ipostparcels (UKMail) pricing compared with Royal Mail, now with 10% off
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ipostparcels (UKMail) pricing compared with Royal Mail, now with 10% off

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Found 22nd FebEdited by:"alexc100"
With Royal Mail's prices increasing at rates way beyond inflation I though I'd share some info on a service I've been using for my eBay sales over the last year or so.

Firstly, reliability is second to none; absolutely no issues sending dozens of parcels in the past year and the reviews on Trustpilot generally support my experience - uk.trustpilot.com/rev…com

ipostparcels provide a range of services including collection from your home or business, next day delivery and insured/valuable post. It's important to point out that NOT ALL of their services are cheaper than RM (especially when you send smaller items much under 2kg), but in general they are more flexible and many options work out better value.

Here's a quick comparison of costs: (also don't forget to reduce costs by 10% for first order discount, and there's a possible 10% cashback via Quidco)

  • 2KG parcel, guaranteed 9AM next day with £500 cover
    ipostparcels cost = £21.89 (add £1.25 for them to collect from your address)
    Royal Mail cost = £29.14
  • 2KG parcel, guaranteed next day with £250 cover
    ipostparcels cost = £9.89 (add £1.25 for them to collect from your address)
    Royal Mail cost = £11
  • 5KG parcel, guaranteed next day with £500 cover
    ipostparcels cost = £12.29 (add £1.25 for them to collect from your address)
    Royal Mail cost = £26.60
  • 2KG parcel, guaranteed SATURDAY with £500 cover
    ipostparcels cost = £15.89 (add £1.25 for them to collect from your address)
    Royal Mail cost = £16.20
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These prices arent comparable. Wont deliver to some postcodes, hardly any depots, different size restrictions, etc.

My main issue is "Next day" if you are lucky enough to be close to one of only 50 depots as opposed to 10000 post offices what is cut off time to take item to depot for next day delivery?
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Next day delivery is absolutely cheap compared to Royal Mail which is usually £7.25
deals8385 m ago

Next day delivery is absolutely cheap compared to Royal Mail which is …Next day delivery is absolutely cheap compared to Royal Mail which is usually £7.25


Yea it generally is. There are a couple of options where ipost is more expensive, particularly with the letter sized stuff. Just be aware of that 😊
Good price but such a shame not in my town of grantham for me to drop off
Edited by: "SeanPaulGilbert" 22nd Feb
Thanks @alexc100 , I always like to shop around when it comes to posting stuff
These prices arent comparable. Wont deliver to some postcodes, hardly any depots, different size restrictions, etc.

My main issue is "Next day" if you are lucky enough to be close to one of only 50 depots as opposed to 10000 post offices what is cut off time to take item to depot for next day delivery?
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Excellent info. Thanks guys.
Having used private couriers before and losing a few items i am reluctant try another one...but i might give these ago...been using Royal Mail for EBay stuff over last few months with 100% success rate...items not arriving damaged or thrown over fences/left in bins/delivered to wrong street/left outside a block of flats/etc...more pricey but at least i know what i am getting as do my customers...saying that i shall give these a go!
ukmail delivered today for me parcel which i bought 40hours ago..looks fast also seller sold over 6000 same items..with 100 feedback ..looks like seller trust this company.
Looks good but nearest drop off to me is over 10 miles away.
Imo Yodel is very cheap and has been very good to me. I can send up to 12kg medium box for around £6.60 (with voucher) 48hr but 90% of time it arrives next day. Have also sent a 43" tv for under £10 with no issues at all.
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clashpie30 m ago

Having used private couriers before and losing a few items i am reluctant …Having used private couriers before and losing a few items i am reluctant try another one...but i might give these ago...been using Royal Mail for EBay stuff over last few months with 100% success rate...items not arriving damaged or thrown over fences/left in bins/delivered to wrong street/left outside a block of flats/etc...more pricey but at least i know what i am getting as do my customers...saying that i shall give these a go!


