Why you need to sell any bulky items before 30th March.

This post only applies to my readers in the UK.

Royal Mail announced last week a new price structure and changes to their products coming into effect on 2nd April.

When I first read the announcement on my mobile device whilst traveling to Heathrow last Tuesday, I have to say it did not get my trip of to a good start which I had been hugely looking forward to.  The announcement worried me, and here is why.  The changes are:

  • Letters and small letters are unchanged in service and price.  That is the good news.
  • The ‘Packet’ product is going to be discontinued.
  • The ‘Standard parcel’ product is going to be discontinued.
  • Royal Mail ‘signed for’ service price has increased from 95p to £1.10
  • Services of ‘small parcel’ and ‘medium parcel’ have been introduced, replacing the old ‘packet’ product.
  • Compensation reduced to £20 applicable to small and medium parcels

How does this affect you?

The big change is the difference between the current ‘packet’ option and the new two different sizes of parcel.

The current packet can measure 61cm x 46cm x 46cm.  Most items we send are under 1kg.  2nd class costs £2.20 and 1st class costs £2.70.

The new small parcel can measure upto 45cm x 35cm x 8cm or 16cm x 16cm x 16cm, pricing from £2.60

The new medium parcel can measure upto 61cm x 46cm x 46cm (same as old packet type), pricing from £5.20

Comparison: An item weighing 500g and measures 20cm x 10cm x 10cm currently costs you £2.20 for 2nd class.  After 2nd April that same item will cost £5.20.

That is why you need to sell and post any of your bulky items before Saturday 30th March.

For the full new pricing guide here is the link

http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/RoyalMail_OurPrices_April2013.pdf

You may notice from this price guide that any parcel weighing more than 2kg, be it small or medium parcel, is actually cheaper to send Parcelforce Worldwide Express 48.

 

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