I’ve always been a bit surprised with just how expensive sending a one off parcel is with An Post at a post office. To post a 20KG parcel within Ireland costs €30.50, to the UK costs €61.50 and the rest of the world costs €82 for their Standard Parcel Service. I understand that this is for a one off parcel and if you are posting in bulk you will get significant discounts. However, what always struck me as strange is that An Post allows you to send a parcel under 10KG anywhere in Ireland for €13 (previously it was €11) by Express Post. What is annoying is that you need to ring them to order it and the parcel is collected from your address. I’d find it much more convenient to drop it off at a post office, but they said this wasn’t possible.

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I recently had to send a letter to the UK that was semi urgent. Next day delivery using Courier Post was €31.50 and Express Post International was €11 for a 2 day delivery. I decided to go for the Express Post International. On the Calculate the Postage page it says Express Post International is a 2 day service with a specified delivery standard. I believed this meant I would be refunded the cost of postage if the item was not delivered in two days. The item took three days to be delivered.

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I sell quite a bit on Adverts and Done Deal and often have to post the items to the purchaser. Ideally, if the parcel fits in a Parcel Motel locker I prefer to send it directly to the purchasers Parcel Motel if they have an account as it is extremely cost efficient. However, for parcels larger than the Parcel Motel size limit you have to look at other options. It has often been suggested that I user Parcel Connect to send the parcels. Parcel Connect offers four different weight bands up to 2KG, 5KG, 15KG and 30KG. For comparison I’ve put the prices for An Post Standard Parcel for the same weight.

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I have only used AddressPal once. I was looking to buy a car part from a scrapyard in the UK and they offered free shipping to Mainland UK or a £20 surcharge to Northern Ireland. As AddressPal is the only service that offers a Mainland UK address it was a perfect chance to try it out. Signing up was simple – provide your details and select a post office to pickup from. Once you have completed the sign up process they will provide you with the address and your unique AddressPal ID. A couple of days later an AddressPal card will arrive at your home which you use when picking up parcels. The unique ID is 19 characters long which seems excessive -my parcel motel one is 6. It also appears to be linked to the post office you select to receive parcels at – I’m not sure if this means every time you select a new post office they send you a new card.

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