Printer problems puncture 3-5 day courier options

By Dan Wilson November 25, 2014 - 1:18 am

As part of my preparation before I move house in the New Year, I’m having a clear out. I’ve focussed on selling on eBay and am well pleased with some of the money I’ve raised clearing out what can generously be described as tat that I seem to have a lot of.

Never the minimalist me, but thankfully some of it is sought after. All the rest I don’t need, or can’t sell, is going to the charity shops and tip in due course.

And I’ve really relied on the 3 – 5 day couriers who for those things that are bulky or weigh in at more than 1kg. For such items Royal Mail really is prohibitively expensive and thankfully my nearest MyHermes Parcel Shop is just a few steps beyond my local post office.

However, one thing has proved a pain. Printing off the parcel labels that you affix to the boxes and packages.

My old printer just doesn’t like my new computer and I can’t make the two talk to each other so a friend has ben kindly printing off the vital info for my despatches.

Now, needless to say I probably have to invest in a new printer (which as a shame as there’s nothing wrong with it). But it does raise an issue with the courier services that require senders to print out that

  • Steve
    3 years ago

    Good god, that just ridicolous!!

    Printing shipping lables is a pain? And there is “something wrong with courier services that require a lable”? Are you really serious?

    What next? Would you like My Hermes to come round and pack it for you? Or maybe you’d like tape thats nice and quiet and doesn’t stick to your fingers! Perhaps the courier should also provide free boxes and bubble wrap?

    For some reason I actually thought you were a seller.

    Get real, go buy a printer!!

    • Rai
      3 years ago

      I wouldn’t mind some quiet tape, actually.

  • 3 years ago

    I personally prefer the print your own label solutions such as MyHermes and collect plus. I know how much it is going to cost to send, I pay straight from my PayPal account and the printer is connected to my phone so I can print from wherever.

    I don’t need to mess about at the post office either, even if I do go to the post office I can print off the postage from within eBay instead of messing about with stamps or having the incompetent postmaster mess it up (regular occurrence!).

    So stop complaining and embrace it, it’s the future, within a year well be printing our own labels and dropping off parcels without even having to interact with any other humans at a counter!

  • Mark_H
    3 years ago

    You would have to print out an address label anyway (or hand write which would be a pain if selling a larger number of items).

    I would have thought it safer when you print the label and attach it to the parcel yourself (so that you know it is securely attached and on the correct order).

    With the label having the couriers barcodes printed on it makes the tracking process a lot easier (the parcelshop does not need to input the details of the destination, speeding up the transaction and reducing the risk of error).

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