It’s been known for some time that Collect Plus have been included in the eBay UK postage flow alongside Royal Mail and ParcelForce, but did you know that they’re also the first new carrier integrated with Amazon?
Collect Plus on eBay
On eBay sellers can offer Collect Plus as a delivery option and then print postage labels and pay for the delivery directly from eBay through PayPal. Sellers can then simply drop off their parcel at one of over 4,500 local shops.
The big advantage of this, especially for casual sellers, is that the Collect Plus local shops are open for extended hours in comparison to Post Offices. Often you’ll be able to drop a parcel off early on your way to work or late into the evening when you return home.
It’s worth noting that the delivery options on eBay Postage are pretty limited – Royal Mail Standard Parcels, First Class (with or without Signed For) or Special Delivery, ParcelForce 24 and 48. There’s not even a Royal Mail Second Class delivery option so Collect Plus really does increase the delivery options available for sellers.
Collect Plus on Amazon
Amazon is the big surprise to see Collect Plus fully integrated on. For the moment there is only standard delivery available to UK Mainland on Amazon from Collect Plus. Knowing Amazon we can guess that the goal is to make sellers’ lives easier when handling their orders, and hopefully help them save money on their shipping costs. If it’s easier for sellers to manage their orders and ship their packages, hopefully they will ship them on time and, using tracked shipments, should have fewer lost packages.
If you use Collect Plus on Amazon then delivery charges are deducted from your account (and the Collect Plus emails you an invoice for reference).
Who is Collect Plus for?
It’s unlikely that you’ll use Collect Plus on eBay or Amazon if you’re a large seller. There are better solutions (such as the Collect Plus import facility). If you’re a serious seller you probably also have a daily collection by Royal Mail and/or a courier and have too many packages to consider dropping them off at a local depot or shop. However if you’re a smaller seller, have the odd parcel too large for Royal Mail, or if you are a part time online seller and want to drop off parcels in the early morning or evening then the Collect Plus options could be perfect for you.