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#270104 23-Apr-2020 13:56
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I know it would be a PITA for the posties however worst case scenario say I'm trying to get a parcel shipped to me and already generated the label on my end but the other party doesn't have access to a working printer; has anyone had any luck just hand writing the tracking number on the box?

 

They can then slip it into a post box or rural pickup from letterbox. Not ideal but I assume they must have a way to type the number in in case the barcode doesn't read.


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  #2468663 23-Apr-2020 14:26
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That's how booking a courier through TradeMe works. Write the tracking number on the parcel and the courier generates a label back at base. There are 3-4 different companies they use and they all support it.

 

Edit: the item doesn't have to be brought or sold via TradeMe - you can use the service for anything.

 

Personally, I haven't had a home printer for about 15 years.





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  #2468686 23-Apr-2020 14:43
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IMO you are taking a risk ... the parcel is chucked around the place and changes trucks and planes and vans umpteen times.

 

Each time it gets scanned using the barcode.

 

I'd say no unless you can get the receiving depot to print a label.





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  #2468688 23-Apr-2020 14:44
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Having said that, I've had parcels arriving that I received and sent and the barcode was not scanned once.





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  #2468710 23-Apr-2020 15:17
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geekiegeek:

 

That's how booking a courier through TradeMe works. Write the tracking number on the parcel and the courier generates a label back at base. There are 3-4 different companies they use and they all support it.

 

Edit: the item doesn't have to be brought or sold via TradeMe - you can use the service for anything.

 

Personally, I haven't had a home printer for about 15 years.

 

 

Oh wow, good to know.

 

Yes just tried getting a quote online and it gives you the option to either print or write the tracking number; with the carrier being CourierPost (RD to RD) so presumable they shouldn't have too much issues with a written ParcelPost number either.


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  #2468761 23-Apr-2020 16:28
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Had almost exactly the same scenario using the TM courier service. Other party had hand written address on parcel, then the courier printed out the address label including barcode and stuck it on as well. That was using Fastway (now Aramex).


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  #2468765 23-Apr-2020 16:38
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You can do this and you can even put parcels in a NZ Post mail bag if you can't be bothered arranging a pick-up... although in my experience they take a bit longer to get there.


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  #2471308 25-Apr-2020 21:07
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Speaking of CourierPost - I had something from Trademe delivered to my PO Box by mistake (should have had it sent to the house). Obviously as the Post Office is currently closed it shows up as "no one was home". Apparently I can't get it redirected as it's been handed over for delivery. My query is, is the Post Office open again under level 3 for parcel collection or is it going to be stuck in the ether until level 2 or lower?


 
 
 
 


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  #2471315 25-Apr-2020 21:27
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Speaking of CourierPost - I had something from Trademe delivered to my PO Box by mistake (should have had it sent to the house). Obviously as the Post Office is currently closed it shows up as "no one was home". Apparently I can't get it redirected as it's been handed over for delivery. My query is, is the Post Office open again under level 3 for parcel collection or is it going to be stuck in the ether until level 2 or lower?

 

 

I had a leaflet in my PO Box with the owner of the store's number (it's a Paper Plus/NZ Post setup) for any essential deliveries sent to the boxes but not sure on Level 3 procedures... They can technically be contactless with their counters I suppose


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  #2471330 25-Apr-2020 22:54
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Normally they just leave it in the PO Box if it's not too big, but as this one required a signature that might make it a bit more tricky. I guess I'll have to wait and see on Tuesday.


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  #2475074 2-May-2020 08:21
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Update: this has turned into a shambles...I requested a redirect from the PO Box to my home on Tuesday and it appeared in the online tracking as "redirection requested". Nothing happened all week, so I called CourierPost yesterday afternoon and they said they would "open an investigation". Sadly as their investigations team doesn't work weekends nothing will happen until Monday. The tracker also says no signature was required either.

 

So, over a week for a small parcel to cross Auckland and be redirected to another address? I know we're in a unique situation at the moment, but come on...


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  #2475081 2-May-2020 08:50
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I heard that last Tuesday, NZ Post had to process approx 500k items (previously their record was close to 300k items). 

 

Thats a lot.

 

Theres a heap of items being sent at the moment.... That traffic you dont see on the roads... well thats being turned into deliveries. 


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  #2475121 2-May-2020 10:17
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You could always print and courier a label to them aka return label.

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