REDUCE POST OFFICE QUEUING TIMES

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HOW TO MAKE THE POST OFFICE TRIP QUICKER

THE BIGGEST BUGBEAR, APART FROM DODGY CLAIMS, IS THE TIME SPENT AT POST OFFICES WITH THE FRUITS OF YOUR EBAY LABOURS. MY LOCAL POST OFFICE, IN FACT THERE WERE 2 CLOSER, NOT ONLY WAS THERE AMPLE PARKING, BUT HAD PERFECTED A SYSTEM TO SPEED VOLUME POSTERS THROUGH THE SYSTEM. IT WAS GREAT FOR ALL CONCERNED. I EXPECT MOST OF YOU HAVE HAD GRANNIES HUFFING, PUFFING AND TUTTING BEHIND YOU AFTER YOU HAVE HAD A PARTICULARLY BUSY DAY AND EVERYONE DECIDED UPON A DIFFERENT POSTAL OPTION. THERE ARE SO MANY THESE DAYS.

THIS IS THE SYSTEM. I WOULD PACK THE PARCELS AS NORMAL. I WOULD WRITE OUT THE CERTIFICATE OF POSTING AND SIGNED-FOR SLIPS AND SEPERATE EACH POSTAL OPTION INTO A SEPARATE BOX OR BAG WITH ITS RELEVANT CERTIFICATES OF POSTING AND/OR SIGNED-FOR SLIPS. I WOULD TAKE THE PARCELS TO THE POST OFFICE, BY-PASS THE QUEUES AND LEAVE THEM WITH THE STAFF. THE STAFF WOULD WEIGH, STAMP, RECORD ETC WHEN THE DIDN'T HAVE QUEUES. THEY WOULD CERTAINLY ACTION THEM BEFORE THE NEXT PARCEL COLLECTION WAS DUE. ONCE A WEEK I WOULD PAY THE TOTAL BILL AND COLLECT ALL THE CERTS, SLIPS ETC.

OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF TRUST FROM THE POSTMASTER, BUT IF YOU ARE A REGULAR THEN IT WON'T BE AS BAD. UNFORTUNATELY, MY POSTMASTER HAS JUST RESIGNED AND SOLD OUT TO R S McCOLLS. WHAT I HAVE AGREED WITH THEM IS TO OPERATE THE SAME SYSTEM, BUT INSTEAD OF GIVING ME, IN EFFECT, A WEEKS CREDIT, I WOULD GIVE THEM A FLOAT OF A WEEKS BILLS PLUS A BIT MORE UP FRONT. I THEN STILL PICK UP MY CERTS ETC ONCE A WEEK AND PAY OVER A SUM WHICH TAKES ME BACK UP TO THE AGREED FLOAT LEVEL. PAYING A WEEK UP FRONT IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY TO AVOID THE QUEUES. 

YOU MAY GET A FROSTY RECEPTION AT A MAIN POST OFFICE, BUT IT IS WORTH APPROACHING A LOCAL POST OFFICE. AFTER ALL IT WILL REDUCE THEIR QUEUES AND MAKE BETTER USE OF THEIR TIME.

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