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    Time to stockpile postage stamps!

    Second class is going up from 36p to 50p on April 30th!
    BBC News - Stamp prices: First-class stamps to cost 60p

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Second class is going up from 36p to 50p on April 30th!
    Place your bets, they'll change colour/style to stop it!

    Steve

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    Do people still send letters these days?

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    They won't after the 30th.

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    Another cull of the Christmas card list is called for. The stamp will be more expensive than the card soon.

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    I just think that if Royal Mail focused on delivering parcels more (like all the others), they wouldn't need to increase the price of stamps. The profit for delivering parcels would compensate the loss on delivering letters.

    The number of times I've ordered from the internet, there are two consignments shipped to the same warehouse, but delivered by two different drivers? It's no wonder they're losing money.

    And why is the official logistics supplier for the Olympics an American company? Royal Mail miss all the opportunities to promote themselves big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Place your bets, they'll change colour/style to stop it!

    Steve
    It wouldnt matter, a stamp never looses its value. You can still use the old First Class red stamps today.

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    1. Buy first class stamps
    2. wait till May 1st
    3. sell on eBay
    4. profit

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    1. Buy first class stamps
    2. wait till May 1st
    3. sell on eBay
    4. profit
    You dont even have to do that. You can return stamps to the post office.

    1.Buy first class stamps
    2.wait till May 1st
    3.Return to post office
    4.profit

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    Just another good reason to get the rest of your family trained on the Internet / email / skype etc
    No more need to send cards if you can just email and free video chat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    It wouldnt matter, a stamp never looses its value. You can still use the old First Class red stamps today.
    They really need to tighten it up then (Emphasis my own)

    What gets me is their reasoning... No one is posting anything..

    Text Message = 12p (or free if you have inclusive texts)
    Email = Free
    Postage Stamp... 60p!!!!

    So their solution is to increase the price to 5x the cost of a text message?!! That'll have them flocking to the post office for a book of stamps - Not!

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    Ok, lets put this in perspective a little.

    What does 60p get you? It allows you to put an envelope in any of 53287 post boxes in the UK. It then gets collected, and transported to its destination, which can be anywhere in 94,526 sq miles of land mass consisting of 22.5million households, and however many businesses that exist, spread over multiple islands within 24-72 hours depending on first class/second class.

    Seems like a bargain to me to be honest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Ok, lets put this in perspective a little.

    What does 60p get you? It allows you to put an envelope in any of 53287 post boxes in the UK.

    OK with you so far
    It then gets collected, and transported to its destination
    Please not the lack of the word "intended" - it is likely to reach a destination, just not its intended one..
    , which can be anywhere in 94,526 sq miles of land mass consisting of 22.5million households, and however many businesses that exist, spread over multiple islands

    OK - again I'll accept this one..
    wi
    thin 24-72 hours depending on first class/second class.
    after its sat at the nearest sorting office for a week?

    Seems like a bargain to me to be honest.

    !!!
    Last edited by Gatt; 27th March 2012 at 09:17 PM.

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    err for some reason no matter how often I try to correct that stray quote in the middle of "within" the quote tags keep re-appearing - done it like 6 times now...

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    I think it's a sign that with increased fuel costs and all other associated costs with the Royal Mail going up, it's no wonder people use mobile phones, e-mail or the internet more in general. Businesses still invoicing customers by post will start (if they haven't already) changing over to e-mail and people will send less Christmas cards and opt for alternatives.

    I'd much rather every 60p that went to Royal Mail and money spent on a card went to a charity instead. At least they'd spend the money better rather than waste it!

    I think it's very much a generation thing as a lot of services are now available online, so the need for a Post Office is reduced.

    Imagine we had to write a letter everytime we wanted to contribute on Edugeek

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