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 Author: Stuart9 View Messages Posted By Stuart9
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If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.
 Author: todd3ponds View Messages Posted By todd3ponds
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Unless they are going to come to you, to pick up your shipments, it sounds like
you have a justifiable need to make trips to the PO, in order to keep your business
running.

In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.
 Author: Stuart9 View Messages Posted By Stuart9
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At the moment it seems logical that if I'm travelling to work, filling up
at petrol stations and food shopping that I use the post office but it's
very feasible that this will change in the near future.

If I stay open I may have orders that need to be shipped after I have stopped
working.




In Off Topic, todd3ponds writes:
  Unless they are going to come to you, to pick up your shipments, it sounds like
you have a justifiable need to make trips to the PO, in order to keep your business
running.

In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.
 Author: Adjour View Messages Posted By Adjour
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I know you've had it hard this last year or so. Honestly, as long as you
aren't ill, I would stay open. Just be clear that there may be shipping delays
and handle the parts safely.

People may disagree, but that is what I would do. Personally.
 Author: Stuart9 View Messages Posted By Stuart9
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Cheers, it's a difficult one, I just don't want to put others at risk,
I really don't want to be selfish.




In Off Topic, Adjour writes:
  I know you've had it hard this last year or so. Honestly, as long as you
aren't ill, I would stay open. Just be clear that there may be shipping delays
and handle the parts safely.

People may disagree, but that is what I would do. Personally.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Cheers, it's a difficult one, I just don't want to put others at risk,
I really don't want to be selfish.




In Off Topic, Adjour writes:
  I know you've had it hard this last year or so. Honestly, as long as you
aren't ill, I would stay open. Just be clear that there may be shipping delays
and handle the parts safely.

People may disagree, but that is what I would do. Personally.

This may be my opinion, but the fact that you are even thinking in these terms
right now illustrates to me that you are in no way being selfish; you are simply
looking at the reality of what you need to do to survive in these troubling times...
and even though I am able to close my store indefinitely (if need be; but hopefully
not), I clearly understand that many Sellers are just not in a situation to be
able to do so, and I would in no way accuse anyone of being selfish because they
need to keep their Store open to survive...

In fact, I will likely place a few orders in some of my favorite stores in the
upcoming weeks just to help them out...

Some things in this life are bigger than LEGO. That said, when selling LEGO
is integral to being able to survive, it is completely understandable to maintain
the business availability... I wish you luck in your endeavors; stay safe, take
care of yourself, and be kind to others...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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Thanks Ed.

I think that whatever happens in the next few days will dictate what I do.

My store has been doing well for the first quarter, best yet for me, I could
certainly do with a break.



In Off Topic, edeevo writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Cheers, it's a difficult one, I just don't want to put others at risk,
I really don't want to be selfish.




In Off Topic, Adjour writes:
  I know you've had it hard this last year or so. Honestly, as long as you
aren't ill, I would stay open. Just be clear that there may be shipping delays
and handle the parts safely.

People may disagree, but that is what I would do. Personally.

This may be my opinion, but the fact that you are even thinking in these terms
right now illustrates to me that you are in no way being selfish; you are simply
looking at the reality of what you need to do to survive in these troubling times...
and even though I am able to close my store indefinitely (if need be; but hopefully
not), I clearly understand that many Sellers are just not in a situation to be
able to do so, and I would in no way accuse anyone of being selfish because they
need to keep their Store open to survive...

In fact, I will likely place a few orders in some of my favorite stores in the
upcoming weeks just to help them out...

Some things in this life are bigger than LEGO. That said, when selling LEGO
is integral to being able to survive, it is completely understandable to maintain
the business availability... I wish you luck in your endeavors; stay safe, take
care of yourself, and be kind to others...

Life is Good.
~Ed.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Cheers, it's a difficult one, I just don't want to put others at risk,
I really don't want to be selfish.




In Off Topic, Adjour writes:
  I know you've had it hard this last year or so. Honestly, as long as you
aren't ill, I would stay open. Just be clear that there may be shipping delays
and handle the parts safely.

