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    • Barry923
    • By Barry923 17th Aug 16, 3:24 PM
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    Cheap Parcel Reseller
    I frequently use a company called Pharos Parcel, they're very efficient and cheap. They have insurance options for you and friendly staff who can actually pick up the phone and be helpful rather than spending your life on hold to bigger companies!
    • soolin
    • By soolin 17th Aug 16, 4:43 PM
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    soolin
    I'm looking for a courier, preferably one that has a drop off system that can handle a tube type shape that is just a fraction over 120cm long and less than 2kg. Insurance cover preferably up to 35.
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    • londoner15
    • By londoner15 23rd Sep 16, 8:45 AM
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    Transglobalexpress
    So Martin requested feedback on international parcels. I went via Transglobalexpress and their site was easy to use and the prices are good. But the good experience ended there.

    I booked a slot choice presented to me - 5 to 9pm and sat in and waited. Before 5pm I got a call asking me how the pick up was, and I said it hadn't happened yet in fact the window hadn't begun. There was no pickup and no communication. I rang in the am and was given a verbal apology and told that slot didn't exist and shouldn't have been booked. Why I thought did the cheery man who called at 4 something not tell me this?

    I booked a second slot from 11-3 and waited in. At 2 something I called and asked if the driver would be there by 3? I was told no - he was running over and it would more likely be 5. But I said - when I booked this slot this am I advised the call handler I had to go out at 3.30 and be back at 5. I asked them to tell the driver they said they would. They also told me the call handler had told me they cannot guarantee slot times and they are only advisory. This was not true.

    I returned home at 5.11 pm to find a UPS card saying the driver had called at 5pm. I was not happy. I called again and was told I would have to book a 9-6 slot for the next day and stay in all day that times could not be guaranteed. Not happy.
    • custardy
    • By custardy 23rd Sep 16, 4:16 PM
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    custardy
    So Martin requested feedback on international parcels. I went via Transglobalexpress and their site was easy to use and the prices are good. But the good experience ended there.

    I booked a slot choice presented to me - 5 to 9pm and sat in and waited. Before 5pm I got a call asking me how the pick up was, and I said it hadn't happened yet in fact the window hadn't begun. There was no pickup and no communication. I rang in the am and was given a verbal apology and told that slot didn't exist and shouldn't have been booked. Why I thought did the cheery man who called at 4 something not tell me this?

    I booked a second slot from 11-3 and waited in. At 2 something I called and asked if the driver would be there by 3? I was told no - he was running over and it would more likely be 5. But I said - when I booked this slot this am I advised the call handler I had to go out at 3.30 and be back at 5. I asked them to tell the driver they said they would. They also told me the call handler had told me they cannot guarantee slot times and they are only advisory. This was not true.

    I returned home at 5.11 pm to find a UPS card saying the driver had called at 5pm. I was not happy. I called again and was told I would have to book a 9-6 slot for the next day and stay in all day that times could not be guaranteed. Not happy.
    Originally posted by londoner15
    What did you expect the driver to do?
    • mattyprice4004
    • By mattyprice4004 24th Sep 16, 11:35 AM
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    Just a quick one, Hermes under 1KG for 2.22 inc VAT at parcel2go at the moment.
    That's for Parcelshop drop off and no compensation - but I send about 40 a day and very rarely have issues.
    • Gimli52
    • By Gimli52 7th Oct 16, 9:33 PM
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    Excellent experience
    I've used a lot of different parcel brokers (with varying degree of success) but I've used Pharos Parcels the last few times and they've been excellent.

    I send a variety of bespoke dollhouse furniture that I deal in to collectors all over the world, but it was starting to get a bit expensive! A lot of my clients are in the USA, France and Italy and it was really reassuring to be able to use the same company for both continents. They really helped me out when a client had accidentally given the wrong address and were really good about this (it was great to be able to talk to an actual person on the phone, rather than fill in a multitude of web forms).

    I was also advised by one of my friends in the I.T. industry to only use companies who meet certain security standards (pci or icp or something) and when I enquired I was told that my previous broker wasn't which is what led me to try Pharos in the first place.

    Anyway just thought I'd my two penneth
    Last edited by Gimli52; 07-10-2016 at 9:42 PM.
    • koru
    • By koru 12th Oct 16, 10:10 AM
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    koru
    So Martin requested feedback on international parcels. I went via Transglobalexpress and their site was easy to use and the prices are good. But the good experience ended there.

    I booked a slot choice presented to me - 5 to 9pm and sat in and waited. Before 5pm I got a call asking me how the pick up was, and I said it hadn't happened yet in fact the window hadn't begun. There was no pickup and no communication. I rang in the am and was given a verbal apology and told that slot didn't exist and shouldn't have been booked. Why I thought did the cheery man who called at 4 something not tell me this?

