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Royal Mail is trialling postboxes which are big enough for you to post parcels...
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'Royal Mail trials new parcel postboxes'
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  • VT82
    VT82 Posts: 1,079 Forumite
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    I'd sooner do away with post boxes altogether and pass the savings from no longer needing to send people to empty them onto cheaper stamp and postage prices!


    I bet usage of these has dropped a good 90% over the last 15 years. The only time I use post boxes is to return 'no longer at this address' mail. On the handful of times a year I actually want to post a letter where I'm bothered if it gets there or not, I'll always go to a Post Office to buy a stamp and get them to throw it in their collection bag.
  • PasturesNew
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    I can see kittens being posted... you can just about get one in a current postbox ... maybe it'll enable small puppies and larger cats to get the same treatment.
  • custardy
    custardy Posts: 38,365 Forumite
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    VT82 wrote: »
    I'd sooner do away with post boxes altogether and pass the savings from no longer needing to send people to empty them onto cheaper stamp and postage prices!


    I bet usage of these has dropped a good 90% over the last 15 years. The only time I use post boxes is to return 'no longer at this address' mail. On the handful of times a year I actually want to post a letter where I'm bothered if it gets there or not, I'll always go to a Post Office to buy a stamp and get them to throw it in their collection bag.

    Which is why RM moved the mass majority of collections onto delivery staff.
    Have a look at what Ofcom had to say about RMs requirement to provide post boxes.
    https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/provision-post-boxes
    also,I posted about this yesterday. Try and keep up MSE.
  • Marvel1
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    VT82 wrote: »
    I'd sooner do away with post boxes altogether and pass the savings from no longer needing to send people to empty them onto cheaper stamp and postage prices!


    I bet usage of these has dropped a good 90% over the last 15 years. The only time I use post boxes is to return 'no longer at this address' mail. On the handful of times a year I actually want to post a letter where I'm bothered if it gets there or not, I'll always go to a Post Office to buy a stamp and get them to throw it in their collection bag.

    I use it on average twice a week(end of my street :D), to post back my postal DVD rentals.
  • pete_v
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    Makes sense to me, as long as the opening is big enough.

    At the moment CollectPlus get all my parcel business regardless of price, because I can drop them off at the corner shop down the road any time in the evening instead of carrying parcels into work and then spending half my lunchbreak waiting behind a queue of slow-moving pensioners at the Post Office. If Royal Mail want to compete then they need to offer evening drop-off, exactly as recognised by their spokesman at the end of the article.

    Pete
  • soolin
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    Just to mention that this is already being discussed on an earlier thread here started by custardy

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5881282

    Unfortunately I cannot merge the trheads as I'm not allowed to merge those started by MSE forum team.
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  • custardy
    custardy Posts: 38,365 Forumite
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    pete_v wrote: »
    Makes sense to me, as long as the opening is big enough.

    At the moment CollectPlus get all my parcel business regardless of price, because I can drop them off at the corner shop down the road any time in the evening instead of carrying parcels into work and then spending half my lunchbreak waiting behind a queue of slow-moving pensioners at the Post Office. If Royal Mail want to compete then they need to offer evening drop-off, exactly as recognised by their spokesman at the end of the article.

    Pete

    FYI RM offer and want you to drop them off at a delivery office. many open later now.
    However keep in mind callers offices are a pure cost.
    Post Office are not part of RM and as such,they have little control over their opening hours.
  • martindow
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    I can see kittens being posted... you can just about get one in a current postbox ... maybe it'll enable small puppies and larger cats to get the same treatment.
    Maybe you're not pushing hard enough. I'm sure puppies would fit if you pressed them down firmly.
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