People may disagree, but that is what I would do. Personally.


That's appreciated. But you need to take care of yourself as well. Don't
forget that.
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When I look at the rules they say: traveling to and from work, but only where
this absolutely cannot be done from home. Sending Lego is your job and you can't
do that from home. I think you just neatly comply with this rule.
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In Off Topic, brickconnector writes:
  When I look at the rules they say: traveling to and from work, but only where
this absolutely cannot be done from home. Sending Lego is your job and you can't
do that from home. I think you just neatly comply with this rule.

I agree. Maybe you could put in your terms that you are only shipping one or
two days a week. Then you could coordinate that with your shopping if you are
worried about it.
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Cheers, something I had been considering as I already have a note informing customers
that I live in a rural area which may affect how often I can ship.

I have also added notes to header etc warning of very possible delays due to
the current crisis.




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  In Off Topic, brickconnector writes:
  When I look at the rules they say: traveling to and from work, but only where
this absolutely cannot be done from home. Sending Lego is your job and you can't
do that from home. I think you just neatly comply with this rule.

I agree. Maybe you could put in your terms that you are only shipping one or
two days a week. Then you could coordinate that with your shopping if you are
worried about it.
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Hope the authorities see it that way if it comes to explanations.

It's my second job at the moment.



In Off Topic, brickconnector writes:
  When I look at the rules they say: traveling to and from work, but only where
this absolutely cannot be done from home. Sending Lego is your job and you can't
do that from home. I think you just neatly comply with this rule.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

Hi

Closed my shop last night, and just received the following message from my local
Post Office :----

Hello again....
So today has been a very strange day. We have had a very proud Dad coming in
to post sanitizer and gloves etc to his daughter working a Addenbrooks hospital.
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
We have had a lovely customer sending an emergency supply of pain relief to a
relation who is struggling to get out to buy some.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
As well as a lot of our lovely regular customers paying bills, banking maybe
for the final time for a while.....we hope to see you again very soon on the
โ€˜other sideโ€™ .....thank you, you guys are the reason we are staying open.
BUT we have also had people coming in to post things like Tupperware boxes, ice
buckets, Easter cards, coming in with letters that could of been put in the post
box as they already had stamps on them!!!!!!!! Why o why???????

Once again....please please please stay away if your transaction is not essential.
Do you realise that by stepping out of your house you not only put yourself at
risk but us too.

Stay safe everyone and keep everyone else safe too xx
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This is exactly why I'm worried about what I'm doing, appreciate the
reply.

Stay safe too.



In Off Topic, tpr writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

Hi

Closed my shop last night, and just received the following message from my local
Post Office :----

Hello again....
So today has been a very strange day. We have had a very proud Dad coming in
to post sanitizer and gloves etc to his daughter working a Addenbrooks hospital.
๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
We have had a lovely customer sending an emergency supply of pain relief to a
relation who is struggling to get out to buy some.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
As well as a lot of our lovely regular customers paying bills, banking maybe
for the final time for a while.....we hope to see you again very soon on the
โ€˜other sideโ€™ .....thank you, you guys are the reason we are staying open.
BUT we have also had people coming in to post things like Tupperware boxes, ice
buckets, Easter cards, coming in with letters that could of been put in the post
box as they already had stamps on them!!!!!!!! Why o why???????

Once again....please please please stay away if your transaction is not essential.
Do you realise that by stepping out of your house you not only put yourself at
risk but us too.

Stay safe everyone and keep everyone else safe too xx
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

There is absolutely no justifiable reason to go out to post Lego.
I'm sure every single person who went out to Snowdon and the Peak District
and everywhere else last weekend could tell themselves it was ok and look at
those scenes that have lead to this lockdown.
Stay at home and save lives.
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I'm struggling with the logic of going to a supermarket to food shop that
has a post office that's open and not using it, I'm still in the same
shop with the same people.

