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Poll: Do you use a PO box business address?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you use a PO box business address?".

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:22
Member (2006)
German to English
Nope Mar 15, 2016

I have internet and a post box on the front door.

I could only imagine using that if I lived somewhere in the countryside that is not covered by postal services or I just do not want things posted to my home address.
We had one of those in Swaziland, but only because it was in the town centre of good old Mlambanyatsi


 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:22
Member
English to French
Yes Mar 15, 2016

No alternative, I live in the sticks.
The parcels I order are delivered at the nearest country bar-restaurant. In exchange for their kindness, I have to drink a lot there.

Philippe


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 14:22
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
+ ...
No Mar 15, 2016

No need to. I work at home and I live in Lisbon not far from the city center. Anyway, most of my contacts with clients are by email…

 

Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 14:22
Member (2007)
English
+ ...
Definitely not Mar 15, 2016

I'm always wary of doing business with companies that 'hide behind' box numbers. Anyway, the only reason my clients need a postal address at all is for the invoice, and that never gets sent to or paid to a postal address. I don't accept cheques.

I do order the odd parcel of printer toner on-line but although it's primarily for the business that could be delivered to any old postal address. I often have to collect it from the post office anyway. The poll refers to business i.e. registered address.


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 22:22
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
No Mar 15, 2016

Japan's courier and postal services are some of the most advanced in the world. I can buy stuff on eBay or Amazon in the states (USPS Priority Mail International also is an excellent service) and get it delivered within 5 business days, sometimes 3.
I can also order stuff in far off places in Japan and get it delivered within a designated time frame the following morning or first thing in the morning, even.

I had to rely on this for deliveries and pickups in the pre-Internet days. Ah, the good ol' days when I could demand higher translation rates.

Philippe Etienne wrote:

No alternative, I live in the sticks.
The parcels I order are delivered at the nearest country bar-restaurant. In exchange for their kindness, I have to drink a lot there.

Philippe


You poor thing, Philippe. It must be such an ordeal for you. May I join you in some wine and cheese, preferably a nice ripe Roquefort? Santé and Kanpai! icon_smile.gif


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 14:22
Hebrew to English
The Royal Mail Mar 15, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:
Japan's courier and postal services are some of the most advanced in the world. I can buy stuff on eBay or Amazon in the states (USPS Priority Mail International also is an excellent service) and get it delivered within 5 business days, sometimes 3.


I can buy stuff on eBay or Amazon in the states (USPS Priority Mail International) and get it delivered within 5-6 weeks.

Although perhaps I'm shooting the messenger here, the last time I ordered a book from the US it only took 3 days to get from Shepherdstown, West Virginia to London, but then HMRC decided to hang onto it for 4 weeks before releasing it for the last stage of its journey.

You have to admire that kind of efficiency....*ahem*


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:22
Spanish to English
+ ...
Judge not, lest ye be judged Mar 15, 2016

Sheila Wilson wrote:

I'm always wary of doing business with companies that 'hide behind' box numbers.



I live out in the sticks and there are no postal deliveries, so my only option is a PO box. Not everyone who uses a PO Box, or online pseudonyms for that matter, is a dodgy character.

So, to quote King James, "...first cast out the beam out of thine own eye..."


 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 23:22
Member (2008)
English to Russian
+ ...
Yes Mar 15, 2016

We use it because it looks more professional. A lot of Australian companies use PO boxes next to their physical addresses.

 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 15:22
Member (2009)
English to German
+ ...
No Mar 15, 2016

Since mail delivery here is (usually) fast and efficient, and because I have a mail box downstairs, there's no need for a PO box.

 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 15:22
Member (2005)
English to German
No Mar 15, 2016

Actually, I'm the person who gets all the mail for this house and several others, since I'm nearly always home when the mail/parcel carriers arrive. With a PO box, I would have to physically go to the post office.

My postman thinks I've been unemployed for at least 20 years, because it's always the same postman and I always open the door for him in my pyjamas at 9AM ... good thing he can't convey to my customers how professional I look!

[Edited at 2016-03-16 07:33 GMT]


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 22:22
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Efficiency Mar 15, 2016

Ty Kendall wrote:

... the last time I ordered a book from the US it only took 3 days to get from Shepherdstown, West Virginia to London, but then HMRC decided to hang onto it for 4 weeks before releasing it for the last stage of its journey.

You have to admire that kind of efficiency....*ahem*


Yes, exactly.

Efficiency is the word over here. The Shinkansen bullet trains run every few minutes and very punctually. And, local trains and private railways are almost always on time. The only stoppages are because of earthquakes, volcano eruptions and typhoons. Such a benign country I live in. They are hardly ever canceled for 'leaves on the tracks' or other ridiculous excuses and station staff apologize if a train is running a few minutes late. icon_smile.gif

This is one reason for living in Japan - apart from the excellent healthy cuisine,of course.

BTW, laziness is dubbed the 'British disease' over here.


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 15:22
Member (2005)
English to German
British disease? Mar 15, 2016

Holy cannoli, don't the Japanese all die of stress then???

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 15:22
Member
English to French
Thank you for your support Mar 15, 2016

Julian Holmes wrote:
You poor thing, Philippe. It must be such an ordeal for you. May I join you in some wine and cheese, preferably a nice ripe Roquefort? Santé and Kanpai! icon_smile.gif

A tu salud!
But I suggest we stay local and have some "old cheese" preserved in olive oil.
We need something at least as strong as expired Roquefort to handle the wine.


 

DianeGM  Identity Verified
Local time: 16:22
Member (2006)
Dutch to English
+ ...
Yes ... Mar 15, 2016

I have a home office and I live a stone's throw from the middle of nowhere, as there is no house number or street name, there is also no mail service. I have mail delivered to a PO box in the relative civilisation of the next village.

 
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