I have a business account with UK Mail (now owned by DHL) and I've moved consignments from 200 quid to 8 grand. Never had a single issue in the UK or with getting kit back from hire.
Royal mail have just lost another parcel I sent so will definitely give theses a try.
clashpie35 m ago

Having used private couriers before and losing a few items i am reluctant …Having used private couriers before and losing a few items i am reluctant try another one...but i might give these ago...been using Royal Mail for EBay stuff over last few months with 100% success rate...items not arriving damaged or thrown over fences/left in bins/delivered to wrong street/left outside a block of flats/etc...more pricey but at least i know what i am getting as do my customers...saying that i shall give these a go!


I Am glad you resolved your conundrum
Id say I have had more trouble with them than hermes...
I no longer use this courier firm. 2 computer towers sold through eBay and shipped, well packaged I must add. Both items were completely destroyed in transit. I don’t have these issues with DPD or UPS.
Absolutely awful service, Royal Mail is the only one I trust.
As do Amazon
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UKFail are owned by DHL who are wrecking KFC


Think of all the health benefits
You pay for what you get
Seriously - Any company or person that is affiliated with or that uses the services of UKMail is putting themselves at risk. They are terrible!! Read online reviews and try contacting them, you won’t get through.

Be very careful!!
AJ922 h, 12 m ago

Imo Yodel is very cheap and has been very good to me. I can send up to …Imo Yodel is very cheap and has been very good to me. I can send up to 12kg medium box for around £6.60 (with voucher) 48hr but 90% of time it arrives next day. Have also sent a 43" tv for under £10 with no issues at all.


The Yodel driver tried to deliver my parcel with MY name and address to my neighbor in front of my eyes and would not listen to me when I told him that I was expecting and sitting there waiting for a parcel delivery. My neighbor, a very old lady, gave him a right earful for being so rubbish at his job.
ukmonkey1 h, 54 m ago

Royal mail have just lost another parcel I sent so will definitely give …Royal mail have just lost another parcel I sent so will definitely give theses a try.


I have been using Royal Mail for eBay stuff since 2001. They never lost a single item of mine.
joeydeacon2 h, 1 m ago

I no longer use this courier firm. 2 computer towers sold through eBay and …I no longer use this courier firm. 2 computer towers sold through eBay and shipped, well packaged I must add. Both items were completely destroyed in transit. I don’t have these issues with DPD or UPS.


Same issue has happened with me, I've been waiting 3 months for a response from the claims department...Shambles
My guy don't speak English and never smiles and stroked my dog once , without even opening his fist, he just knuckled dragged over his head while I shouted , " no Barry come back inside, you naughty Mr chuckle "
I strongly advise against UK mail. They lost my parcel and do not have a working support phone number. I had to use twitter to communicate with them. They lost my parcel after it got scanned at the depot. Someone stole it for sure.

There is also a documentary filmed which you can find on YouTube showing the mail handlers at the depot kicking and throwing parcels marked fragile.

Avoid the heartache and hassle.
Works out quite a bit more expensive for me than RM. Guess it depends on your postcode for collection.
Depot is too far from me, just like from the half of the UK. Selling on eBay for 4 years, never had a problem with Royal Mail. Yodel and MyHermes are unreliable here, we have the laziest delivery guys in my opinion.
If you want cheap, use eBay Shutl. You can have UPS next day (UPS Standard) UK delivery for cheaper than anywhere, mostly lower than half price. It's not the most reliable service but if you go for the price then that's the way. You can even cover your item up to the price by one click for some silver.

But I'll stay with Royal Mail for being trustworthy. I don't want negative or neutral feedback, thanks.
There are a lot of comments questioning the reliability of UKMail/ipostparcels

Obviously everyone has different experiences. Personally I’ve lost two or three parcels through RM over the last few years and the claims process has always been lengthy and painful, usually taking three months or more.

