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As previously alerted by 'bammers' over 2m ago, just a final reminder that on Monday 7th April Royal Mail increases its prices so
a 1st class stamp goes from 34p to 36p, ie +5.9%
a 2nd class stamp goes from 24p to 27p ie +12.5%
other hikes for 'Large Letter' 1st/2nd stamps.

So take this final week to stock up on stamps labelled '1st' or '2nd' to earn tax free in 1wk what it would take 1-2 years to earn in a savings account ie 6-12%. (Though obviously you don't realise the gain until you use the 1st/2nd stamp, and meanwhile you have to finance your stock holding of them.)

As well as buying retail, you'll find Royal Mail website has an online SHOP that accepts credit cards (extra opportunity for points/cashback on spending) and free Special Delivery if you spend over £35 as a business order (eg buying 100x self-adhesive sheets etc). Don't leave it too late to buy there as for example when I ordered earlier this week they emailed me asking me to order yet again as the first order hadn't worked properly!
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#1
thanks for the reminder
#2
Sorry for probably a silly question?, if i buy today for example and the stamps just have 2nd class on them and no price how long can I use them for when they go up is there any time limit, can I use them in 12 months time for example?
#3
Never heard of a time limit for 1st and 2nd class stamps before.
#4
Great reminder. Also, buy them from Superdrug and get 5% discount too!
Added Heat and Rep
#5
What are the wholesale prices for stamps?

I remeber when the last rise came in, surely if I was a shop and I'd stocked up last time, I'd be able to make a big profit now?

If only there was a way to sell stamps on at low cost. Then it would be worth buying a tonne of these and selling them on next week.
#6
tonygee
Sorry for probably a silly question?, if i buy today for example and the stamps just have 2nd class on them and no price how long can I use them for when they go up is there any time limit, can I use them in 12 months time for example?


There is no time limit, the second class stamps I am currently using are dark blue these I bought some years ago :-D
#7
Geemac
There is no time limit, the second class stamps I am currently using are light blue these I bought some years ago :-D

I thought as much but wanted to make 100% sure as I will buy 100 today, only a £3 saving but worth it for pure principles, thanks geemac!;-)
#8
Every little helps:whistling:
#9
For anyone near a Costco, they do stamps cheaper, not sure how much think its possibly about 4p per first class stamp.
#10
its ok if you buy stamps that way, but everything i send i just print off from the RM site and i just think for the sake of a few pence i can live with it - i know it does mount up, but just charge people on ebay an extra 10p on postage and all is good.
#11
stingersplash
its ok if you buy stamps that way, but everything i send i just print off from the RM site and i just think for the sake of a few pence i can live with it - i know it does mount up, but just charge people on ebay an extra 10p on postage and all is good.


It will just give some sellers an excuss to put the prices up a extra quid.

I don't know how many times i've seen something like the following:

Royal Mail first class - £1.50
Royal Mail first class recorded - £3.00

I work at a Post Office and I know that recorded isn't an extra £1.50.... more like 70p
#12
thank you for the reminder ...
#13
thanks, means posting games dvds etc will become hat little bit extra :giggle:
#14
N-I-C-K


I work at a Post Office and I know that recorded isn't an extra £1.50.... more like 70p


That's true however it takes about 3 times as long for the signed for item to be posted because someone has to stand and fill out the little Signed For docket which is a pain in the bum and why should the seller bear the cost of the time loss.
#15
N-I-C-K;1797139
It will just give some sellers an excuss to put the prices up a extra quid.

I don't know how many times i've seen something like the following:

Royal Mail first class - £1.50
Royal Mail first class recorded - £3.00

I work at a Post Office and I know that recorded isn't an extra £1.50.... more like 70p

Sellers charge for postage AND packaging. Not just postage.
#16
HOT! Amazing deal!
#17
tonydee
Sellers charge for postage AND packaging. Not just postage.


Yeah, but you'd have thought that the "packaging" would be covered in the first £1.50.

Why whould there be an extra 80p packaging cost just because it is being sent recorded.

That was the problem being cited in the example.
banned#18
N-I-C-K
I work at a Post Office and I know that recorded isn't an extra £1.50.... more like 70p


True, but if you consider this:

I'm a seller on eBay. If I send something 1st class, I can stick stamps on it, and shove it in the mailbox outside.

