Royal mail special delivery Saturday guaranteed online order cheaper than post office @ royal mail
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Royal mail special delivery Saturday guaranteed online order cheaper than post office @ royal mail

£7.25£10.7432%Royal Mail Deals
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Found 22nd FebEdited by:"Mrswitch"
Right guys, found this out a few months ago.
If you go in to a post office on a Friday and ask to send a parcel special delivery Saturday guaranteed it would cost you £10.74 to send a small parcel.
But if you use royal mails online postage it only costs up to £8.55, £7.25 if its under 400g.
Now I've done this 6 times since and everytimr it's got there the next day.
So if you send a lot of parcels and use royal mail specifically which I do as it covers me for up to £500, then this is a nice saving.
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Newbold
1 s ago

This is NOT Saturday guaranteed that you're buying online - it's just the ordinary service, at exactly the same price you'd pay at a Post Office.

"Guaranteed Saturday delivery is available as an add-on to the Special Delivery™ service for the urgent items you post on Friday.Guaranteed Saturday delivery ensures that your item is delivered to the recipient by 1pm on Saturday. In the unlikely event that your item is not delivered on time, we'll refund your money. When adding on Saturday Delivery, VAT at standard rate will be added to the basic cost, then an extra fee of £3. Customers need to post items at a Post Office®."

From the Royal Mail website. So actually, it's cheaper online for one reason only - you're not paying for (or getting) guaranteed Saturday delivery. You're just getting the standard next day service with no guaranteed Saturday delivery.


Chances are it will get delivered on the Saturday - but you'd have exactly the same chance if you took the package to the Post Office. At the Post Office you can buy Guaranteed Saturday Delivery - online you simply cannot.

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last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....
this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...

so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe
Edited by: "katnmarco" 22nd Feb
graemedouglas14 m ago

How about use parcel2go.com and save yourself a handful of money in the …How about use parcel2go.com and save yourself a handful of money in the process... Royal Mail prices are a rip off


I've tried this, and to get the same level of compensation that royal mail offer I.e £500,
you pay more than royal mail prices.
Parcel2go advertise prices with no compensation, you dig a bit deeper and realise that they are more of a rip off, royal mail are upfront about their prices and services. Have a check and see for yourself.
Royal Mail compensation is a joke. Never use Royal Mail for compensation expectations. I lost two parcels last year, there is too much paper work involved to request for compensation. They require proof of value i.e. an original receipt, proof of sale(eBay and PayPal pages), proof of postage(even though you can see online the item was received in their network) and lots of other info. You miss something and you loose the case. Send all this by post, they take over a month to respond. In both cases, they sent me 6 first class letter stamps instead of the compensation citing illogical reasons even though my paperwork was complete.

On the contrary, I once had an issue with Hermes, label purchased via eBay shutl. Shutl deposted the money in my PayPal for the insured amount with almost zero paperwork(no proof of postage/ proof of value/ proof of sale) within 10 days. I prefer to use eBay shutl now, but they are not always cheaper for some of the services, so still have to use Royal Mail without any expectations for compenstation.
katnmarco27 m ago

last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were …last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe


Well done for not supporting local businesses....don’t complain when you lose your local Post Office!
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Great information. Thanks.
Expect some fire in here. Great to know.
Nice, had no idea of this. Thanks for sharing @Mrswitch
Saturday guaranteed means they will attempt to deliver to places that are normally closed, send it special delivery for residential addresses.
jon235053 m ago

Saturday guaranteed means they will attempt to deliver to places that are …Saturday guaranteed means they will attempt to deliver to places that are normally closed, send it special delivery for residential addresses.


I got asked if I wanted it Saturday guaranteed, and this was to a residential address, as the buyer had asked for delivery on the Saturday I had to pay the extra. I've been asked this on every occasion.
last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....
this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...

so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe
Edited by: "katnmarco" 22nd Feb
Every SD parcel I've sent at the post office on a Friday has always been delivered on a Saturday, and I've never paid for the guarantee.
katnmarco7 m ago

last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were …last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe


I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now.
For example online, a second class small parcel is £2.82, head to the post office with the same small parcel and they charge £2.90.. Royal mail gets the blame, but it's the post office that has increased the price in this case.
Online doesn't state it is Saturday guaranteed it is just next day if you went to the post office on Friday and asked for special delivery they would ask if you wanted Saturday and that is where you would get charged extra but if you said it's ok for Monday Royal Mail would still try and deliver it on Saturday unless they knew it wasn't open. Both would be covered for the value but you would have no come back if it wasn't delivered on the Saturday. They put a special sticker on for Saturday delivery so if you do it on line they shouldn't put the sticker on.
Mrswitch6 m ago

I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example …I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example online, a second class small parcel is £2.82, head to the post office with the same small parcel and they charge £2.90.. Royal mail gets the blame, but it's the post office that has increased the price in this case.


Printer+ink+paper???
LyesLyes181 m ago

Printer+ink+paper???


