I have never hidden the love I have for myHermes in the past, I have gone from sending less than half of the parcels I send with them to well over 80% of the things I send now being dropped off at their parcel shops or being picked up from my door.
I just love the simplicity of it all as well as the prices! I didn’t think that I would ever use Royal Mail and the Post Office so little as I do now and MyHermes now ship internationally which may mean I never need to step into the Post Office again! Maybe anyway.
As a disclaimer before we begin I haven’t actually used this international service yet, in fact I only learnt about it today but wanted to see how their prices stacked up against the other international shipping services I use, namely the good old Royal Mail and Parcel Force as well as the multitude of options that parcel monkey offer.
I decided to use the last five international parcels I sent to set a baseline as to how much it would cost to send with the above options.
5kg Parcel to France
First on the list being a 5kg parcel measuring approximately 40 x 25 x 25cm to France.
First of all I did a Parcel Monkey Quote and was given the following options:
The cheapest price for this 5kg parcel is from DPD via Parcel monkey at £15.95 including VAT, closely followed by Parcel Force at £16.55. I dont remember the actual cost but I do remember in this instance I chose to use Parcel Force as I wanted to drop the parcel at the Post Office rather than wait in all day for a driver to pick it up.
I then checked the Royal Mail website and found that they don’t deliver items this big and heavy, but Parcel Force do, via the Post Office and if I was to go to the post office it would cost me a whopping £37.26 for the exact same service that I could get from the exact same company, albeit through a reseller, for £16.55! Please note this for future reference as it is disgusting that someone who does not know to use a reseller such as Parcel Monkey may end up spending more than double by going to the Post Office!
Finally i tried out the new quote form on the MyHermes website, unfortunately I couldn’t find a rates table for an at a glance comparison of costs per country so it will be at the moment plug in the details and check the quote.
MyHermes would charge £39.35 including VAT. To say I was a bit disappointed is an understatement, i was so sure that they would be competitive based on their UK service. Still four more quotes to go!
800g Parcel to Australia
Second quote I ran was an autographed book to Oz, which was just under 800g and I don’t remember the exact dimensions but it was approximately 25 x 20 x 10cm.
Parcel Monkey – £20.49 (With either Asendia 5-8 days or Trakpak 4-11 days)
Royal Mail – £18.15 in 5-7 days
Parcel Force – £40.13 in 6-10 days
myHermes – £25.58 in 3-7 days
myHermes didn’t fare quite so badly in this quote however the good old Royal Mail is cheapest and no doubt fastest in this instance.
2kg to USA
For the third test was a parcel weighing just under 2kg to the USA measuring approx 30x30x30, which is a cube!
Parcel Monkey – £28.79 in 3-6 days via Asendia
Royal Mail – n/a
Parcel Force – £47.60 (or £35.89 via parcel monkey) in 5-9 days
myHermes – £46.47 in 3-7 days
2nd place this time for myHermes, but does not beat Parcel Monkey. Note again that using Parcel Force via Parcel monkey saves over £10 on the in branch price!
5kg to Germany
8kg package to Germany, quite a bit larger package this time at 60 x 40 x 40cm.
Parcel Monkey – £18.23 including VAT via DPD in 2 days
Royal Mail – N/A
Parcel Force – £49.14 (or £18.47 inc VAT via Parcel Monkey)
myHermes – £TOO HEAVY
MyHermes drew a blank with this parcel as it was too big and or heavy! Again the parcel force fiasco shows why you should always use a third party service
10kg to Ireland
The last item was a 10kg set of old irons which was going to Ireland. The box was approx 40x40x20cm.
Parcel Monkey – £ 16.43 including VAT in 2 days
Royal Mail – N/A
Parcel Force – £20.90 (or £18.59 via parcel monkey) in 2 days
myHermes – £16.42 in 3-7 days
We have a winner! Finally MyHermes is the cheapest service for something! It may only be a penny but it gets a point for being the cheapest in my book!
So in the test above, which was limited to only 5 parcels and 5 weights and sizes of parcels found that Parcel monkey was the cheapest in three of the quotes and Royal Mail and myHermes on one occasion each.
So what have we learnt through this process? Basically you’ve got to shop around for the cheapest quote, it’s rarely straight forward with international parcels because of all the different countries, sizes and weights of parcels meaning there are a lot of different factors to consider. I will certainly add myhermes to the websites that I check before sending items but I can’t see me actually using them to send a parcel in the near future unless I sell another 10kg parcel to someone in Ireland, in which case I will save 1p!
It is definitely worth reiterating the disparity in price between the Parcel Force services, if you EVER need to use them go through Parcel Monkey, never take a parcel to the Post Office to buy postage, you are being ripped off something rotten! I’m so annoyed with this finding I have contacted Parcel Force to see what they say on the matter. I may write a follow up if they reply.