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Old 07-04-2015, 10:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I ordered four beautiful Gemini Jets 787s from a very well respected seller in the Netherlands, got the Post NL tracking number as soon as he sent my parcel and have been tracking my parcel's progress, noting that it arrived in Johannesburg on 18 June. It was sent to my local Post Office from the Johannesburg sorting depot on 25 June, and I've just found out from the Post Office 'customer care' that they don't know where the parcel is. The f*&%ers have lost it. So well done South African Post Office. Yet another spectacular performance, and yet another reason only to ever use UPS or FedEx when I order a model.
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I ordered four beautiful Gemini Jets 787s from a very well respected seller in the Netherlands, got the Post NL tracking number as soon as he sent my parcel and have been tracking my parcel's progress, noting that it arrived in Johannesburg on 18 June. It was sent to my local Post Office from the Johannesburg sorting depot on 25 June, and I've just found out from the Post Office 'customer care' that they don't know where the parcel is. The f*&%ers have lost it. So well done South African Post Office. Yet another spectacular performance, and yet another reason only to ever use UPS or FedEx when I order a model.
I thought you were already vehemently against using the post, to the extent of posting how displeased by the seller you were a few months ago.
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Old 07-04-2015, 12:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I am. I never use the Post Office but the store I ordered from only offers regular post, no courier, and the models included two now-sold-out items that I could find nowhere else, so i had no option but to accept delivery via post office.

PS: te seller here is a totally different one to the one I had the issue with a few months ago, where in that case I payed for and selected Fedex delivery and was told after it had shipped that my parcel had gone via US Post Office Air.
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Old 07-05-2015, 09:11 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why do you still live in South Africa?
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I ordered four beautiful Gemini Jets 787s from a very well respected seller in the Netherlands, got the Post NL tracking number as soon as he sent my parcel and have been tracking my parcel's progress, noting that it arrived in Johannesburg on 18 June. It was sent to my local Post Office from the Johannesburg sorting depot on 25 June, and I've just found out from the Post Office 'customer care' that they don't know where the parcel is. The f*&%ers have lost it. So well done South African Post Office. Yet another spectacular performance, and yet another reason only to ever use UPS or FedEx when I order a model.
Very sorry to hear this guy.
I see you have edited your sig to cancel these arrivals.
Well is there any hope at all of them locating this parcel?Maybe you`ll get lucky.
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Old 07-05-2015, 10:52 AM   #6 (permalink)
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At least you can get your money back as it was their fault for losing the parcel.
Yesterday I received a parcel via Canada Post from the UK with an Inflight200 in it. The parcel was soaking wet from the rains we had lately. The model itself is fine but the box and even the inner Styrofoam were wet. The Styrofoam will dry but the box will have the unsightly water marks when it dries. Canada Post says I should contact the sender to open a claim. Neither the sender nor the UK had anything to do with this. I don't know what to do.
All postal authorities suck at what they do.
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Old 07-05-2015, 12:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The problem with postal services is that they are so erratic. Some times, you'll order a model and it will arrive from Europe in 5 days, in perfect order and not even the outer packaging damaged. Other times, you'll only get the model weeks or months later, or it will be damaged or possibly it will get lost and you'll never see it again.

This is why getting a model sent by courier is far better. But obviously the cost is so much higher that it makes buying rather prohibitive.

ELY707- I'm really sorry to hear of your bad experience. Its not good to receive a damaged box, thank goodness the model is fine but obviously the whole thing loses value if you don't have the original box.

Azaros: I ask myself on a daily basis why I still live in South Africa. Can't get out of this country fast enough, but sadly I have an ill mother who has no other family and cannot relocate, and I have a very good job here that would be difficult to get overseas.

PS: The seller has been EXCELLENT to me, he contacted me offering to help track the parcel from his side, so I salute him.
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At least you can get your money back as it was their fault for losing the parcel.
Yesterday I received a parcel via Canada Post from the UK with an Inflight200 in it. The parcel was soaking wet from the rains we had lately. The model itself is fine but the box and even the inner Styrofoam were wet. The Styrofoam will dry but the box will have the unsightly water marks when it dries. Canada Post says I should contact the sender to open a claim. Neither the sender nor the UK had anything to do with this. I don't know what to do.
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Good luck with Canada Post. I gave up using them years ago. How your case is it not their fault or problem. It was not raining or got wet in the UK.

