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Royal Mail 'Bigger Size Small Parcel' 2nd Class 45x35x16cm up to 2kg £2.80 Christmas Promotion Extended to 29 March 2015
Royal Mail 'Bigger Size Small Parcel' 2nd Class 45x35x16cm up to 2kg £2.80 Christmas Promotion Extended to 29 March 2015

Royal Mail 'Bigger Size Small Parcel' 2nd Class 45x35x16cm up to 2kg £2.80 Christmas Promotion Extended to 29 March 2015

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Christmas promotion of larger 2nd class small parcel size and up to 2kg weight was due to expire 18th January 2015. Now extended to 29 March 2015.

What will fit in a Small Parcel?
These are some of the items that you will be able to send in our new Small Parcel size: coffee machine, ladies boots, portable speakers, winter puffa coat, desk lamp.
From 20th October 2014

62 Comments

Ooo Brill, hoping they were gnna do this.

they will want part of city links business

Thank you, need to post off a parcel.

thegreat

they will want part of city links business



They should get their own business in order first. Delays and missing parcels ... and they are expensive compared to a number of other carriers who you can drop off/collect from at virtually any time of the day and week. Rant over ... But yes I think you are right

ceres

Other carriers don't have the Universal Service Obligation that the Royal … Other carriers don't have the Universal Service Obligation that the Royal Mail has. Other carriers lose and delay parcels too. And I'd be surprised if you can send a 2kg parcel for less than £2.80 with any other courier.

trust me, there is no one cheaper at this price for 2kg, add £1.10 for recorded still the best value around. I posted over 55 orders in a 2 week period and all customers reported receiving within 3 working days, most by day 2. Very good service.

djlondon22

trust me, there is no one cheaper at this price for 2kg, add £1.10 for … trust me, there is no one cheaper at this price for 2kg, add £1.10 for recorded still the best value around. I posted over 55 orders in a 2 week period and all customers reported receiving within 3 working days, most by day 2. Very good service.



MyHermes quoted me £2 for a 2KG enormous box a few days ago, had to drop it off at one of their 'pickup' stores though.

i'd personally use a courier, and i'm a royal mail employee.

MyHerpes will do well after March then

delboyd

MyHermes quoted me £2 for a 2KG enormous box a few days ago, had to drop … MyHermes quoted me £2 for a 2KG enormous box a few days ago, had to drop it off at one of their 'pickup' stores though.

I think quite a few Watchdog views might not agree with you on that one.

Royal Mail don't even bother to get signatures on signed for items - had so many claims on signed for items over xmas it is unreal

thegreat

Royal Mail don't even bother to get signatures on signed for items - had … Royal Mail don't even bother to get signatures on signed for items - had so many claims on signed for items over xmas it is unreal



They can always blame the Temp. staff. Handy.

Don't usually like to knock RM, but service has been terrible of late. Had one 1st class recorded take 17 days to deliver, and two items go missing altogether. Probably doesn't sound too bad for the scale of their operation....however, I only used them for three things!

djlondon22

trust me, there is no one cheaper at this price for 2kg, add £1.10 for … trust me, there is no one cheaper at this price for 2kg, add £1.10 for recorded still the best value around. I posted over 55 orders in a 2 week period and all customers reported receiving within 3 working days, most by day 2. Very good service.



I have used RM since I started my business in 1987 and honestly have in that time had only a few mishaps. It's all down to packaging correctly and clearly addressing with post code large. The ones who complain are the yearly idiots who send a card to mum, somewhere in Liverpool (next to the chip shop) and then can't understand why it didn't arrive!

However, I also use couriers and the two I do are reliable, and compensation is much higher if something goes astray. The real problem with the current Royal Mail small parcel at £2.80 is it's second class, so if it's above a kilo and urgent you have got to send it first really, again still not excessively expensive. I sent plenty of second class that turns up next day or a day after.

However, the real problem is if your item is worth a few bob, will the measly £20 max compensation cover it? Probably not.
I still don't worry and take the chance, sent a few items over Xmas by the £2.80 parcel and contents were worth over a hundred quid. ALL arrived safely. So there you have it, print out the recipient's name and address clearly with the postcode large, included a sender's name/address and you'll be VERY UNLUCKY if it doesn't arrive safely.
Royal Mail posties imo are top notch.
The ones that run the business, however, like the Canadian boss, are the worry.
Edited by: "jnigel26" 27th Dec 2014

Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 got lost...

