Do you remember my post about the increasing security measures they imposed for inland mail to keep us safe and how well that went, if not refresh your memory and follow the link below:
Now straight on the back of having to rethink what actually constitutes a small parcel recently as they almost wiped themselves out of the parcels market due to the ludicrously small dimension restrictions they had in place, and back tracking to revise the sizes so they could once again be competitive. They now want to ban a small parcel that contains more than 4 dropper bottles of acrylic paint in the same box !!!
I don't know what brainstorming exercise they held for this latest lunacy but whoever agreed this should face a firing squad. I mean come on I can send a litre of whiskey in a glass bottle for here to Timbuktu with no qualms. But should I want to send 5 x 18ml bottles of acrylic paint, from here to the next town. Upon x-ray scan of the parcel it will be summarily taken away to be destroyed. What feckin idiot thought this was a good idea, I would personally like to meet them and give them something more constructive to do like jump out of a plane without a parachute.
I dont object to the parcel being made secure and ensuring the contents are tightly sealed within a bag and packed so as to avoid risk of spillage that is fair and sensible but restriction like this will kill off many of the small traders that we all in the hobby use when we cant get to a FLGS. I recently wanted to place an order with one internet based company I have used for years without any problem as the customer service is second to none but due to the restrictions he has placed the following on the site:
"The new rule is that items sent by post cannot contain more than 4 bottles of paint (or similar), and none of the bottles can be more than 150ml. This applies to both UK and international post.
Please ensure that if your order contains more than 4 bottles of paint, or any of them are over 150ml, you select a non Royal Mail method of delivery. If you don't, it will delay your order as we contact you to cancel the order or ask for payment for the alternative delivery method."No biggie I hear you say, until I tell you that instead of £3.60 postage using Royal mail, the courier option cost £6.95 and it makes a huge difference and could effectively wipe out small businesses I immediately revised my order and at great cost as I only got half of what I needed but the increased postage cost that would be placed is a charge to far!
Please if you value your hobby then go to this link and sign the petition.
Of course you dont have to stop there in an effort to try and change this decision you can go to a page on The Trouble at the Mill blog of Mike Whitaker and take further action as suggested in his post.
So I urge you all to take any course of action you feel able too, to assist this campaign as it will have a great impact to our hobby if left unchallenged.