Proof of post receipt when sending online

I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
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  • soolin
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    No but you can get proof of posting pads from a PO or print of a bulk POP form (just google RM bulk POP ) and pre complete it. 
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    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
  • jon81uk said:
    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
    is it not a bit time consuming having to transfer all the details from eBay to royal mail? in eBay I just click on create label, add the weight, select the service, and print the label. automatically enters all the tracking details too
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    jon81uk said:
    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
    is it not a bit time consuming having to transfer all the details from eBay to royal mail? in eBay I just click on create label, add the weight, select the service, and print the label. automatically enters all the tracking details too
    It probably is taking me longer, but I originally used to go to the post office and only started printing the labels instead during lockdown. For some reason at the time I didn’t trust packlink and also I think it was charging the £3.35 not the £2.85 at one point. I probably should just switch. 
  • soolin
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    jon81uk said:
    jon81uk said:
    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
    is it not a bit time consuming having to transfer all the details from eBay to royal mail? in eBay I just click on create label, add the weight, select the service, and print the label. automatically enters all the tracking details too
    It probably is taking me longer, but I originally used to go to the post office and only started printing the labels instead during lockdown. For some reason at the time I didn’t trust packlink and also I think it was charging the £3.35 not the £2.85 at one point. I probably should just switch. 
    For RM prices packlink links to RM so the prices are the same. They do vary though with some couriers. 
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    jon81uk said:
    jon81uk said:
    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
    is it not a bit time consuming having to transfer all the details from eBay to royal mail? in eBay I just click on create label, add the weight, select the service, and print the label. automatically enters all the tracking details too
    It probably is taking me longer, but I originally used to go to the post office and only started printing the labels instead during lockdown. For some reason at the time I didn’t trust packlink and also I think it was charging the £3.35 not the £2.85 at one point. I probably should just switch. 
    Have to admit I do this too. I don't trust the ebay parcel thingy yet - probably just because i've never used it. It takes me a while to change from 'how i've always done it'. Generally I just take things to the post office then I'm sure I've got the right postage on them and they've got the item and i've got proof. 
  • soolin
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    jon81uk said:
    jon81uk said:
    I normally print all my labels through eBay, and drop them at the post office. My local post office is shut so sometimes if I am passing the RM depot in my town I drop parcels there instead, only when I ask for a proof of receipt the woman has to write it all out by hand and if I have 5 parcels it takes ages, I feel sorry for her to be honest but obviously can't not get a proof of post in case one of them goes missing or is damaged.
    posting non eBay items I just buy postage on the Royal Mail website and it prints off a "certificate of posting for online postage" with the label which you can just get stamped when the parcel is dropped off, is there any way to do this through eBay?
    I buy all my postage from the Royal Mail website, I've never quite trusted doing it via eBay. So I get the paper proof of posting when printing the labels.
    is it not a bit time consuming having to transfer all the details from eBay to royal mail? in eBay I just click on create label, add the weight, select the service, and print the label. automatically enters all the tracking details too
    It probably is taking me longer, but I originally used to go to the post office and only started printing the labels instead during lockdown. For some reason at the time I didn’t trust packlink and also I think it was charging the £3.35 not the £2.85 at one point. I probably should just switch. 
    Have to admit I do this too. I don't trust the ebay parcel thingy yet - probably just because i've never used it. It takes me a while to change from 'how i've always done it'. Generally I just take things to the post office then I'm sure I've got the right postage on them and they've got the item and i've got proof. 
    Don't forget though that for standard parcels you are paying an extra 50p per item to use the PO rather than RM direct, those 50ps soon add up!

    If you use ebay postage you can still take it to the PO for POP.
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  • I never use Packlink etc, but I do use eBay labels to purchase a Royal Mail label. Remember eBay offers all the standard services too - you don't have to use PackLink etc.
    Once purchased I drop off at the Post Office and retain the receipt as my proof of postage. 
  • jon81uk
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    I never use Packlink etc, but I do use eBay labels to purchase a Royal Mail label. Remember eBay offers all the standard services too - you don't have to use PackLink etc.
    Once purchased I drop off at the Post Office and retain the receipt as my proof of postage. 
    I thought all the postage purchased on eBay went via Packlink. So its Royal Mail via packlink or Evri via packlink or DPD via packlink etc.
  • soolin
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    jon81uk said:
    I never use Packlink etc, but I do use eBay labels to purchase a Royal Mail label. Remember eBay offers all the standard services too - you don't have to use PackLink etc.
    Once purchased I drop off at the Post Office and retain the receipt as my proof of postage. 
    I thought all the postage purchased on eBay went via Packlink. So its Royal Mail via packlink or Evri via packlink or DPD via packlink etc.
    I’m not entirely sure,  the Rm options are on the initial page though and linked to Rm, whereas to access couriers you have to go through the Packlink link , and there prices vary.  The other reason I believe RM via eBay is not Packlink is that for lost items I have always just submitted a normal RM claim and got the normal compensation cheque. 
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