It’s worth looking at the reviews to help make your own decision. UKMail/ipostparcels gets 4/5 on Trustpilot with over 40k reviews. Royal Mail not so good with 1/5 uk.trustpilot.com/rev…com
alexc1008 h, 20 m ago

Think of all the health benefits


From people walking to McDonald’s instead
Awful company, there is a reason they are so cheap! Ive had terrible experiences with them and wont use them again, I'd rather pay a little extra and have faith in the courier
You get what you pay for with cheaper postal firms.

I always work on the basis that smaller, less valuable parcels are fine to send by the likes of MyHermes / UKMail, but anything that's remotely fragile or valuable should be sent by a more reputable firm like UPS or Royal Mail. Yes, it's more expensive, but it's less risky.

MyHermes recently delivered a package I sent which had been impacted with such force that there was a hole not only in the postage box but also the box of the item inside - and this was with it having Fragile tape all over it! That can only have been deliberate.
The_Biggest_Lebowski43 m ago

You get what you pay for with cheaper postal firms.I always work on the …You get what you pay for with cheaper postal firms.I always work on the basis that smaller, less valuable parcels are fine to send by the likes of MyHermes / UKMail, but anything that's remotely fragile or valuable should be sent by a more reputable firm like UPS or Royal Mail. Yes, it's more expensive, but it's less risky.MyHermes recently delivered a package I sent which had been impacted with such force that there was a hole not only in the postage box but also the box of the item inside - and this was with it having Fragile tape all over it! That can only have been deliberate.


In my experience Hermes is at the 'budget' end of the courier market for both price and service whereas UKMail is generally pretty good and certainly not budget, even for high value stuff.

The cost savings compared with RM most likely come from having a much smaller network.

Everyone keeps saying 'you get what you pay for' but glossing over the fact that Royal Mail has more bad reviews!
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The_Biggest_Lebowski1 h, 9 m ago

You get what you pay for with cheaper postal firms.I always work on the …You get what you pay for with cheaper postal firms.I always work on the basis that smaller, less valuable parcels are fine to send by the likes of MyHermes / UKMail, but anything that's remotely fragile or valuable should be sent by a more reputable firm like UPS or Royal Mail. Yes, it's more expensive, but it's less risky.MyHermes recently delivered a package I sent which had been impacted with such force that there was a hole not only in the postage box but also the box of the item inside - and this was with it having Fragile tape all over it! That can only have been deliberate.


Have to agree on MyHermes. Around my area the lady who delivered them literally throws them over the back gate. Had several parcels broken by her. MyHermes say it must have been in such condition before they delivered it etc.... so I sent them the CCTV footage.... they still haven't responded. Then they also delivered a parcel to a neighbour and didn't leave me a card... neighbour was wondering why I didn't come to collect it thinking I was being lazy or expecting them to do it for me. When I contacted MyHermes there response was just a simple one line email with "Parcel shows as being delivered on ...." nice.
I've had problems with ipostparcels. They didn't collect the parcel on the correct day and even though they knew they wouldn't be collecting it, they didn't bother to let me know. It was for my sons 21st birthday, so he didn't get it in time. Phoned them up. No apology. Customer service is terrible. They didn't even respond to recorded delivery letter that I'd sent to them. Had to use charge back in the end to get my money back.
Edited by: "shaz1000" 23rd Feb
2 prices you put on here are cheaper with royal mail , royal mail deliver quicker than UK mail 😁
alexc1002 h, 52 m ago

In my experience Hermes is at the 'budget' end of the courier market for …In my experience Hermes is at the 'budget' end of the courier market for both price and service whereas UKMail is generally pretty good and certainly not budget, even for high value stuff.The cost savings compared with RM most likely come from having a much smaller network.Everyone keeps saying 'you get what you pay for' but glossing over the fact that Royal Mail has more bad reviews!


It's 100 bigger that's why
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