Sendle 250g Express Parcel, Game Changer for Small Items?

This is mostly to small time eBay sellers.

I've recently noticed that eBay sales can now post a 250g satchel with Sendle for very cheap prices (compared to AP). However, the size is only A5, so it may be limiting.

"Sendle – 250g Express Satchel Rates
We have partnered with Sendle to create a tracked express service for smaller items under 250g in weight. This is a pickup service with a minimum threshold of 10 parcels/satchels per pickup day and is available via the eBay postage labels platform.

If your dispatch address is in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Adelaide metro areas and your volumes hit the minimum threshold, you will be eligible for the 250g service. There is a $0.55 per satchel fee if the pickup quantity is less than 10. See the service FAQs here ."

The FAQ link doesnt work.

Prices are:

$4.28 for same city
$5.28 for different city

Max weight - 250g
Max size - 245 x 165mm (they say A5)

55c extra if you dont pick up at least 10 parcels, which means costs are:

$4.83 or $5.83 for small quantity.

What do other sellers think, is it worth to change to only use this service for small items, as there will be postage savings of between $2-4 depending on what existing service you use.

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Comments

  • +1 vote

    Before committing I would want to know which courier service they use - it's not always about price.

    • +3 votes

      Thats the thing with sendle, it varies. Couriersplease, fastway, aramex, probably whoever is the lowest bidder. You can be sure its not DHL though.

  • +6 votes

    Sendle use the worst couriers in Australia
    Amarex/Fastway and Couriers Please.

    Hard Pass for me!

    • +1 vote

      It really depends on your local courier. Years ago at a different location, Fastway were terrible for me. I would avoid stores who use Fastway as they were horribly unreliable. At my new location, both Fastway/Aramex and Couriers Please have been fantastic. No complaints at all. I receive a fair number of parcels too.

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        Yup, the Couriers Please driver in my area was the same one that picked up 1,000+ packages a day from my work.

        He was an awesome courier, and a great person too.

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          Yup, the Couriers Please driver in my area was the same one that picked up 1,000+ packages a day from my work.
          He was an awesome courier, and a great person too.

          1000+ a day! No wonder he was nice to you. Maybe you were his only customer! :)

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            @eug: Nah, not really how that works.

            Once they finish a run and the van is about empty, they might do a few pickups from some businesses on the way back to the depot.

            I guess, I dunno. I never really asked.

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        Savings will literally be lost in refunds and time spent dealing with complaints.
        My website sends 10-20 parcels a day, we have switched to Aus Post after using Sendle for a while the issues were too many.

  • +3 votes

    I've been using Sendle for a while, it's often cheaper than Australia Post and they come collect the parcel which is convenient.
    This new service sounds good. Australia Post is about $9 for a small parcel and $6.50 for a letter if you fit the item in under 2cm and 125g

    • +2 votes

      Pretty sure the letter cost is much cheaper than that… $2.20 for 125g, $3.30 for 250g and $5.50 for 500g. Not tracked though.

      • +1 vote

        Yeah, sorry meant tracked. It's an extra $4.30 on top the normal letter rate which starts at $6.50

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          Australia post gets cheaper if you're using a business account, and sendle has a similar program but only one tier which I wouldnt meet. So I do get local parcels cheaper at around $6.80 for a small satchel up to 5kg. But splitting my deliveries into both would lose all the benefits of this business account.

  • +1 vote

    Those that use Sendle I suggest compare AP vs it and you'd find its costing you serious dough of less sales from customers that hate it .
    Some large companies overseas unfortunately only use them and I have no choice on receiving .

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      The sort of sales I do, there aren't too many repeat customers. Small items can be put in the mailbox, so less chance of there being a "sorry we missed you" event. That being said, just today Sendle failed to pick up a parcel which I cant post into the red posting boxes, hence decided to have a pickup service.