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    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 17th Apr 17, 4:56 PM
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    Postage cost
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    • 17th Apr 17, 4:56 PM
    Postage cost 17th Apr 17 at 4:56 PM
    I might be wrong here but i think in the past postal costs have gone up around March/April.

    I have some things i really need to throw on eBay, or Gumtree or whatever but i don't want to be caught out by any hikes in postage.

    Have they already happened, are they due?

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    • steveE2
    • By steveE2 17th Apr 17, 5:16 PM
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    Already happened 27th March
    • soolin
    • By soolin 17th Apr 17, 5:18 PM
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    • 17th Apr 17, 5:18 PM
    I might be wrong here but i think in the past postal costs have gone up around March/April.

    I have some things i really need to throw on eBay, or Gumtree or whatever but i don't want to be caught out by any hikes in postage.

    Have they already happened, are they due?
    Originally posted by JustAnotherSaver
    GOogle really is your friend for RM prices;
    http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/Royal-Mail-Our-Prices-March-2017_0.pdf

    Prices from 27th March 2017
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    • JustAnotherSaver
    • By JustAnotherSaver 17th Apr 17, 8:37 PM
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    That'll do me.

    Time to get listing.

    Thanks.

    • cracker_jack
    • By cracker_jack 20th Apr 17, 5:42 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 5:42 PM
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    Prices went down for me.

    Used to cost me £3.95 to post item recorded.

    Then it dropped down to £3.90 in march.

    And now I don't use recorded anymore as standard parcel delivery has online confirmation so it's dropped further down to £2.90.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 20th Apr 17, 8:38 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 8:38 PM
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    • 20th Apr 17, 8:38 PM
    Prices went down for me.

    Used to cost me £3.95 to post item recorded.

    Then it dropped down to £3.90 in march.

    And now I don't use recorded anymore as standard parcel delivery has online confirmation so it's dropped further down to £2.90.
    Originally posted by cracker_jack
    Prices did not go down, you were probably mistaken about what you were paying before the rise in March 2017. There was a difference between buying online and buying at a PO, from memory that was only 5p though. Buying from a PO before March a small parcel (not signed for ) was £2.85 and it is now £2.90. Signed for adds an additional £1.10 to the price.
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    • cracker_jack
    • By cracker_jack 20th Apr 17, 9:59 PM
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    Prices did not go down, you were probably mistaken about what you were paying before the rise in March 2017. There was a difference between buying online and buying at a PO, from memory that was only 5p though. Buying from a PO before March a small parcel (not signed for ) was £2.85 and it is now £2.90. Signed for adds an additional £1.10 to the price.
    Originally posted by soolin
    I was paying £3.95 recorded second class, after 27th March 2017 it became £3.90 so for me prices did go down.

    I even used this site to check http://postageestimator.ebay.co.uk/ prices before and after March 2017 and it went from £3.95 down to £3.90.

    The person who served me at the post office also confirmed prices for my packages were lower by 5p due to the changes.

    All purchases were made at post office. I have a spreadsheet of all my postage costs so I'm pretty sure I'm not mistaken.
    • soolin
    • By soolin 21st Apr 17, 8:08 AM
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    • 21st Apr 17, 8:08 AM
    I stand partly corrected, it appears that whilst I am correct and small parcels have gone up in price from £2.85 in 2016 to £2.90 in 2017, the signed for element has reduced. I hadn't noticed that!

    So a signed for parcel in 2016 was £3.95 and now it is £3.90, so signed for on parcels has reduced by 10p overall.

    Well I never
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    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 21st Apr 17, 9:00 AM
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    Royal Mail were clearly responding to the budget couriers. But the critical change being the delivery confirmation on small parcels. Is there any difference in compensation? Because it's actually worth sending a very heavy large letter in a big box to get delivery confirmation rather than sending it signed for.
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    • mrcol1000
    • By mrcol1000 21st Apr 17, 10:37 AM
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    Royal Mail were clearly responding to the budget couriers. But the critical change being the delivery confirmation on small parcels. Is there any difference in compensation? Because it's actually worth sending a very heavy large letter in a big box to get delivery confirmation rather than sending it signed for.
    Originally posted by ballisticbrian
    I sent a large letter as a small parcel to get tracking and it worked no problem.
    • lovinituk
    • By lovinituk 21st Apr 17, 3:54 PM
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    Royal Mail were clearly responding to the budget couriers. But the critical change being the delivery confirmation on small parcels. Is there any difference in compensation? Because it's actually worth sending a very heavy large letter in a big box to get delivery confirmation rather than sending it signed for.
    Originally posted by ballisticbrian
    I sent a large letter as a small parcel to get tracking and it worked no problem.
    Originally posted by mrcol1000
    I need to look at the figures for this. Is there a point where a standard packet with delivery confirmation is cheaper than a Large Letter sent Signed For?
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    • ballisticbrian
    • By ballisticbrian 21st Apr 17, 4:17 PM
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    I need to look at the figures for this. Is there a point where a standard packet with delivery confirmation is cheaper than a Large Letter sent Signed For?
    Originally posted by lovinituk
    Yes, that's what I'm talking about, but no-where can I see anything about what compensation you would get on standard mail with no insurance but delivery confirmation. Maybe the old book-of-stamps?
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    • By soolin 21st Apr 17, 4:18 PM
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    I need to look at the figures for this. Is there a point where a standard packet with delivery confirmation is cheaper than a Large Letter sent Signed For?
    Originally posted by lovinituk
    It's only cheaper for 2nd class large letters over 500g, below that signed for is cheaper, and of course you get up to £50 comp as well.
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    • lovinituk
    • By lovinituk 21st Apr 17, 4:23 PM
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    but no-where can I see anything about what compensation you would get on standard mail with no insurance but delivery confirmation. Maybe the old book-of-stamps?
    Originally posted by ballisticbrian
    Nothing by the looks of it...

    http://www.royalmail.com/delivery-confirmation-2016-thank-you

    Scroll down to the little table on the right - there is a cross next to Inclusive Compensation.
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    It's only cheaper for 2nd class large letters over 500g, below that signed for is cheaper, and of course you get up to £50 comp as well.
    Originally posted by soolin
    Thanks. Its actually around the 500-750g range that we tend to add Signed For on to Large Letters due to the value of the contents.

    So now to decide whether to save a £1 and risk no compo!
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