Doesn't cost 8p a sheet extra surely
Mrswitch9 m ago

I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example …I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example online, a second class small parcel is £2.82, head to the post office with the same small parcel and they charge £2.90.. Royal mail gets the blame, but it's the post office that has increased the price in this case.

sorry but 8p cheaper is hardly great. And consider you’ve paid for the ink and time to print out and apply the prepaid label. That equates to extra cost in my eyes. I get the deal on the Saturday Soecial Delivery but not this. Unless I’ve missed something?
jon2350525 m ago

Saturday guaranteed means they will attempt to deliver to places that are …Saturday guaranteed means they will attempt to deliver to places that are normally closed, send it special delivery for residential addresses.


I agree If it's residential don't bother paying the extra it will still be out for delivery on Saturday, it's just the 1pm deadline isn't guaranteed but it will more than likely be attempted before 1pm.
holidaymann22 m ago

sorry but 8p cheaper is hardly great. And consider you’ve paid for the ink …sorry but 8p cheaper is hardly great. And consider you’ve paid for the ink and time to print out and apply the prepaid label. That equates to extra cost in my eyes. I get the deal on the Saturday Soecial Delivery but not this. Unless I’ve missed something?


No, not a thing I was simply making a comment. My main point is the Saturday guaranteed element
It won’t be guaranteed- but will probably arrive
katnmarco21 m ago

last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were …last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe



Weird that people fearful of losing their jobs would feel that way.
kiepau9 m ago

Online doesn't state it is Saturday guaranteed it is just next day if you …Online doesn't state it is Saturday guaranteed it is just next day if you went to the post office on Friday and asked for special delivery they would ask if you wanted Saturday and that is where you would get charged extra but if you said it's ok for Monday Royal Mail would still try and deliver it on Saturday unless they knew it wasn't open. Both would be covered for the value but you would have no come back if it wasn't delivered on the Saturday. They put a special sticker on for Saturday delivery so if you do it on line they shouldn't put the sticker on.


Exactly right. Which is why this isn’t a deal at all.
charlie125 m ago

Exactly right. Which is why this isn’t a deal at all.


Aren't the post office miss selling this service then?
By telling me it won't get there unless I pay the extra?
katnmarco27 m ago

last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were …last time i used online service at royal mail, the postoffice staff were so rude to me, using the online service means the postoffice don't get paid, now i was using their time and they aren't getting paid for that....this was during Christmas time and the looks i was getting...unbelievable...so from that day on, i ALWAYS buy my postage online and demand proof of postage from them (staff at the postoffice)...hehehehehe


Well done for not supporting local businesses....don’t complain when you lose your local Post Office!
How about use parcel2go.com and save yourself a handful of money in the process... Royal Mail prices are a rip off
Mrswitch22 m ago

I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example …I'm exactly the same, never pay at the post office now. For example online, a second class small parcel is £2.82, head to the post office with the same small parcel and they charge £2.90.. Royal mail gets the blame, but it's the post office that has increased the price in this case.


Actually Royal Mail set Post Offices prices. Best to check facts.
graemedouglas14 m ago

How about use parcel2go.com and save yourself a handful of money in the …How about use parcel2go.com and save yourself a handful of money in the process... Royal Mail prices are a rip off


I've tried this, and to get the same level of compensation that royal mail offer I.e £500,
you pay more than royal mail prices.
Parcel2go advertise prices with no compensation, you dig a bit deeper and realise that they are more of a rip off, royal mail are upfront about their prices and services. Have a check and see for yourself.
AlexTodd3 m ago

Actually Royal Mail set Post Offices prices. Best to check facts.


OK sorry about that. I'll be certain to get my facts straight next time.
Excellent post and information. Thanks fella
Mrswitch3 m ago

I've tried this, and to get the same level of compensation that royal …I've tried this, and to get the same level of compensation that royal mail offer I.e £500, you pay more than royal mail prices.Parcel2go advertise prices with no compensation, you dig a bit deeper and realise that they are more of a rip off, royal mail are upfront about their prices and services. Have a check and see for yourself.


I think your comment is all dependant on what value of item you are sending. For somebody sending an item worth 50 quid, they won’t need compensation for 500... so pointless. I have used parcel2go regularly for a couple of years now and had no issues whatsoever. They are just the middle man to DHL, FedEx etc
LyesLyes1823 m ago

Printer+ink+paper???


Offset by time in my opinion
chancooluk32 m ago

Every SD parcel I've sent at the post office on a Friday has always been …Every SD parcel I've sent at the post office on a Friday has always been delivered on a Saturday, and I've never paid for the guarantee.



This should be the title of the bargain really. RM treat regular SD parcels exactly the same if you post them on time on the Friday before. No need to pay extra for Saturday guaranteed.
Mrswitch44 m ago

I got asked if I wanted it Saturday guaranteed, and this was to a …I got asked if I wanted it Saturday guaranteed, and this was to a residential address, as the buyer had asked for delivery on the Saturday I had to pay the extra. I've been asked this on every occasion.