    I booked a second slot from 11-3 and waited in. At 2 something I called and asked if the driver would be there by 3? I was told no - he was running over and it would more likely be 5. But I said - when I booked this slot this am I advised the call handler I had to go out at 3.30 and be back at 5. I asked them to tell the driver they said they would. They also told me the call handler had told me they cannot guarantee slot times and they are only advisory. This was not true.

    I returned home at 5.11 pm to find a UPS card saying the driver had called at 5pm. I was not happy. I called again and was told I would have to book a 9-6 slot for the next day and stay in all day that times could not be guaranteed. Not happy.
    Originally posted by londoner15
    Pick ups seem like they are a good thing, but they often seem to be a problem. I've had couriers fail to turn up for 5 days on the trot, which is no good if you wanted delivery in 3 days! For this reason, I prefer to use couriers that have drop-off locations, such as the local newsagent. It might mean a 10 minute trip to do the drop off, but at least then I know it is on its way and it is better than hanging round all day.
    koru
    • Grandmama
    • By Grandmama 15th Oct 16, 12:59 PM
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    Grandmama
    Used royal mail, post office for a large box containing a 4 stainless steel saucepans plus lids and a large heavy wok. Weighed 7.5 kg. From the Isle of Man to Hampshire. Special delivery, cost 16. Posted Tuesday morning arrived destination Thursday morning. Was able to track and name of signer. I reckon that excellent service.
    Last edited by Grandmama; 15-10-2016 at 1:00 PM. Reason: Spelling
    • soolin
    • By soolin 15th Oct 16, 2:13 PM
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    soolin
    Used royal mail, post office for a large box containing a 4 stainless steel saucepans plus lids and a large heavy wok. Weighed 7.5 kg. From the Isle of Man to Hampshire. Special delivery, cost 16. Posted Tuesday morning arrived destination Thursday morning. Was able to track and name of signer. I reckon that excellent service.
    Originally posted by Grandmama
    Are the postage costs from isle of Man different than the rest of the UK? Special delivery for 7.5kg is 26.60 using Royal mail in England.
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    • Grandmama
    • By Grandmama 15th Oct 16, 7:25 PM
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    Grandmama
    Could be. Our postage stamps are cheaper. Although not part of the UK we do have UK postcodes! So I maybe got a bargain. Since the ferry costs to get here are extortionate. I do not think we will get a rush of people coming to use our post office! We do get businesses in UK refusing to send to the Isle of Man so it,s "swings and roundabouts".
    • jbindebt
    • By jbindebt 20th Oct 16, 9:29 PM
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    I have just used Parcelhero due to the MSE promo code offered. They lost my item and despite weeks of to-ing and fro-ing via poor customer service have just admitted the item costing over two hundred pounds can not be found despite being tracked. Stupidly I didn't purchase extra cover and have now realised a "vehicle part" is on their exemptions list.
    So I have lost everything and haven't a leg to stand on, my problem. Only now have I found the Trustpilot site wth over two hundred and fifty pages of complaints against this company. Perhaps suggesting them as a "Best buy" might be inappropriate?
    • martindow
    • By martindow 21st Oct 16, 11:20 AM
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    martindow
    I have just used Parcelhero due to the MSE promo code offered. They lost my item and despite weeks of to-ing and fro-ing via poor customer service have just admitted the item costing over two hundred pounds can not be found despite being tracked. Stupidly I didn't purchase extra cover and have now realised a "vehicle part" is on their exemptions list.
    So I have lost everything and haven't a leg to stand on, my problem. Only now have I found the Trustpilot site wth over two hundred and fifty pages of complaints against this company. Perhaps suggesting them as a "Best buy" might be inappropriate?
    Originally posted by jbindebt
    At least you didn't waste more money buying compensation. It is inevitable that some parcels do get lost.

    Compensation is very limited with most carriers long list of exclusions. I send a lot of fragile items that are excluded from compensation and prefer to send them, at my risk, with UPS or Fedex who I find quite reliable. From time to time there are losses but these need to be built in to your business plan.
    • TonyMMM
    • By TonyMMM 24th Oct 16, 11:23 AM
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    TonyMMM
    Just had a parcel delivered by Hermes -

    I'm in the house and see the driver come up the drive - no attempt to ring the doorbell. Goes straight around to the side of the house and puts package behind bin and then puts "sorry you were out" note through door and walks back to car.

    Driver rather shocked as I opened the door as they got back into their car .... says "sorry, thought you were out" then admits they never ring bell as it "takes too long".

    On-line tracking has been updated to show "left securely in outbuilding" !!
    • martindow
    • By martindow 24th Oct 16, 2:03 PM
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    martindow
    Just had a parcel delivered by Hermes -

    I'm in the house and see the driver come up the drive - no attempt to ring the doorbell. Goes straight around to the side of the house and puts package behind bin and then puts "sorry you were out" note through door and walks back to car.

