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Question - what do you do when something that you [and the sender] were sure was lost in the post, turns up now?  A little over six weeks as this was was posted on - wait for it - 13th December, 2012, from ESSEX.  I'm looking at the envelope now and it has been stamped a second time with yesterday's date, 28th January [showing i presume that THEY, the local sorting office, haven't been holding on to it all this time].  Bit late, huh?!  
i let the sender know when it hadn't turned up by Christmas and in subsequent messages, he said the PO had told him quite a lot of stuff had gone astray in his area; don't know how much of his was affected.  He let me choose another item from his stock and this arrived pretty quickly, to the satisfaction of all.
I want to keep it obviously, so my question is this, do i offer to pay for it?  Bearing in mind, this is from a business and the sender will probably claimed costs through Royal Mail by now, such as they were.   i used to work for a mail-order company and we claimed losses on a monthly basis - it was a running joke with the Royal Mail representative who dealt with us, that the whole of our local mail sorting office must have had a complete set of most of the books we sold!
i'm inclined simply to forget it as the £2.49 [inc p&p] simply isn't worth getting my knickers in a knot for - rather than an item worth £10-20, or more, if you follow me.
Answers on a postcard please. :)

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kazzy_cee
Jan. 29th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
I think you're right - after this amount of time it's not worth worrying about.
embers_log
Jan. 29th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
If it was an individual (etsy/eBay) I would return it or pay for it... if it is a corporation then I don't think it is worth their time or yours to worry about it.
It is too bad the postal system is screwing up so bad (but it is reassuring to me that the US Postal system isn't the only bad one!).
lovejames
Jan. 30th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
Thank y'all for your replies! i'm taking it 'under advisement' :D
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