If someone wants recorded, I have to go to the post office, fill in a form, queue, pay there, and walk home again.

At minimum wage, it would take someone about 9 minutes to earn that extra 80p. It takes me a LOT longer to do the paperwork and the journey - takes about half an hour on a good day.

Does that mean I should actually charge an extra £4 for recorded delivery?

/RANT OVER :)
#19
[COLOR="Navy"]Great reminder - thanks very much[/COLOR]
1 Like #20
David Brent: In fact, a postage stamp is legal tender. A bus driver would have to accept that as currency.
Tim: Yeah, that'd happen.
Gareth: Well, if he doesn't, report him.
Tim: Yeah, I'll report him while I'm walking home.
Gareth: Get a taxi, if you've got enough stamps.
Dawn: Or cash 'em in at the Post Office.
David Brent: Shouldn't have to. Shouldn't have to.
#21
N-I-C-K
It will just give some sellers an excuss to put the prices up a extra quid.

I don't know how many times i've seen something like the following:

Royal Mail first class - £1.50
Royal Mail first class recorded - £3.00

I work at a Post Office and I know that recorded isn't an extra £1.50.... more like 70p


I think the difference is justifiable - in that first class can be shoved in a post box or (at my post office) handed in at the parcels window. However for recorded you need to wait in the queue to submit the form which at worst has been a 20 min wait.

Just a warning to add - I had a 600+ 100% positive feedback on ebay when paypal froze my account that had 200 quid in it all from Quidco (i had not sold anything on Ebay for about a year).

15 months later its still frozen.

If you do use paypal empty it each time it goes over 50 quid as there is no fee.

To date I have given them other card details, my bank details, my home phone number (which they have called to confirm), my address (which they have written to to confirm) and my account is still frozen, in addition to having spent a fortune calling their 0870 number, and sent numerous emails and messages from their site.

Strangely though - they have let me pay using my creditcard but not the money in my paypal account (in the same name and to the same address) via paypal - but I guess that means they can keep my money and get extra fees too.

Its also hardly an uncommon event.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=paypal+account+limited&btnG=Search&meta=
#22
billbennett;1797478
True, but if you consider this:

I'm a seller on eBay. If I send something 1st class, I can stick stamps on it, and shove it in the mailbox outside.

If someone wants recorded, I have to go to the post office, fill in a form, queue, pay there, and walk home again.

At minimum wage, it would take someone about 9 minutes to earn that extra 80p. It takes me a LOT longer to do the paperwork and the journey - takes about half an hour on a good day.

Does that mean I should actually charge an extra £4 for recorded delivery?

/RANT OVER :)


Good rant, but I would advise all not to post anything unless you have proof of postage from the post office at the very least. Paypal will also not cover the seller unless they have used a trackable system i.e. recorded delivery. You are leaving yourself wide open to scammers otherwise.
#23
mrtootough
Good rant, but I would advise all not to post anything unless you have proof of postage from the post office at the very least. Paypal will also not cover the seller unless they have used a trackable system i.e. recorded delivery. You are leaving yourself wide open to scammers otherwise.

Exactly
#24
mrtootough;1797735
Good rant, but I would advise all not to post anything unless you have proof of postage from the post office at the very least. Paypal will also not cover the seller unless they have used a trackable system i.e. recorded delivery. You are leaving yourself wide open to scammers otherwise.


Although true its another matter of time, over the summer i was sending about 30 items a day, each month we would get two or three that would be lost, much easier just to take the hit then to Q up every day
#25
This is a great site but 2p saving is taking the biscuit
#26
gr8h8me
This is a great site but 2p saving is taking the biscuit

You are missing the point - yes if you will only ever use 1 stamp, then the saving is poor, but imagine the people who use 100's a week - the saving is therefore massive over even a few months, let alone 6 months/2 years if they wish to stock up! Your comment is a bit like someone with no pets criticising a pet food offer because it doesn't save them anything.
#27
I charge more than 70p as it involves me, filling out the stickers, driving to the post office (3 miles) and queuing up (which sometimes takes 30 mins if its pension / benefit day ) Normally I weigh and stamp my own post and avoid the post office like the plague, I will always change more than the normal price of the recorded delivery cost due to the the above reasons
#28
orangelemon
I charge more than 70p as it involves me, filling out the stickers, driving to the post office (3 miles) and queuing up (which sometimes takes 30 mins if its pension / benefit day ) Normally I weigh and stamp my own post and avoid the post office like the plague, I will always change more than the normal price of the recorded delivery cost due to the the above reasons


