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GabrielleLee Wed 16-Oct-19 15:25:41

I ordered a pair of jeans from eBay and I received the parcel earlier today.

The parcel had a description of the jeans on the label.

Has anyone else ever experienced this before? Is it common for eBay buyers to state what is inside of a parcel to save the hassle of telling the Royal Mail?

I normally just buy from Amazon and it was my first time buying something from eBay.

I’m not bothered in all fairness, I’m just curious as to whether or not it’s common practice when buying via eBay.

Thanks, Gabrielle.

AdobeWanKenobi Wed 16-Oct-19 15:27:05

Could be many reasons. Was the P&P free or did you pay? Perhaps seller packed them to get an accurate postal cost and wrote what was in the parcel.

Bluntness100 Wed 16-Oct-19 15:28:50

Suspect the sender did it just to help with the addresses so they got it right,

INeedSleepToo Wed 16-Oct-19 15:30:03

I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed. I think some things I order will say ‘clothing’ or ‘food’ etc on them as Royal Mail do ask what’s inside. Not sure it’s ever been specified as ‘jeans’ though.

Andysbestadventure Wed 16-Oct-19 15:30:22

Basically OP wants to know if she/he orders something naughty/sexy toy/kinky/a bit grim, will the postman find out! 🤣

RushianDisney Wed 16-Oct-19 15:30:33

Some sellers prepackage their items after photographing and listing so they are ready to send out as soon as they are sold, so maybe they wrote a description on the parcel to identify it in a pile? I wouldn't think it had anything to do with the post office, they do ask what you're sending but it's not written anywhere on the package by them.

mauvaisereputation Wed 16-Oct-19 15:31:15

Was it from abroad? It's a requirement for customs.

OkayGo Wed 16-Oct-19 15:32:24

If I order something from abroad it says what it is because it goes through customs

amylou8 Wed 16-Oct-19 15:32:58

One of the courier's I use print out what is inside the packet when I print postage through eBay, the other doesn't. There's certain things you can't send, or need special warning labels on so probably just covering that.

0ooo0 Wed 16-Oct-19 15:36:31

I’ve never had this from eBay.

However I’d imagine it’s because they have a few items for sale, packaged & ready to post before the auction/sale completed & so it would identify the item inside to the seller so they can just locate & post the correct item out once sold.

Jaxhog Wed 16-Oct-19 15:41:59

Pretty common in my experience. Amazon doesn't though.

Isn't this what 'brown packaging' was for?

TwoIsNotBetterThanOne Wed 16-Oct-19 15:46:37

Whenever I've taken something I've sold on Ebay to the post office they always ask me what's inside 'for security purposes' then they write it on the front.
It's been the same for years - very surprised that you and other posters haven't encountered it before tbh.

Mephisto Wed 16-Oct-19 15:54:02

I think @RushianDisney has it.

Aridane Wed 16-Oct-19 15:55:31

Gosh - I have never had that!

Loveislandaddict Wed 16-Oct-19 15:56:59

My thought was the same as Russian. Ie. Sellers put details on the parcel so they know what’s inside them.

Two - I’ve sold things on Ebay before and have never been asked what’s inside the parcel. How do they know it’s an Ebay parcel, and not a birthday present? The only time I give a description is when you have to fill in one of those little forms when sending things abroad.

Chickenitalia Wed 16-Oct-19 15:57:45

I’ve bought and sold lots on eBay and it depends on how the postage is done, some couriers will include the descriptions. Royal Mail certainly ask at the post office now. And on occasion when I’ve bought from amazon there’s been a message at checkout that the item will be in its original box only and to tick the box if you want it to be in hidden packaging. I seem to recall that companies specialising in ‘exotic goods’ keep it hidden. Just in case that worries you 😁

VickyEadieofThigh Wed 16-Oct-19 15:58:36

The post office always asks me what's in parcels at Xmas and then writes it on a label on the back.

RhubarbsBack Wed 16-Oct-19 15:58:51

'Tis a valid concern for Christmas when buying presents. I remember buying my ds a drum set and it arrived with DRUM SET written all over it.

Dahlietta Wed 16-Oct-19 16:05:11

I've had a few things arrive from Amazon which were just the thing, in its original box, with an address label on a small sticker in the top corner confused

Bluetrews25 Wed 16-Oct-19 16:05:15

You bought your DS a drum kit????
<faints>

ThatMuppetShow Wed 16-Oct-19 16:16:27

I've had a few things arrive from Amazon which were just the thing, in its original box, with an address label on a small sticker in the top corner

same here! Either amazon doesn't package AT ALL, or use a fridge-sized box to send a toothbrush. I wish they could come up with a happy medium, I have to get all the kids gifts delivered to my office but it's a pain to bring them home after.

