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25-02-2009, 18:34   #1
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Using Irish address but with UK postcode!

OK, I know I shouldn't have done it but I ordered books from a company in the UK, and put my address eg-Lindtee, ********,*******,cork,IRELAND, united kingdom w11 eee(or something!). I thought to myself well the prices of the books are unbeatable so I'll chance it-thinking it would have canceled before dispatch if anyone copped on.....Well the order has been shipped from the company and this is the info that came on the tracking-

25/02/2009 10:54:02 Wembley Depot Unable to Deliver Prime Sort error
25/02/2009 11:01:03 Wembley Depot Despatched from
25/02/2009 13:32:23 Wembley Depot Held in container


So I ask, what are the chances of me actually getting said books? Will they just go back to the company in question?

Anyone put in uk postcode with an Irish address before? Did you get your items? Obviously if contacted I cannot plead that I didn't know that delivery wasn't to Ireland as I put in a valid uk postcode!

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25-02-2009, 19:42   #2
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I know it's frustrating when you want to order something from a UK seller or website and they don't ship to Ireland but adding a UK post code to your address isn't the answer.

If you do that, they'll either send the item to that post code and not your address or realise what you've done and cancel the order or get in contact with you to say, "WTF?"
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25-02-2009, 21:27   #3
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Bit late now

try None / Eire

not sure if there is an official royal mail post code for ROI but Belfast code is BT1 ... so it would get a a wee bit closer
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25-02-2009, 21:32   #4
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I doubt you are going to get the books

There is no Royal Mail code for the RoI as Royal Mail do not sort and deliver mail in the RoI
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25-02-2009, 22:29   #5
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Thanks for the replies. Didn't think to put in a Northern Irish Postcode. Ah well, I just hope that I get my money back if they do go back to the company(which was www.schoollink.co.uk, a sister company of thebookpeople!). Live and learn. Was worth a try anyways. It was the only place that I could order a certain series of books for my son's birthday.
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25-02-2009, 23:10   #6
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A Northern Ireland postcode wouldn't make any difference, it'll still end up in the wrong place. If they don't ship to Ireland, then they don't ship to Ireland, there's no way around this fact.

You could email them and ask if it's possible to post them here, often this will work. Just tell them you're willing to pay whatever the extra postage is.
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Bt1 1aa will and does work, received some books from play.com yesterday, with free uk postage.
have used it before and works everytime.
previous examples are hmv.co.uk
amazon.co.uk
figleaves.co.uk

its the postcode for the sorting office in belfast, they just process them through their office and pass tehm onto an post.
just put in Eire into the address.
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26-02-2009, 08:09   #8
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Its been despatched from the wembley sorting office probably on the way back to schoollink. Its not Royal Mail who deliver either, its a courier company so I'd say I have no chance at all of getting the books.

I'll chance contacting them, saying will pay extra postage to deliver to here, if it does go back to them and they contact me about it!

I'm hoping that there is an off-chance they will just forward it to me, with bookpeople.ie consignment!
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26-02-2009, 17:06   #9
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UK postal code system is particularly good. Each code represents about 50 - 100 homes / businesses. The system is used by every delivery company int he uk & sat nav.

you could simply put an address as follows

9 pig lane, cm22 7pa,

Post from anywhere in the uk and it will arrive at the destination the next day.

so if you have w11 1aa it will go to the w11 district and if 1aa doesn't match the first line of the address written on the box, it is returned to sender.
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9, CM22 7PA will get delivered
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9, CM22 7PA will get delivered
9 Twyford Mews, Pig Lane, BISHOP'S STORTFORD, CM22 7PA

9 Twyford Mill, Pig Lane, BISHOP'S STORTFORD, CM22 7PA

There is no flat 9 but there could be
Flat 8, Twyford Mill, Pig Lane, BISHOP'S STORTFORD, CM22 7PA

http://postcode.royalmail.com/portal/rm/addressfinder

back here stuff like
"the green house opposite Molloy's pub" gets delivered
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26-02-2009, 20:07   #12
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At least I'm getting a free lesson about postcodes out of the thing!
No news yet from schoollink about item being sent back and this is the latest from the tracking number-
26/02/2009 11:35:46 Sort Centre - Droitwich Spa Sorted
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27-02-2009, 09:09   #13
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I use a postcode in Newry (when the systems needs a valid postcode), and it works for me.
Sometimes the packagaes arrive with the postcode scribbled out and NOT NEWRY written on the it
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Bt1 1aa will and does work, received some books from play.com yesterday, with free uk postage.
have used it before and works everytime.
previous examples are hmv.co.uk
amazon.co.uk
figleaves.co.uk

its the postcode for the sorting office in belfast, they just process them through their office and pass tehm onto an post.
just put in Eire into the address.
play is free shipping to ireland so why not just put your real address and postcode?

to be fair the guys in the sorting office in belfast must really hate us with a passion. i'd say they get litterally thousands of letters/packages coming through them every day for the republic.

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Bt1 1aa will and does work, received some books from play.com yesterday, with free uk postage.
have used it before and works everytime.
previous examples are hmv.co.uk
amazon.co.uk
figleaves.co.uk

its the postcode for the sorting office in belfast, they just process them through their office and pass tehm onto an post.
just put in Eire into the address.

Nice tip! I must try it on a small item and see if it works
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