MSE News: Price of stamps set to rise next month

The price of a first and second class stamp will both rise by 1p from 30 March taking prices to 63p and 54p respectively ...
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  • HerbalusHerbalus Forumite
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    I'm now going out to buy 100 stamps to save myself £1. :D
  • PincherPincher
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    I bought ten books worth about 7 or 8 years ago.
    I still have 7 books.


    There was a guy who said he bought about £1,500 worth, from Costco, but he used it for business, so it's all gone in a year.
  • CaddymanCaddyman Forumite
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    Err, can't actually remember when I last sent a letter which I actually had to put a stamp on. I stopped sending out Christmas cards and Birthday cards long ago, so that saves me an absolute packet every year! Only letters I ever send these days, are to companies or my local Council who provide business stamped envelopes, such as the Electoral Registration Officer for example. I find I can conduct 99 percent of my business via email, banking, insurance, utilities, just about everything. I guess there are still plenty though that use snail mail. I'm also registered with the Mailing Preference Service, so the postman rarely visits our house these days.
  • Has anyone ever used discountedstamps.co.uk to buy stamps?

    I don't understand how they can offer a discount when everyone (shop owners included) pay the same price to buy stamps.
  • lisyloolisyloo Forumite
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    I use fewer stamps, but I'd still support my family by sending a sympathy card as I know they appreciate that support.
    There's money saving and there's miserlyness.
  • CaddymanCaddyman Forumite
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    lisyloo wrote: »
    I use fewer stamps, but I'd still support my family by sending a sympathy card as I know they appreciate that support.
    There's money saving and there's miserlyness.

    Mmm, some might, but I received a sympathy card through the post when my Father died and it just upset me even more. Not everyone appreciates others so called good intentions and in my case, I wished they's saved both the cost of the card and the stamp. That's not being miserly or mean spirited, it's a case of I personally couldn't see the point, especially when the person who sent it saw me in person later anyway which I found far more comforting.
  • RFWRFW Forumite
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    Is it really money saving advice telling people to stock up on stamps now for Christmas?

    Apart from the fact that stamps are perishable bits of paper, surely you'd need to be buying a big stash of stamps to save any worthwhile amount of money. If you do have several hundred pounds to invest in stamps for use in 9 months would you be that bothered about saving a fiver?
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    Purp1euk wrote: »
    Has anyone ever used discountedstamps.co.uk to buy stamps?

    I don't understand how they can offer a discount when everyone (shop owners included) pay the same price to buy stamps.

    See this thread and you may find out why http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4386139&highlight=discountedstamps+co+uk
  • footyguyfootyguy Forumite
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    Purp1euk wrote: »
    Has anyone ever used ???????????????????.co.uk to buy stamps?

    I don't understand how they can offer a discount when everyone (shop owners included) pay the same price to buy stamps.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is ;)

    Only contact details appear to be a mobile phone number and a London landline number, yet the individual selling these appears to operate from a Council house/flat/maisonette in Poole, Dorset.

    Not many sold (on ebay) despite the low price.

    I see in the distant past he also sold numerous (store) gift cards/vouchers for a lot less than face value, which is suprising as when I have sold the odd unwanted one in the past, it reached almost face value very quickly.
  • edited 28 February 2015 at 6:09PM
    footyguyfootyguy Forumite
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    Pincher wrote: »
    I bought ten books worth about 7 or 8 years ago.
    I still have 7 books.


    There was a guy who said he bought about £1,500 worth, from Costco, but he used it for business, so it's all gone in a year.

    I'm sure if you send that amount of letters, particularly for business, there are much cheaper solutions.

    If not enough for alternative cheap postal services that still get pushed through the customers dooor by the same postie (e.g. TNT), then there are Royal Mail alternatives usually involving a franking machine.

    I received a letter just last week that the business sender (not big) only paid 50p postage for according to the frank mark.


    Like you though, I stocked up with with lots of stamps a few years back when 2nd class was like 30p and first class 39p I think.
    This was in 2010 - the year the coalition government was formed who promised to sell off Royal Mail, which they have since done, so now RM have shareholders pockets to line.
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