Thursday, 21 November 2013

Royal Mail changing restrictions on posting water-based paint.

Ok. This just completely baffles me.

The Royal Mail have now changed the restrictions on posting water-based paints to the following:
Water-based paints, wood varnishes and enamels
The items must be securely closed and placed in a leak-proof liner, such as a sealed polythene bag, so that any inadvertent leakage is contained within the outer packaging. Surround with absorbent material such as newspaper and sufficient cushioning material to protect each item from damage. Volume per item should not exceed 150ml. No more than four items can be sent in any one package. The sender’s name and return address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.
If, like me, you think this is patently ridiculous, there's a petition here you can sign.


  1. It does indeed seem over the top , and will be a complete pain!

  2. its daft but courier companies have had this restriction for a few years now

    1. Really? Far be it for me to sound a bit sceptical but I get Vallejo paints sent by courier quite frequently and a quick Google check of DHL's website (first courier I can think of) makes no reference to any such restriction

  3. God grief!!! What the hell are they upto now???

  4. ?!? If they spent more time on their business and less on these bizarre restrictions, the Royal Mail wouldn't be in half the trouble it is.

    Oddest regulation I've seen at the Post Office? You can't send ammunition or explosives through the mail! No sh1t Sherlock.

  5. At the risk of offending political sensibilities, I have to ask: have you noticed how Tories bitch about red tape, too many regulations, and too much government; and yet when you get Tories running the show (yeah, right - as if they had a grip), what do you get? Got in one: more red tape, more regulations, more goddam government.

    None of which makes even bad sense.

  6. Maybe they want to being the share prices down to stop them getting overheated?
    This is on several blogs and ( as I've already said elsewhere), it's discriminatory. Any disabled 'crafters' of any description have now been barred from pursuing their hobby.
    I'm off to buy some TNT shares - they'll be worth a fortune if this isn't rescinded.

  7. Yeah, this is really odd and will tend to cause issues for hobby people who do not have a local games shop. I wonder if GW have suddenly bought shares in Royal Mail and suggested this to drive people to their shops? ;)


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