    Driver rather shocked as I opened the door as they got back into their car .... says "sorry, thought you were out" then admits they never ring bell as it "takes too long".

    On-line tracking has been updated to show "left securely in outbuilding" !!
    Originally posted by TonyMMM
    I'm not surprised, Hermes drivers are apparently poorly paid and get a small amount per parcel and nothing extra if they need to redeliver. In this situation it is inevitable they tends to take short cuts.

    There is a suspicion that their drivers are falsely made to be self employed and that they are paid below the minimum wage. HMRC are apparently investigating their business practices

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/20/delivery-giant-hermes-faces-hmrc-inquiry-into-low-pay-allegations
    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 24th Oct 16, 2:55 PM
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    mrcol1000
    I'm not surprised, Hermes drivers are apparently poorly paid and get a small amount per parcel and nothing extra if they need to redeliver. In this situation it is inevitable they tends to take short cuts.

    There is a suspicion that their drivers are falsely made to be self employed and that they are paid below the minimum wage. HMRC are apparently investigating their business practices

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/20/delivery-giant-hermes-faces-hmrc-inquiry-into-low-pay-allegations
    Originally posted by martindow
    Like everything in life, it comes down to individuals. Our local My Hermes courier is lovely. His replacement is useless to the point we use a different courier when he is away. Out of 10,000 drivers you'd expect a few bad apples.

    As for them being underpaid as they are self employed. I am sure a lot of self employed people do not make the minimum wage. They just get on with it or get a different job instead of crying to HMRC about it.
    • Magenta
    • By Magenta 25th Oct 16, 6:53 AM
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    Magenta
    Just had a parcel delivered by Hermes -

    I'm in the house and see the driver come up the drive - no attempt to ring the doorbell. Goes straight around to the side of the house and puts package behind bin and then puts "sorry you were out" note through door and walks back to car.

    Driver rather shocked as I opened the door as they got back into their car .... says "sorry, thought you were out" then admits they never ring bell as it "takes too long".

    On-line tracking has been updated to show "left securely in outbuilding" !!
    Originally posted by TonyMMM
    I am disabled and never go out but 9 times out of 10 I am waiting all day for a delivery from Hermes, (my living room window looks out on to the road and I can see if anybody comes to the front door) and it never arrives but when I look at the online tracking I see that Hermes tried to deliver my parcel but no one was in!!!
    I have contacted Hermes many times about their ghost delivery drivers..
    Magenta
    • martindow
    • By martindow 25th Oct 16, 10:37 AM
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    martindow

    As for them being underpaid as they are self employed. I am sure a lot of self employed people do not make the minimum wage. They just get on with it or get a different job instead of crying to HMRC about it.
    Originally posted by mrcol1000
    It's true that a lot of self employed people do not make the minimum wage - that applies to my hobby business I suppose.

    The issue with Hermes is that that they require drivers to be self employed but this is not their decision to make. There are criteria that relate to the nature of the work that determine if you are an employee or self employed. HMRC have a series of questions on their site to decide what you are.

    There are suspicions that the drivers should be regarded as employees. If this is so, Hermes should be paying minimum wage, sick pay, holidays, etc. which they currently avoid paying.
    • ontheup1972
    • By ontheup1972 26th Oct 16, 9:57 PM
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    ontheup1972
    Just had a parcel delivered by Hermes -

    I'm in the house and see the driver come up the drive - no attempt to ring the doorbell. Goes straight around to the side of the house and puts package behind bin and then puts "sorry you were out" note through door and walks back to car.

    Driver rather shocked as I opened the door as they got back into their car .... says "sorry, thought you were out" then admits they never ring bell as it "takes too long".

    On-line tracking has been updated to show "left securely in outbuilding" !!
    Originally posted by TonyMMM
    As the old saying goes "if you pay peanuts you get monkeys"

    Hermes drivers don't get paid enough - whilst some obviously do a good job, there are enough drivers who cut corners making the service as a whole unreliable.

    I won't send anything Hermes, and neither will I buy off any seller that I know sends through Hermes.
    • DragonQ
    • By DragonQ 4th Nov 16, 11:38 AM
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    I need to return a faulty car battery to an online retailer. However, every single courier comparison website says batteries are on their "prohibited items" list. UPS itself doesn't list batteries as prohibited but they want to charge 40!!

    How am I supposed to send it back under RMA if no-one will carry it? The retailer themselves suggested Yodel (who don't allow batteries) and UK Mail (whose website doesn't work).
    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 4th Nov 16, 11:59 AM
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    mrcol1000
    You would get a cheaper quote from UPS if you go through a parcel broker such as www.parcel2go.com The problem is that these brokers often have them as banned. Which courier did the online retailer use and why aren't they sorting out the return? This can't be the first car battery that they have needed to have returned to them.
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