Friday, 12 April 2013

Bargain Hunting #5



Do not get done over by crazy prices. Follow my simple tips.

Just a short post this week however some useful information that may help my readers.

The Royal Mail have now decided to introduce a new system where parcels are now priced on both size and weight – making them more expensive to post.

Parcels are now priced on both size and weight, and unless a parcel is smaller than:
Length 45cm Width 35cm Depth 8cm OR Length: 16cm and Width: 16cm and Depth: 16cm with max weight of 2KG ,it will count as a medium or large parcel.
The parcel you posted 2 weeks ago second class which cost £2.20 may cost you £5.20 now as that is the cheapest price for a medium parcel. In my eyes that is daylight robbery and I am here to help you cut these costs.
  • Get a template free of the Royal Mail Website -  Royal Mail allows you to order a free cardboard template so you can check whether your items will fit into the small-parcel category.
  • Minimise Packaging - I used to send a lot of my parcels/post in jiffy bags or boxes however I recently brought plastic bags on eBay. They are extremely cheap and very handy to have. They also minimise packaging which could make a difference in weather your parcel is classed small,medium or large.
  • Use couriers - Couriers beat these crazy prices that Royal Mail have put in place and sometimes using a courier can be more convenient that going to the post office.  Some couriers will charge £3.99 for a parcel that is 2kg and £4.99 for a parcel that is 10kg. The most competitive couriers I have found are myHermes or Collect+ but please shop about before you choose which courier to use. Always look at what insurance they offer as well.
  • You are able to purchase boxes which are the size that Royal Mail wish there "smaller parcels" to be. You can buy them from Royal Mail directly at £11.48 for 10 boxes however you can search the net and pick up a bargain like these boxes for just £15.05 for 100!
For those interested as to the reasons why the prices have increased, please refer to the EU's Postal Service Directives http://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/post/legislation/index_en.htm

8 comments:

  1. This price hike is ridiculous I've stopped sending out parcels as often as I use to now as the prices have gone up and the service has gone down.
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  2. That is a very useful post. The Royal Mail are true a total rip-off and a racket.

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  3. After reading this, I will send my parcels via courier, far cheaper. Royal mail are rubbish to say the least, I still get my post at 5pm, it not on.

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  4. Thanks for the info! I think the Royal mail are getting worse!

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  5. Great post - the new postage charges have really put me off selling on ebay etc

    @ashlallan

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  6. Thanks for all the info, I've stopped sending stuff so much because of the prices, especially to Canada. Most of the time , the postage is dearer than the gift inside!

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  7. Thanks for the info - I agree postage price for parcels are higher than others! But you can't knock the stamp I certainly could not take a letter from Lands End to John O'Groats for 60p.

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  8. They're nice and they got the job done, the two days I used them to carry things, they delivered as promised. I also couldn't get to my phone in time and the man waited outside until I had my packages delivered.

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