We still need to eat etc, unless you are one of those that have panic bought
and hoarding stuff, not you personally, speaking in general.

We normally shop once a week with an occasional mid week visit for items we forgot
etc, that's what we intended to do during the crisis too.





In Off Topic, paulrothwell writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

There is absolutely no justifiable reason to go out to post Lego.
I'm sure every single person who went out to Snowdon and the Peak District
and everywhere else last weekend could tell themselves it was ok and look at
those scenes that have lead to this lockdown.
Stay at home and save lives.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  I'm struggling with the logic of going to a supermarket to food shop that
has a post office that's open and not using it, I'm still in the same
shop with the same people.

We still need to eat etc, unless you are one of those that have panic bought
and hoarding stuff, not you personally, speaking in general.

We normally shop once a week with an occasional mid week visit for items we forgot
etc, that's what we intended to do during the crisis too.





In Off Topic, paulrothwell writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

There is absolutely no justifiable reason to go out to post Lego.
I'm sure every single person who went out to Snowdon and the Peak District
and everywhere else last weekend could tell themselves it was ok and look at
those scenes that have lead to this lockdown.
Stay at home and save lives.


I think people are mistaking the non-essential business thing... because this
actually refers to those working in an environment or work place where it means
they are surrounded by others such as a retail shop, call centre, construction
site that is non-essential work it does'nt necessarily refer to online stores
selling 'non-essential products' such as Lego in fact the government
is keen for small online businesses to continue to operate where possible in
order to keep the economy going which I might add also helps to finance our NHS
In an ideal world posting mail straight into a post box would be safest option
but if you have to make visits to the post office try and make them infrequently
and consider staying away if there are too many people about
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

I would stay open. That's what I'm planning on doing, for now anyway.
People still appear to be buying Lego, although all my orders have been less
than ยฃ1 of parts lately which has led me to just put them in a postbox instead
of going to the post office.

I'm not in such a precarious situation given that, at the moment, the courier
company I work for is still operating and we appear to have been classed as "key
workers" by the government, although they may change their mind later on. I'm
hopeful that the latest wave of restrictions is enough, but it will remain to
be seen.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

Pay for your post online and print labels and jog to your nearest post box as
your 'allowed daily exercise' to post it

(assuming you live near a postbox that you can jog to and also that you yourself
are able to jog)
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Not geared up to do this but a possibility if this technophobe can work it out.


I also have a rural post box less than 100 metres away, the other side of a busy
dual carriageway, problem is, it has an opening that only allows for letters,
small large letter packages and slim small parcels.

I stopped using it as it's the only post box that I've used that a package
disappeared from, the only one so far.




In Off Topic, BricksThatStick writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.

Pay for your post online and print labels and jog to your nearest post box as
your 'allowed daily exercise' to post it

(assuming you live near a postbox that you can jog to and also that you yourself
are able to jog)
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The Post Office i work in is inside a Co-op store so as long as the store stays
open we will be working, we havent seen a drop in customers in fact it seems
to be the opposite. A large majority of the customers coming in to post things
are people working from home like yourself. The store is generally quieter but
i have noticed that the same people who are coming to the Post Office are buying
their essentials in store instead of making a trip to one of the larger Tesco/Sainsburys
where the exposure risk is sure to be much higher.

A plus point for us at the Post Office is a lot of our customers are happily
paying for special delivery's which at this present time no longer has a
timed guarantee.
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Both the post offices I use are inside co-op stores, I certainly spend more there
than I have in the past.

Found a few things there that the hoarders wiped out in the bigger stores.



In Off Topic, happyshopper writes:
  The Post Office i work in is inside a Co-op store so as long as the store stays
open we will be working, we havent seen a drop in customers in fact it seems
to be the opposite. A large majority of the customers coming in to post things
are people working from home like yourself. The store is generally quieter but
i have noticed that the same people who are coming to the Post Office are buying
their essentials in store instead of making a trip to one of the larger Tesco/Sainsburys
where the exposure risk is sure to be much higher.

