By the time I received your letter Hermes had done two sweeps of its depot to find the parcel. When I got in touch on your behalf it was quick to respond and immediately agreed to do a third check.
Again, nothing was found. I strongly suspect it was stolen. I stressed to Hermes’s press office that the loss of this equipment meant you were having to cancel gigs, creating further financial loss for you, and I must say it was very understanding.
Hermes has now paid you £849 which you are combining with your £300 from the insurance to buy a new controller. Unless Hermes increases the level of insurance available on parcels I would recommend anyone sending items valued at over £300 chooses an alternative carrier.
A quick search on ParcelHero, a shipping comparison website, shows you could have sent the DJ Controller with ParcelForce or UPS, paying £44 on top of delivery fees for it to be fully insured for up to £1,149.
It makes Hermes’ offer of £20 for £300 of cover look like a poor value deal.
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