Dahlietta Wed 16-Oct-19 16:24:34

or use a fridge-sized box to send a toothbrush.

grin So true!

tinkering Wed 16-Oct-19 16:25:32

I send things to a friend in America (I’m in the U.K.) and have to state what is inside the package on a sticky label that they put on the parcel while in the post office. When she sends things back to me, there’s a label on the parcel saying what’s inside. I sell things through eBay to people also living here in the UK and there’ no label although they do ask what is inside.

itbemay Wed 16-Oct-19 16:26:25

I do this sometimes when selling stuff on ebay but I write what the item is on the back of the postage label so it isn't visible, however sometimes I have received parcels with the contents written on the outside, its not unusual.

BrendasUmbrella Wed 16-Oct-19 16:43:37

If sent from abroad it helps with customs (sometimes).

HariboLecter Wed 16-Oct-19 16:44:18

Had a Christmas present sent the other year through M&S from relatives abroad - said on the label "Prosecco & Truffles".

Didn't hurry to open that one up on Christmas Day grin

bruffin Wed 16-Oct-19 16:47:07

I've had a few things arrive from Amazon which were just the thing, in its original box, with an address label on a small sticker in the top corner confused
Amazon now give the option of just using the original box or putting it in a brown box to hide what it is.

Ohyesiam Wed 16-Oct-19 16:47:50

Didn’t the seller do it so that they didn’t muddle the parcels before addressing them?

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Wed 16-Oct-19 16:58:27

It can be annoying if it's a present and the recipient happens to see it. I don't see that it's at all necessary if posting within the UK. I've been asked at the post office what was in the parcel, but they didn't write it anywhere. In any case, unless you are required to open it so they can check, what is to stop anyone telling porkies?

I've lied in the past when sending to the US. I was hardly going to write 'paperback book with $$$ inside' when sending to my American niece. Did that successfully many times.

Also on other occasions neglected to say that I had unlawfully included a couple of Christmas crackers in the parcel. Niece when younger really loved them but they couldn't get them there.

DontCallMeShitley Wed 16-Oct-19 16:59:42

*Whenever I've taken something I've sold on Ebay to the post office they always ask me what's inside 'for security purposes' then they write it on the front.
It's been the same for years - very surprised that you and other posters haven't encountered it before tbh.*

They are supposed to ask if there is anything in it that is on the list of banned items, not what is in it though. Sometimes they will put your package aside and it will never get to the recipient because they know what it is. My neighbour is on to this and always says 'slippers'.

I have had Ebay parcels with something written on them, either because the seller had packaged in advance of selling, or because they use the RM guide for weight to work out the postage.

I have also received items in no packaging at all, just a label stuck on, including a brand new blender.

LilouBlue Wed 16-Oct-19 17:01:31

I have this when parcels have come from abroad, for customs purposes. Not when the parcel is from within the country though!

Waxonwaxoff0 Wed 16-Oct-19 17:02:58

I used to work at the post office and they do have to ask what's inside. Only have to write it on the parcel if it's going abroad though.

justasking111 Wed 16-Oct-19 17:08:28

I paid $23 for a bag from E Bay USA. Customs wanted over £80 in tax. Weird, I did not pay it.

Jesse70 Wed 16-Oct-19 17:09:33

Oh god I remember having to pick up a parcel from the post office which had adult paraphernalia written all over it

justasking111 Wed 16-Oct-19 17:09:48

I wonder what happens to all the unclaimed held back stuff. Do the PO destroy it?

nannybeach Wed 16-Oct-19 17:14:55

I bought a toaster recently, it came with Russeell Hobbs toaster on the outside of the packaging. I had a row with Harrys Razors last year, because I bought my DH er a razor, and on the box it said Harrys Razors, and the contents I was fuming because it was a Christmas present, they refunded my money.

Sallyseagull Wed 16-Oct-19 17:20:24

Yes I've had multiple parcels arrive which state what's inside. I do a lot of internet shopping.

Camomila Wed 16-Oct-19 17:47:12

DBro ordered a belt from Amazon (weightlifting so wasn't rolled) the box it came in my 3.5 year old could crawl all the way into shock

Camomila Wed 16-Oct-19 17:48:28

As in because it was such a huge box!

hopityhopity Wed 16-Oct-19 19:06:51

I've always assumed they were pre-packaged, seller wrote what was in it for reference then added address after paid. Doesn't happen often but that's just what I assumed

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