collect plus shop and as long as you parcel is under 10kg send it for £3.49 or for £6.99 to their address either way it is a big saving compared to royal mail. hope this helps all us ebay sellers out there. who knows if we all leave royal mail they might drop their prices. we can live in hope WARNING SHIPPED VIA YODEL- kiwikeen



I've used this service for six months, no problems reported by recipients. This is available to Amazon sellers and is reliable. We have sent 60+ parcels directly to customer and all have arrived within timescale. It's when people are out they get sent to the local shop for collection.
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