Do you use the Post Office?

Do you use the Post Office?

  • Yes

    Votes: 159 37.1%
  • No

    Votes: 269 62.9%

  • Total voters
    428

Esbendzn

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Apr 11, 2017
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Ive used them previously for China items but then greed set in and they started charging R25 for international parcels...and i didnt receive a few.... i cant even use them to get a fishing licence as there are always none left.... they make copies of a copy of an original....the PO system is failing to such an extent that they closed the one close to us because they couldnt pay their bills
 

SunilK

Active Member
Joined
Mar 18, 2019
Messages
30
Yes, I use them to receive international parcels. Last year I had 50% delivered, however, this year its been 100%. They seem to be doing something right. Also use the for licence renewals.
 

Londo

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 11, 2007
Messages
921
I use the PO for Bid or Buy when buying locally. I have not had a problem.

I recently had to mail a letter to the USA and it took about 5 weeks, if I recall. But if it is some vitally important document, usually to the USA then I'll use DHL or FedEx. It hurts as it costs around R400 but you can be pretty confident it will get there. Did not have a good experience when I sent documents to London and goods to the USA with Aramex.

I have given up having any goods mailed to me from the USA as too many packages never made it. I either live without the items or pay FedEx/DHL
 

carolbyett

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Joined
Aug 17, 2012
Messages
76
I've sent registered items overseas and tracking stops beyond SA and parcels hardly ever arrive so given up on sending anything via PO
 

SPERUJ

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Mar 19, 2012
Messages
114
Do you use the SA Post Office for local or international package delivery? If so, what is your experience?
Wow. ..! Bad -People need jobs but out of the 6 or 8 tills, there would be only 2 or 3 workers...I guess they don't have money to pay more workers & the Aircon is never on...coz they're monthly pocketing the money..& Corruption even at the lowest level → the employees including the manager at my post office have been bought off by my enemies (so they've messing with my parcels ,notifying me of them late...)! :mad:
 

Kelerei

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Joined
Jun 29, 2009
Messages
1,022
I use DHL exclusively when sending items, even birthday cards, to South Africa. Expensive, but I have zero trust in the South African Post Office and am prepared to pay a premium to ensure that items reach their intended destination.
 

richjdavies

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 9, 2013
Messages
647
Anyone have any experience with BangGoods delivery options.

It's not explicit but anyone know whether any of these would avoid the Post Office?

Air parcel register?
Direct Mail?
Or only expedited or ems?
 

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W1th

New Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2019
Messages
8
Surprisingly , Post office not that bad when used for international items . I buy a lot from BangGood / Hobbyking etc , these parcels are generally well package and non descriptive. It does take about two months on average, but the hold up is clearly CUSTOMS, every time. From release from customs to my little town on the South Coast it take a week , Johannesburg , Durban , MyTown ..Quick enough.
Had about three parcels disappeared over 6 years period ... but hey , Papal is your friend !
 

LazyLion

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Mar 17, 2005
Messages
102,094
In order to use the Post Office, don't they have to actually provide some kind of service?

(I mean other than raping and killing women)
 

LOTR

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Sep 5, 2013
Messages
436
Have a PO Box for the dregs of the mails (those that are not able to email/those that I don't want to provide my email address to/those that I believe need to incur an added expense for getting stuff to me). Collect these about once every 2 months. Also for vehicle licence renewals. Otherwise I avoid like the plague.
 

TonytheNoble1

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Joined
Feb 19, 2018
Messages
57
I have a post-box, used mainly when I subscribed to magazines that used to get nicked out of my post-box at home. Now they nick them at the sorting facility so I get a courier delivery. Use them also to renew car licences. I would not trust them to deliver any letter on time nor post any parcels. I get a pensioner discount for the post-box, otherwise I would probably cancel that too. Just a schlep to update my postal address.
 

neelsvan

New Member
Joined
Dec 6, 2018
Messages
5
Not anymore. Used to order a lot from overseas for business. About 80% arrived.
Then gambled on a big order from China.
Arrived in SA within 2 weeks. Then finally surfaced 7 months later.
Not worth the risk for business.
 

rh1

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Joined
Aug 5, 2011
Messages
709
I buy a lot of small stuff from Aliexpress. Average delivery time is 2 to 3 months. Most of the stuff that was refunded which I raised a dispute, was not the Post Office, but either not dispatched or dispatched to other countries and not forwarded on to RSA. It comes to JHB quite quickly and then the wait begins. As I buy frequently, what is weird is that I have packages still at the JHB hub and packages that arrived in the country afterwards and which I have already collected. The attached screenshot is an anomoly. 2 weeks.
 

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Kobus de Kock

Active Member
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Apr 30, 2016
Messages
33
I use Postnet. The last time my sister sent a doc to me by PO Fastmail it took more than a week from Robertson to Strand..
 

Mbombok

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Sep 3, 2017
Messages
233
Do you use the SA Post Office for local or international package delivery? If so, what is your experience?

Yes ,I do use Post Office for both Local and International services.My feeling is that the Post Office services are becoming expensive.I think it was better when it was under a Government Department.
 

wizzball

Active Member
Joined
May 17, 2010
Messages
96
Only for items coming from Wish or AliExpress, not out of choice as they are terrible.
 
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