Don't be caught out by the new Royal Mail small parcel measurements - Royal Mail Small Parcel Cardboard Boxes 6" Cube £24.99 for 100 delivered on eBay (phoenixsuppliesonline) - HotUKDeals
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Ok so the whole new Royal Mail small / medium parcel thing is a JOKE. A parcel that cost £2.20 to send 2nd Class last Monday might very well now cost you £5.20 for 2nd Class if it is too big (£5.20 being the CHEAPEST price for a medium parcel, even if it weighs only 100g).

Try to buy some from Royal Mail on their website and they will charge you £11.48 for TEN boxes! This is £24.99 for ONE HUNDRED boxes! Works out at 25p a box and if you buy more they go down in price. 200 boxes works out at 20p each etc. These seem to be the best buy around.

Remember, if you choose to use a box any bigger than this then postage will cost you at least £3 more!! Scandalous.

Hope this saves someone some cash :)

P.S I might as well say here that the best way to beat these crazy prices if you have slightly bigger items is to send them via Collect+ - up to 2KG is £3.99 and up to 10KG is £4.99 and most items are delivered the next working day via courier. They make Royal Mail's prices look like daylight robbery tbh.

****To be clear, a small parcel is:
Length 45cm Width 35cm Depth 8cm
OR
Length: 16cm and Width: 16cm and Depth: 16cm with max weight of 2KG.***

Search Ebay,there are cheaper prices out there,for example these are 15.75 for a hundred 170371084586
- deb8z

MyHermes are cheaper than Collect+ for a lot of parcels and (in my experience) just as reliable, worth comparing first.
- mb1

For those interested as to the reasons why the prices have increased, please refer to the EU's Postal Service Directives (http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/post/legislation/index_en.htm) They are the reason for the price hikes, the changes in the way post is handled and why post is now heavily categorised. Boycotting the Royal Mail will not make the slightest bit of difference, as regulation is no longer the remit of either Royal Mail or our Westminster Administration.
- ChrisPalmer

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Kinda feel for Royal Mail. The past decade ebay and online selling has exploded and the amount of packages they have found themselves handling has become ridiculous. They have been castrated by successive governments, forced to deliver for competitors who can cherry pick the most lucrative parts of the business and proceed to undercut them. All while being expected by us to provide a next day service to even the remotest parts of the country at a flat rate cost. They could never make it work when it was bags of letters on the posties shoulder, so quite how people expect them to make it work when it's wagons full of huge parcels sent for a few quid a pop is beyond me. They never have been, nor I suspect wish to be a courier service, so will actually probably welcome the ebay sellers going elsewhere.

Those that stay will pass on the expense to buyers, so what's the issue? People like the convenience (know I do) so will pay for it and it's easy to add a courier option for the buyers that don't. Lastly, if you're selling large or heavy items for so little that this increase in postage now destroys your profit or means people won't buy said item(s), then you were doing it wrong to begin with.

Not saying the price rise doesn't suck, but inb4 with a little perspective.
banned 83 Likes
3spartan
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !

I've seen some daft ideas in my time, but this is right up there! oO
48 Likes
This is a ridiculous price hike ..... Makes me want to give up doing ANY sort of Ebaying now unless it's for tiny items!! :(
25 Likes
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
24 Likes
Your better off using collect plus £3.99 up to 2kg, Tracked and next day delivery, And £50 compansation not the poorly £20 that royal mail are now paying :{

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[helper] 12 Likes #1
This confirms the parcel sizes and limitations, as you can see the small print confirms small parcels can also be 16x16x16 - thanks to xeroc for finding pic:

http://benarcher.co.uk/rm.png

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Postal-Mailer-Cardboard-Boxes-6-Cube-152mm-Royal-Mail-Small-Parcel-/00/s/NDQwWDQ0MA==/z/bKIAAMXQd2hRY9OQ/$T2eC16Z,!w0E9szNZswSBRY9OQ!V-w~~60_12.JPG



Edited By: JPS on Apr 12, 2013 14:29: blah blah
48 Likes #2
This is a ridiculous price hike ..... Makes me want to give up doing ANY sort of Ebaying now unless it's for tiny items!! :(
[helper] 10 Likes #3
cazzap06
This is a ridiculous price hike ..... Makes me want to give up doing ANY sort of Ebaying now unless it's for tiny items!! :(

