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[*] posted on 14-4-2012 at 03:57 PM
[UK] Royal Mail related questions, comments, and useful links


Please use this thread to ask questions or make comments regarding Royal mail - their services, postal regulations, postage, delivery speed, mail tracking, postmarks, etc.
There is also a thread about UK stamps and postage British Isles community.


Useful websites posted here in the past
* Royal Mail Postage finder
* Royal Mail World Zones (map and list of the countries in International zones)
* Royal Mail shop or post offices (ask for commemorative, not the "boring definitive" stamps)
* Philatelink (online stamp store)
* Norvic Philatelics (Stamp issue information)
* The Royal Mail guide to postmarking services (PDF file)

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Does royal mail have commemorative postmarks.
Do they have a website that lists them?
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[*] posted on 16-1-2018 at 10:11 AM


I was told by someone at the post office when I was mailing postcards there that airmail stickers are no longer needed. And now when I buy international stamps, they don't automatically give me stickers if I don't ask for it. But I like to put some :) (Unless of course I use economical rate)
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[*] posted on 17-1-2018 at 02:13 PM


You can always just write AIRMAIL on the postcard if you want.
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[*] posted on 24-1-2018 at 05:10 PM
Royal Mail getting rid of 50p stamps


OK - so I've been trying to use the nice fancy stamps, which only seem to come as 1st class (very rarely is there a £1.17 one) with a 50p and a 2p to make it up to the £1.17. Went into the post office to pick up my Game of Throne stamps (very nice - although I'm a big fan so possibly biased) to find out that Royal Mail are getting rid of the 50p stamps, so to use the nice stamps (which a lot of people ask for, and I like to use) I now need 5 stamps (a first class, 2x20p, 1x10p and a 2p).
Is it just me that thinks this is riduculous?

Are there enough Postcrossers in the UK that if we all sent them a postcard or email protesting, they might get their act together on this one?

Rant over...
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[*] posted on 24-1-2018 at 11:04 PM


You may like to buy unused discounted Royal Mail stamps from sellers such as http://www.philatelink.co.uk/ (similar sellers on EBay, but many of us use Philatelink) Free postage over £25, mix and match eg at the moment I use a 97p and a 20p stamp from them to make up the £1.17. You can buy other permutations, including 50p of course.
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[*] posted on 25-1-2018 at 09:17 PM


Royal Mail probably wouldn't take any notice. I had contacted them to issue one to make first up to international. There isn't even a first up to first class large...
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[*] posted on 26-1-2018 at 11:10 AM


The 50 pence stamp is still available in RM's online shop. Also the Christmas pictorial stamp for £1.17. It will become increasingly difficult to make up values on postcards due to the limited space.
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[*] posted on 26-1-2018 at 11:13 AM


I suspect it doesn't make much of a difference these day, I use economy (£1.02) wherever possible but this doesn't take much more time than air mail.
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[*] posted on 26-1-2018 at 12:37 PM


I was told this week in no uncertain terms that I had to use an airmail sticker because, and I quote "they don't sort mail by hand any more and the machine looks out for the blue sticker" she also told me if I didn't line my stamps up at the top the machine wouldn't read all the stamps on the envelope. She said for both of those things my mail would likely be put to one side and go missing.
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[*] posted on 27-1-2018 at 05:42 PM


https://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/Royal-Mail-Internation...

The RM poster clearly states in the top right hand corner that you can write "By Air Mail - Par Avion" on the card/letter. you do not need a sticker.
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[*] posted on 27-1-2018 at 06:00 PM


Oh I'm not discounting that, just having a mini rant about my less than helpful Post Office clerk. Problem being the Post Office is a separate entity to the Royal Mail I think? I get told all sorts of nonsense like I am not allowed to buy stamps I have to use a label because the Royal Mail give them more money for the labels. So I buy elsewhere but I still have to deal with some less than helpful people. Ranting again, sorry!
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[*] posted on 31-1-2018 at 10:23 PM


I always buy my stamps from philatelink. Most of the time I either use a 1st class and two 26p stamps or three 39p stamps.
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[*] posted on 16-2-2018 at 04:47 PM


Here we go again for the annual postage increase!

