This is No Fun at All! — Royal Mail Suspends International Shipping

Nope. No fun at all!

Susan Alison

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Painting by Susan Alison

Well — this is no fun. First of all the festive season orders of prints of my artwork disappeared into black holes caused by the Royal Mail strikes. (I don’t blame the posties.) I got to the stage of not wanting to get up in the morning because the first thing I’d see on switching on the computer would be yet more emails headed up: “FuriousJeannette wants to complain about your DreadfulAwful service” — or something like that — and then another outraged customer would be wondering where their print was — the one they wanted to give as a present at Christmas — which never turned up.

So — the usual festive season postal slowdown plus some Bad Weather plus Bank Holidays plus Royal Mail strikes = chaos and Susan’s name for good service going down the pan.

Add to that the Backlog caused by the strikes. Oh, Gawd.

Yeah, but, yeah, but — just as we think we’re getting clear of all that — after losing any profit made at all ever because of having to refund a load of dosh — what happens next — yeah — you guessed it — Royal Mail is hit by a Russian ransomware cyber attack and suddenly we can no longer send anything overseas. Can’t even buy a postage label. I mean, that doesn’t even sound convincing does it when trying to explain to a customer why I’m not sending out their prints? And, of course, things already in transit are now in limbo.

I’m putting this here not just so I can publicly moan and whinge and generally feel sorry for myself, but also in case anyone hasn’t seen the announcements I’ve put in other places about it. I’ve even had to put on my Etsy store listings that I only sell to the UK now. I can’t tell you how annoying that is! So I won’t! No!

I don’t paint miserable and annoyed creatures so I don’t have a suitable pic for this post so, instead, I’ve used a pic of a cat who is mad at getting Christmas catalogues in June.

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Susan Alison

Paints pictures & writes stories for a living. Dogs appear in the art, & the humour — a lot! (Dogs have much to say about life.) Can be found at SusanAlison.com