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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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mehmeh 171 Likes
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.
csimanbanned 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
NannyP 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!! :(
3spartan 25 Likes
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
youchoose 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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JPS[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
NannyP 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!! :(
JPS[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!
youchoose 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 :{
JPS[helper]#5
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).
youcantbeserious#6
Ouch! - £5.20 for 2nd Class if it is too big
3spartan 25 Likes #7
Boycott Royal Mail, refuse to accept bills delivered by them !
pablobanez 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.
csimanbanned 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
Dealmaker#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.
Geemac 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 ;)
mehmeh 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.
fozzeh 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.
phil-smith.tk 5 Likes #14
Cheaper to use a courier service, people will cotton on and Royal Mail will lose even more money.
cburns 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.
egyptiangirl#16
Link gone. Another link please?! Or expired?
lomasi#17
omg thz for info was thinking of getting back onto ebay.
anglo#18
egyptiangirl
Link gone. Another link please?! Or expired?
Still there when I checked just now. ;)
admc39#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
egyptiangirl 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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