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Any of you good people know about franking machines

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banned6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
Hiya

Im looking at getting a franking machine to send mail of with as its cheaper and i send out enough to make it worth while. But i have been looking at them and not sure what to go for and which company to get it from.

So i was just thinking that maybe people on here might know as there are alot of people on here that run their own business

Thanks
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banned6y, 1m agoPosted 6 years, 1 month ago
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#1
My mum's work has one. I believe they just bought theirs from the royal mail. I can ask and fill you in with prices and practicality if you'd like??
banned#2
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My mum's work has one. I believe they just bought theirs from the royal mail. I can ask and fill you in with prices and practicality if you'd like??

yeah if you could that would be great thanks
banned#3
ive been looking into it for ages and have never even thought to look at royal mail lol (im a dumbass)
#4
churchill
ive been looking into it for ages and have never even thought to look at royal mail lol (im a dumbass)


Well, not the best company ever - personal gripe!!

I'll ask when she gets in, she shouldn't be long.
#5
She got it from pitney bowyes. God knows!

You have to buy ink - £35 a ribbon. Lasts a while. Only buy them in 3's?

Ring Royal mail to get money put on an account.

I think that's all she had to say.

Make sure you have back-up stamps...
#6
We used a Neopost one for a long time and they have a website to help you choose the best one for your needs.

http://www.neopost.co.uk/index.asp?Page=1800

Not sure if we moved to a different provider now but I will check. Can't recall any problems with Neopost.

Edited By: PaulDoc666 on Nov 03, 2010 20:21: Just remembered!! Our new machine is with Frama!
#7
You also want to be careful because it is a legal requirement for you to have an annual maintenance contract on the machine and some companies might have quite a hefty charge and if you use their machines they can tie you in without you realising. From memory I think it costs us about £99 per year for the contract but the savings on postage far exceed this.

Hope this helps.
banned#8
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She got it from pitney bowyes. God knows!You have to buy ink - £35 a ribbon. Lasts a while. Only buy them in 3's?Ring Royal mail to get money put on an account.I think that's all she had to say.Make sure you have back-up stamps...

cheers for that will have a look at royal mail and see, i also have had a few runnings with royal mail in the past
#9
The above is rubbish you don't need to have an annual maintenance contract.

You also do not need to buy the postage from royal mail.

Ink is not £35 a ribbon and you don't need to buy it in 3's. You can buy it from ebay for about £8 a cartridge.

The saving on postage is not that much. The saving is the time as you do not need to queue in the post office.

I had one from Pitney Bowes. You connect it to the phone line and simply order additional monies directly from the machine.
banned#10
PaulDoc666
You also want to be careful because it is a legal requirement for you to have an annual maintenance contract on the machine and some companies might have quite a hefty charge and if you use their machines they can tie you in without you realising. From memory I think it costs us about £99 per year for the contract but the savings on postage far exceed this.Hope this helps.

yeah very helpful i didnt realise about a maintenance contract so something to look into when choosing. have been looking at neopost will have a look at frama

do you know how long/ how many postage prints the ink lasts for? and how much a monthly charge is as loads ive looked at have monthly charge/rental of around £20
#11
I pay £12 on my Pitney Bowes but that is proportional to the amount you use it. It can be higher it can be lower.

A cartridge of ink typically lasts me around 6 weeks and the machine is used constantly.
#12
In response to chester123 here is a link to the royal mails franking requirements:

http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=600024&mediaId=4200016

Section 4 says:
There will be manufacturer or supplier costs to rent, lease or buy a franking machine and you will also need to pay inspection and maintenance charges and purchase other consumables such as ink or franking labels. The machine suppliers will be able to advise you.

Section 7 says:
It is a requirement of the licence that you keep your franking machine in good working order and have it inspected at least once per year by a company approved to carry out this work. Approved manufacturers and suppliers are listed on our website

If you don't have a royal mail licence then you can't frank and if you don't have a contract you can't have a licence!
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chester123
The above is rubbish you don't need to have an annual maintenance contract.You also do not need to buy the postage from royal mail. Ink is not £35 a ribbon and you don't need to buy it in 3's. You can buy it from ebay for about £8 a cartridge.The saving on postage is not that much. The saving is the time as you do not need to queue in the post office.I had one from Pitney Bowes. You connect it to the phone line and simply order additional monies directly from the machine.

lol, yeah but i bet some do charge annul maintenance so it is something to check first. the ink is one thing i want to make sure on but as like printers there is always cheaper ink somewhere but i didnt know if like some machine dont take compatibles or something. the postage saving for me would be quite big as the saving on a large letter under 100g is 16 and i send out a huge amount and now sending out alot of parcels to that still are not cheaper to use courier. the waiting in postage is a huge reason why i want one to i cant stand it and hate the queue behind me slagging me off lol

cheers for info mate
#14
So the supplier has to make sure the product they supply you is in good condition once per year to adhere to RM's conditions. If you are paying for a 3rd party to adhere to someone else's rules then you are stupid.

Go with Pitney Bowes. No maintenance contract.
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churchill
chester123
The above is rubbish you don't need to have an annual maintenance contract.You also do not need to buy the postage from royal mail. Ink is not £35 a ribbon and you don't need to buy it in 3's. You can buy it from ebay for about £8 a cartridge.The saving on postage is not that much. The saving is the time as you do not need to queue in the post office.I had one from Pitney Bowes. You connect it to the phone line and simply order additional monies directly from the machine.
lol, yeah but i bet some do charge annul maintenance so it is something to check first. the ink is one thing i want to make sure on but as like printers there is always cheaper ink somewhere but i didnt know if like some machine dont take compatibles or something. the postage saving for me would be quite big as the saving on a large letter under 100g is 16 and i send out a huge amount and now sending out alot of parcels to that still are not cheaper to use courier. the waiting in postage is a huge reason why i want one to i cant stand it and hate the queue behind me slagging me off lolcheers for info mate

The Pitney Bowes ones take 3rd party ink no probs.

Why go with someone who charge a maintenance fee to adhere to their superiors rules?. They are passing the fee over to you.
#16
chester123
The above is rubbish you don't need to have an annual maintenance contract.You also do not need to buy the postage from royal mail.Ink is not £35 a ribbon and you don't need to buy it in 3's. You can buy it from ebay for about £8 a cartridge.The saving on postage is not that much. The saving is the time as you do not need to queue in the post office.I had one from Pitney Bowes. You connect it to the phone line and simply order additional monies directly from the machine.


This was 12 months ago. The op asked for help. And for a business, ebay isn't quickest sometimes. I never said anything about a 'contract'!!
#17
No but everything else you said was garbage. As for ebay buy 10 cartridges and you will have enough for years.
#18
I use a fpmailing machine. Worked out cheaper for me than Pitney bowes. Only snag is they charge a surcharge if you transfer credit onto the machine more than once a month. As others have said, it's normally cheaper not to buy ink and labels through the same supplier, just shop around for the best price.

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