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Royal Mail Prices for 2013
I've just had a look at the April 2013 price list and I can't believe how expensive things are going to get.
International remains similar for the most part. Small packets under 750g or so are actually cheaper than before.
It is the inland mail which is going to be the killer. Large Letters are unchanged but packets are now class as "small" and "medium". Anything over 8cm thick is now a medium parcel and will cost around £2.50 more than a "small packet" to post. Not only that, there is now just a 1kg and a 2kg band. There are no other bands below 2kg like before.
This is going to cause headaches all around. If you want to post a set, you now have to try and get it into a box less than 8cm thick or pay an extortionate amount in postage. It means that custom boxes is the way forward. As long as the box costs less than £2, you will save money.
The weight banding means that any "medium parcel" weighing over 1kg is going to cost more than if it were to be sent by courier.
Compensation for inland items sent without a signed service will be dropping from £46 to £20. Signed-for will increase to £50 from £46.
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It may work out cheaper depending on what you are sending to use parcel2go.com
2nd Class Signed Parcel costs £3.15 atm and they are increasing it to £3.70 (and that's for a parcel less than 8cm depth)?!? Oh and if you go over that, £6.30 please.
The increase was bad enough last time but this is an absolute joke. Royal Mail capitalizing on eBay sellers obviously.
Not saying I condone it, but they have an almost captive market there. What would you do in their position?
*sits back and waits now he's thrown the cat amongst the pigeons*
I used to sell gaming accessories up until very recently. When Royal Mail introduced PIP it made it difficult as the Chinese sellers could send small items weighing maybe 250g or less to the UK for the same as a UK to UK delivery. Factor in the lack of VAT and also not having to import the item to the UK before distribution made is almost impossible to be competitive.
A 1kg medium parcel will become £5.20 which will mean Chinese sellers can send anything upto 600g to the UK just as cheap as a UK to UK delivery.
Any business selling relatively cheap and bulky (over 8cm thick) items who are currently fending off Chinese competition are going to be crippled by these new prices.
Parcels cannot go with normal mail (too bulky and sometimes heavy for a postie on a bike), so they have to be dealt with separately. The delivery of parcels for companies or ebayers or those who want to order online should not be subsidized by the rest of the population. Costs have to be in proportion to what it costs to deliver them.
How will it affect bricksetters? I don't think there will be a need for custom boxes, as there will be a new market for people to make small parcel boxes that are just the right maximum size. 8cm is not too bad for most lego parts. It might mean removing bags if you are trading a set if it happens to be a thick box, but again hopefully not that big a deal. For larger boxes, services like collectplus are more cost effective anyway, so no change there.
If we as a population want more items to be bought online and thus delivered, someone has to pay for that. Costs have to be paid by the person wanting the service. I understand that Chinese sellers can undercut as their postage costs are low. That will have to be looked at by RM or other couriers that deliver the items - so that the amount they are paid for delivering foreign mail is similar to that they get for domestic.
Personally, I wouldn't mind a parcels service where the item is not delivered to a home, but delivered to a local PO for collection - if it was cheaper than direct to home delivery. Collectplus can do it, I don't see why RM cannot
I can send a canny sized parcel across the UK via courier for £4.80 (and they will collect it from you!), yet for convenience it cost me £6.50 yesterday to post a warranty return failed hard drive by RM first class. The package was 28cm x 18cm x 16cm and weighed 1.4Kg.
RM are digging themselves a grave if the couriers like DHL and Hermes don't correspondingly increase their prices (and you shop around using "parcelmonkey" or similar). The number of letters being sent to my house is dwindling. Most of my post is junk mail - all my bills and bank stuff is now done online.
It's all part of the fun and games of Royal Mail's new terms and conditions.
Needless to say I've stopped going to the one in town :)
Anyone had a positive experience with either?
I've also used MyHermes a couple of times (through Parcel2Go)... It was okay, only once they missed their collection. I usually leave parcels with the receptionist here in our building and I guess they came after 17.
Cheaper than collect+ for less than 1kg and no size restriction that affect Lego boxes. £3.30 up to 1kg then £4.79 up to 2kg. If you add insurance it goes up a bit (especially when you start going over the £50 mark).