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    • onedaysomeday
    • By onedaysomeday 27th Feb 18, 12:56 PM
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    PO Drop and Go?
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    • 27th Feb 18, 12:56 PM
    PO Drop and Go? 27th Feb 18 at 12:56 PM
    Sorry if this has been asked before or is a stupid question...

    I went and posted 4 parcels on the self serve bit in the PO today and as the lady was taking my parcels she asked if I had heard of Drop and Go. It all sounded great but upon reading the leaflet it has bits such as Company Type which are a mandatory field.

    Is this service exclusive to companies only? She didn't ask if I was posting business items or anything like that, and it doesn't seem to say explicitly on the site about it being a service only for companies to use, it's just the leaflet she gave me that is throwing me.

    Does anyone else use this service?
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    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 27th Feb 18, 1:09 PM
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    • 27th Feb 18, 1:09 PM
    We used to use this. However we found it not to be as good as they claimed. You still have to queue up. The difference being that you just hand over your parcels with a manifest of how you want them sent. They then do them without you having to wait. You have an account that you top up with money to pay for it. Next time you go, you get your proof of postages.

    We got fed up with it as it didn't matter how early we dropped them off, they didn't get done till after the last post had gone, adding an extra delivery day. We also still had to queue up to drop them off. We tried two different post offices and still had the same problem. We rarely send anything through post office now so gave up on it.

    We are a business but weren't asked for any proof we were a business. We are also a business in the sense it is just me running from home. So if they insist on a business then just put your name as the name. But we were told it was for anyone, not just business.

    It does save time as you don't have to stand there while they are all processed but it really depends on your post office to how good the service is. If you are only sending 2 or 3 at a time then you really have to consider if it is going to save you all that time.
    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 27th Feb 18, 1:22 PM
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    • 27th Feb 18, 1:22 PM
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    • 27th Feb 18, 1:22 PM
    It would be ok if they took the mail 2nd class and processed it the next day as 1st class.
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    • onedaysomeday
    • By onedaysomeday 27th Feb 18, 2:07 PM
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    • 27th Feb 18, 2:07 PM
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    • 27th Feb 18, 2:07 PM
    We used to use this. However we found it not to be as good as they claimed. You still have to queue up. The difference being that you just hand over your parcels with a manifest of how you want them sent. They then do them without you having to wait. You have an account that you top up with money to pay for it. Next time you go, you get your proof of postages.

    We got fed up with it as it didn't matter how early we dropped them off, they didn't get done till after the last post had gone, adding an extra delivery day. We also still had to queue up to drop them off. We tried two different post offices and still had the same problem. We rarely send anything through post office now so gave up on it.

    We are a business but weren't asked for any proof we were a business. We are also a business in the sense it is just me running from home. So if they insist on a business then just put your name as the name. But we were told it was for anyone, not just business.

    It does save time as you don't have to stand there while they are all processed but it really depends on your post office to how good the service is. If you are only sending 2 or 3 at a time then you really have to consider if it is going to save you all that time.
    Originally posted by mrcol1000
    ah okay that's good to know! It's the first time I've ever sent more than one and don't see myself very often sending more than a few at a time. There's not normally much of a queue either at the self serve so probably just as quick for me to continue doing it how I do it
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    • nsl101
    • By nsl101 5th Mar 18, 2:03 PM
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    We used to use this. However we found it not to be as good as they claimed. You still have to queue up. The difference being that you just hand over your parcels with a manifest of how you want them sent. They then do them without you having to wait. You have an account that you top up with money to pay for it. Next time you go, you get your proof of postages.

    We got fed up with it as it didn't matter how early we dropped them off, they didn't get done till after the last post had gone, adding an extra delivery day. We also still had to queue up to drop them off. We tried two different post offices and still had the same problem. We rarely send anything through post office now so gave up on it.

    We are a business but weren't asked for any proof we were a business. We are also a business in the sense it is just me running from home. So if they insist on a business then just put your name as the name. But we were told it was for anyone, not just business.

    It does save time as you don't have to stand there while they are all processed but it really depends on your post office to how good the service is. If you are only sending 2 or 3 at a time then you really have to consider if it is going to save you all that time.
    Originally posted by mrcol1000
    Can I ask please what service do you use instead of the post office. I have a drop and go card and find more often that not a modern day post office wont accept it as there not a full post office, so the drop and go system actually defeats the object as i'm having to specifically go to a drop and go post office.

