Post office packet weight 100g borderline

I have an item to post via royal mail 2nd class large letter 100g.

My plan is to get postage from post office. 

If it weight at 100g, confirm by the staff, I will get POP which show the weight.

Is there any chance royal mail will weight it differently, whether their scale is different or the packet get in touch with some rain (for example ) which make it over 100g

If it does happen, will I get postage insufficient???

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  • Mark_d
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    Different scales are likely to show the weight differing by a few grams.  Just pay the postage requested at the post office and you will be fine.  They won't charge you extra if the mail later gets wet with rain
  • Brie
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    If I think I'm near the borderline I take a look and see if there's anything that doesn't need to be included.  If i'm including a small picture I've painted I don't put it on backing or in a paper frame of any sort.  Likewise my mom use to send me all sorts of clipping from magazines or newspapers and would always trim them down to the exact article - a bit frustrating at times as I'd usually spot half of something very interesting on the other side!!!

    Just ensure the thing is dry before it's weighed.  If the postie gets it wet it doesn't matter at that point.
    "Never retract, never explain, never apologise; get things done and let them howl.”
  • frugalmacdugal
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    Hi,
    are you sure it is 100g, maybe your scales are wrong?
    Could you maybe reduce size of contents by trimming borders/corners off?
  • Pollycat
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    Fedr said:
    I have an item to post via royal mail 2nd class large letter 100g.

    My plan is to get postage from post office. 

    If it weight at 100g, confirm by the staff, I will get POP which show the weight.

    Is there any chance royal mail will weight it differently, whether their scale is different or the packet get in touch with some rain (for example ) which make it over 100g

    If it does happen, will I get postage insufficient???
    There is every chance (100%) that whatever your parcel weighs on the Post Office scales will be the weight that you are charged for.
    IIRC, sub Post Office scales are checked and calibrated regularly.

    If you are going to the Post Office to post your large letter, the difference between 100gm and 250gm is £0.75 (difference between £2.30 and £1.55). They will charge you for the correct weight.

    If you are going to buy postage on-line, ask yourself if it's really worth saving 75p if the weight of your letter is borderline and it's not delivered because of insufficient postage.

  • Fedr
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    The reason I ask is sometime the post office I been to , the clerk have their 'stamp' and stamp the stamp so 1) stamp can't be reuse and 2) it is accepted the weight as is.

    However if they just put it into the grey bag, it is not 'processed', so RM will sort along with all the red letter box letter.....

    Then it will get weight and sized , so there could be chance of misweight.


  • Pollycat
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    Fedr said:
    The reason I ask is sometime the post office I been to , the clerk have their 'stamp' and stamp the stamp so 1) stamp can't be reuse and 2) it is accepted the weight as is.

    However if they just put it into the grey bag, it is not 'processed', so RM will sort along with all the red letter box letter.....

    Then it will get weight and sized , so there could be chance of misweight.


    I've never posted a large letter (and I've posted quite a few) that hasn't been weighed.

    The prices for large letter differs depending on weight and there are 4 different prices for it, ranging between £1.55 and £2.70.

    If the Post Office doesn't weigh a letter that weighs 101 gram and puts postage of £1.55 on, it may be classed as underpaid by Royal Mail when it is in the Sorting Office.
  • FFHillbilly
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    I have at times spent way too long trying to reduce the weight of items to get them to go royal mail (under 2kg, 35 x 45 16cm) and then taken them to be weighed only to be told it's 1-2 grammes over or a few mm longer in places, but there is an option to just take the risk and send it you know, I've done it myself plenty and never had any comebacks

    the reason I say I've spent way too long is the extra cost to go to the next size up is normally a few pounds, but building a custom box to size using the lightest materials available has often taken an hour!
  • Pollycat
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    I took a large letter packet to the post office today.
    They weighed it (i.e 'put it on the scales') and charged me accordingly.
  • RFW
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    Pollycat said:
    Fedr said:
    I have an item to post via royal mail 2nd class large letter 100g.

    My plan is to get postage from post office. 

    If it weight at 100g, confirm by the staff, I will get POP which show the weight.

    Is there any chance royal mail will weight it differently, whether their scale is different or the packet get in touch with some rain (for example ) which make it over 100g

    If it does happen, will I get postage insufficient???
    There is every chance (100%) that whatever your parcel weighs on the Post Office scales will be the weight that you are charged for.
    IIRC, sub Post Office scales are checked and calibrated regularly.

    If you are going to the Post Office to post your large letter, the difference between 100gm and 250gm is £0.75 (difference between £2.30 and £1.55). They will charge you for the correct weight.

    If you are going to buy postage on-line, ask yourself if it's really worth saving 75p if the weight of your letter is borderline and it's not delivered because of insufficient postage.

    I was coming on to say much the same.

    If the PO print the postage then it just gets scanned through and not rechecked, in my experience. If the PO, for whatever reason, only use stamps then it can get checked and potentially surcharged.

    I've never had any certainty for this but I'd guess that RM have a gram or two allowance for something going over. A raindrop or a bit of tape from another parcel in the system could push something over.

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  • Pollycat
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    Pollycat said:
    I took a large letter packet to the post office today.
    They weighed it (i.e 'put it on the scales') and charged me accordingly.
    I've since posted 3 more large letters at 3 different post offices and they have all been weighed.
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