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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Hi there

I live on Turnpike Lane and over the past 6 weeks (so pretty much ever since the lockdown started) , 4 of my parcels went missing. Whenever I buy something online and it’s posted through courier companies - it gets delivered to my flat with no issues, BUT if the parcel is posted through Royal Mail, it gets strangely lost  on the way !!!! :( :( As much as I am obviously aware of Royal mail workers being overwhelmed because of the covid-19, it’s now been 4 parcels of mine which have disappeared. I did get my money back for them (luckily) but hey I wanted my items, not my money back :(

btw, I did checked with the neighbours, around the wheelie bins etc etc.... 

I was wondering if anyone else in the area has had the same issue????!!!!!!

any advice would be much appreciated :) 

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Yes, there are a number of posts on here about it I’m afraid. I’m missing multiple packages, the earliest of which was sent in early April. It’s very localised - neighbouring postcodes seem ok but N4 and N8 are pretty bad. The RM advised me to assume the first set of parcels are lost .. 

Still waiting on things from March - see this thread for the general N4 / N8 debacle...


I have found that deliveries can easily take 3 or 4 weeks at the moment. I'm now only ordering with services that aren't using Royal Mail.

I got a small parcel posted 20th April yesterday, so things appear to be filtering slowly. 

I had to wait for a parcel for exactly a month, and it took me 10 days to receive something from someone that lived about 30mins away a few weeks ago. It's very bad in N4 from what I gather. I get some stuff on time and others come at a questionable time. A lot of my parcels aren't moving - when I check the tracking online. Some retailers are stating that parcels can take up to 3 weeks to deliver but it's particularly bad around here, the postal workers aren't my regulars either.

Hermes and DPD are much better at the moment. Parcelforce are worse than RM IMO. No way of contacting someone in real-time, and I've already had an issue with them last month, so I'm avoiding them.

Receiving mail is hit and miss with RM since lockdown, but sending has been a breeze. My sister has been sending parcels and they've all been received on time. Guess it's just N4 and N8?

I'm waiting for two packets for six weeks; one containing live sweet potato slips for the allotment will by now have shuffled off this mortal coil and the other containing sweet corn seeds will be too late for planting this season however in the great scheme of things its not something to get too exited by and I'm happy to be planting other things at the allotment in this lovely growing weather. 

I'm not sure I've actually lost anything yet (on Burgoyne Rd N4), but some things have taken seven weeks (first class), and on Tuesday I received two things that had been posted in April. My guess is that at least some of your parcels will show up eventually. It all makes for an exciting lottery...

I'm on Turnpike Lane and I've been waiting a number of weeks for 2 parcels. Same thing at my work address in N4. I spoke to the post lady today and she said they are weeks behind with deliveries.

Had 4 parcels delivered by Royal Mail this week in N8 - all posted early to mid April,  so they are making their way, albeit very delayed. 

I'm in the n4 area and it's the same for me.

I would probably accept this if it wasn't so consistent but there were 5 orders I made early April about a week or 2 apart, 3 of them came about 4 weeks later on the same day and the last 2 are yet to be seen.

One has a tracking number and when I check its progress I just get a message saying there will be an update when RM attempts a delivery. It's been 2 months now.

Another has apparently been delivered but I haven't got it so I'm having trouble getting the money back.

I reordered similar stuff that I was expecting in the supposedly delivered package from a completely different company, for 1st class and it arrived in 4 days.

Some confidence was restored so I made 2 orders on a particular day and only one has turned up. Delivery was free and it was sent 2nd class but it came in about 4 days. 2 weeks later I'm still waiting for the 2nd package.

If all my orders from similar time periods were delayed then turned up at the same time, I'd chalk it up to all that's going on. But it seems to be a pick and choose situation and I have no clue if the missing orders will ever turn up.

I've got some refunds but I will feel bad if it turns out to be completely RMs fault 

I did ring once on a Tuesday asking where a package was and got the response that my order would definitely come that week because the warehouse is only open until Wednesday each week so they try to dispose of all the packages by then but focus on light mail in the beginning of the week. Three delayed packages turned up on Saturday that week however, one package - the one that's supposedly been delivered - is still missing.

Sorry to hear this. We've had an increased number of parcels over the same period, lots from Royal Mail, and only one didn't arrive but it was damaged in transit and returned to sender who replaced it straight away. We're N15 near Wickes and i have to say very happy with our Royal Mail service. 

I’m in N4 and I had a parcel that my mother posted in late February turn up this week. Hand knit sweaters for my toddler, bit warm for them now. 



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