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Offline Kitsune

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2019, 09:21:47 AM »
When it was sold off from public ownership...

Was just about to state this. The post office is not a public service, itís a business.
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Offline Nord

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2019, 01:55:26 PM »
A few years back you could send a package second class for under a quid, there were two deliveries per day and a post office near most places. Since then, prices have tripled (it's now £3), there's one delivery per day and my nearest post office closed down a couple years back. The main post office in town is being relocated to a WH Smith branch.

Is that due to privatisation? Or is it competition from other couriers? Looking at the share price, it's about the lowest it's been for five years, so it's not just customers who think it's declining.


Offline Shahbahraz

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2019, 02:20:57 PM »
Privatisation is the core issue here. There is an entirely different ethos in a service organisation working for the public good, and an organisation being run to maximise profits without regards to service.
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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2019, 03:06:38 PM »
Post Office and Royal Mail are entirely separate. Royal Mail has been missing its 93% next day delivery 1st class target (91.5% for 2018/19). Post Office (owned by HM Gov) has a policy of cost cutting by switching to WH Smith stores.

Offline Arrigo

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2019, 03:12:58 PM »
so exactly what Post Office does and what Royal Mail does?

I confess my ignorance, but everything I walked in the Post Office to post something it said Royal Mail...
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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2019, 03:16:56 PM »
Royal Mail deliver and Post Office sells the stamps, supplied by Royal Mail.

Offline Arrigo

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #21 on: August 18, 2019, 05:17:24 PM »
okay... a tad byzantine...  :D  at least in Italy offices and mail are on the same private company (that is performing a public service, so stopping the mail is still a serious crime... we are byzantine too  :) )

Offline Kommando_J

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2019, 03:36:41 PM »
This is all very depressing and as an update its now been two weeks with no sign of that 1st class parcel...





Offline Andrew_McGuire

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2019, 05:36:49 PM »
I assume you have seen this:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-49329720

I also live in Leicestershire, and for almost the first time, am glad I'm in a bungalow.

What happened to the idea of Amazon using drones for deliveries? Presumably they're smart enough to recognise an open window, climb and lob the parcel in, or even enter and drop it on a soft surface before exiting?

Offline Arrigo

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2019, 06:18:28 PM »
Well, the drone delivery seemed a tad silly to me... and basically with Amazon volume of deliveries, if they use drones for everything, we will be swamred by them... SG-1 replicators...

you complain? I am waiting for my copy of Battles Magazine from early July... people in US has already received it... damn... and it is shipped from France. I am waiting for some miniatures from A&A (okay they tend to be slow), and my last order from Boardgameguru...  we are all waiting!

Offline Laflin and Rand

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2019, 09:26:20 PM »
I have noticed this over here in the states.
When I used to order something from the UK
I got in within 10 days. often only a week. Now
I am often waiting several weeks or longer.
I have been wondering why that is.

I'm not sure that this is still the case but a years ago US customs restricted small packages from Europe and the UK from being sent via passenger airlines. Instead, they would have to be sent by dedicated air transport or by cargo ship. The result is that entire containers needed to be filled with packages before even leaving their place of origin.

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2019, 01:15:43 AM »
Still getting great service from Europe, albeit usually by courier now. Just got a new cycling jersey in three days from Italy. FedEx. Ä200, reduced to Ä167 when vat removed, free shipping, and then $21 CAD for import. In three days.

This is typical of what Iím ordering lately, and just ordering larger dollar amounts; miniatures with their postal service issues Iíve been avoiding. Couldnít even say when I ordered from the US last - they literally have the worst service for speed and cost. UK is best for minis still from Europe.

Just my thoughts.
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Offline Kommando_J

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Re: When did the Post Office become so Pish?
« Reply #27 on: August 31, 2019, 02:48:20 PM »
Now been three weeks and have just had warlord send out a replacement by signed delivery.