Exactly, these kind of prices will probably kill any profit on larger, lighter items. The best alternative to these rip off prices is Collect+ - I know people have mixed feelings about them but I have sent over 100 parcels with them and found them to be excellent. Most items are delivered next day for no more than a fiver (up to 10KG) - beat that Royal Mail!
24 Likes #4
Your better off using collect plus £3.99 up to 2kg, Tracked and next day delivery, And £50 compansation not the poorly £20 that royal mail are now paying :{
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youchoose
Your better off using collect plus £3.99 up to 2kg, Tracked and next day delivery, And £50 compansation not the poorly £20 that royal mail are now paying :{
You deff are if your parcel is too big to be classed a "small" parcel by Royal Mail, 100% :) If it's a small parcel then these boxes will be very useful and will keep your costs down (up to 1KG will be £2.60 2nd class).
#6
Ouch! - £5.20 for 2nd Class if it is too big
25 Likes #7
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
2 Likes #8
Im looking at courier rates, however speaking to my local post office owner, he has said post has dropped off considerably since new prices came into force and if it continues he may have to close.
banned 83 Likes #9
3spartan
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !

I've seen some daft ideas in my time, but this is right up there! oO
#10
Yeah, I sent 3 items this week all about the size of compact camera and it cost over £19. One of the items was only worth £12 and cost £6 to post. A lot of ebayers a are going to have pass this on to their buyers which ain't going to make it all add up. Really screwed up this one.
17 Likes #11
csiman
3spartan
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
I've seen some daft ideas in my time, but this is right up there! oO


I read it as a joke ;)
171 Likes #12
Kinda feel for Royal Mail. The past decade ebay and online selling has exploded and the amount of packages they have found themselves handling has become ridiculous. They have been castrated by successive governments, forced to deliver for competitors who can cherry pick the most lucrative parts of the business and proceed to undercut them. All while being expected by us to provide a next day service to even the remotest parts of the country at a flat rate cost. They could never make it work when it was bags of letters on the posties shoulder, so quite how people expect them to make it work when it's wagons full of huge parcels sent for a few quid a pop is beyond me. They never have been, nor I suspect wish to be a courier service, so will actually probably welcome the ebay sellers going elsewhere.

Those that stay will pass on the expense to buyers, so what's the issue? People like the convenience (know I do) so will pay for it and it's easy to add a courier option for the buyers that don't. Lastly, if you're selling large or heavy items for so little that this increase in postage now destroys your profit or means people won't buy said item(s), then you were doing it wrong to begin with.

Not saying the price rise doesn't suck, but inb4 with a little perspective.
4 Likes #13
Don't mention the massive pension deficit, privatised pay structure, poor customer service phone line and inflation beating rises in the past 3 years.

I'm on the fence with RM. I use them a lot but the new package size guides is a big bad pain to make them more money. As far as a deal goes, this is hot and may well take it up.
5 Likes #14
Cheaper to use a courier service, people will cotton on and Royal Mail will lose even more money.
6 Likes #15
Another step to complete privatization...because it's coming...Successive Governments have wanted this!!!
Then It will be once a week delivery for ALL things if you live in the sticks...unless you collect.
#16
Link gone. Another link please?! Or expired?
#17
omg thz for info was thinking of getting back onto ebay.
#18
egyptiangirl
Link gone. Another link please?! Or expired?
Still there when I checked just now. ;)
#19
I got caught out with the price increase. Sending an item costing £10 was going to be £5.20 to post. I didn't bother in the end. Not sure if the size of these boxes would be classed as a small parcel though according to the Royal Mail website, looks like they can only be max 8cm thick to qualify as a small parcel, see link below.

http://www.royalmail.com/personal/uk-delivery/2nd-class-mail
2 Likes #20
Parcels that do not exceed 16cm in length and 16cm in width and 16cm in depth can be sent as small parcels, provided the weight does not exceed 2kg. Visit our shop to buy boxes this size.
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admc39
I got caught out with the price increase. Sending an item costing £10 was going to be £5.20 to post. I didn't bother in the end. Not sure if the size of these boxes would be classed as a small parcel though according to the Royal Mail website, looks like they can only be max 8cm thick to qualify as a small parcel, see link below.http://www.royalmail.com/personal/uk-delivery/2nd-class-mail

It's rather confusing, but their postage calculator says:

Length 45cm
Width 35cm
Depth 8cm
Weight up to 2kg max

Exceptions. The following items are also priced as Small Parcels: •Parcels that measure up to Length: 16cm and Width: 16cm and Depth: 16cm and do not exceed 2kg.

so basically this small box. Six inches is about 15cm.
8 Likes #22
..Disgusting of ROYAL MAIL ! how dare they wack up the prices for tiny items! This is the best example of a MONOPOLY SITUATION that I have every come across

I got stung for the £2.20 to £5.20 increase - about 150% - inflation 3 % - totally wrong - and the government let them do it!