The larger small parcel size is permanent, it's the reduced price small parcel between 1 and 2kg that is the offer

yay! more larger and heavier items for me to deliver...

aerodeck

yay! more larger and heavier items for me to deliver...


Your getting £10 an hour for putting bits of paper through a door, wind your neck in!

wlan

Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 … Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 got lost...


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Nobody does it better!

rizla01

MyHerpes will do well after March then



If you're having a active outbreak then see your doctor, there's no cure but medication can ease symptoms. Also, I suspect couriers won't accept STI's so you may want to rethink the after March evil plan thing.

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And remember...

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AndyJ78

They should get their own business in order first. Delays and missing … They should get their own business in order first. Delays and missing parcels ... and they are expensive compared to a number of other carriers who you can drop off/collect from at virtually any time of the day and week. Rant over ... But yes I think you are right


royal mail are by far the most reliable parcel firm! remember they also deliver the mail to ur house. other couriers dont know where there going half the time, poorly paid cheap labour!!

jnigel26

I have used RM since I started my business in 1987 and honestly have in … I have used RM since I started my business in 1987 and honestly have in that time had only a few mishaps. It's all down to packaging correctly and clearly addressing with post code large. The ones who complain are the yearly idiots who send a card to mum, somewhere in Liverpool (next to the chip shop) and then can't understand why it didn't arrive!However, I also use couriers and the two I do are reliable, and compensation is much higher if something goes astray. The real problem with the current Royal Mail small parcel at £2.80 is it's second class, so if it's above a kilo and urgent you have got to send it first really, again still not excessively expensive. I sent plenty of second class that turns up next day or a day after. However, the real problem is if your item is worth a few bob, will the measly £20 max compensation cover it? Probably not. I still don't worry and take the chance, sent a few items over Xmas by the £2.80 parcel and contents were worth over a hundred quid. ALL arrived safely. So there you have it, print out the recipient's name and address clearly with the postcode large, included a sender's name/address and you'll be VERY UNLUCKY if it doesn't arrive safely.Royal Mail posties imo are top notch. The ones that run the business, however, like the Canadian boss, are the worry.

Have to agree with the above - also, at the moment the 2nd class up to 2KG is a "special offer" by RM, normally anything above 1KG weight I use Collectplus who by no means are without issues, however I always pay extra for insurance on any item over £100 value and on the 4 times things have gone wrong they have paid out eventually. For small interdependent sellers like myself I think most people would agree that the 2KG Royal Mail deal has been a life saver in terms of costs this Christmas. Who knows maybe someone from Royal Mail high up will let the penny drop.

Had every single parcel delivered on time by Royal Mail. Can't say the same for Yodel, Hermes, UK Mail. I think the posties do an excellent job considering the cuts placed on the business. Dpd aside, who I also find excellent, I try to avoid ordering anything that doesn't come via Royal Mail.

As a small business owner this is good news for me.

As an owner, I used Royal Mail all the time. I've had zero lost parcels. However aside from using my usual post office and lady I've had one issue that I'm yet to even confirm on. Using my usual my parcels have always been £4.30 first signed for. 99% of my parcels are under 1kg the other 1% were then a medium parcel due to size and being no more than 1.5kg but due to the size change this went in my favour as with my usual lady I was still getting charged £4.30. It wasn't I till going to a main post office that for some reason this new lady tried charging me £6.55 for my 1% parcel that fitted no issue in to the new sized box and was once again 1.5kg. She was sure about how she was doing her job right even presenting her with receipts I had. She was adamant that items over 1kg in the new size box that were first recorded were this price. So I'm none the wiser as to why I was being charged what I was getting from my original lady and this new lady charged me this. From what I understood the small parcel size had increased to the medium parcel size yet the medium parcel size has decreased it's price to reflect the small parcel size.... Beyond confusing but good I think that it's been extended

If they can afford to operate at this price until March why can't they charge this price permanently?

They're trying to make it look good for when the price gets hiked up in March again.

