Bypass Delivery Restrictions and Save on Postage with Parcel Motel
One of the annoying things about living in Ireland is not being able to get things delivered easily and cheaply.
Online shopping from the likes of eBay or Amazon can bag you some great bargains, until you realise that the seller won’t ship to Ireland, or will charge you a fortune in postage.
Parcel Motel is a great way to get around these problems. They give you a legitimate UK address to use (in Newtownabbey just north of Belfast in Northern Ireland) from which they will forward parcels for a reasonable fee to any of their pick-up points in Ireland.
When you register you are allocated a Parcel Motel ID (format PM99999) that forms the first line of your address. Then, whenever you order anything, simply use the following delivery address:Your Name Your Parcel Motel ID Parcel Motel 1A McKinney Road Newtownabbey Antrim BT36 4PE
The staff at Parcel Motel will accept and sign for the parcel on your behalf. They then scan it into their own system, and you can track where it is by logging into your My Parcel Motel online account.
Within 24 hours they will then forward the item from their depot to your pre-defined pick-up location. There are around 100 different sets of Parcel Motel lockers around the Republic, and you can choose whichever one suits you the most.
The parcels are delivered to the secure lockers, and you get notified by text message as soon as it’s ready for collection. The lockers are accessible 24 hours a day, and when you turn up it’s just a question of typing in the PIN supplied in your text message, and your locker opens.
I’m using Parcel Motel to buy myself a Nexus 4 phone, which aren’t available in Ireland. Google will only deliver to a UK address. In the past I’ve used family and friends based in the UK to accept parcels and forward them on – but it seems that Parcel Motel are cheaper and quicker.