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Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 13:54:13

Just tried to post a gift to someone in Europe. Perfume and body lotion.

Firstly I resent being questioned as to what is actually specifically in my parcel in front of a queue of people, I feel it's a massive invasion of my privacy.

Went to post it and apparently this is now "restricted" and I can post perfume within the UK (if I supply a name and address) but not to the EU.

Am I missing something or is this just a bit nuts? I have now wasted money on a gift I cannot send.

CoffeeAndBiscuitsPlease Wed 27-May-15 13:56:34

Been the rules for a while, perfume, nailpolish...etc. There is a full list on the Royal Mail website.

Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 13:57:42

I know the lady gave me a leaflet - but why?!!

CuttingOutTheCrap Wed 27-May-15 13:58:42

The liquids rule has been in place for quite a while now. AFAIK, it's due to the restrictions on liquids on aircraft. Some other couriers may take your package

pinkyredrose Wed 27-May-15 13:59:08

you crazy? Do you honestly think you should be able to send anything through the post? Aerosols for instance? Food, ie. meat, fish etc?

Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 14:00:23

No I do not thinkI should be able to send "anything" but I am allowed to take perfume on holiday on an aeroplane?

EponasWildDaughter Wed 27-May-15 14:01:27

You can send anything by the right carrier. You can order anything from the internet and it'll come to you, but it's often by courier.

tiggytape Wed 27-May-15 14:12:52

They come under flammable liquids which you can't send abroad by Royal Mail (you can send them in the UK but have to stick a label on the front of the parcel about the contents)
You can send perfumed body lotions etc because they're not flammable but not the actual perfume itself.

Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 14:29:11

Can anyone recommend a carrier who will take it please? smile

19lottie82 Wed 27-May-15 15:12:04

Firstly I resent being questioned as to what is actually specifically in my parcel in front of a queue of people, I feel it's a massive invasion of my privacy.

Really? Have you not got better things to worry about?

Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 15:23:14

Like what?

What a ridiculous thing to say hmm

Since when are every day concerns no longer allowed in AIBU?

SoupDragon Wed 27-May-15 15:25:21

Do you think they shod have taken you into a little private side room to ask you, given they need to ask in order to do their job properly?

pinkyredrose Wed 27-May-15 15:27:43

Op how about DHL?

Weathergames Wed 27-May-15 15:29:08

You should have that option yes - people post pretty personal things sometimes.

If I was returning a package from Ann Summers I wouldn't particularly want to tell the post office worker that in front of a massive queue of people no - but I guess some people are less private than me - that doesn't mean I am wrong in wanting privacy though.

You can go into a side room at the chemist?

Fatstacks Wed 27-May-15 15:30:33

I hate going to the post office too.

It seems over complicated and expensive to me.

DragonWithAGirlTattoo Wed 27-May-15 15:37:14

"I feel it's a massive invasion of my privacy."

oh for goodness sake - how over the top!

(for the record, if you were sending something back to Ann Summers, i'm sure 'mechanical goods', or 'clothing' would cover it - you dont have to go in to graphic detail)

HappyFaceAndLovelyHair Wed 27-May-15 15:43:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HeresMyBrightIdea Wed 27-May-15 15:47:52

If you were returning a parcel to Ann Summers you would just say that you were posting clothing or toys...you wouldn't say lingerie or Ann Summers. Or sex equipment.

If you'd said you wanted some privacy they'd have let you write down what was in the parcel though. They do have provisions for that.

DHL will usually take perfume.

PeppermintCrayon Thu 28-May-15 09:12:05

YABU and a bit precious.

If you want to send perfume abroad order online and have it sent there.

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