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 Paypal - Uping there Game - Arn't they? 
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Hi Guys,

I hate PayPal, purely because the fees they charge and the fact they freeze my account so often!!!

But haven't they really done something this time which makes me think I will use PayPal, they have done a genious thing! Postage!

You can now buy postage with PayPal! Bloody Brillient!

You sell your item, get paid via paypal, then buy your postage stamp from Paypal, then post your item.

It has made my life so much easier - Does anyone Agree,

Whats your views on this, have they done anything else thats brillient recently you can tell me about???

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Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:12 am
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This is a touchy subject with a lot of people, especially my local postmaster!

If i have anything small enough to go in a postbox it will be printed online using paypal, if it has to go into the post office i wouldn't dare print it out as they get no comission for handling it (as paypal have already got it!).

The main plus for me is the postage cost not being displayed, i make about £1 profit on most of my postage which covers my fees, with paypal i just tick the box and most buyers wouldn't know how much it had cost me. My DSR for postage has risen since I stopped displaying the cost!

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Absolutely agree with Dave.
I would only maybe consider it if it was something small that could go in the postbox on the corner. And to be quite honest I usually just use the book of stamps (that I bought from the Post Office) in that situation.
All post offices, particularly the rural ones around here, need as much help as we can give them.
I hate paying fees to RapePal and I am damned if I am going to give them a nice bit of commission too! :evil:

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., Yeah, Maybe you are all right, we would just be lining there pockets EVEN more if we do it this way.
I will stick to stamps... it is not really much more work...

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Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:33 pm
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Here in the US I print the postage with Paypal and either leave it in the box or request a pickup. As long as it is Priority Mail, they will pick it up from my door!

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Hank3rd wrote:
Here in the US I print the postage with Paypal and either leave it in the box or request a pickup. As long as it is Priority Mail, they will pick it up from my door!


They will only do that here if you have a business collection account.

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Yeah, i know at work they do that, but we have to have sacks full, not sure if thats standard or just our company in general?

Americas slightly different as theres NOT TRYING TO SHUT YOUR POST OFFICES!!! so you dont really have to keep them going.

Have you noticed its really easy to make mates with the post office workers? they are all very talkative?? or is that just me :o)

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AchievingMedia.com wrote:
Have you noticed its really easy to make mates with the post office workers? they are all very talkative?? or is that just me :o)


Here in the village the postmen are great but in Peterborough they are a pretty mixed bunch - and very difficult to get to know when there is a different one each day!
A friend in a village near Peterborough has a lot of heavy post delivered daily, and as a result has the most obnoxious postman ever; if the door is open then then he THROWS everything down the hallway, and moans, complains and SWEARS at them!
I advised them to complain to Royal Mail.

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It's a bit underhand by Paypal to encourage the online postage printing, they are getting the volume discounts from Royal Mail, but not passing it on to the end users - the people that have already paid a transaction fee.

Nor do I like the fact that it is the first option on the Sold Item Summary that appears after payment has been received. I would like to see "Mark As Dispatched" being the default option after payment. If i want to use the paypal postage, then I will click the dropdown and select it from further down the list.

The postage also wastes a lot of paper - 2 A4 per label including the proof of postage, which still needs to be stamped in the event of a lost in post claim - so queing at the post office is still needed to get this done.

I do not like the fact it sends an Item Despatched email to the buyer at the point of purchase. If it's a Friday night when I print the label, I don't want an email on the Saturday aftrenoon or Monday morning asking where the item is, when I had planned to post by Monday lunchtime.

And besides, I like my Post Office, and they are grateful for my custom. I don't want them to close, so I'll continue to support them.

I'm not a fan... except for the fact that the postage charge can be blanked off the label.

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Steve wrote:
I'm not a fan... except for the fact that the postage charge can be blanked off the label.


Yep, and I reckon the post office are missing a trick here... why don't they introduce the option to do exactly the same thing when they print the labels at the counter? :?:

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