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I've written about Parcel Motel before, but every time I mention An Post Address Pal on Snapchat I get messages asking about it, so I thought this was the handiest way to explain.
What is it?
It's a parcel redirection service by An Post that allows you to order items from the UK and get them delivered to Ireland.
Why use it?
Because some UK sites don't offer Irish shipping, or some are very expensive. With Address Pal you can avail of cheap or free UK shipping.
How does it work?
You sign up at https://addresspal.anpost.ie/. You'll be given a UK address straight away, and you'll be sent a card in the post with your address on it. (Mine arrived registered, I thought it was a summons).
How do I use my UK address?
The only quibble I have with this service is that the address is quite long and odd. Here's what mine looks like:
Mrs Sharon Leavy
AP XXX XXXX XXXXXXX
Unit 5, The Merlin Centre
Herts AL4 0JY
Sometimes, it's too long to enter in some UK address fields. What I usually do is put as much as I can of the address in the first two lines, and if necessary to save space I'll just write MERLIN instead of The Merlin Centre (so "Unit 5 MERLIN"). As long as you have your name, Address Pal number, and Postcode in correct, I wouldn't worry too much.
That address above is your shipping address. If you're using a credit/debit card and you need to enter a billing address, use your real Irish details. Otherwise sometimes the transaction won't go through. Here's an example of mine from the Lush website:
How do I get my packet?
You'll sign up with an email address and phone number, and you'll nominate your nearest Post Office. When you order, your package will be delivered to the centre in Herts. It will then be shipped to Ireland and delivered to your local Post Office. You'll get a text and/or email, then you take your Address Pal card to the Post Office and you pick your package up. You pay €3.50 at the counter for packages weighing up to 20kg. I've had huge boxes delivered but because they don't weigh over 20kg I still pay €3.50. I've only been caught once - when I ordered from Asda to avail of a £2.95 delivery fee instead of a £5 one, and they split the delivery into two parcels so I was charged €3.50 for each one.....sickened.
What sort of things can I use it for?
Here's a list of websites I've used it for already:
Nutribombz - A UK site that offers healthy snack subscription boxes. They're sugar-free treats and not available to Ireland otherwise. The boxes cost £4.99 with free postage (under €6).
Amazon UK - I recently ordered a double pack of XL printer ink cartridges from a seller who didn't ship to Ireland. I paid £28 (€31), whereas they would have cost me over €40 here. This is also handy for the likes of the Mayflower curry sauce if you can't get it locally, or for parents of teething babies - Calgel. I've also used it for Funko Pop figures, handmade candles, and makeup. I think I've used it most on Amazon.
Lush - International delivery on the Lush website starts at £9.95 to Ireland - it's £3.95 to the UK.
Book Box Club - Book Box Club is a new UK Young Adult book subscription box. I currently subscribe to Owlcrate but I'm not going to be able to continue with it in the new year, it's too expensive long term. Book Box Club ships internationally, but for a 3 month subscription to Ireland it was £37 shipping. To the UK - FREE. It means I'll have to wait a week longer for my box but that's fine by me!
MAC UK - Mac offer free UK delivery in the UK, plus prices are a little cheaper than Ireland. Stock levels are better, and they always include a free sample. Plus if you sign up as a new customer, you can avail of a 10% discount using 'WELCOME10'.
Superdrug - I know Superdrug have Irish branches but for those of us in the Sticks, we can take advantage of UK prices with UK shipping.
The Body Shop UK - I love the Body Shop, but their Irish prices are scandalous. The UK have much better deals, plus they do really great sales and discounts regularly. Their Black Friday deal was just £35 delivered, the products in that bundle would have been over €150 here. Their €160 advent calendar was £79 in late November. Sometimes the website can be a little argumentative when using parcel redirection services but it worked twice with Address Pal.
You can also use it to order from the Argos UK website, from Toys R Us UK, from The Body Shop UK, from eBay sellers who don't ship to Ireland - the possibilities are endless.
I still use Parcel Motel, but An Post is handier for me because the Post Office is closer than the Parcel Motel depot.
Any questions? Just shout!
I've had a few people say they can't get it to work with Amazon, so here's a screenshot of how I put it in:
Hopefully that makes sense!