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Ship­ping Paros from the UK

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1 year 10 months ago #5623 by Bill
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Hi all. Regard­ing Paro breed­ers who ship fish within the UK to each other, we have a courier sys­tem in Place by an Irish courier com­pany. I was only made aware of it yes­ter­day by a fish-​keeping friend (I think he joined the Paro Project yes­ter­day). It is called Par­cel Motel. It means peo­ple can now ship pack­ages to each other for the cost of your nor­mal UK postage. Basi­cally, I give you my name, my ID and the Par­cel Motel address in Antrim N.I. and you send the pack­age to me at that address via Royal Mail or who­ever. When it arrives at the Par­cel Motel Depot in Antrim, they take it straight to my local Par­cel Motel Locker in the Repub­lic of Ire­land, then they send me a text to tell me it’s there and give me a PIN num­ber. I can then go to the local locker, enter my PIN and the door pops open to allow me to take the pack­age. So for the same price as your local postage I can get a pack­age from the UK and I pay an extra €4.95 for the ser­vice. Of course I will also pay your postage charges :)

It works the other way as well, but I’m not sure if it’s the locker sys­tem in the UK or if the extra door-​to-​door ser­vice has to be cho­sen.

I hope some UK breed­ers will con­sider it (it’s not any dif­fer­ent to send­ing mail to friends in the UK) and help us get these won­der­ful fish into the Emer­ald Isle :)

Bill

PS. The friend that told me about this had fish arrive in per­fect health this morn­ing from the UK.

PPS. I’m not sure yet if there is a sim­i­lar ser­vice between Ire­land and the rest of Europe.

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1 year 10 months ago #5624 by Peter Finke
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Bill, that’s very inter­est­ing indeed and you should have a try. But it sounds time-​consuming. Have you an idea how many days such a ship­ment would take? If the fish are healthy, prop­erly packed and the air tem­per­a­tures around 18
7 to 22 degrees Cel­sius, it could work well for 3 or 4 days cer­tainly.

If friends in other Eurpean coun­tries are read­ing this: Reply to the ques­tion of Bill‘s, please. Is there a sim­i­lar sys­tem in your coun­try, what are the costs and what is to be done if one wants to use it?

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1 year 10 months ago #5625 by Bill
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Hi Peter, It’s not too bad for time. First class post to Antrim for 4 Betta cost £8.55. they were posted in Scot­land lunch time on Mon­day, they arrived in Antrim hub that evening then into his Par­cel Motel Locker at 5.30am this morn­ing. So, less than 48hrs really. Nor­mal post in Ire­land takes two days :dry:

I’ve heard he has wild Tri­chopo­dus tri­chopterus for sale at £3.50 each so I’m going to grab some before they are gone. He has been ques­tioned about get­ting Paros but he says he’s not keen to do that because the fish are usu­ally wrongly named, although he some P. suma­tranus in stock.
So I’m off to get my order in.
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1 year 10 months ago #5626 by Bill
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I should also add that you don’t have to stay in wait­ing for deliv­ery as you have 3 days to pick up your pack­age before it is taken back to the hub for return. So you can pick it up any time, any day, 24÷7÷365 Although with fish, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing cold weather, you won’t want to leave them in a locker too long :unsure:

Bill

Cor­rec­tion to orig­i­nal post: the fee I’m charged for the ser­vice is €3.95 not €4.95

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1 year 10 months ago #5632 by Russ Green
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Hi all

As Bill has men­tioned in a dif­fer­ent thread, I am try­ing to get some of my fish over to him.
How­ever, Par­cel motel do not han­dle live ani­mals. I can send them via royal mail, but they have to be labelled as live fish. So, if I pack­age and label them cor­rectly, par­cel motel will not han­dle them.

I am in con­tact with other fish sell­ers to find out how they do it.

Please bear with me Bill, I will get some fish over to you some­how. ☺

Russ

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1 year 10 months ago #5633 by Bill
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Thanks, Russ, I have every faith in you :lol:

As a mat­ter of inter­est, how much would Royal Mail charge to send them straight over here? I may have to check An Post (our national car­rier) to see if they exclude live ani­mals. That may cause a Prob­lem when hand­ing over to An Post.

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