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    What a rip off!! Underpaid postage charge!

    Just had a card through the letter box saying something has been posted to me and the postage is underpaid by 6p so Royal Mail is charging me a £1 handling fee and it will cost me £1.06 to get whatever has been posted to me!

    What a total rip off!! Trouble is i don't know what it is so i'm now going to either have to pay the money up front over the net or go into the sorting office 5 miles away and see if its worth me paying for it! Either way i lose!

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    yep agree-they did the same to my parents and they had to collect and pay £1.04!!! and it was just some stupid junk-mail...dont know how they get away with it.

    Its not really a rip off.. if they didnt charge it everyone would try to send their post underpaid and would prob get away with it a fair few times.

    i had this for one of my birthday cards, £1.06 to get a card, i took a £20 pound note just to p**s them off

    Original Poster

    Its happened to me before and that was just some junk as you say, nearly got a parking ticket at the same time but manage to wriggle my way out of it :whistling:

    Titchimp;3421630

    Its not really a rip off.. if they didnt charge it everyone would try to … Its not really a rip off.. if they didnt charge it everyone would try to send their post underpaid and would prob get away with it a fair few times.

    dont mind paying the extra postage its the £1 extra they put on top

    It's been this way for at least 15 years.

    Blame the person that didn't put enough stamps on the envelope.

    It's a fair price for three people to do extra work for (Mail sorter who spotted it, Postman and collection office staff).

    Original Poster

    Titchimp;3421630

    Its not really a rip off.. if they didnt charge it everyone would try to … Its not really a rip off.. if they didnt charge it everyone would try to send their post underpaid and would prob get away with it a fair few times.



    I agree to an extent but it should be the sender who gets charged and not the receiver. The sender should get a card saying if they want it delivering then they have to pay the extra and then they know if its worth paying the extra or not.

    Original Poster

    Slight flaw in my last comment - how do Royal Mail know who's sent it :oops:

    steevieboy4u;3421655

    I agree to an extent but it should be the sender who gets charged and not … I agree to an extent but it should be the sender who gets charged and not the receiver. The sender should get a card saying if they want it delivering then they have to pay the extra and then they know if its worth paying the extra or not.



    Er.. . and how would they know who send it? :whistling:

    edit: too slow. lol

    i would laugh. a full bellied santa kind of laugh.
    but its happened to me too damnit.

    Original Poster

    ding;3421645

    dont mind paying the extra postage its the £1 extra they put on top



    I feel exactly the same

    ding;3421645

    dont mind paying the extra postage its the £1 extra they put on top



    Yeah but if they only charged the extra then you would be no worse off trying to get post through underpaid

    Titchimp;3421685

    Yeah but if they only charged the extra then you would be no worse off … Yeah but if they only charged the extra then you would be no worse off trying to get post through underpaid



    yer but i can get post thru underpaid its the reciever that gets penalised

    Original Poster

    Trouble is it's going to drive me mad wondering what it is so i'm going to have to go to the sorting place to see what it is.

    The last time it happened to me it was the free cat food pack thing that was a deal on here a few months ago, i've not even got a cat i got it for a friend of mine :w00t:

    Banned

    you can pay it online btw to save you petrol

    Otherwise it could end up costing you £5

    ding;3421645

    dont mind paying the extra postage its the £1 extra they put on top



    and collect it yourself:x

    I guess the £1 extra fee works out. If you think about it, there's a few extra steps invoved in splitting underpaid mail from fully-paid mail, correctly pricing it, and doing the admin stuff that culminates in a card being put through your door and a man standing at a counter retrieving underpaid items, there's probably a good ten minute's of man-time per item. £1 extra covers that. If they didn't do the £1 charge and just charged the difference, they'd be cheaper not dealing with underpaid items at all. And then, we'd all be cheaper not paying for postage, and the whole system would fall apart. And we'd be sending everything via Citylink for £3.

    Bet its a freebie that you got off here :P

    this sort of thing should be stamped out

    royal mail lose millions in underpaid items sent each year but they went up to 1 pounds because of the loss they made bt competition which the government introduced

    i got charged it because my nan put a normal first class stamp on my birthday card and the post office said it was bigger than the size of a normal stamp letter-it wasn't like it was A4 or anything !

    I wouldn't mind-but she posted something first class to me last wednesday and i only got it monday-if they are going to penalise us they should offer a better service !

    what a cheek !!

    it happened to me too.
    however when i went in i asked if there was anyway of finding out what or who it was from as i was not expecting anything. she let me open it no obligation and sent it back as unclaimed to sender when it turned out to be junk.

    happened to me twice in a week... I think they have particular purges on it evey so often,,..

    both of mine were £1.09 of which it was the .09 underpaid GRrrr

    and i promptly pushed the second one through the little size guide in front of her but she just said we are not allowed to force anything through GRRRR i just pushed it through as if it had gone through a letterbox for cripes sakes...

    it was a Birthday card with foam mounting from an aunty, and nothing in it to add insult to injury rofl...

    If you look on the back of these decopage style cards(built up with foam) they do actually ahve a little 'large letter symbol printed on them to warn you of the higher postage charge..:gift:

    They only check random letters. So your £1 pays for the 100 underpaid letters that didn't get checked.

    I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent some publicity mail. I was livid.
    I wonder what would happen if everyone refused to pay up. The mail I collected and paid the charge on did not have a return address on it. But isn't there something that states that all mail must be delivered or returned to sender? If you refuse to pay and there is no return address they are not allowed to destroy the mail are they???

    ding;3421634

    i had this for one of my birthday cards, £1.06 to get a card, i took a … i had this for one of my birthday cards, £1.06 to get a card, i took a £20 pound note just to p**s them off



    I doubt if it bothered them! Its no trouble whatsoever to change a £20 note.

    Original Poster

    akme;3422125

    Bet its a freebie that you got off here :P



    Probably

    But not so free now..... When the postman handed me the rest of my mail (the card stating the extra postage was hidden between the other stuff) i had 2 of the Solar Digital Clocks from the Carbon Creditz post on here, i got one of the wind up torches from the same place the other day as well, i was really impressed with that freebie :thumbsup:

    WoolyM;3423551

    I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent … I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent some publicity mail. I was livid. I wonder what would happen if everyone refused to pay up. The mail I collected and paid the charge on did not have a return address on it. But isn't there something that states that all mail must be delivered or returned to sender? If you refuse to pay and there is no return address they are not allowed to destroy the mail are they???



    un collected and un returable mail goes to a dead letter place, they dont destroy it, it just kinda sits there in case the persion decides they want to collect it, but i think they are only given a certin amout of time to be able to do so

    WoolyM;3423551

    I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent … I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent some publicity mail. I was livid. I wonder what would happen if everyone refused to pay up. The mail I collected and paid the charge on did not have a return address on it. But isn't there something that states that all mail must be delivered or returned to sender? If you refuse to pay and there is no return address they are not allowed to destroy the mail are they???



    What would happen is that it is determined undeliverable, and non returnable, and therefore destroyed.
    You would be shocked by the amount of "Dead" letters that Royal Mail get each day.

    WoolyM;3423551

    I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent … I have been caught by this as well. A while back when my employers sent some publicity mail. I was livid. I wonder what would happen if everyone refused to pay up. The mail I collected and paid the charge on did not have a return address on it. But isn't there something that states that all mail must be delivered or returned to sender? If you refuse to pay and there is no return address they are not allowed to destroy the mail are they???



    If you refuse to pay for it, it would then go back to the sender at the same surcharge price (letter will be opened to find senders address) if there is no senders address it will be destroyed. :thumbsup:
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