Having bid for a small Honda generator on eBay, I'm now trying to arrange
a time to meet the seller as we are a long way apart but proposed routes
over the next couple of weeks come very close to each other.
However we don't seem to be in the same place at roughly the same time.
Does anyone know of a service where you can drop off a package (like you
used to be able to do at some railway stations IIRC) to be collected later?
Seems like an obvious thing to be able to do (when you want to do it) but
I'm struggling to find anything.
I am assuming that transporting a generator by standard carrier would
involve first draining it of oil and fuel - I've sent a query to Parcel
Force but I have also noted that generators seem to be "collection only"
There was some mention of "white van man" a while back who aggregated
packages for journeys s/he was going to do anyway. Does anyone have a
description of this service I could use to search on?
Moving a package from Montgomery to Felixstowe with mid point somewhere
around the M1/M6/A14 junction.
I did check van services - the cheapest was slightly more than going to a
location near Heathrow and back via train (but sensible in that context
unless I had a need to be in London anyway).
However we have managed to sort out a mutually acceptable time slot when
we can both be in the same place at the same time.
The main issue was that I was trying to avoid any time slot which involved
Bank Holiday traffic but this seems the least of many evils.
Thanks to all for the good information though - very instructive!
Van transfer costs are between about £50 and £75 for future reference.
Parcel Force still haven't got back to me.
ROFL! Sorry, not funny. Being an ex sub postmaster, I'm not in the
least surprised. PF can be very good, with 'standard' parcels, but
anything that does not immediately tick all the right boxes is a
20/30 years ago maybe. Do stations still have left luggage lockers? I
suspect that in this day and age, with the terror threat, they have
all been removed. Wasn't a left luggage locker used for a bomb
Also a resonably annoymous way to transfer "goods" (stolen, drugs,
WHY) from one person to another. Sender drops package into locker,
sends lock key/code, to recipient, who collects at some random time
later. Any payment in cash and false name/address, simples.
Try "delivery service" on eBay there used to be quite a number with
On Mon, 18 May 2015 09:22:32 +0100, Dave Liquorice wrote:
They are still out there.
Whether they'd be big enough for a generator - or whether the operators
would run a mile at the thought of one - is another question...
We used the one at Waterloo a few months back as we didn't fancy
lugging our overnight bags up the tower to see Big Ben.
Though some luggage is quite large I think from what I saw a generator
would be awkward unless it was actually a small "suitcase " Generator.
Items are put through a scanner.
No keys or codes issued as they work more like a theatre cloakroom ,
attendant takes luggage ,asks a few questions puts it through scanner
and takes items to storage racks.
So the facility isn't actually Lockers like the oversized office
storage cabinets that used to be around.
To collect you need your receipt. You could post it to a third party
Aberdeen does - used it a couple of weeks ago. Two sizes of locker, the
smaller would take one average suitcase, with the larger, two good sized
suitcases, so probably a generator. Chap behind the counter looked in
the cases, was happy, put cases in locker and issued a receipt which was
required for collection. Four pounds per day for the larger locker.
On Sunday, 17 May 2015 22:04:42 UTC+1, David wrote:
Some bus stations have lockers.
Some railway stations have Excess Baggage counters.
Rent a small self-storage unit for a week and post the key from the donor to the recipient.
Rent a MBE mailbox for a week, ditto.
Hand it in to the police as lost property, then go and reclaim it.
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