Cheap Parcel Delivery - official discussion
edited 9 December 2022 at 4:29PM in Ebay, auctions, car boot sales, post & parcels
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1) small parcels with low valuation, e.g. £20. I've was using parcel2go > Hermes but realised that going directly through Hermes with TCB (cashback) is cheaper. Is there anything out there cheaper for small parcel < £20?
2) small and medium parcels with high valuations > £20. I believe RM are the only ones that group the insurance costs into different tiers whereas others apply the same calculation depending on he overall value (could be wrong).
From what I can tell, RM generally work out cheaper here as other parties charge significantly more for larger insurance.
So, is there anything better cost wise for both small parcels < £20 than hermes+cashback and for small/medium parcels > £20 with RM?
Just want to ensure I'm not missing out.
On a completely unrelated note, as I browsed through the last few pages of this thread, and generally do whenever I frequent it I notice alot of the comments are about how company "X" is terrible, followed by the personal experience.
For someone who has sold bits and bobs frequently over the years of all sorts and all prices, I have found (in my own personal experience) Hermes and parcel2go to be exceptional and Royal Mail to be utterly terrible. Having shipped hundreds of parcels with my hermes over the years domestically and internationally, I have had one single incident of a missing parcel, which was to Romania and was fully refunded, without issue after following procedure.
I won't even go into the issues I've had with RM, as they are countless.
Some, (Royal Mail) try to value a thing at the price you PAID not the price you SOLD it for. "caveat (as ever) emptor"
Who did you think was going to deliver it?
Beware of the high cost of insurance when booking through INTERPARCEL.
Recent events associated with the loss, despite being tracked, of an uninsured item booked via Interparcel resulted in a careful consideration of the how much insurance costs.
If you do take insurance through Interparcel it costs more than booking direct with Hermes. For example if you are buying the same 2/3 day tracked delivery as is offered by Hermes, Interparcel remove the £20 cover provided by Hermes if booked direct. Whilst they do make it clear that there is no cover, if you do wish to add insurance, they charge you from £0 rather than £20 as is the case with Hermes and at a higher rate per level of cover. This resulted in a significantly higher overall cost than might be initially gleaned from the comparison prices initially offered.
I honestly don't think you can call it a scam when you fail to read anything at all before you give your money to a third party booker. I just did a dummy quote, it is as clear as a bell that item attracts no insurance when you take the cheapest Hermes quote- it's there exactly where you can see it before you even go ahead and enter your details:
My dummy quote showed a saving of £1.63 by opting for Hermes with no insurance, over the next cheapest quote with insurance.
A lot of us have had issues with couriers, including Hermes, but this is not a scam
All views are my own and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.
and the part in red is the problem.
I have modified the original post to avoid any more instances of individuals deciding to focus upon my initial error rather than the less than transparent price hike if insurance is added to what might seem initially to be a competitive quote by Interparcel. A customer could through an initial low quote be duped into believing that even after insurance is added it is still the best deal compared to going direct to the actual courier.
Here is a direct comparison for the next parcel that I sent: Item with a value of £26 (and as far as I could tell not on their exclusion list). My Hermes charged £3.03 with £26 insurance (included an add on calculated from £20). Interparcel quoted £3.95 for the same carriers service but with NO insurance and £5.20 with the same insurance. The hefty extra was consequential of counting from £0. It is that situation specifically which was the reason for this post.
Any tips for a cheaper courier, under 2kg parcel, value £20.
Go as far as you can see, and when you get there you'll see further.
Take time but don't waste time
I think myHermes is still cheaper for parcels under 1kg.