The price increases in small parcel postage costs since just a couple of years ago are insane.

taraholland

As an owner, I used Royal Mail all the time. I've had zero lost parcels. … As an owner, I used Royal Mail all the time. I've had zero lost parcels. However aside from using my usual post office and lady I've had one issue that I'm yet to even confirm on. Using my usual my parcels have always been £4.30 first signed for. 99% of my parcels are under 1kg the other 1% were then a medium parcel due to size and being no more than 1.5kg but due to the size change this went in my favour as with my usual lady I was still getting charged £4.30. It wasn't I till going to a main post office that for some reason this new lady tried charging me £6.55 for my 1% parcel that fitted no issue in to the new sized box and was once again 1.5kg. She was sure about how she was doing her job right even presenting her with receipts I had. She was adamant that items over 1kg in the new size box that were first recorded were this price. So I'm none the wiser as to why I was being charged what I was getting from my original lady and this new lady charged me this. From what I understood the small parcel size had increased to the medium parcel size yet the medium parcel size has decreased it's price to reflect the small parcel size.... Beyond confusing but good I think that it's been extended


Its quite easy to get confused with this. Note that this offer is only valid for 2nd Class items. So for your 1.5kg parcel £3.90 was second class signed for. Without a signature it would be £2.80. The confusion arises when you want to send your parcel first class signed for. As its over 1kg you are being charged correctly at £6.55. Between 500g and up to 1kg the charge is £4.30. These prices are for the Small Parcel size which is currently length 45cms x width 35cms x depth 16cms.
Oh and I wouldn't rely on the counter staff to ensure a parcel is priced correctly. Whilst my local is very good I have used others out of the area and their lack of knowledge on the new sizes is staggering.
Edited by: "pluves1" 27th Dec 2014

wlan

Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 … Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 got lost...

lucky you. Hermes leave most items on doorstep if no one is in..no delivery no payment.shocking service.

If they can address the difference in price from the small to medium parcels then they might be onto something long term but it is cheaper to send 2 small parcels individually than combine them together into one medium one and they are under a kilo each.

bro1973

Hermes leave most items on doorstep if no one is in..no delivery no … Hermes leave most items on doorstep if no one is in..no delivery no payment.shocking service.




Unlike Yodel, who just nick your parcel
Edited by: "cb-uk" 27th Dec 2014

jnigel26

I have used RM since I started my business in 1987 and honestly have in … I have used RM since I started my business in 1987 and honestly have in that time had only a few mishaps. It's all down to packaging correctly and clearly addressing with post code large. The ones who complain are the yearly idiots who send a card to mum, somewhere in Liverpool (next to the chip shop) and then can't understand why it didn't arrive!However, I also use couriers and the two I do are reliable, and compensation is much higher if something goes astray. The real problem with the current Royal Mail small parcel at £2.80 is it's second class, so if it's above a kilo and urgent you have got to send it first really, again still not excessively expensive. I sent plenty of second class that turns up next day or a day after. However, the real problem is if your item is worth a few bob, will the measly £20 max compensation cover it? Probably not. I still don't worry and take the chance, sent a few items over Xmas by the £2.80 parcel and contents were worth over a hundred quid. ALL arrived safely. So there you have it, print out the recipient's name and address clearly with the postcode large, included a sender's name/address and you'll be VERY UNLUCKY if it doesn't arrive safely.Royal Mail posties imo are top notch. The ones that run the business, however, like the Canadian boss, are the worry.



Sell on Ebay and you're VERY LUCKY not to have been scammed by a dodgy buyer,although in my experience they tend to target smaller sellers and claim their item hasn't arrived.

I also have seven receipts now on my desk where a signature was paid for with RM and one wasn't obtained from last month.

cb-uk

Unlike Yodel, who just nick your parcel

also true lol....

I think people are forgetting that whilst it may be easier/a few pennies cheaper to send items via MyHermes but is it any better/reliable to actually receive the item??

Personally I run a mile when I see an online retailer stating that Hermes or Yodel will (attempt to) deliver my item - to the point where I would pay a few ££ extra to not have to go through that and shop with someone else ...

Having said that DPD are the daddy of them all in the UK.

Yes! Thanks OP

Banned

Thanks OP

Didnt even know they put the price down in the first place. Only use RM for small parcels that need to be sent abroad, larger ones and all uk i always courier.
If you insure it with courier and it gets lost you get your money back fairly quick. If royal mail lose it you need to send numerous forms, and couple of months later they send you a book of 6 2nd class stamps as replacement. Absolutely ridiculous.

They are finally getting their act together and doing competitive prices at least for up to 2kg here.

Need to offer tracking at this price.

wlan

Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 … Sent over 950 parcels with Myhermes last year as a small business only 1 got lost...


myHermes is awesome

I wish this was for overseas parcels
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