I'm a postman we deliver all special deliveries on a Saturday unless they are a firm/business that is normal closed, but Saturday guaranteed we have to attempt a delivery even if we know they are closed because they might be someone in waiting for it
graemedouglas14 m ago

I think your comment is all dependant on what value of item you are …I think your comment is all dependant on what value of item you are sending. For somebody sending an item worth 50 quid, they won’t need compensation for 500... so pointless. I have used parcel2go regularly for a couple of years now and had no issues whatsoever. They are just the middle man to DHL, FedEx etc


But I'm talking about royal mail special delivery, not any other service. I'm not saying royal mail are cheapest across the board, far from it, but guaranteed compensation up to 500 is the cheapest I have found with royal mail
Royal Mail compensation is a joke. Never use Royal Mail for compensation expectations. I lost two parcels last year, there is too much paper work involved to request for compensation. They require proof of value i.e. an original receipt, proof of sale(eBay and PayPal pages), proof of postage(even though you can see online the item was received in their network) and lots of other info. You miss something and you loose the case. Send all this by post, they take over a month to respond. In both cases, they sent me 6 first class letter stamps instead of the compensation citing illogical reasons even though my paperwork was complete.

On the contrary, I once had an issue with Hermes, label purchased via eBay shutl. Shutl deposted the money in my PayPal for the insured amount with almost zero paperwork(no proof of postage/ proof of value/ proof of sale) within 10 days. I prefer to use eBay shutl now, but they are not always cheaper for some of the services, so still have to use Royal Mail without any expectations for compenstation.
Mrswitch35 m ago

Aren't the post office miss selling this service then? By telling me it …Aren't the post office miss selling this service then? By telling me it won't get there unless I pay the extra?


That's not what they are saying, if you buy Friday at regular special delivery price then it is actually guaranteed to be delivered buy 13.00 the following Monday, if you want the guarantee that they will try to deliver by 13.00 on the Saturday you have to pay the premium. Chances are it will still get delivered buy 13.00 for the regular price but it isn't guaranteed.
This is not a deal. It is just luck that it was delivered the next day instead of the Monday.
I have posted parcels residential addresses Special del on a Friday and they have not always been delivered on the Saturday so I sometimes have to pay the extra for Guaranteed Saturday if the customer needs it for then. What I am puzzled about is that if you pay the extra £3 for Saturday delivery you are charged VAT on the whole cost whereas you are not charged vat on a normal Special delivery Never understood that
Mrswitch1 h, 30 m ago

Doesn't cost 8p a sheet extra surely



I worked out how many sheets I printed from one black ink cartridge in my printer and it was 47. The cartridge cost £12 so that's about 25p per sheet. So for me it's not worth purchasing postage online to save 8p when the ink costs me 25p (plus the cost of a sheet of paper). Plus I'm happy to keep my local Post Office in business - one day I will be old and may not be able to drive and might rely on having a local PO to do my banking as we have no banks in the village.
karbra4 m ago

I worked out how many sheets I printed from one black ink cartridge in my …I worked out how many sheets I printed from one black ink cartridge in my printer and it was 47. The cartridge cost £12 so that's about 25p per sheet. So for me it's not worth purchasing postage online to save 8p when the ink costs me 25p (plus the cost of a sheet of paper). Plus I'm happy to keep my local Post Office in business - one day I will be old and may not be able to drive and might rely on having a local PO to do my banking as we have no banks in the village.


Wow....well that is your perogative.. I'm not telling anyone not to use a post office, its just more convenient for me to pay and print online, that's all.
jon235051 h, 12 m ago

I'm a postman we deliver all special deliveries on a Saturday unless they …I'm a postman we deliver all special deliveries on a Saturday unless they are a firm/business that is normal closed, but Saturday guaranteed we have to attempt a delivery even if we know they are closed because they might be someone in waiting for it


Which makes total sense.
karbra8 m ago

I worked out how many sheets I printed from one black ink cartridge in my …I worked out how many sheets I printed from one black ink cartridge in my printer and it was 47. The cartridge cost £12 so that's about 25p per sheet. So for me it's not worth purchasing postage online to save 8p when the ink costs me 25p (plus the cost of a sheet of paper). Plus I'm happy to keep my local Post Office in business - one day I will be old and may not be able to drive and might rely on having a local PO to do my banking as we have no banks in the village.


Have a look at getting a laser printer. You can pick them up for about fifty quid. Then It will only cost a couple of pence per printed sheet.
Mrswitch1 h, 43 m ago

Doesn't cost 8p a sheet extra surely


Yes but the hassle of printing out and making sure the size is correct and everything and then trying to stick the label on the package, you'd rather take to the post office just coz of 8p doesn't make much difference
I invested in a cheap digital scale at home for weighing letters. Post office scales somehow make items weigh a lot more!
I am also fed up by how PO staff keep asking what's inside .. well, none of ur fkn business, it's not a prohibited item FFS
forzagarza1 h, 51 m ago

Weird that people fearful of losing their jobs would feel that way.



AlexTodd1 h, 45 m ago

Well done for not supporting local businesses....don’t complain when you l …Well done for not supporting local businesses....don’t complain when you lose your local Post Office!


Actually the local Post Office does get paid for processing these online parcels as a part of their RM contract. Therefore you're still supporting the local PO and their staff. Sorry to disappoint the Luddites amongst us.
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