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Today’s economic climate means that budgets are tight and pennies count. Everything from reducing your electricity bill to saving money on delivery can make a difference in the long run, and finding cheap parcel delivery methods to bring down costs, whether you have a large number of parcels to send or just one can help make a big difference in affordability. And it’s not just businesses that can benefit from using cheap parcel services, personal packages can also be sent at reduced rates, saving much needed money for weekly bills.

The advent of the internet has revolutionised the parcel industry, and now your parcel can be sent, along with thousands of others across the country, via sorting depots to its ultimate destination at a fraction of the cost. Searching online for a parcel service that will work for you, with a price within your budget, has become much easier with sites like but you should still be sure that the service you’re agreeing to use is reputable and reliable.

More often than not, the service that comes up cheapest will be with one of the major parcel companies, such as DHL or ParcelForce, either listed direct or through a third party. Regardless of the company size, if the service is one you don’t have experience of using before, then it’s worth doing your homework to make sure your parcel will arrive in one piece. Doing a quick online check on the company you’re thinking of using is actually quite simple, and customer reviews are the best way to determine if you can trust them with your parcel. A simple search in an internet search engine of your choice for the company name plus “customer reviews” should bring up a number of forums and sites with information from previous users of the service to give you an idea of the reputability of the company you want to use. While it’s likely that unfavourable reviews will outweigh the good, take them with a pinch of salt, as people like to complain more than compliment when it comes to services rendered.

Where the concept of a cheap parcel delivery falls down is if something should happen to your package and you seek compensation, particularly if you’ve used a third party broker to make the booking. Make sure you check their terms and conditions carefully before agreeing to the quote, because if your parcel is delivered damaged or is lost you could end up out of pocket making the cheap service a lot more expensive than first anticipated. Terms and conditions should be readily available on the company website, but don’t be afraid to ask if you can’t find them and always ask for clarification if anything is unclear.

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