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Old 05.05.2009, 19:05
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Post Box - for free?

Hi,

Anybody who knows how it works to get a Post box? or have experience? I've asked around and it seems as if you need to go to your local post, sign-up and pay 20chf for the key and that's it..is it really for free? sounds strange :0)

Any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks

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Old 05.05.2009, 19:31
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Re: Post Box - for free?

Your information is correct, you can read more here in the national languages.
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Old 05.05.2009, 19:38
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Re: Post Box - for free?

Unbelievable I agree, but it really looks like it's free.
And unless my eyes deceive me, the first four keys are free too. After that you pay Fr.20.00 per key.
This is the relevant page in English.
The only rulings seem to be that you can only have one, and that it has to be at the post office of the place you live. There are also bits about having to use correct address for firms etc. no fantasie ideas, but that will surely be explained to you.
So off you go, hop along and fill out the form...


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Old 05.05.2009, 19:43
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Unbelievable I agree, but it really looks like it's free.
And unless my eyes deceive me, the first four keys are free too. After that you pay Fr.20.00 per key.
This is the page I found - no English I'm afraid.
And this brochure which says more or less the same thing in bigger print!!
The only rulings seem to be that you can only have one, and that it has to be at the post office of the place you live. There are also bits about having to use correct address for firms etc. no fantasie ideas, but that will surely be explained to you.
So off you go, hop along and fill out the form...
Thanks Nathu and Longbyt - I hope they have a box spare for me at our Wädenswil outlet.
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Old 05.05.2009, 19:43
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Re: Post Box - for free?

it also means they will not deliver letters to your home if you decide to have your mail sent to a postbox. Exceptions: express mail and parcels that don't fit into the postbox (although you can choose to pick them up at the post office counter)
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Re: Post Box - for free?

Nathu and Longbyt - thanks a million!

The german information is ehrm..not that helpful for me just yet I've studied german for 3 weeks now so your help is much appreciated.

Cheers
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Old 05.05.2009, 20:01
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Re: Post Box - for free?

You're welcome (sorry Longbyt ). You have to ask for the form at your local post office. Probably to avoid hassle if no box is available.
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it also means they will not deliver letters to your home if you decide to have your mail sent to a postbox. Exceptions: express mail and parcels that don't fit into the postbox (although you can choose to pick them up at the post office counter)
Are you absolutely certain?
Do they really go through the mail and sort out any letters addressed to you with a normal road address, then look up your postbox number and put it in ther iinstead?
The leaflet talks about having your post available to you when the post opens if you have it delivered to your 'Postfach' as your first address. I cannot quite see why they say 'first' if you cannot have a second?
Still I have no experience in this area, so I'm not putting any money on it...
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Old 05.05.2009, 21:08
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Re: Post Box - for free?

Yes, I think the conditions for getting a box are very easy, however actually getting one in some postal areas is very challenging - you have to wait until one becomes available.... they don't just add on extra ones.

Good luck with that,

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Do they really go through the mail and sort out any letters addressed to you with a normal road address, then look up your postbox number and put it in ther iinstead?
In our experience, that's exactly what they do - everything goes to the PO Box, and if it doesn't fit, they put in a pink card with "P" (packet) or "R" (registered) on it, so you have to go and collect it from the counter. Now our village may be different, but our postbox is completely free, because the post office is saved from the bother of delivering mail up the hill where we live.
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Re: Post Box - for free?

Just a reminder, this is the period of the year the free PO Boxes come up for renewal. If your local Post Office asks you how many letters per day you get, state 8 or more, and you will likely get one PO Box for free, for a year ( well, CHF20 as a key deposit is required ).



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Dear Mr XXXXXX

Many thanks for your enquiry.

To apply for a PO Box, we kindly ask you to visit the post office in Wädenswil. There you can get the form there and hand it over personally.

Please contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Josiah Glausen

Administrative Assistant
Swiss Post
Customer Care Service
Viktoriastrasse 21
P.O. Box
CH-3030 Berne

Tel. 0848 888 888
Fax 0844 888 888
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Re: Post Box - for free?

It's dead man's shoes, so you have to wait for a free one, or maybe try if one is available in the next village.

For several years I had all my business mail addressed "Postlagernd" or "Post Restante" at my local post office.

http://www.post.ch/en/post-startseit...-postlager.htm

It is also free of charge, with the advantage I could get my mail and parcels at the post office immediately it opened in the morning, and not have to wait for the delivery postman. I could also give them names of proxy collectors.
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Re: Post Box - for free?

as a new proud owner of a swiss post box, I am happy to share my experience.

I asked at 3 post offices in Basel e.g. 2 close to freie strasse, and one near train station. All of these were far from where I live but close to where I work, so I told them that there are no boxes in office close to my home (which might actually be true). I am on the waiting list at Freie Strasse post (my option 1), but managed to get a box in post office near train station. I was also surprised to discover that it is for free.

One question though:

will it suffice to have a receiving address like

Post Account Name
PO Box 1234
4002 Basel

or I will have to put my home address as well (which is going to change soon)

also will following also work

Another Name
c/o Post Account Name
PO Box 1234
4002 Basel

just want to be certain before setting up all post redirections.

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