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posting an air gun advice please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by danlightbulb, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. danlightbulb

    danlightbulb Engaging Member

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    Hi all,

    I'm selling a rifle and have had an enquiry about posting it.

    I've looked into it, by reading the advice on the sales thread sticky and on other forums.

    The recommended option is Royal Mail Special Delivery which is a next day tracked service, however the length limit on this is 61 cm and even if I remove the stock the best i can achieve is going to be closer to 80cm which is too long.

    The sticky also mentions Royal Mail standard parcels however this doesn't seem to be an option on the royal mail website.

    The only other option the website is giving me is Parcel Force, however I'm led to believe that air guns aren't allowed unless your an account holder and they wouldn't be insured for loss in any case.

    Any help from people who have done this please?

    Thanks
    Dan
     
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  2. danlightbulb

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    Bump. Anyone got any ideas?
     
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    Parcel force 48 is the only other legal way. I think the insurance with parcel force is not very high so may not cover the price of the gun if lost or damaged.
     
  4. danlightbulb

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    Yes the insurance with parcel force 48 is limited to £100 for air guns no matter whether you buy additional cover or not. And its too long for royal mail which does offer the right level of cover. So basically there is no way to post an air rifle AND cover yourself to the required value.
     
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    Behind you! Mwhahahahah Just kidding. Christchurch
    The cynic in me would almost say it has been done purposefully to restrict the flow of second hand guns....surely not..;)
     
  6. danlightbulb

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    The sticky on this very forum seems to imply there are options, when actually there really aren't.

    http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/announcement.php?f=14&a=32

    Think its probably due for an update. There's no royal mail standard parcels anymore, and parcel force 48 is allowed but you only get £100 of cover.
     
  7. Darren Petts

    Darren Petts Temporarily Alive

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    Parcelfarce didn't used to take airguns. When std parcels was dropped parcelfarce changed the terms to take airguns. If your gun won't make the special delivery size you have three options:-
    1. Use Parcelfarce.
    2. Use another carrier but accept that airguns are restricted and offer zero cover if lost or damaged or discovered and destroyed.
    3. Try a small sub PO for Special Delivery. Large POs often enforce size limits whilst small subbies often do not. I've got many over length parcels delivered this way. Not one has ever been returned to sender for being over size.
     
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    I strictly believed this and told people this, but after speaking to a post mistresses husband, he said that any insurance on 48hr is valid, I still wouldn't do it tbh, especially after my most recent purchase through parcelforce. Was 3days late, was sent to the wrong distribution center, then to the right one, then to a central checking hub (or something like that) then to me.

    Royal mail or rfd transfer is my preferred.
    Regards
     
  9. Whistler1

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    Before all this carry on with these new rules,i sent over 10 rifles by parcel force 24hr,and never even insured them:eek:My crazy logic was,the less time they had it,the less time they have to loose it.It worked for me,but not good for my nerves.I would not advise it!!:D..Now the only difference is.You can send it,but its got to be the 48hr service,and if you loose your Daystate Mk4is...They will make you jump through hoops for a 100 quid:rolleyes:.I wouldint use RMSD for a rifle not after my recent experience.
    They dont want to carry air rifles,and are making it difficuilt for us to do it,and be fully insured.
    What i will say is,a lot of the guns being shipped to Belfast,are all heading to Scotland....fluke:rolleyes:...no chance.
     
  10. Whistler1

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    Correct ;)
     
  11. warrenater

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    i have heard of items being held up and at worst being destroyed by royal mail and no compensation be careful.
    atb gary
     
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    were they sent correctly? Or just by royal mail general services. As I'm yet to hear of any rifle being taken by royal mail by 1pm, the way your aloud to send them.....
     
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    Mine was taken for nearly 5 weeks,when it should have arrived next day by 1pm.
     
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    Was it a pcp by any chance, with air still in the cylinder ?
     
  15. Whistler1

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    R10 empty on its way back from Darrin XTX.
     
  16. tomsteebs

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    Ouch, that's unlucky
     
  17. Whistler1

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    It was...i can practicly see the Glasgow sorting office from my window.
    Bloody jobsworth at the x-ray machine thought it needed looking at:rolleyes:
     

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