United Kingdom effective from 26 March 2018:

Letters & Postcards up to 10g
Europe rising to £1.25 (from £1.17)
World Zones 1 & 2 rising to £1.25 (£1.17).
International Economy: to be confirmed

From a Royal Mail communication to business customer, dated February 2018. Rise for international is due to increases in overseas delivery costs.
Logical, looking at the announcements already for this year!
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[*] posted on 16-2-2018 at 07:26 PM


Thanks for posting.
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[*] posted on 16-2-2018 at 10:27 PM


Also 1st class rising to 67p (£1.01 for large letter) and 2nd class to 58p (79p for large letter). So you can use one 1st and one 2nd stamp to make up the postcard rate: 67p + 58p = £1.25

And International Economy (up to 20g, outside Europe only) will be £1.10

All prices here.
(Click "Prices and service guide for personal customers and Marketplace sellers from 26 March 2018" then "Our prices 2018")
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[*] posted on 16-2-2018 at 10:33 PM


Well it sucks that prices are going up but it's nice that we can use a 2nd and 1st class stamp together.

Thanks for the link.
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[*] posted on 19-2-2018 at 09:47 AM


That's a huge increase, as always :( Do you remember, only 6 years ago, when international stamps cost only 68p? I was not part of postcrossing but it's when I arrived in this country so I sent few postcards and letters home. (and 2 months after I arrived, international postage increase to 87p )
But at least, it will be easier now to put nice stamps if we can have only 1 st class + 1 nd class on the postcard.
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[*] posted on 21-2-2018 at 08:45 PM


Sigh! I was thinking that might happen and thought they'd round it up to £1.20... it is another really big increase :(
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[*] posted on 25-3-2018 at 08:54 PM


I totally forgot and now have a batch ready to go with the wrong postage.
Having double checked that International Economy can't be used for letters in Europe :flaming:
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[*] posted on 27-3-2018 at 12:05 AM



I'd just dropped my postcard (in an envelope) in the postbox when I realised I hadn't put the stamps on! So stupid :(

I'd put a 2p & a 1p stamp on just because the recipient said she likes stamps, but I meant to also put a 1st & a 2nd but I had a brain fart.

Obviously it's not going to get to Finland for 3p! I put a return address, will it be returned to me?
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[*] posted on 3-4-2018 at 02:19 PM


Hi Jenni,
Yes, it should be returned to you. Once I sent an underpaid envelop by mistake and it was returned to me. But if you haven't received it back in the next few days, maybe you should send a message to the recipient saying that she might recevied an underpaid letter and that you are sorry for inconvenience caused (Let's hope she won't get taxed! But she shouln't if you put your return address).
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[*] posted on 7-4-2018 at 02:48 AM


Hi,
Three or four times (by mistake), I sent an envelope with more than 20 g and I paid for 20 g. The envelopes still arrived.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2018 at 10:24 AM


I usually buy my stamps from Philatelink, but they seem to have sold out at the moment! I wonder if it's Postcrossers buying them all!

Are there any similar places I can try? Otherwise I'll just have to use my local Post Office which will mean paying full price for very boring stamps - they never seem to have special ones.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2018 at 11:14 AM


Quote: Originally posted by kentish belle  
I usually buy my stamps from Philatelink, but they seem to have sold out at the moment! I wonder if it's Postcrossers buying them all!

Are there any similar places I can try? Otherwise I'll just have to use my local Post Office which will mean paying full price for very boring stamps - they never seem to have special ones.


If they're out of 1st/2nd, you could always get different values to make up the postage, e.g. £1 and 25p which are both in stock now. That's what I usually do.

Otherwise I've seen stamps on eBay and Amazon but they're way more expensive than Philatelink usually so I haven't bought from them.
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[*] posted on 10-4-2018 at 01:45 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Rho  
Quote: Originally posted by kentish belle  
I usually buy my stamps from Philatelink, but they seem to have sold out at the moment! I wonder if it's Postcrossers buying them all!

Are there any similar places I can try? Otherwise I'll just have to use my local Post Office which will mean paying full price for very boring stamps - they never seem to have special ones.


If they're out of 1st/2nd, you could always get different values to make up the postage, e.g. £1 and 25p which are both in stock now. That's what I usually do.

Otherwise I've seen stamps on eBay and Amazon but they're way more expensive than Philatelink usually so I haven't bought from them.


Thanks - I'll check out the different values on Philatalink. I had a quick google, but couldn't find anywhere doing special issue stamps.
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