Sending Parcels (May 2013)

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by vborovic » 06 Feb 2016, 16:48

I just hope you won't find it fits you, and decide to keep if for yourself ... :D ... btw, it's not a secret, here's what I've ordered:

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The new ones are ridiculously expensive ... I'm also looking for the Citroen jackets (new design), WRC style, but they're in the 120 GBP price range ... without shipping ...

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by myglaren » 06 Feb 2016, 18:24

That should roll up and fit in a cardboard tube like the piece of trim and be acceptable dimensions and weight for the P.O.

I tend not to wear 'branded' items with the rare exception of my Cowboy Junkies T-shirt, a Newcastle University t-shirt from a graduation ceremony with the names of a couple of friends on it (Ana DeBarros and Rosa Sancho) and an Imogen Heap one - had to buy that at a concert to get change for the parking meter - £25. Good concert though :)

So your item is safe - maybe :twisted:

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by bobins » 06 Feb 2016, 18:50

myglaren wrote:That should roll up and fit in a cardboard tube like the piece of trim and be acceptable dimensions and weight for the P.O.
Tubes spec for the Royal Mail (same price)

Minimum size: Length plus 2 x diameter should be at least 17cm, with the length no shorter than 10cm
Maximum size: Length plus 2 x diameter should be no greater than 104cm, with the length no greater than 90cm
Maximum weight: 2kg

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by myglaren » 06 Feb 2016, 20:03

I get them from work and have one waiting in the wings - sent Mr V a bit of trim in one last year with no problems.

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Jul 2016, 16:35

MyHermes have officially hacked me off enough that I'm writing them a letter of complaint now.

Going back to Friday was the fifth time in a row I've had the "Sorry you were out" slip through the door when I was emphatically not! They have not bothered to knock or use the doorbell (easily tested as doing either of these things sends the dog into a frenetic fit of excitement which you really can't miss even from the far end of the house or outside), just stuck the slip through the door. ...really don't understand either as their default response is to attempt redelivery the following working day.

Latest real shipping grumble though is with some stuff I've got on the way from the US, and discovered that in addition to the import tax itself I also need to pay VAT on not only the value of the goods but also the fifty quids worth of shipping...expecting the customs charge as a result probably to be the best part of eighty quid. Just really does make you feel victimised for buying stuff from abroad, especially when buying locally simply isn't an option. Got some additional materials to pick up yet and most likely those will be from the US as well as the suppliers I'm looking at dont have EU based distributors annoyingly...have to keep a record just for curiousity as to fees versus actual project costs!

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by myglaren » 17 Jul 2016, 17:24

I have fallen foul of that buying CDs from China and Japan.
The first one cost me over £100, mainly in Vat and handling charges.

Told them to stick it the second time as postage had been paid in Japan. They weren't happy but sucked it up.

The Yodel guy who delivers here always sticks a card in as he knows that there is rarely anyone home (my son is but sleeps days, works nights) so he knows to lock stuff in the services cupboard and post the key and card.
Even if I am home he does it as it takes me forever to get to the door even if I see him coming.

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by Zelandeth » 17 Jul 2016, 21:19

I think this is probably going to be the largest bill I've had for importing something to date, the first one caught me completely off guard though.

Would have been back in 2004 or 5, I took part in a charity raffle over on the Candlepower Forums (lighting and similar tech related), for a one off flashlight from a company called Surefire, signed by the designer etc. Cost me $5 for the ticket and I won. Of course I hadn't taken into account the fact that it was actually worth something like $200, which was of course on the customs form - cue a £50 or so invoice arriving from Royal Mail! ...was a student back then and fifty quid was a lot so I wasn't best pleased.

At least this time I'm expecting to be beaten over the head with it I guess...

Think one of my housemates could probably tell a few stories like this as well, they're an avid gamer and have had quite a few things shipped over from Japan etc as a result, and I'm sure will have had a few "HOOOOW much?!?" moments as a result.

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Re: Sending Parcels (May 2013)

Post by myglaren » 17 Jul 2016, 21:37

Everything I buy from Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore and Greece I always get them to declare the value as <£15 so there are no customs charges.
Most of them do this automatically now anyway.
Same from USA & Canada but rarely buy from there now.