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Best courier for large items within UK???

Discussion in 'off topic' started by strummer, Sep 14, 2015.

  1. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    I need to move 2 large boxes or a pallet to London.

    Which is the best / cheapest company out there?

    I once used a website where you put your load details on & hauliers bid for it. Can't remember the name though??

  2. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    From Croydon to London or from Timbuktu to London?

    Or may be somewhere in between.....
  3. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Apologies Barry. I wrongly assumed everyone here knew I'm a norvern monkey.

    Merseyside to Larndon.

    Found it now. www.shiply.com
  4. AndrewM

    AndrewM pfm Member

    I used Palletforce to ship a pallet with a secondhand Rayburn on it from Scotland to Hampshire last year. Price was reasonable and it arrived safely.
  5. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Thanks Andrew

    I'm getting quotes from Shiply from £76 - £88.

    2 cardboard boxes of 87cm x 57cm x 54cm, Weight 55kg each.

    Merseyside to Central London.

    I think that's fantastic!!!!
  6. Simon Vess

    Simon Vess pfm Member


    I always use UPS. They may not be cheapest but I have found them much more reliable, and unlike many others, the parcel always arrives undamaged

    Avoid UK mail.....I think they kick any parcel marked "fragile"

  7. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Thanks Simon

    From what I can see, UPS wouldn't take my cargo.

    I went on www.interparcel.com , the weight only goes up to 50kg (mine are 54kg each), so I input at 50kg. UPS didn't come up.
  8. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    You could try anyvan.com
    They came up trumps for me when shiply failed.

  9. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Thanks Simon

    Isn't anyvan just the same as Shiply though? IE, just a portal where independent couriers bid for work?

    What issues did you have?
  10. synapse

    synapse pfm Member

    I've used this man with a van site a number of times without incident....in fact it's a great service, though whether better than Parcel2go for your needs perhaps not?
  11. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Thanks synapse, but I can't find anywhere on the Anyvan site that allows me to input the dimensions??

    It's quite large & heavy (2 cardboard boxes of 87cm x 57cm x 54cm, Weight 55kg each)

    I input that on Parcel2Go & they want £160 for 48hr delivery & £190 for next day.
  12. synapse

    synapse pfm Member

    unsure if they've changed the format but there is somewhere where you can give a description of the items and then drivers bid for your custom at which point you can get into some correspondence with them?
  13. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Ah OK, maybe I could manually write the weight & dimensions in the Description box.

    Have to say the Shiply website is a lot better.
  14. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Yes it is the same sort of thing.
    I just found Shiply less responsive and more expensive but you may well find different.

  15. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    I doubt you will get much better than your Shiply quotes.
    A couple of weeks back I had to do a couple of deliveries of very heavy items and I found it cheaper and more effective to hire a van and do it myself.
    480 miles in a Vauxhall Vivaro van. £48 to hire for the day and I got 42 mpg.
    It's what being retired is all about!!

  16. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    A friend of mine who needs to ship a couple of large heavy boxes - blanket wrap - from London to Devon is using these people :-

    It`s another set up where they just bid for the job, I think.
  17. strummer

    strummer pfm Member

    Thanks for the input guys.

    I booked it on Shiply. Collected at 17.30 yesterday, delivered by 11am this morning in central London, exactly as they said they would.

    How they do it for that price, I don't know.
  18. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Because they ship all sorts of stuff in the same van.
    More profit for them and less expensive for you.
    Everyone wins!
  19. EigirdD

    EigirdD Guest

    Hi! If you still need recommendation about parcel delivery company, i can recommend Parcel ABC. I chose them few times and will choose it again. The best thing that they do door 2 door! I think this recommendation will be useful for you in the future. More information about their services and prices are in Parcel ABC site: https://www.parcelabc.co.uk/
  20. Konteebos

    Konteebos Traitor Re-joiner

    I've used Paisley Freight a few times for large items without any problems. They sub-contract the work to other freight forwarders. They can supply pallets if you need one.

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