Your Gift is in the Post!
Yes, your gift is in the post. Really. I posted it this morning! And - I'll know when it's arrived. Phew. I can relax now.
Using Royal Mail and tracking a parcel turned out to be harder than I anticipated. The Royal Mail offer a service where my parcel can be tracked - and I can look online to see where it is! That's great as I've been trying to send off a simple parcel to my mother for her birthday tomorrow and it's already taken me several hours to faff about getting a box, deciding that box was too large, so having to re-use an old box, getting it wrapped up, having to buy brown paper to cover over the old/re-used address panel, then I got to the Post Office and it was 8 grams too heavy, so I returned home to repackage it yesterday, so it weighs under the 2Kg limit. What a palaver
So, this morning, I had it sussed. I had a small parcel, well within their size limits and definitely weighing under 2Kg (I'd taken something out already and I'd weighed it to check). I'd looked at the website to try to find a tracking service and wasn't sure what they called it. I seem to be shoved towards international tracking and business services. I am an individual who just wants to know the parcel arrived - I don't even need a signature. I'm happy to know it's arrived by the tracking system..... so I can phone up and say "Happy Birthday" once it's got there.
So, I was off to the Post Office again this morning, I knew how much it'd cost me. I was sending a small parcel, weighing under 2Kg, by first class mail (hoping it will arrive tomorrow, but not guaranteed) - and with the extra tracking part of the service. That extra bit cost me £1.10.
Total cost of sending a small parcel was £5.45 + £1.10 for tracking = £6.55
Job done - it's on its way. And, the nice man at the counter pointed out that I've a tracking number and can look online! Great, I didn't know I'd be able to do that. I hadn't thought it through. So now I'll take a peek ... and it looks like it's still at that Post Office. I dropped it off at 11:30, so I'll see how it goes.
UPDATE: Posted at 11.30am on a Thursday, the parcel arrived, signed for, at 2.39pm the next day, Friday.
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