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[*] posted on 28-1-2019 at 07:18 AM


I have found Philatelink not as good recently, maybe because everyone knows about them now and all the good stamps sell out.
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[*] posted on 31-1-2019 at 12:54 AM


Aww, for the lovely postcrossers in Rep. of Ireland.

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2019/0128/1026037-an-post-rate-incr...

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[*] posted on 26-2-2019 at 07:22 PM


£1.35 for postcard-rate stamps from 25th March

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a leap of ten pence seems a bit steep!
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[*] posted on 27-2-2019 at 08:29 PM


I'm seething. Especially upset that 1st class + 2nd class will no longer equal International Standard. Unless they change the makeup values I'll be buying definatives
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[*] posted on 2-3-2019 at 04:10 PM


Quote: Originally posted by and_abelard  
I'm seething. Especially upset that 1st class + 2nd class will no longer equal International Standard. Unless they change the makeup values I'll be buying definatives


Yeah, I hadn't spotted that... It's so unhelpful, what are they thinking?
I often put a 1st & a 2nd to vary the pictures/ themes, etc. :(
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[*] posted on 5-3-2019 at 03:00 PM


Hi lovely people!

I've just discovered Postcrossing and I'm beyond stoked this community exists - I've always found the concept of sending postcards so fascinating, but so far I've only sent them to my relatives (which is very one-sided, as I'm the only one sending them haha).

Since I'm not originally from the UK, when I've sent cards before, I would just give them to the people working in the post office as I was always scared that I will do something wrong and my card/letter won't arrive. However, I would really like to "learn" how to stamp my cards properly so that I don't have to go to the mail office each time and I can send my Postcrossing cards more quickly.

What I understood from the Royal Mail website is that International Postage is now £1.25 for a small card up to 10g sent anywhere in the world (doesn't matter if it's a EU country or a very far away one).

However, I only see one £1.25 stamp available (with the Queen's head) - how do people use those interesting collectible stamps on their letters? For example I saw on the Royal Mail website some collectibles with Harry Potter characters. They are however 1st Class only - does that mean that they can't be used for international post? Or I can use them and add another stamp to make the total value of the stamps £1.25?

I will appreciate any help with this. I really put a lot of work into the cards I send and the thought of it not arriving because I've done something wrong scares me too much haha!
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[*] posted on 6-3-2019 at 09:59 AM


Hi zorrie and welcome :D

In answer to your question you can combine stamps to make up the value, currently £1.25. At the moment that means you can use a 1st class and 2nd class stamp combined for sending your postcards. However the stamp prices are due to go up the end of March / beginning of April. You can combine any stamps though as long as they come to the total value. I hope that helps :)
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[*] posted on 6-3-2019 at 11:07 AM


Thank you, that's very helpful! I think I got the hang of it now, and I'll make sure to look out for any price increases in the future :)

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Hi zorrie and welcome :D

In answer to your question you can combine stamps to make up the value, currently £1.25. At the moment that means you can use a 1st class and 2nd class stamp combined for sending your postcards. However the stamp prices are due to go up the end of March / beginning of April. You can combine any stamps though as long as they come to the total value. I hope that helps :)
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[*] posted on 6-3-2019 at 08:26 PM


A rise again? How can they justify it. Think it means cutting down on the number of cards I send each month 😢

In regards to the combinations I was told but the post office that you can’t use 1st and 2nd class stamps together.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2019 at 07:54 AM


You can, but some people in the post office like to be difficult. I can confirm that my post office clerks accept combinations of any stamps. If they are giving you issues maybe just use the postbox :)
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[*] posted on 7-3-2019 at 11:27 AM


Ok thank you. I do normally buy a number of first and second class stamps and then mail directly so don’t get the hassle

I think I have found the new costs
1st class - 70p
2nd class - 61p which is 1.31 meaning that it will be 4pm short of the cost. No longer using a first and second to post cards 😢
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[*] posted on 7-3-2019 at 12:06 PM


My post office don't sell nice 2nd class stamps so I'll be using different combinations anyway.
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[*] posted on 7-3-2019 at 01:13 PM


@ zorrie:

There are also, on occasion, international standard (i.e. postcard value) stamps as part of special issues, e.g. at Christmas. And don't overlook the country definitives which are "prettier" than the Queen's head type:

https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/definitives/definiti...
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[*] posted on 8-3-2019 at 03:24 PM


@bluegreenfigs, these are so beautiful! Are they available in Royal Mail offices or just online?
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[*] posted on 11-3-2019 at 07:08 PM


@zorrie:

I have bought them in some Post Offices, but some places won't have them. If your local doesn't stock them, easier to get them online. :cool:
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[*] posted on 12-3-2019 at 01:26 AM


Also @Zorrie

If you can afford to purchase stamp in bulk it's easy to order from a website called Philatelink which sells a wide array of stamps like commemorative issues, not just the usual queens head definatives.
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[*] posted on 12-3-2019 at 10:05 AM


@bluegreenfigs
Noted! I'll look out for them or alternatively just order online.

@freez
Thanks for the tip - just did that and I am very happy with what I got (especially the mixed bag)! Do you think it's going to be an issue if I put more stamps than needed (e.g. 1 international stamp + a 5p one that looks more interesting)?
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 11:07 PM


@zorrie
No, it won't matter if you overpay, it'll be delivered just the same. I've done it many times, if I like the stamps or I can't get to the post office to buy the proper ones :)
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[*] posted on 24-3-2019 at 12:20 AM
Proof of postage


Hey,

If a postcard to Europe has been travelling for over 20-25 days, royal mail class it as lost. You can claim 6 first class stamps as compensation for this, but only if you have proof of postage. Do you guys get proof of postage for your cards? Its awkward for me as they have to type it into the system and they don't get any money out of it. You can get bulk ceetificates which are easier.

Let me know your thoughts on proof of postage.

Cheers,

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[*] posted on 24-3-2019 at 10:44 PM


Hi Oscar

No, I've never thought of getting a proof of postage for postcards. I get them for letters and parcels, but I just sort of trust postcards to fate! Particularly as it's much quicker to pop them in whatever is the nearest postbox.
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