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    Can anyone recommend a courier service for the Olympus 35-100mm.

    I want to hire it out, but it costs 21 pound two times.

    One for delivery and one for collection so 87 in total which is a little over the price I wanted to pay.

    I want the courier to insure me for 1.5k for the item cost.

    Thanks

    Kyle

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    Keith


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    E500,E510 now dead,E520 (now retired),E600 and Grip,14-42,14-45,2x40-150,Sigmas 105 and 135-400 Now Dead..ex 25. Manfrotto 190. Plus lots of OM stuff.
    Now also 4 items from the dark side...........

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      I wouldn't mind it it was just 21, but its 42 in total for collection and delivery.

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        This is perhaps the biggest hurdle we face when quoting to prospective clients. We try our best to provide the best value for money in terms of shipping costs. For example, we find that if the consignment weighs less than 2kg, then Royal Mail Special Delivery is pretty much unbeatable and we always aim to use them where possible, even though it means we have to bring parcels to the post office, which means journey in the car. We have tried many other courier services for heavier parcels and currently we are using Parcel Force. We do add a small premium for handling, but if you would like to save on that you could arrange your own courier to collect from us and deliver back - and we can recommend Parcel Force. If you are not too far from us in Hemel Hempstead you can of course arrange to collect and return your items personally.

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          John

          "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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            I agree it isn't alot if you're making money out of the shots, but in this case I'm not.

            Also I'm a student and I'm sure you know we have to live on student budgets, spending 42 pound on postage alone is a fair bit for a student budget.

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              Originally posted by KyleSmith View Post
              I agree it isn't alot if you're making money out of the shots, but in this case I'm not.

              Also I'm a student and I'm sure you know we have to live on student budgets, spending 42 pound on postage alone is a fair bit for a student budget.
              Kyle, I would balance the cost of fuel or rail and time to collect it and do that journey x 4 AND Insurance is included in case of damage or theft en route
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                Originally posted by KyleSmith View Post
                I agree it isn't alot if you're making money out of the shots, but in this case I'm not.

                Also I'm a student and I'm sure you know we have to live on student budgets, spending 42 pound on postage alone is a fair bit for a student budget.
                I do appreciate that, Kyle, and I sympathize with you. However, the costs are unavoidable and have to be covered somehow. By all means seek a cheaper alternative but do be wary of exposing yourself to potential losses which you couldn't afford to cover. It may be that, for now, hiring a lens such as this is unfortunately beyond your reach.
                John

                "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                  It's not what inspires us that is important, it's where the journey takes us.

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                    One possibility could be to pay more for the hire by extending the days and then choose a cheaper but slower courier service. Basically hire costs per day reduce, per day, the longer the hire period. If you can save more on the courier service than you spend more on the hire, you could be quids-in. Basically hire costs per day reduce, per day, the longer the hire period. As long as you get the gear back to us by the quoted date, what you do with the days booked is down to you.

                    Ian
                    Founder and editor of:
                    Olympus UK E-System User Group (http://e-group.uk.net)
                    Four Thirds User (http://fourthirds-user.com)
                    Digital Photography Now (http://dpnow.com)
                    Olympus camera, lens, and accessory hire (http://e-group.uk.net/hire)

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                      Keith


                      http://www.flickr.com/photos/68459774@N05

                      E500,E510 now dead,E520 (now retired),E600 and Grip,14-42,14-45,2x40-150,Sigmas 105 and 135-400 Now Dead..ex 25. Manfrotto 190. Plus lots of OM stuff.
                      Now also 4 items from the dark side...........

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