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Large parcel delivery

Post by BillG » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:05 am

Any suggestions for the best sail courier?

I've just sold some sails on eBay and used a courier for 2 of them. I used Parcel2go/Hermes as it was the cheapest with insurance. The first one took nearly a week to arrive and I've now waited in for two days for them to collect another. They are supposed to be trying again today!

Ive happily used Parcelforce 48 large for boards in the past but they seem a lot more expensive now.

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by DavidA » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:47 am

I don't go anywhere near Hermes and don't buy from retailers who use them, absolutely useless and you cant communicate with them.

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by Radialhead » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:37 am

What David said. First question before buying anything these days is always 'Do you use Hermes?'. If the answer is yes, & they won't use anyone else, I won't buy from them.
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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by BillG » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:08 pm

It's a shame. My wife buys loads of stuff on ebay, it nearly all comes via Hermes. Our Hermes delivery man is a really nice guy, very reliable, hard working and probably underpaid!

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by Sailrepair » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:33 pm

Have a look at - https://www.transglobalexpress.co.uk/in ... ier/quote/

If you think it is awkward sending the odd sail etc it has become a big problem for the windsurf trade. Nearly all carriers now use volumetric weight so a 12kg board in its box is now charged at 40 to 70kg. I have contracts with various carriers but its still a nightmare.

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by BillG » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:44 pm

Well Transglobal looks a lot more reasonable. Perhaps I'll try them next time.

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by Smidge » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:15 pm

Not sure who Mark at VFW uses, but they seem cheap and got a sail to me fine earlier this week

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by Sailrepair » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:15 pm

Transglobal are reliable just make sure you are accurate with the dimensions you give them or they will charge extra but generally the amount they quote is the amount you pay.

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Re: Large parcel delivery

Post by cookecraft » Sat Dec 08, 2018 8:53 pm

I used TNT through transglobal booking for a board. When they came to collect it they said the don't ship windsurf boards anymore and refused to take it.
Transglobal gave me a refund.
I think UPS would have taken it but it was over £100 so I made other arrangements.
I have found that UShip is very good where couriers bid on the delivery.

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