Woolworths has announced a partnership with eBay which will let you pick up purchases from the supermarket giant and from Big W stores, but that doesn't mean you'll be able to grab every one of those Pokémon collectibles you impulse ordered when you pop by Woolies to grab some milk. Here's what you need to know, as a buyer and a seller.
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Hi Lifehacker, I often buy goods from companies that ship from Hong Kong or China. I saw an article recently that said there is new strain of deadly flu in those countries. My question is: am I risking importing a potentially deadly disease by mail order direct to my home? Medical websites seem to vary on whether such a disease could be transmitted in the mail.
From 31 March, the price of standard postage stamps in Australia will rise to 70 cents. (Read our original coverage here.) Some people will be exempt from the increase and can continue to pay 60 cents by setting up a MyPost Concession account. Here's everything you need to qualify, along with some restrictions to be aware of.
Tomorrow, Australia Post will apply to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to raise the price of standard postage stamps to 70 cents from 31 March. In an apparent attempt to stem the inevitable criticisms that bounce up whenever stamp prices change, it also wants to introduce a scheme that allows concession card holders to continue buying stamps at the current 60 cent rate.
Australia Post, and its predecessors, go back over 200 years. The first Australian postmaster began work in the colony of New South Wales in 1809. At federation, the colonial post offices were combined into the Post Master's General department, and in 1975 the name 'Australia Post' was born. So with such a long history of government ownership, why should Australia Post be privatised?
The Pakman Parcel Delivery Box is the latest attempt to break into the home security locker market. It allows postal workers to securely deliver parcels without the need for a signature, with enough room to store a standard A3 box or a crate of wine. The recipient also receives an automatic email or SMS to inform them that they have received a parcel.
Hey Lifehacker, One of the tricky things about online shopping is that the goods tend to arrive during business hours, and for those of us that don't work from home, that means a trip to the post office to pick up the merchandise. However, when your local post office is only open during business hours, that presents some problems. The obvious solution is to use your workplace as the delivery address, but I wonder if there is any sort of etiquette here? How many items per month is reasonable? Do some types of work deal with this better than others? Cheers, Delivery Dilemma
Shopping online may well be cheaper, but one big barrier to having everything delivered is the variable and expensive nature of postal and delivery services in Australia. A survey of eBay sellers confirms that people selling goods aren't thrilled with the system either, but how should it be improved?
ThinkGeek sells all sorts of awesome stuff, from foam Minecraft tools to Enterprise-shaped pizza cutters to cuddly bacon. Only problem for most Australians is that shipping of smaller goods was often prohibitively expensive -- but not any more, as the popular online store has just announced economy shipping options.