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    Same goes with R24 Post office charge for items ordered on Ebay or Wish. Thought its just maybe once off when it happened a few months ago. Now I see that every one on my items are attracting this fee.
    1. R24 is hand written on the collection card.
    2. No official slip as in registered mail stating amount to pay.
    3. No receipt for the charges is issued, The money are just accepted casually.

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    They'll give you a receipt if you ask for one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifter View Post
    Had a parcel shipped from Hungary on 06/02/2018 - In SA yesterday, let's see how long customs takes. Same breath, had an item shipped from UK last month, still en route. Royal Mail is worse than SAPO.

    I received this yesterday, so 5 weeks from Customs to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drifter View Post
    I received this yesterday, so 5 weeks from Customs to me.
    It's really sad that this extra R24 fee hasn't resulted in at least shortening the delivery times once the parcels hit Sa, the Post Office.... swine!!!

    I'd gladly pay R24 for guaranteed 2 week turnaround once the parcels land in Sa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airborne View Post
    It's really sad that this extra R24 fee hasn't resulted in at least shortening the delivery times once the parcels hit Sa, the Post Office.... swine!!!

    I'd gladly pay R24 for guaranteed 2 week turnaround once the parcels land in Sa.
    That's like hoping to get more for the extra taxes you pay each year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airborne View Post
    It's really sad that this extra R24 fee hasn't resulted in at least shortening the delivery times once the parcels hit Sa, the Post Office.... swine!!!

    I'd gladly pay R24 for guaranteed 2 week turnaround once the parcels land in Sa.
    I didnt pay for that one. Received 2 parcels, only paid for one.
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    Does anyone know if it would be worthwhile getting a Postnet mailbox, rather than using the PO?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittykat55 View Post
    Does anyone know if it would be worthwhile getting a Postnet mailbox, rather than using the PO?
    That's an interesting situation but from what I understand a Postnet mailbox is just a glorified forwarding address, Postnet collect/receive the postal mail in bulk from the Post office and then place your mail in your Postnet mailbox.

    What will happen is you will receive the collection slips in your Postnet mailbox and still need to go collect the parcels and pay the fee at the Post Office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kittykat55 View Post
    Does anyone know if it would be worthwhile getting a Postnet mailbox, rather than using the PO?
    If you receive a lot of SAPO post, then Postnet is a wonderful service. They go to the post office pretty much every day and collect all your mail for you.

    I got one for the first time last year, but I got it too late, because most of the stuff I order costs $1-$3 so the R24 or R46.50 has killed my joy.
    I would have really enjoyed the postnet box before the receiving post fee SAPO scam started.

    The SAPO delay is another problem which makes SAPO intolerable for me. I ordered a LOT of parcels in the last year and had to wait 2~9 months for my stuff to arrive and only 96% of it has arrived.
    So I've had enough of SAPO, I'm looking for alternatives.
    Last edited by Lope; 18-06-2018 at 07:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lope View Post
    If you receive a lot of SAPO post, then Postnet is a wonderful service. They go to the post office pretty much every day and collect all your mail for you.

    I got one for the first time last year, but I got it too late, because most of the stuff I order costs $1-$3 so the R24 or R46.50 has killed my joy.
    I would have really enjoyed the postnet box before the receiving post fee SAPO scam started.

    The SAPO delay is another problem which makes SAPO intolerable for me. I ordered a LOT of parcels in the last year and had to wait 2~9 months for my stuff to arrive and only 96% of it has arrived.
    So I've had enough of SAPO, I'm looking for alternatives.
    What do you mean by alternatives, the only alternative which avoids your parcels coming via Sapo is to use faster courier shipping when ordering, which normally isn't worth it unless its high value smallish item..

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    Quote Originally Posted by airborne View Post
    What do you mean by alternatives, the only alternative which avoids your parcels coming via Sapo is to use faster courier shipping when ordering, which normally isn't worth it unless its high value smallish item..
    When I say alternative, what I have in mind is shipping consolidation.

    For example I've used Reship.com and viabox.com (IIRC) to buy stuff from USA.
    Reship was quite expensive with all the extra charges per item adding up and viabox was more economical.
    They consolidate all your stuff, remove the excess packaging and pack it all together in one box.
    This *can* reduce the dimensions, reducing the shipping cost that way.

    But in the case of SAPO, it allows you to consolidate maybe 20 small items into one box and pay one clearance fee with FedEx or whatever.
    Last time when I used Reship and viabox I was not in SA, but in any case, it wouldn't make sense to use an american consolidation company for items from China/HK/Taiwan.

    I'd like to find a consolidation company in china or something ideally.

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    A consolidation company would work, problem is Chinese sellers we use generally don't like/won't shipping to Chinese addresses, I think the postage is the issue, you'd probably have to use an address in some other Asian country like Singapore etc.

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