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steve4586
2007-01-04, 06:41
Do these darn courier companies assume we will be home between 09:00 and 17:00 to receive a parcel?

I could see it coming, leaving the West Coast, getting to Philly.

The excitement mounts.

Flying to East Midlands Airport, down to Cardiff

Soon now, very soon.

and then oops no-one at home to receive the package and so back to Cardiff!

And there I was getting all excited about my Squeezebox arriving!!

Fingers crossed it will arrive tomorrow - but I've cunningly arranged to have it delivered to the Village Shop.

cwmorse
2007-01-04, 08:17
Here in the states we have a nationwide chain called "Mailboxes, Etc." (and competitors) where you can rent a private mail box for approx. US $10/month. They sign for all your mail and packages! You can even phone to see if something has arrived. It's a great convenience.

adamslim
2007-01-04, 08:46
We have Mailboxes etc in London, but I suspect West Wales is unlikely to be their next target for a tranche of store openings ;)

The London policy with mail is normally: if it's cheap, send it on to an inconvenient place for pickup; if it's expensive, leave it on the doorstep with a big sign saying 'steal me'...

Adam

steve4586
2007-01-04, 12:01
Umm, I agree with you Adam, why is the most expensive items that just get left?

I suspect a mailbox would not work in this case as I have to pay VAT to receive the Squeezebox.

However, out here in Wild West Wales we have our local shop (for local people ;-)). So I left a cheque with Jan and she will phone and leave a message when it arrives or I will pop in after work. A lovely system!

Looking forward to tomorrow, my wife will be bored silly with me cooing and playing!!

Cheers

Jacob Potter
2007-01-04, 12:13
On 1/4/07, adamslim
<adamslim.2jw7pb1167925801 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com> wrote:
> The London policy with mail is normally: if it's cheap, send it on to
> an inconvenient place for pickup; if it's expensive, leave it on the
> doorstep with a big sign saying 'steal me'...

UPS and FedEx do that too. They won't deliver $5 worth of electronic
supplies without a signature, but my Transporter was reported as
signed for by someone named "FRT DOOR". (Fortunately, it was still
there when I got home!)

- Jacob

snarlydwarf
2007-01-04, 12:18
The London policy with mail is normally: if it's cheap, send it on to an inconvenient place for pickup; if it's expensive, leave it on the doorstep with a big sign saying 'steal me'...

They do that here in Oregon, too: which is why I usually ship expensive stuff to work. A bit easier to track and I don't have to chase UPS around. (Annoyingly, the UPS office is reasonably close to work... but if I miss a delivery at home, I have to go home, get the yellow "we missed you!" card, drive to UPS... and hope the driver got in and unloaded so I can pick it up...)

peter
2007-01-14, 12:11
snarlydwarf wrote:
> adamslim;167002 Wrote:
>
>> The London policy with mail is normally: if it's cheap, send it on to
>> an inconvenient place for pickup; if it's expensive, leave it on the
>> doorstep with a big sign saying 'steal me'...
>>
>
> They do that here in Oregon, too: which is why I usually ship expensive
> stuff to work. A bit easier to track and I don't have to chase UPS
> around. (Annoyingly, the UPS office is reasonably close to work... but
> if I miss a delivery at home, I have to go home, get the yellow "we
> missed you!" card, drive to UPS... and hope the driver got in and
> unloaded so I can pick it up...)
>

Out here in old Holland it's usually the postal service that does the
deliveries. They prefer delivering on fridays so that - when you're not
there - you'll have to wait until monday to pick up the package at the
post office. There's a local electronics chain that mails its stuff over
an alternate network. They ship the package to a local 24/7 store or gas
station where you can pay for it or pick it up at your leisure. I prefer
that to the hit or miss of home delivery.

Regards,
Peter

servies
2007-01-15, 01:39
Out here in old Holland it's usually the postal service that does the deliveries. They prefer delivering on fridays so that - when you're not there - you'll have to wait until monday to pick up the package at the post office. There's a local electronics chain that mails its stuff over an alternate network. They ship the package to a local 24/7 store or gas station where you can pay for it or pick it up at your leisure. I prefer that to the hit or miss of home delivery.


If you mean the Netherlands by 'old Holland' you're totally wrong with respect to the postal service.
It's more like this:
Hello, I've got a package for you... Helloooooooooo.... Oh you're not at home, I'll just leave a message for you that I'll be back tomorrow at a time that you're not at home...
Next day:
Hello I've got a package for you... Helloooooooooo... Geez, again nobody here... I wonder where everybody is... Ah, I'll leave a message that you can pick up the package at the post office TOMORROW after a certain time...
And the next day at the post office you have to stand in the line for almost an hour because some jackass has to register the sale of some 20 cars...

ceejay
2007-01-15, 01:53
For me (a UK experience) its not so bad if its the post office doing the delivering... I get the little card through the door and know I have to go to the local parcel depot the next day, only a few minutes away.

It gets much worse if its one of the independent parcel services though: same process, except that the depot could be miles away. For one of them I think my "local" depot is 25 miles away - when one parcel ended up there I just told them to send it back and got a refund, and bought from an alternate source that used a different courier!

Actually there is another variation: sometimes they try to find somewhere to "hide" the parcel and then leave you a note to tell you where it is. Once, an enterprising driver took it upon himself to go all the way round the back of my house and leave the parcel in the rubbish bin ("trash can" if you are the wrong side of the Atlantic) - which was partly occupied with rubbish at the time. Luckily it was well wrapped...

Ceejay