From August 21st, 2006 the way postage is priced will change to take into account size as well as weight. Mail will fit into one of three categories: letter, large letter and packet.
The new system is quite good for letters which, if small, can weigh upto 100g instead of the current 60g, but the pricing for parcels is going to be extremely expensive.http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/content1?catId=21100324&mediaId=21100370
A parcel is more than 353mm long, 250mm wide and 25mm thick.
Here are some examples of the HUGE price jumps for parcels which are going to happen when the new system comes in.
Current Cost - New Cost
30p+ - 94 (increase of upto 64p per parcel)
64p+ - 119p (increase of upto 55p per parcel)
107p+ - 159p (increase of upto 52p per parcel)
After that the new prices are actually cheaper than the old ones.
Those of you who have the new pricing guides from the website will have all of this in more detail. The whole system is very complicated and time consuming, so your trip to the post office (which is already an all-day affair) will now take even longer.
But with new parcel prices forcing up the prices, could this be the end of cheap eBay sales and the like??
What do you guys think??