A plus point for us at the Post Office is a lot of our customers are happily
paying for special delivery's which at this present time no longer has a
timed guarantee.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Both the post offices I use are inside co-op stores, I certainly spend more there
than I have in the past.

Found a few things there that the hoarders wiped out in the bigger stores.

I am so envious. a) Local co-op (which I used quite a lot) closed recently and
b) it didn't have a Post Office!
I have kept my store closed since having a knee replacement which meant I couldn't
drive to the Post Office - I live in a rural area, with Post Offices over a 15
minute drive away. Have also found out that as I am in the 'vulnerable persons'
category
(immunosuppression therapy) meaning I am not allowed to leave the house. So
not a lot of point in opening my store, but a good opportunity to sort and list
more Lego.

Stay safe everyone and follow the rules.

PS Mind how you go crossing that dual carriageway. Although it might be a lot
quieter now!
  


In Off Topic, happyshopper writes:
  The Post Office i work in is inside a Co-op store so as long as the store stays
open we will be working, we havent seen a drop in customers in fact it seems
to be the opposite. A large majority of the customers coming in to post things
are people working from home like yourself. The store is generally quieter but
i have noticed that the same people who are coming to the Post Office are buying
their essentials in store instead of making a trip to one of the larger Tesco/Sainsburys
where the exposure risk is sure to be much higher.

A plus point for us at the Post Office is a lot of our customers are happily
paying for special delivery's which at this present time no longer has a
timed guarantee.
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Thanks and best wishes to yourself, family and friends.

Just seen the news that Prince Charles has tested positive, mild symptoms.







In Off Topic, 1271moggy writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Both the post offices I use are inside co-op stores, I certainly spend more there
than I have in the past.

Found a few things there that the hoarders wiped out in the bigger stores.

I am so envious. a) Local co-op (which I used quite a lot) closed recently and
b) it didn't have a Post Office!
I have kept my store closed since having a knee replacement which meant I couldn't
drive to the Post Office - I live in a rural area, with Post Offices over a 15
minute drive away. Have also found out that as I am in the 'vulnerable persons'
category
(immunosuppression therapy) meaning I am not allowed to leave the house. So
not a lot of point in opening my store, but a good opportunity to sort and list
more Lego.

Stay safe everyone and follow the rules.

PS Mind how you go crossing that dual carriageway. Although it might be a lot
quieter now!
  


In Off Topic, happyshopper writes:
  The Post Office i work in is inside a Co-op store so as long as the store stays
open we will be working, we havent seen a drop in customers in fact it seems
to be the opposite. A large majority of the customers coming in to post things
are people working from home like yourself. The store is generally quieter but
i have noticed that the same people who are coming to the Post Office are buying
their essentials in store instead of making a trip to one of the larger Tesco/Sainsburys
where the exposure risk is sure to be much higher.

A plus point for us at the Post Office is a lot of our customers are happily
paying for special delivery's which at this present time no longer has a
timed guarantee.
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If you have a P.O. inside a supermarket, then I'd post at the same time as
grocery shopping. I think if you let buyers know roughly how long you take to
post, most will be understanding.
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Triple your prices, increase shipping/handling fees and deliver only once or
twice a week.

This will result in the following :
- less work for you means more rest, increased immune system
- fewer trips to the shop
- might give you increased revenue which also gives government more taxes
- those who buy with higher prices probably really needs the bricks. It can justify
the risk
- you actually do take a bigger risk now as you might get sick at post office,
your shipment might get lost or delayed so you might have to compensate to more
customers.

There are probably many more reasons to increase prices now? good luck
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Couldn't keep my store open, just didn't sit right with me.

One order ready to ship and that will have to be it, stay safe everyone.๐Ÿ‘






In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  If I read the news correctly, the most recent measures announced this week will
re ratified and become enforceable from this Thursday.

I've read that fines can be imposed on those out and about without good reason,
these will increase in value if you are caught more than once.