Post offices will load bucketloads of business from me on this

And, they gave NO ADVANCE WARNING !! = just happened over the holiday weekend = sneeky


Good bye for ever!! use collectplus = great service!
2 Likes #23
Great post highlighting the greedy moneygrabbing Royal Mail bosses trying to make themselves look good for privatisation in the future, they are doing this by ripping off customers and systematically crippling small business on postal costs. We are established ebayers and we use dispatch bay and soon we are going to use Yodel 24. We feel sorry for the brilliant post office branch staff who have seen a massive drop in parcels. Which is only going to affect them.i believe my Hermes works well too. So we are dropping the post office once and for all.
#24
As everyone said people will just move to the couriers now.
I send far fewer items and letters these days since the last price rises.
Shame as the people in my local post office are really nice.
1 Like #25
Sorted.........all ebayers, just go into business with someone who is blind http://www.royalmail.com/personal/uk-delivery/articles-for-the-blind and its FREE!
#26
Yes I posted a skirt, it was rather a large one, my parcel went through the slot but because it never dropped through and needed to be pressed a little I paid £5.20. I had only charged the customer £2.40. I've stopped my beating until I find an alternative solution. Scandalous!
#27
Spellcheck sorry. Beating is ebay
1 Like #28
I got told in my local post office it was to cover the cost of all the fuel increase for transportation. Still big increase. 8cm is max thickness - if it doesn't fit comfortably through the 8cm slot they charge medium parcel rate. Will kill a lot of eBay, people still blame seller not Royal Mail when leaving feedback!
#29
heat added
#30
this is exactly what royal mail are after drive the business down b4 privatisation. this is far from a monopoly
banned 8 Likes #31
SNOWINGMAN
..Disgusting of ROYAL MAIL ! how dare they wack up the prices for tiny items! This is the best example of a MONOPOLY SITUATION that I have every come across

I got stung for the £2.20 to £5.20 increase - about 150% - inflation 3 % - totally wrong - and the government let them do it!

Post offices will load bucketloads of business from me on this

And, they gave NO ADVANCE WARNING !! = just happened over the holiday weekend = sneeky


Good bye for ever!! use collectplus = great service!


It's an abuse of a monopoly situation, but you are taking your business to a competitor? Kind of a contradiction, don't you think?
#32
ashopaholic123
I got told in my local post office it was to cover the cost of all the fuel increase for transportation. Still big increase. 8cm is max thickness - if it doesn't fit comfortably through the 8cm slot they charge medium parcel rate. Will kill a lot of eBay, people still blame seller not Royal Mail when leaving feedback!

Except.....

Exceptions apply
The following items are also priced as Small Parcels:

Parcels that measure up to and including:
Length: 16cm and Width: 16cm and Depth: 16cm

Roll or cylinder shaped parcels that measure up to and including:
Length: 45cm and Diameter: 8cm

Roll or cylinder shaped parcels larger than these sizes can be posted as Medium Parcels up to and including 90cm in length and up to and including 104cm (length plus twice the diameter)
1 Like #33
I used myHermes for the first time a few days ago due to the rises... cost me £2.93 (with 25% off voucher) to send a parcel instead of £8 with RM. Not sure if the person's got their parcel yet, though.
6 Likes #34
I used myHermes earlier this week, cost me £5.20 to send a suit (folded up) across the country with a signature on delivery, a saving of £4 on RM, plus I didn't have to **** about waiting behind all the pensioners and benefit cheats in the post office queue, I dropped it off at a petrol station on the way to work and they pick it up for me. And their website is much easier to use.
#35
royal mail are just a joke lately, special delivery items that cost £6.95 last month are now costing me 11 quid... so its off to the 3 day collect plus for me, royal mail are not long for this world, crippled by the unions and held to ransom by their workers... enjoy your lives on the dole when your sold off next year losers....god im in a whing mood... and its Friday, whats up with that?!? :|
#36
csiman
3spartan
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
I've seen some daft ideas in my time, but this is right up there! oO

pretty sure the fella is being sarcastic
#37
I personally uses myhermes for packages, but in some cases royal mail can be cheaper or more convenient.

I don't see the point in buying boxes, far better to buy brown parcel paper with bubble wrap for anything that needs protection, this minimises weight and size

deal is cold for me
#38
csiman
3spartan
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
I've seen some daft ideas in my time, but this is right up there! oO

Oh dear, sense of humor failure :p
#39
I've never used collect+ as a service to send parcels but unwittingly it seems i've returned items to amazon using this service. Piece of p*ss as well, just took it up the petrol station, bloke scanned it and gave me a reciept and that was that ... much better than having to queue up at a post office to be fair
#40
buckfast67uk
I personally uses myhermes for packages, but in some cases royal mail can be cheaper or more convenient.

I don't see the point in buying boxes, far better to buy brown parcel paper with bubble wrap for anything that needs protection, this minimises weight and size

deal is cold for me

If you're doing lots of parcels then it ensures you're not going 'over' in terms of size

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