Being in London, a short time ago, I started purchasing items from
Thailand and USA.
The envelopes started arriving 3-5 weeks after the paypal payment.
Just before, as I lived on a st Stephen Gardens building with many
flats, I noticed the mail person had to place from 100 to 200 letters
each day in the open mail boxes. My mail was mingled with a lot of
envelopes from the former teenant; from the phone company; from
the landlord; from the taxes office, and some more. As my items did
not arrive, I checked out my personal open mail box, and found nothing.
then, I revised my neighboors boxes; and for my surprise, there were
my royal mail notes to go to pick up the envelopes to wordlwide mail
depots. Sometimes, on depots two miles away from home; sometimes,
on depots twenty miles away from home. And well, sometimes, I was
charged local taxes; sometimes not. Besides, I had to pay around 7
pounds of the underground to go to these offices.
So, yes, buying overseas items just is not for everyone.