Folksy Ltd

Do You Ever do this?

I have a confession! I sometimes look on google maps to see where some of my customers live.
If they have a lovely sounding address or just plain nosiness! Is that bad?

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I don’t on Folksy because most of my customers are from the UK, but I confess that I do on my E… shop as customers are from all over the world. It’s nice to take a peep to see where my packages are going to.

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I put the postcodes into google maps to check that they are correct for the road address as I have had wrong ones supplied, the fact that I find out if they live in the middle of a city or the middle of nowhere is an interesting aside.

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I’ve not done that myself, but I know where they live due to the address.

I have it in reserve though in case of a postcode left off an address as I think it might be quicker to check that way than send and email and ask for confirmation.

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Personally, I would never think of doing it, I was brought up never to read other people’s mail, not even postcards and I think it’s an extension to that, I have looked up friends postcodes using the postcode finder, and I might use Google maps if I was going somewhere new, to see what I was looking for. But no, I wouldn’t look where people lived…

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I don’t actually look them up, but I find addresses really fascinating, like when you send to The Gate House, Twin Oaks Cottage or Factory Lane, just makes you wonder what it’s like.

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If I get a very odd sounding address and I think “surely that’s not a real place!” I will have a look. A Scottish Island intrigued me, and somewhere in the US, but generally I don’t look up “ordinary” places!

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I’ve done it, I’m always intrigued to get an idea of who my customers are but I feel a bit guilty now @SueTrevor !!

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Don’t feel guilty Mel, it’s just my peculiarity, it’s all out there, it’s just me!

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Like Sasha @SashaGarrett, I do put the postcodes into Google maps to check that the addresses are correct (especially if they’re odd-sounding addresses). I first started doing it when I got an address that sounded non-residential - a company address. I guess someone was having it delivered to their work address and I wanted to check because I would always send signed for under those circumstances (too easy for it to go astray and not get to the correct individual). I also had one that just didn’t sound like a real address (it was though).

I now check postcodes in Google maps as a matter of course just to be certain. It is interesting to see where they are on the map but that’s not my main aim.

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YES :slight_smile:

I specifically do it if the address looks a bit odd so I can check it is correct.
Found one the other day with a sea view which I thought was lovely but didn’t dare comment in case they thought I was nosy ! :slight_smile:

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Ha, yes I’ve only ever done it on my E site for sales within the US , usually just to double check the state / zip code . That’s only because I once got two digits back to front on my own mums address in San Fran , California and her letter ended up going to LA and back again !!!::::blush::sweat_smile:
OK, I admit , I also love to see other parts of the world from the comfort of my chair !!!
It doesn’t really occur to me to do it to UK addresses though. In that respect it’s lucky the PO type in the address and soon let you know if it doesn’t match !!

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I have googled postcode finders when there seems like there is something missing from the address or ones that have postcodes that don’t seen to match their district.
I haven’t looked at anyone’s house though…maybe I should, as I do have some beautiful sounding addresses that I send to!
I always have a romantic vision of a quaint little fisherman’s cottage when I send to somewhere like “Seaview Lane”

I actually had someone with the same area address as me but she lived in Scotland and I live in Hampshire - she showed me a photo of where she lived and it was so picturesque - I didn’t show her a photo of where I live as it isn’t! lol

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I do if the address sounds interesting…it’s like ooh I wonder what the street looks like

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No, never. I have lots of friends online who I’ve never met, and sometimes wonder what the place they live in looks like, but it feels too much like snooping to do that. The only places I’ve ever looked up are old addresses I’ve lived at to see how they’ve changed.

A friend from Ireland confessed to me that she’d had a nose at where I lived, as she always loved the photos I showed of our garden, and then felt terribly guilty about it and had to message me to apologise, bless her!

I feel like nothing in this world is private anymore, what with google searches, drones etc. I want to live in the middle of no-where and be a hermit!

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