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    I recieved a registered mail notification on Friday, and i suspect it is my parts from the UK i ordered , as it has been sent through customs and has an pick up fee of $63.

    I work from 7 in the morning( out of house at 6:20), and when i finish work i go straight to Uni. Days usually finish at around 5pm (home at 6).

    The question i want answered is, how can i pick up registered mail if they work government hours of 9-5 Mon - Fri? i am sure i am no the only person that has happened too. I think its appauling that they dont even have people rostered to work half a day on Saturday so the average person who works before 9 and beyond 5 can pick up their parcel.

    I really $h!ts me these government hours, the service they are offering is inconvienent and they all get paid top dollar. mallet

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    Julian,

    Up our way, he Post Offices are open on Saturday until 11AM.
    The only other way is, that on the card you received to notify of the parcel's arrival, there should be a portion on the back where you can sign to authorize someone to collect on your behalf; I often have to use this to collect on behalf of my sons who have this habit of buying stuff over the 'net & overseas. It shouldn't be a problem unless you're expecting something pornographic or illegal; (nothing worse than getting the old man slotted for dealing in porn) mallet mallet
    I think that if you are really pushed, you can phone & arrange for delivery providing someone is definitely going o be home to pay thr charges/taxes etc.
    Check it out, as I'm pretty sure it's not really a problem.

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    Julian I know exactly how you feel man, I am in the same situation as you working bus hours.
    There should be some other provisions for busy working people..

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    I really $h!ts me these government hours, the service they are offering is inconvienent and they all get paid top dollar. mallet

    Julian[/QB][/QUOTE]

    Hey Julian, this is the new century, your post office ought to be open on Saturday mornings and open till 6pm most nights, all the ones around here are. As for the postal workers being paid top dollar, I wouldn't know, but I would be fairly amazed if they were. If you are really desperate try being marginally late for work or for uni.

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    BogMaster:
    I really $h!ts me these government hours, the service they are offering is inconvienent and they all get paid top dollar. mallet
    Actually Australia post isn't bad ...

    Some facts to ponder.
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> Australia Post handles approximately 19 million articles weighing over 750,000 kg each working day.
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> About 9.2 million delivery points are serviced by Australia Post nationally. 2.6 million of them are located in the country, outback or on offshore islands.
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> Australia Post operates the world’s longest mail run. It’s 3000 km long and goes from Port Augusta in South Australia to south-central Queensland. This run delivers mail to only 88 addresses.
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> A postie’s delivery round covers about 1,200 delivery points (that’s home letter boxes, business premises).
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> Around 500 million stamps are produced in Australia every year
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> They operate a retail network of more than 4,400 outlets, including around 3,000 Licensed Post Offices, 140 Post Business Centres, a fleet of over 10,000 vehicles and over 15,500 street posting boxes.
    • <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial"> More than 1 million people pass through post offices every working day.
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">It doesn't mean they can't do better ... but $0.50 to deliver a letter to anyones doorstep in Australia .. not bad.
    As for govt people getting paid "top dollar", mmmmmm not last time I looked at my pay check.

    Finally regarding opening hours .. I need to take a computer monitor back for repair, opening hours 9-4 Mon to Fri, great and when am I supposed to do that !!!

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    I thought they were just about all open on Saturday mornings these days. Australia post (http://www.australiapost.com.au ) have a rather nifty website which lets you find your local post offices by typing in your address. A map pops up with the local ones marked. If you click on the one you want a "pop up" provides info about opening hours etc.

    Our (very good and "progressive") local post office has just added another string to its bow. Its set up as a cafe / coffeeshop as well! It deals in a remarkable array of services. In fact, believe it or not you can even buy barbecue gas there!

    Many of the PO's (like ours) are actually franchises these days.

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    I think we do fairly well really !! we have a really good on time delivery rate and what not....we cant please all of the people all of the time though can we

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    Pug_405_Mi16:
    I think we do fairly well really !! we have a really good on time delivery rate and what not....we cant please all of the people all of the time though can we

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    AP sure beats the hell out of the banks, the insurance companies, the telecommunications companies, most car dealers, the taxation office,etc etc etc in my book, Ben.

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    Be a bugger if Julian has had the part for nearly a week now though wouldn't it roll_lau roll_lau dance dance whistle

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    Well they better be good, I've got a carburettor coming across from Perth through AP .
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    FWIW Nick, when I had the business operating, I used to get almost all my bits sent via them and they were extremely efficient & reasonable.
    These days it would seem that they have changed policies somewhat and the service with all due respects to them has gone downhill in some aspects & improved in others; a lot of people in business will tell you that. The downside has been that there are stricter limits on sizes of parcels and some weight limitations. There are also limitations on what they will deliver to your home, although I think this varies from contractor to contractor depending on the size of the run & the size of the vehicle they use.
    The upside has been a better set of Office operating hours; we find this an asset, as our main Post office used to close for 1 1/2 hours (From 12 noon to 1.30pm) when we came here at first.
    If your parts are just coming across Australia, I wouldn't worry too much but again, times aren't what they used to be. Sydney to here used to be 2 days whereas now it's 3 to 5 depending on Post Code of the area it comes from.
    Coming from overseas is apparently something else as I've found the UK exporters don't want to touch the British Mail Service with a barge pole yet the AP people reckon they don't have problems. Most exporters over there use courier services & in the past I've had 25kgs of bits leave London on Friday & arrive Sydney on Sunday pm or Monday am and take another 10 to 20 days to get up here. I'm presently waiting on some warranty bits to arrive & these were posted Monday pm & I would expect them Friday all going well.

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    Hey guys,
    Sometimes thay have a parcel pickup window that is open longer hours than the rest. I am sure I saw a sign last time I was at the postoffice (at least in the ACT) that said the parcel pickup window was open from 7am til 7pm or something like that.

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    well i got my parcel, took an early mark from uni. wink

    i thinkthe mail delivering services are good, jsut still not convinced on their parcel delivery.

    my local posting depot doesn't open on saturdays, otherwise i would have picked it upthen
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