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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 5:28 pm   #1
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Default Hermes: A cautionary tale

I recently sold a nice 1970s amplifier to a chap in Colchester. I sent it via Hermes. It was packed in three layers of bubble wrap and placed in a sturdy cardboard box surrounded by a good depth of shredded paper. It arrived in Colchester with one corner of the case smashed and the aluminium vent twisted and broken. I had to give the buyer his money back and pay for return carriage. When I got it back I found more damage internally: one of the PCBs had a chunk actually broken away. What happened to it I can only conjecture, I think it must have been dropped from some height if not actually thrown.

I've used Hermes in the past and found them reasonably reliable, but I think the extra workload due to the lockdown has caused them to go to pieces. Another parcel I sent, containing an ECC82, was smashed to smithereens. I've also had a parcel go missing and another one delivered to the wrong address.

I had the devil's own job to get hold of their complaints department, their online "assistant" is worse than useless. I am still waiting for a response to my complaint.

So... well, I won't be using them again. Verb. sap. ...
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 5:33 pm   #2
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Default Re: Hermes: A cautionary tale

Although I think Hermes are woeful, sadly three layers of bubble wrap and shredded paper just isn't enough, it offers no impact damage protection, as you have found out to your cost.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 5:40 pm   #3
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Default Re: Hermes: A cautionary tale

There's nothing to pick between them, it's just your luck. I sent some Quad stuff by Parcel Hero in it's original boxes and double boxed. It was lost for nearly three weeks. I eventually got it back with cracked pcb's, sub boards rattling around inside the cases. No compensation as I didn't take pictures of the burst boxes before I opened them. If they decide to wreck it, it's getting wrecked. Norman
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 5:41 pm   #4
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Default Re: Hermes: A cautionary tale

Sorry, but we don't want another thread grumbling about couriers.

Hermes certainly don't have a great reputation, as a quick google will indicate. I have had my own difficulties with them in the past.
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