Not sure how many people are aware of these great sites that have sprung up. I won’t say they are new because they have in fact been around for a quite a few years now, but not too many people(that I know anyway) are aware of their existence.
They actually work in a similar way to ebay but instead of users listing items for sale and then others bidding on them, with the auction delivery site people list items they need transporting and then registered transport providers bid on their delivery. Again like ebay, users on both sides can leave feedback rating their satisfaction with the customer or service provider.
Such a simple idea but what a great concept it is and the price you can get your items moved for is a fraction of what you’d usually expect to pay if you rang a same day courier company out of the yellow pages or from an internet search. How it apparently works is that transport providers look for jobs that match up with places they are planning to deliver to anyway.
For instance, “John Smith Courier Services” based in London already has a delivery booked for next Thursday, going from London to Manchester. What he will then do is take a look on the delivery auction site and see if anybody needs anything delivered up to Manchester the same day or perhaps he might find someone with a delivery going from Manchester to London. Basically he’ll look for anything along his route that fits in with what he is already doing and doesn’t take him too far off his already planned schedule.
So for that reason “John Smith” can afford to take the delivery from the auction site for a fraction of the price he would usually charge, as he is going that way anyway.
Obviously this service is not really suited for urgent deliveries, where you would really need to use a specialist same day courier, but it is ideal for deliveries that you are not in a great hurry to receive.
Absolutely perfect for ebay purchases and such like, and as I mentioned earlier some of the prices you can get offered are quite astounding. When you make your delivery listing you are asked when you need your goods collected and delivered and the more flexible you are, generally the better the price you can expect. For example if you say you want the goods collecting and delivery anytime within the next 10 days, you will likely be offered a much lower price than if you put you need it collected tomorrow and delivered within 2 days.
You can also list just about anything on these sites too. I have seen listings ranging from a lamp shade to a 30 foot boat!