Royal Mail Warning

October 17, 2008

A lot of us use Royal Mail to post books to one another, so I thought it might be prudent to post a warning message here about a couple of things when dealing with Royal Mail

1. Make sure you have copied the other persons address correctly. Double check if you have to. We’ve had a couple of rare occasions where books are returned to sender because the address wasn’t recognised. It’s unclear why this occured but I’m putting my money on incorrect addresses, so please double check before going to the post office.

2. This has been confirmed by Royal Mail and the Trading Standards Office are making people aware of the following scam:

A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 09066 611 911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .

If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call.

If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072 396 655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at


On a side note the new design looks great, might post a preview here next week.


state of the union

October 1, 2008

I seem to have fallen out with the guys who run gumtree. Not sure why, but they say they see me as competition to their swapping section. Even though they have ads for titletrader and other swapping websites on there. Difference being these guys paid for their ads, I wanted free ones. At the moment the site makes no money…none. So I’m trying to stick to free advertisements, not easy online I can tell you. I do sometimes post the odd ad on facebook but believe me, I’m not doing that on a regular basis…simply can’t afford to.

It’s a bit frustrating just now because I would like to plough on with the new and improved We Swap Books, but it’s proving a little difficult. After 3 years my wife and I have almost completed our house (just need to paint the hall, get a new front door and then carpet the hall) so finally, finally that nightmare is almost at an end. And I’m building a website for one of my wife’s friends so again, it’s tough to get time. But the new website is going to rock…hopefully it’ll be up and running soon.

New features are going to include email alerts, improved members section, new design, the USA site and much more. Also going to try and remove the book comments and replace it with more of a book rating system, but that is proving difficult, so for this update I might not get around to that.

Keep your eyes peeled though because the new site is on the way.