I went to post something at the Post Office today, it was less than 100g but not a Small Letter, so had to go as a Large Letter.
When the new Pricing in Proportion scheme was introduced by Royal Mail I went to great lengths to research the details, mainly for myself but also partially to help out my parents.
In doing so I saw that all items - Small Letter, Large Letter and Packet - if up to 100g would be charged at the same price, 23p for Second Class and 32p for First Class.
This is a very good idea and was glad that Royal Mail kept it like this because otherwise loads of people would have problems with their mail if they didn't know what size it was.
So, when I got to the till and it was weighed the guy asked me for 37p, I queried this and he said yes, Large Letter, 2nd Class, 37p.
I thought that was odd and decided when I got home I'd check it online and go back if there was a problem.
Lo and Behold I look up the details online and I see that the Cashier at the Post Office was correct - Large Letter, Second Class = 37p, not the 23p it used to be (or would be if it had gone Small Letter).
I'm pretty shocked because this change has come about in the last few weeks, I can't say exactly when, but there has been absolutely no advertising related to this change.
I tried a search online to see if there was any mention of it, but nothing. So just now I thought maybe I was going mad and made up the single price, but I can't get August 2006 for Royal Mail's website on the http://www.archive.org/index.php
Internet Archive .
Anyway, I just wondered if anyone else noticed this, if it was infact mentioned somewhere and I just missed it and if it urks anyone as much as me that they've hiked the prices up again.
Oh, as a side note, you might be interested to know that Royal Mail has put forward it's plans to Postcomm about removing Valuable Items from the Special Delivery coverage and introducing a new Special Delivery Valuable Items Premium Service.
How do you like them apples!?
More details can be found here: http://www.psc.gov.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/2006/postcomm-reviews-royal-mail-proposals-to-change-its-special-delivery-next-day-service.htmlhttp://www.psc.gov.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/2006/postcomm-reviews-royal-mail-proposals-to-change-its-special-delivery-next-day-service.html