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    Post Australia Post Services and Info

    Just thought I would post up some info for people on this board that may not know or understand some of the different postage options available with Australia Post . This should give sellers on the sales thread a better understanding of what options you can offer a potential buyer and for those buying you should better understand what you are paying for in your postage costs here or any other Australian source you may buy from.

    Note:
    - Prices and services offered by Australia Post may obviously change but this is current as of Feb 2014.
    - This is for domestic (within Aus) only.
    - I don’t work for nor am I affiliated with Australia post


    Things you should know:
    - Postage costs can be calculated at the Aus post website if you know the weight and dimensions here: http://auspost.com.au/apps/postage-calculator.html
    - Letters or padded bags over 2cm in thickness are charged parcel rate (currently $6.95 flat rate)
    - Parcels sent via regular post (no additional services added) can be tracked at no extra charge. Check your receipt and it will have an article ID number that can be tracked here: http://auspost.com.au/track/
    - Parcels sent via regular post (no additional services added) can request a (free of charge) “No safe Drop” meaning that the posty is not allowed to leave the parcel at the door so it will be carded and dropped at you local PO. A warning though, anyone can pick up the item with the card.
    -Parcels can have the following services added on top of the postage charge:
    - Sign on Delivery @ $2.95 extra. The benefits are that someone at the delivery address needs to sign for the item. This signature is kept on record and can be used in a dispute etc. If you are not home the parcel will be carded and dropped at you local PO. Only the addressee can collect the item unless you authorize someone else by filling out the info on the drop card. Believe it or no this service offers no cover for loss or damage
    - Registered @ $3.50 extra (This service is not available on the Aus post web calculator but can be requested in store) Has all the benefits mentioned above for S.O.D. but with the addition of up to $100 coverage for loss or damage.
    - Extra Cover (insurance for loss or damage) This service can be added to all three (regular, SOD, Registered) starting @ $1.50 for $100 cover. The fee increases for higher cover costs and caps at $75 for $5000 in cover.
    - One final note is that the postage sticker that is stuck on the box does not reflect the costs of any of the above services and is merely the flat postage rate. The way to tell if you got what you paid for (in terms of postage services) is the different types of labels added to the parcel for SOD, registered etc. and /or the tracking number you are given. I have personally observed the following (their could be others or they may change as they run out of numbers):
    Regular post tracking number (article ID) starts with 61
    SOD post tracking number starts with 62 or 63
    Registered post tracking number starts with 49

    Hope this helps, Ravagecat out…

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    Also to add, a lot of post office FAIL to mention that registered post does have insurance of up to $100 and some people pay extra for NOTHING.

    Depends on the post office some measure your parcel and takes the above rough gauge. so is always +- a few bucks.

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    Just though I'd update this as postage cost went up a few months ago.

    It now costs 70 cents to send a regular letter

    Also parcel post upto 500g has gone up to $7.20

    I also forgot to mention in the first post that you can send parcels over 500g and upto 22kg to people in the same metro for a flat rate of $9.75 which is pretty cool eg Bob lives in Bondi Syd. and wants to send a parcel weighing 17kg to Joe in Penrith Syd. Bob will only pay the flat rate of $9.75

    Quote Originally Posted by drifand View Post
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    Depends on the post office some measure your parcel and takes the above rough gauge. so is always +- a few bucks.
    According to my local PO anything over 2kg going interstate is supposed to be measured and then they charge you by cubic weight instead (although in saying this I have had some PO's not measure when they should of. If they don't measure it usually works out cheaper which is good for the customer ).
    My advice for people sending multiple or large items make sure you pack your items smart and try and use a box as close to the size of the items you're sending as you can (avoid excess space in your parcel). This will save you money

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    If you use the self service they seem to only measure weight, unless there's some fancy height/width/length measurement thing going on with the lasers. I've found using the self service kiosks they usually always seem to give the flat rate for the same state or interstate.

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    Thanks Ravage Cat.
    This is most helpful info
    Wasn't aware of the "No Safe Drop".

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    Shipping option - officeworks - Officeworks Mailman Parcel Delivery Service

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    Offer for June $10 shipping
    Auspost for 1KG parcel in AU

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    Which brings us to where we are today...



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    That's only a saving of $1.95. I guess it would save big businesses a bit of money who send out a lot of packages.

    The previous offer of $10 made it worth going to the trouble of doing up a sale to get customers to save about 30% on shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by griffin View Post
    That's only a saving of $1.95. I guess it would save big businesses a bit of money who send out a lot of packages.

    The previous offer of $10 made it worth going to the trouble of doing up a sale to get customers to save about 30% on shipping.
    Doesn't it depend on location (from & to) & parcel size dimensions as well? Not sure how you came up with that cost saving.

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