Where to buy small denomination Royal Mail stamps?

I've got a stash of 1st class stamps (that are the new barcoded ones) I thought if I used these, in combination with small denomination stamps I could make them up to the price of a large letter, or even parcels without having to spend too much. However when I enquired at my local post office they said that their smallest stamp was 50p!

I've seen on the Royal mail website that you can buy packs of 1p, 5p, 20p etc. Does anyone know the best place to buy these please? (Royal mail are charging £6.85 for delivery of one pack!!!  Are there any places you know of that sell low denomination stamps on the high street, or somewhere that doesn't charge so much for postage? (even several packs would go in a 2nd class large letter at £1.05, (plus cost of an envelope and admin) £6.85 is too much, considering the reason why I want to buy them is to save money on postage  :D

Any suggestions welcomed, thank you.  

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  • jon81uk
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    Post Office should have them, but it is possible they don't have stocks, particularly that they now print most postage as labels now. No where else really sells loose stamps. Maybe try a different Post Office? Or ask them to sell you the postage you need to make up the value as a printed label.

    You are more likely to get a response on the eBay board, @soolin usually is good on this sort of topic.
  • lindos90
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    jon81uk said:
    Post Office should have them, but it is possible they don't have stocks, particularly that they now print most postage as labels now. No where else really sells loose stamps. Maybe try a different Post Office? Or ask them to sell you the postage you need to make up the value as a printed label.

    You are more likely to get a response on the eBay board, @soolin usually is good on this sort of topic.
    Thatks, I will try another post office and see if they do. 
    Do you mean the post office can print out a printed label to a specific amount? I didnt realise that, I just thought they were the set amounts of postage for parcels etc. He didnt tell me that, I ended up overpaying with an extra !st class stamp in the end. Thank you x
  • calleyw
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    edited 5 January 2023 at 4:17PM
    my local post office which is a town so not a small country one.  Would only sell me books of 4/8 when I asked the other day for an odd number of 2nd class stamps
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  • Marcon
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    lindos90 said:
    I've got a stash of 1st class stamps (that are the new barcoded ones) I thought if I used these, in combination with small denomination stamps I could make them up to the price of a large letter, or even parcels without having to spend too much. However when I enquired at my local post office they said that their smallest stamp was 50p!

    I've seen on the Royal mail website that you can buy packs of 1p, 5p, 20p etc. Does anyone know the best place to buy these please? (Royal mail are charging £6.85 for delivery of one pack!!!  Are there any places you know of that sell low denomination stamps on the high street, or somewhere that doesn't charge so much for postage? (even several packs would go in a 2nd class large letter at £1.05, (plus cost of an envelope and admin) £6.85 is too much, considering the reason why I want to buy them is to save money on postage  :D

    Any suggestions welcomed, thank you.  
    In theory post offices sell stamps of all available denominations - it might be worth asking your local one to obtain some (no idea if they will, but must be worth a go!).

    Also worth trying is sending a couple of non-barcoded stamps to the Stamp Swap address, clearly and oh-so-politely indicating that you would like low denomination stamps in return. It's free to send them and you might strike lucky: https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2022-11/Stamp-Swap-Out-Form-under-200-pounds-v1_4.pdf 
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
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