    The Royal Mail delivery office across the road from me will let me post things there but only if its not international which is a pain. The original reason for getting the drop and go was to allow me to drop off on the way into the office... but that idea is a non starter due to the wrong information on the website about what services are offered by the local convenience store pretending to be a post office, and i am now tired of the post office and their policy of making my life harder to post things...

    Id like to explore other options ... :-)
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    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 5th Mar 18, 2:55 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 2:55 PM
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    • 5th Mar 18, 2:55 PM
    Can I ask please what service do you use instead of the post office. I have a drop and go card and find more often that not a modern day post office wont accept it as there not a full post office, so the drop and go system actually defeats the object as i'm having to specifically go to a drop and go post office.

    The Royal Mail delivery office across the road from me will let me post things there but only if its not international which is a pain. The original reason for getting the drop and go was to allow me to drop off on the way into the office... but that idea is a non starter due to the wrong information on the website about what services are offered by the local convenience store pretending to be a post office, and i am now tired of the post office and their policy of making my life harder to post things...

    Id like to explore other options ... :-)
    Originally posted by nsl101
    Anything that can go in a post box and is low value (including international) we buy postage online through Royal Mail's Click and Drop service. Everything else goes by My Hermes. Rare occasion anyone specifically asks for Royal Mail we just go to the Post Office.

    If your items are too big to go in the post box and print your own postage then they should accept them at the convenience store post office. .
    • eaglesrjh
    • By eaglesrjh 6th Mar 18, 9:04 PM
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    I've used drop and go and I think it really depends on your post office.

    Not sure if its still the case but drop and go was post office specific.

    I'm lucky and my local post office is brilliant.

    I fill in the manifest, put all my packages in a bag, dont have to queue at all, i just go to the parcel window, catch the cashiers eye and leave the bag there, they take them in and deal with them when they have a chance.

    they always ensure it's done before last posting unless i was very late with the drop off.

    Can top up the account online now too.

    Biggest problem nowadays though is if you need tracking you wont get the tracking number until you next go to the post office and collect your completed sheet and receipts, not very good for ebay if you need the tracking number early.

    overall drop and go has been great for me, but i can see its success would be post office dependent.
    if i had known then what i know now
    • custardy
    • By custardy 7th Mar 18, 7:16 AM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 7:16 AM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 7:16 AM
    I've used drop and go and I think it really depends on your post office.

    Not sure if its still the case but drop and go was post office specific.

    I'm lucky and my local post office is brilliant.

    I fill in the manifest, put all my packages in a bag, dont have to queue at all, i just go to the parcel window, catch the cashiers eye and leave the bag there, they take them in and deal with them when they have a chance.

    they always ensure it's done before last posting unless i was very late with the drop off.

    Can top up the account online now too.

    Biggest problem nowadays though is if you need tracking you wont get the tracking number until you next go to the post office and collect your completed sheet and receipts, not very good for ebay if you need the tracking number early.

    overall drop and go has been great for me, but i can see its success would be post office dependent.
    Originally posted by eaglesrjh
    Im out of touch on posting,however cant you order a roll of barcoded labels in advance from RM?
    Last edited by custardy; 07-03-2018 at 1:13 PM.
    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 7th Mar 18, 12:59 PM
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    • 7th Mar 18, 12:59 PM
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    Im out of touich on posting,however cant you order a roll of barcoded labels in advance from RM?
    Originally posted by custardy

    You can for free. It says only business addresses but they don't ask for proof and happily deliver to my residential address.

    https://www.royalmail.com/business/services/order-mail-supplies-online

    Or you can be duped into paying for them. Plenty of people selling them openly on Ebay.
    • nsl101
    • By nsl101 11th Mar 18, 11:53 AM
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    thanks for the advice mrcol1000.
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    • Flickering Ember
    • By Flickering Ember 4th May 18, 11:11 AM
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    I used to regularly get asked to sign up too. I do now process all my postage through eBay itself and my local P/O lets me use the drop and go counter to leave my parcels though.
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