For anyone who’s not realised up until now there’s a nasty shock in store when they go to the post office today. Royal Mail are striking from midday today until Wednesday next week. Officially the strike action is Thursday 4th â€“ Saturday 6th October and Monday 8th – Wednesday 10th of October, any postal worker whose shift starts after midday today is unlikely to be working if they’re a member of the CWU union.
This is going to be a tough time for eBay buyers and sellers alike, and the best advice is to keep in touch with your trading partners and keep them informed of when their parcels are posted.
If at all possible use a courier in preference to traditional mail services. ParcelForce can be accessed through eBay’s own PayPal shipping, they won’t be striking. For a lower cost service Pay Per Parcel launched this week offering services through DHL. Both companies will collect from home and you can book parcel deliveries online without needing an account.
If you are subscribed to Selling Manager or Selling Manager Pro it’s possible to bulk email buyers each day to keep them updated on the days you’re posting, if you’ve diverted their parcel to a courier delivery and of course just to remind them there is likely to be a severe delay with their mail.