Random Questions: Printing postage online (Royal Mail)


eleven
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903 posts since 31/8/06

8 Feb 2009 23:07
May be a noob questions, but what do you do with the parcel once you've printed the label? Do you have to take it to the post office? If so, what's the point of printing online apart from saving a few minutes at the post office?

Genuinely puzzled about this (no window licker), any fukers care to enlighten me?
AAA
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10012 posts since 15/12/02

8 Feb 2009 23:31
Correct, you still have to take it to the post office.

Correct, its pointless
eleven
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903 posts since 31/8/06

8 Feb 2009 23:47
Sad thanks AAA, bun Royal Mail!
inversesquare
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6663 posts since 7/6/08

9 Feb 2009 22:20
Robbi? Laughing out loud
klonkill
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1 posts since 9/2/09

9 Feb 2009 22:35
Printing mail online is pointless unless…

1)you enjoy standing in post office queues for up to 10 minutes
2)you enjoy dealing with often unhelpful & miserable post office staff
3)you enjoy listening to the people waiting in the queue sighing because you inconsiderately have 10 or more parcels to be processed
4)you trust the staff to affix ALL the postal labels when you have several items of the same weight & they say "I'll stick the labels on for you"
5)you enjoy being asked stupid questions about the contents or type of packet you wish to send, despite the fact that the staff know who you are because you have used their post office 3 times a week for 2 years
6)you enjoy being told that "there isn't time" to process your parcels because the post office closes in 10 mins, even though you have been waiting to be served for 20.


it's also pointless if you prefer not to be comfortable, unhurried & warm whilst you print often important postage or if you live remotely from a post office, but not a post box…buying a 1st class stamp online & putting it in a local postbox can take a few mins., travelling to & waiting in a post office can take up to an hour…then if you are busy during the day, but unoccupied at night, you have the option of printing your postage at 2am, allowing you to drop off possibly 50 items at the post office without having to spend time you haven't got having the items processed. In fact, printing postage online amounts to your own internal mail…& if you are housebound, all you need do is have someone drop the completed mail off.

In short, printing your own postal labels is not pointless…any act that enables you to spend as little time as possible in a post office can only pay dividends.

The only occassion when it is necessary (for me) to be in a post office longer than the 10 seconds it takes to drop the items off is if you need a signature. You could argue that it's the post office that is pointless, because if I want proof of postage I am required to queue & obtain signatures for each item…something that is impossible online & something that then defeats the object of printing postage online.

Certainly the Post Office itself recognises it's own redundancy by closing its branches. Maybe if it had put its customers first by having 6 members of staff rather than 2, people would not find printing postage online more desirable.
russell brand
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34 posts since 27/1/09

9 Feb 2009 23:45
klonkill wrote: Printing mail online is pointless unless…

1)you enjoy standing in post office queues for up to 10 minutes
2)you enjoy dealing with often unhelpful & miserable post office staff
3)you enjoy listening to the people waiting in the queue sighing because you inconsiderately have 10 or more parcels to be processed
4)you trust the staff to affix ALL the postal labels when you have several items of the same weight & they say "I'll stick the labels on for you"
5)you enjoy being asked stupid questions about the contents or type of packet you wish to send, despite the fact that the staff know who you are because you have used their post office 3 times a week for 2 years
6)you enjoy being told that "there isn't time" to process your parcels because the post office closes in 10 mins, even though you have been waiting to be served for 20.


it's also pointless if you prefer not to be comfortable, unhurried & warm whilst you print often important postage or if you live remotely from a post office, but not a post box…buying a 1st class stamp online & putting it in a local postbox can take a few mins., travelling to & waiting in a post office can take up to an hour…then if you are busy during the day, but unoccupied at night, you have the option of printing your postage at 2am, allowing you to drop off possibly 50 items at the post office without having to spend time you haven't got having the items processed. In fact, printing postage online amounts to your own internal mail…& if you are housebound, all you need do is have someone drop the completed mail off.

In short, printing your own postal labels is not pointless…any act that enables you to spend as little time as possible in a post office can only pay dividends.

The only occassion when it is necessary (for me) to be in a post office longer than the 10 seconds it takes to drop the items off is if you need a signature. You could argue that it's the post office that is pointless, because if I want proof of postage I am required to queue & obtain signatures for each item…something that is impossible online & something that then defeats the object of printing postage online.

Certainly the Post Office itself recognises it's own redundancy by closing its branches. Maybe if it had put its customers first by having 6 members of staff rather than 2, people would not find printing postage online more desirable.

this is epic. i don't expect 75% of the forum to get past the second sentence going by the general level of intelligence of this forum, but for those who do, i'm sure they'd appreciate this post as much as i did
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

9 Feb 2009 23:47
You probably wrote it!
JustinCredible
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2454 posts since 11/6/08

10 Feb 2009 00:06
Great first post
AAA
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10012 posts since 15/12/02

10 Feb 2009 01:24
Absolute shit. Everyone on here sends things by special delivery unless they are a complete cunt, so you stupid rant about printing off a first class stamp is pointless you moron.
FrIEND
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13427 posts since 27/11/03

11 Feb 2009 10:26
is there any way around this? obviously the post office needs to know you definately posted the item to cover their insurance purposes. you could put a scanner on the post box I guess to show that its actually gone in the box…
mepal47
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1264 posts since 28/4/04

11 Feb 2009 10:42
I always drop stuff off at the sorting office, never any queue and they'll take and sign special and recorded delivery slips no problem