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An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:27 am
by diggernotdreamer
I just signed up to the new service from An Post, the Irish postal service. For those of you who do not know, lots of places will not post to Ireland or if they do, we pay ridiculous postal charges. Now I can order from UK companies, have my goods sent to my uk address which they provide you, it is then forwarded to Ireland and ends up in the post office in my village and I can redeem my item for 3.50 euro. I tried it out and was the first person to use the service in my village and I was surprised it actually worked, got my item the same week I ordered it. There are size limits but not too small. I can now order seeds and spuds etc that I would not usually be able to afford to get sent here.

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:30 am
by Green Aura
I wonder if they'd consider opening a branch in the Highlands - we still get shafted for Extra "non-mainland" deliveries!

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:45 am
by doofaloofa
Cool

fair play to An Post for changing with the times

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:52 am
by Odsox
That's interesting DnD.
I also got a card in the post promoting this service, but haven't got round to looking into it further yet.
Mainly because most of the stuff I order from the UK is round about that price anyway and gets delivered to my door, instead of having to go 10 miles to collect it from my post office.
I get stuff from Amazon too and that's always free delivery, but as you say an order from Real Seed Co would make it worthwhile.

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:18 am
by diggernotdreamer
I use click and collect from Argos as well, being on the border we can slip over and use that, some things the prices are not any different, but some places will not deliver to Northern Ireland or Ireland, so this gets round that problem completely. For really big things, there is a place 20 miles away that will take in washing machine size parcels for 3 quid, so we have to use lots of different methods to get things to here, there is so much stuff that you can't get here

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:29 am
by Odsox
I'm now registered.
Of course this is only really useful for firms that won't deliver outside mainland UK or offer free delivery inside UK.
Otherwise it's €3.50 on top of whatever they charge for UK postage.
But could still be handy

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 6:32 pm
by harðfiskur
with online purchases increasing by sure for the next few years, deliveries services better get fast, reliable and cheap.

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:29 pm
by ina
Green Aura wrote:I wonder if they'd consider opening a branch in the Highlands - we still get shafted for Extra "non-mainland" deliveries!


And you do know that Aberdeen counts as "Highlands", too? At least with some companies... Anything north of Dundee is "remote". I'm always glad our village has a Dundee postcode - although it's in Aberdeenshire!

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:42 pm
by Green Aura
It's ridiculous, Perth companies charge us the highland surcharge, ina!

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:14 pm
by diggernotdreamer
Do you get charged surcharges by the Royal Mail or just courier companies, I have noticed a lot of surcharges to Highlands and Islands on ebay

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 9:42 pm
by Green Aura
Parcel Force, which is part of Royal Mail (I think) does but the ordinary post doesn't.

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:33 am
by Odsox
Green Aura wrote: but the ordinary post doesn't

Maybe not for much longer.
When Royal Mail was sold off it only has to honour the Universal Service Obligation until 2021 (10 years)
It's eating into their profits, and you can't have that, otherwise it would be a service instead of a business. :iconbiggrin:

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:26 am
by diggernotdreamer
I guess Northern Ireland would be a drain, you can post anything from there or have stuff sent to there for normal parcelforce prices

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:03 pm
by Green Aura
I know Tony. It's a slight worry, in addition to what will become of our Post Office, which I can't see as being profitable enough for big business.

The Highland surcharge stems from the time when there was a "man with a van" who came to these parts once a week. Nowadays there are several national carriers who come here several times a week, if not daily, so it should be integrated into their normal pricing but of course it isn't.

Re: An Post's Address Pal service

Posted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:32 pm
by ina
Green Aura wrote:It's ridiculous, Perth companies charge us the highland surcharge, ina!


Argh! Sometimes I want to give them a few geography lessons...