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Stamp Costs

Royal Mail has announced it will be increasing the cost of posting a letter from 31st March.
First Class letters will cost 62p and second class 53p.  Large letters will cost 93p first class and 73p second class.
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Typical, like a lot of thing these days the price goes up and the service goes down.
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I have to say I get excellent service from RM.  I know not everyone would agree with this.
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As most of my business used to come from posting small items to customers, the increases made it uneconomical to continue to do so.
The cost price of some of the stuff I sell is more than the cost of the part including postage from China. Even posting something to the next town would cost me three times in postage alone as the part including postage from China Sad
Something isn't right here.
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That is an astonishing price increase, which will only drive more customers away...  Twelve shillings and fourpence (62p) and eighteen shillings and six pence ( 93p )  unbelievable...  Shocked
It is also an indictment of the way the pound has been devalued.....
when the postal service started, it used to cost 1d ( one penny )  for a delivery the same day, in many cases.....  and now it will cost (almost) £1.00  meaning that, in effect, the £1.00 is now only worth 1d...
I am thinking of not sending birthday cards & christmas cards.... instead, I will put a small ad, in The Times.... it will be cheaper !
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We rarely use the postal service these days. If it's something that has to be delivered locally we'll wait till we are in the area and hand-deliver.
Last Christmas I think we only posted 4 cards.

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How to drive the economy deeper into recession. Make it harder for those who have nothing to get something.  Crazy
It is silly that I can get a part paid for & DELIVERED from China CHEAPER than it is to POST it here.  Crazy Crazy
E.g. I got a 2 relay unit for my pi DELIVERED for £0.99 £1.04. Cost from here was dearer just for the p&p.
And it sometimes comes QUICKER as well  Shocked
Well time to get another couple of packets of 1st & 2nd class stamps again, should keep me going for another year+.
How the job centre expects people to send out 6 letters a week at these costs  Sad
EDIT: correct cost - was 5p dearer  Cheesy
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Quote from: shutter
when the postal service started, it used to cost 1d ( one penny )  for a delivery the same day, in many cases.....  and now it will cost (almost) £1.00  meaning that, in effect, the £1.00 is now only worth 1d...

Really Undecided An odd take on economics.
The 1d stamp was introduced in 1840 - nearly 175 years ago.
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The 1d stamp was introduced in 1840 - nearly 175 years ago.
...and worth a fortune now - if you can find one Wink

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E.g. I got a 2 relay unit for my pi DELIVERED for £0.99.

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...and worth a fortune now - if you can find one Wink

Wouldn't that be nice Grin
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Very nice unit as well. Well made 240V/10A relays on the board.
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and it would cost a fortune to send it to you ! ! ! ... Cheesy
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Cool I hear what you guys are saying about the destructive pricing by Royal Mail. Very bad for small businesses specialising in small items - such as eBay sellers. Recently; Shenzhen to Antwerp (China Shipping) and forwarding from Antwerp (Ned Post) to Milton Keynes, £1 per unit (including import VAT on the shipping). Then Milton Keynes to London via Post Office Business (no choice), add £2/unit. Rip off! I guess we are paying for the cost of privatisation (again). On another point, as RM are a private company, should they be allowed to keep the Royal in the name? I'd take it away from them, as it implies HRH endorses their business - and her subjects are not happy. And if not, why not Royal DHL or even Royal Yodel?
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@thunderclap
for 1 thing so far the royal mail is at least still under UK ownership although I don't doubt that it will soon be majority owned by some Chinese investment business (they have successively bought out most formerly national industries across the EU)
back on topic,
the price rise is long overdue compared to the cost of doing business (fuel price rises) although it is rather excessive, but now that the industry is no longer being subsidised by the rest of the state system they will indeed be forced to increase the prices by large amounts year on year in order to maintain the minimum profit margin.....
which pretty much is the same as every other formerly national industry, it ran in a not for profit basis with mediocre salaries and heavily overstaffed with generous pension provisions, it gets privatised and then swiftly price hikes itself into an untenable position whereupon it is quietly acquired by a foreign state owned industry and then goes back into mass profitability and even steeper price rises here in the UK whilst avoiding tax here by paying back inter company loans to the parent company which will then offset the monies against its at a loss home business that's doing really well thank you very much......
no doubt at some point in the future we will  end up going to war with the remainder of the EU over these less than upfront business practices, like the whole British Gas owned  by Centrica (the German state subsidiary) except its really owned by a shell corporation for tax purposes in the channel islands called British gas holdings ltd, thus meaning its really still a British company (except it pays corporation tax in Germany) so long as it doesn't pay tax here....
there's so many other similar stories with formerly national businesses, not to mention real quality companies like Corus steal, and British Leyland  (both of which went to foreign ownership before being being priced out of the market and then closed)

RM wont be any different although it should at least take a few more years before something like detush post buys them out for a pittance and then either outsources all the jobs to Asia or automates everything and employs unlicensed eastern European workers for the delivery sector (sending them home every 3 months for a fortnight for tax avoidance purposes being as there non EU nationals...) 
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