From: Evan on

Sid wrote:
> what are the dodgy countries not to ship to,
> ok Nigeria is the obvious one, but are there other countries sellers should
> not ship to or be cautious with. Not just buyer fraud, but postal theft too.
> Sid

Dude, as politically incorrect as it is to say, there are really only a
few dozen countries in the world where one would expect that the police
have any sort of authority or presence at all to discourage postal
theft, or the government doesn't quite simply open your mail and route
through it.

It's the 1st world, 2nd world, 3rd world distinction. I have shipped
outside the UK only once, but if I developed a profitable range of
products I wanted to market internationally, my short list of countries
I would ship to would include

Canada
USA
Western Europe (minus Portugal and Spain)
Australia
New Zealand
Japan
South Korea
Hong Kong

That is about it, though I may have overlooked one or two..

My son did a project on Kenya, and we had the Traveller's Guide to
Africa which I read cover to cover. It's full of practical advice as
well as sight seeing tips. And in almost all cases, you'd best expect
at least half of your posted parcels will never reach the intended
recipient.

From: Evan on
Peter Jones wrote:
> Well, I send item all over the world and the and the two countries
> that seem to be the worst for items going missing are the US and
> Italy.

I count myself lucky. The only parcel I ever lost was because the
delivery slip went missing at the UK buyer's flat. The package stayed
at the post office for three weeks before being returned to me. Royal
Mail refunded me, I refunded original buyer and resold it on Ebay for
more the second time around!

I've had quite a few more coming MY way that seem to go missing.

From: soundmixer on
> I count myself lucky. The only parcel I ever lost was because the
> delivery slip went missing at the UK buyer's flat. The package stayed
> at the post office for three weeks before being returned to me.

Then it wasn't lost!!


From: Evan on

soundmixer wrote:
> > I count myself lucky. The only parcel I ever lost was because the
> > delivery slip went missing at the UK buyer's flat. The package stayed
> > at the post office for three weeks before being returned to me.
>
> Then it wasn't lost!!

You're right. It wasn't lost, but "lost". At least from the point of
view of the original buyer.

From: Evan on
I saw a postie in town the other day leave his cart on one side of the
street (the busy side) and cross the road with a handful of letters to
deliver into a quiet old folks retirement neighbourhood. Why the cart
couldn't at least cross the road, I do not know.