My problem is that I really need the income from my BL store especially as I'm
going to spend at least part of the lockdown at home, I lose my overtime income
which I rely on, I need it due to past unforeseen issues.

I really want to stick to the rules imposed but I find myself in a position that
allows me to travel to work, I can't work from home, not that type of job.

This then allows me access to a nearby post office inside a grocery store and
I have another post office relatively close to home inside a supermarket.

Posting plastic toys, as I declare them, doesn't feel right, it certainly
isn't essential.

This I expect is what many are struggling with, do I or don't I close my
shop, how long could it last, several months is going to be a financial nightmare
for many.
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Couldn't keep my store open, just didn't sit right with me.

One order ready to ship and that will have to be it, stay safe everyone.๐Ÿ‘


Thats fair enough but refering back to my other post within this thread:-

https://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=1187256

It seems quite accurate as last night on the news there was a caronavirus questions
and answers thing from members of the public....

Basically a woman asked "I run a small business where I post packets at the post
office is it okay to continue?"

The advisors reponse was that yes it was okay to continue to do this but to take
extra measures with distancing

Bascially there are risks in everything we do be that getting food, stepping
outside for excercise etc... but you have to weigh up the benefits with the risks
and I think the goverment recognise the benefits of trying to keep the countries
businesses operating because if the goverment does'nt generate enough tax
revenue this in itself creates bigger problems for the economy and how well it
is able support our health system in the first place but there is no right or
wrong but I thought I should just share this with you to put your mind at rest!
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Thanks.

Just concerned about people around me, i'm about to pick up medication for
two people, one is a severe asthmatic.

If it was just me then I wouldn't have closed just yet, I live in a rural
area and rarely visit busy places, I like my own company, sad I know.

Rarely visit pubs etc, I've better things to do.

The nearest post office staff aren't the most welcoming of people and you
get the feeling that they think you shouldn't be there, they are professional
but somewhat abrupt.

The other has one similar member of staff but one that is extremely pleasant,
sadly it's close to work which could be a problem if work stops altogether,
this now looks highly likely.




In Off Topic, infinibrix writes:
  In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Couldn't keep my store open, just didn't sit right with me.

One order ready to ship and that will have to be it, stay safe everyone.๐Ÿ‘


Thats fair enough but refering back to my other post within this thread:-

https://www.bricklink.com/message.asp?ID=1187256

It seems quite accurate as last night on the news there was a caronavirus questions
and answers thing from members of the public....

Basically a woman asked "I run a small business where I post packets at the post
office is it okay to continue?"

The advisors reponse was that yes it was okay to continue to do this but to take
extra measures with distancing

Bascially there are risks in everything we do be that getting food, stepping
outside for excercise etc... but you have to weigh up the benefits with the risks
and I think the goverment recognise the benefits of trying to keep the countries
businesses operating because if the goverment does'nt generate enough tax
revenue this in itself creates bigger problems for the economy and how well it
is able support our health system in the first place but there is no right or
wrong but I thought I should just share this with you to put your mind at rest!
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In Off Topic, Stuart9 writes:
  Thanks.

Just concerned about people around me, i'm about to pick up medication for
two people, one is a severe asthmatic.

If it was just me then I wouldn't have closed just yet, I live in a rural
area and rarely visit busy places, I like my own company, sad I know.

Rarely visit pubs etc, I've better things to do.

The nearest post office staff aren't the most welcoming of people and you
get the feeling that they think you shouldn't be there, they are professional
but somewhat abrupt.

The other has one similar member of staff but one that is extremely pleasant,
sadly it's close to work which could be a problem if work stops altogether,
this now looks highly likely.


and its a more than valid concern and very understandable. I guess we all have
to make our own individual decisions but supporting small online businesses is
part of the reason the goverment has decided to keep the post offices open so
whether you choose to use those services should be your decision rather than
the unwelcoming post office worker behind the counter who I beleive will be protected
by a glass screen in most cases anyway but perhaps not in rural areas? anwyay
stay safe especially with regards to the severe asthmatic!