So with all the post offices’ closing even if none of them are in your area you will feel justified in charging more as there maybe more customers in your post office:p

Please don’t get me started on people who like to add VAT to the final bid and P+P. this always seems to be in the small print:w00t:
#29
milliemoo2007
Great reminder. Also, buy them from Superdrug and get 5% discount too!
Added Heat and Rep


Is the Superdrug offer on now ?
#30
tonygee
Sorry for probably a silly question?, if i buy today for example and the stamps just have 2nd class on them and no price how long can I use them for when they go up is there any time limit, can I use them in 12 months time for example?


I am still using stamps i bought over ten years ago, when I was in business. I kept them all in a box and havent bought one since. Now that is a saving!!

Down to my last few though...:x
#31
You can also search for online stamp dealers who sell them at a discount to face value, even bigger savings!
#32
Well why dont you ask the person at the post office or at your local sorting or delivery office (in the callers office) to give you a packet of or a specific amount of Signed For stickers. Then you can do it at home and save our journey to and from the post office.
billbennett
True, but if you consider this:

I'm a seller on eBay. If I send something 1st class, I can stick stamps on it, and shove it in the mailbox outside.

If someone wants recorded, I have to go to the post office, fill in a form, queue, pay there, and walk home again.

At minimum wage, it would take someone about 9 minutes to earn that extra 80p. It takes me a LOT longer to do the paperwork and the journey - takes about half an hour on a good day.

Does that mean I should actually charge an extra £4 for recorded delivery?

/RANT OVER :)
#33
When I used to powersell on Ebay I charged £1.50 for postage on an item which cost 84p to post I think? I charged another 60p for recorded delivery.

I had to pasy 20p for a mailing bag to send the item in and that was only when I had bought in bulk of 200 (£40) I also had to pay for bag the garment went in. Furthermore I had to print the label and the invoice.

Then I had to get a bus 20 mins to town = £3,00 for day ticket. Then I would wait in a queue for minimum 15 mins every time! Then it would take another hour or so to have some GRUMPY old hag treat you like a piece of s*** for giving the post office £50 worth of extra profit everyday.

It wasn't worth it.....

If you think postage is too high, boycott the seller - there are always cheaper sellers with lower postage on ebay.
#34
Fair Call but I thought most people use email now....Ebay sorry full of people wanting to rip people off....Charity shop collectors / importers etc......By the way the site had a Cat Food deals on at Easter and i bought some at a great price. Back to the original thread though stamps I will use once every blue moon now and Ebay Sellers I am sure can swallow the 2p
banned#35
marlovian
Is the Superdrug offer on now ?


I've just been to my local superdrug and there is no postage offer on there.
#36
I've always wondered how you use stamps for anything over and above the smallest letter?
Obviously you can't send a 500g packet with just a 1st class stamp.
Do you just use 34p per stamp guideline and add as many as you need to get the true postage cost or what?
Anyone ????
(Sorry if this is a stupid question!)
banned 1 Like #37
marktuck
I've always wondered how you use stamps for anything over and above the smallest letter?
Obviously you can't send a 500g packet with just a 1st class stamp.
Do you just use 34p per stamp guideline and add as many as you need to get the true postage cost or what?
Anyone ????
(Sorry if this is a stupid question!)



It would be £1.84 to send a 1st class package weighing 500g.

You would have to buy 5 x 1st class at 34p each and 14p worth of stamps at the PO.
#38
dlm;1799201
It would be £1.84 to send a 1st class package weighing 500g.

You would have to buy 5 x 1st class at 34p each and 14p worth of stamps at the PO.

Thanks for clarifying. Have added to your rep
#39
superdrug offer was 5% off 1st class stamps , ended at end of Feb ,2nd class wernt discounted.
#40
is the stamp design changing to coincide with this?

because I might buy £3,000 worth then take them to the bank once the price changes. no point if the stamp design is going to change though.

thanks for any help posties can give :)

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