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Old 07-06-2015, 08:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I sent a model to South Africa in May. Never got delivered. UK Proof of posting provided £20 compensation. One of the problems is that a customs declaration has to be put on parcel to tell thieves what's inside. You might just as well write "Steal me" on it. Sorry to say I now have S.A. on my exclusions list for Ebay. Doubt if the country's ever going to get back on track in my lifetime.
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Sorry to say I now have S.A. on my exclusions list for Ebay. Doubt if the country's ever going to get back on track in my lifetime.
A very honest and very true statement. The political climate here is rapidly producing an irreversible concoction of idleness, greed, dishonesty, arrogance and disregard for the law and other people.
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I heard they will even steal the metal numbers off your mail box in South Africa, mail box too?
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I heard they will even steal the metal numbers off your mail box in South Africa, mail box too?
They've stolen my metal house number about three times. They've stolen the light fittings at my gates too. In May my car was stolen. People in this country get murdered for a $20 cell phone... there are regular stories of people being killed for less than $1. Crime, dishonesty and corruption are endemic at all levels of society here.
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They've stolen my metal house number about three times. They've stolen the light fittings at my gates too. In May my car was stolen. People in this country get murdered for a $20 cell phone... there are regular stories of people being killed for less than $1. Crime, dishonesty and corruption are endemic at all levels of society here.
I'm going to make what some might call a racist observation, but it's interesting that this situation got worse after apartheid ended...something which was supposed to make life better for all.
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I'm going to make what some might call a racist observation, but it's interesting that this situation got worse after apartheid ended...something which was supposed to make life better for all.
In the Civilised world (and I use that term loosely and for want of something better) we a have foolishly thought that "liberated" peoples of such countries as South Africa, Iraq, Egypt and Libya etc, would form an orderly queue and wait peacefully for the situation to improve ...........WRONG!!!!!! That's probably why Mugabe and his gang are given a free reign in what was the most beautiful and affluent part of the whole African continent.....such a shame.
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I'm going to make what some might call a racist observation, but it's interesting that this situation got worse after apartheid ended...something which was supposed to make life better for all.
I was going to say the same thing but you beat me to it. Its almost as if the end of aparthied has opened the floodgates of rampage, giving everyone a free hand to do as they please and run roughshod but dare anyone say anything, you're labelled racist and discriminatory, but its perfectly fine for everything else to carry on as it is.



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I'm going to make what some might call a racist observation, but it's interesting that this situation got worse after apartheid ended...something which was supposed to make life better for all.
For all the billions of $$ of aid that the U.S. has sent to Africa you would think that something would be better. Well a few more villages have better water and a few more schools have been built, but other than that by what measure is most of Africa better than what it was 10, 20, or even 30 years ago? Of course there are areas that are ok when it comes to being civilized, but generally the entire continent is a borderline (bad) joke and it is still mired in 3rd world country conditions even after nearly two generations of generous help by the U.S. and Europe.
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Completely right Nick. Oh, and they've even managed to break the few facilities the government has been 'kind' enough to pass on courtesy of the US and Europe's aid. An interesting story, I fly into an airport called Vilankulo in Mozambique regularly. The Swedish government payed for an NDB to be installed at the airport as its only navaid (in Africa NDBs are still in common use). This NDB has had all its wiring stolen by the locals five times. After the sixth time, they withdrew the NDB.

When my car was stolen in May, the police who arrived to take my statement could not understand when I said the time I arrived was 'five minutes to eight'...neither could they understand when I phrased it as '19:55' ... but when I subsequently requested a copy of my statement to give to my insurer, they said I need to come down to the station and 'talk about a price' for a copy. The people who were 'opressed' under apartheid are doing an excellent job of throwing away every last bit of credibility they were handed by an overly-sympathetic world. Ignorance and arrogance are a toxic mixture.

This whole continent is a writeoff.
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