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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 04:32 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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Calendar of UK special stamps

Hi, can anyone point me to a list of all the special stamps planned for 2020? The Royal Mail website only goes up to 2019! I’m sure they must know when the next commemorative stamps will be! Fred
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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 04:50 PM


If you contact Royal Mail, and ask them, they can post to you, as I get two sent to me, I usually send them a self addressed envelope and get them, but the new one for 2020 is out this Wednesday. so try your local Post Office. All the best. Ed.
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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 04:55 PM


Thanks Ed, maybe they’ll update the website on Wednesday too? Here’s hoping! Do you know what to expect in January?
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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 05:10 PM


Video Games see:-

https://shop.royalmail.com/special-stamp-issues/video-games

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[*] posted on 6-1-2020 at 05:15 PM


WHY COUKdnt I find that page? ;). Thanks Ed
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[*] posted on 31-1-2020 at 12:08 AM


Hi everyone :)

I have seen a great website here with stamps https://www.philatelink.co.uk/

Just to clarify, does it mean I can buy, for example, these stamps - https://www.philatelink.co.uk/1st-class-70p-self-adhesive-post--go-s... and use those to post a postcard as usual? Like 1st + 2nd + 5p, am I correct?

Thank you!
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[*] posted on 31-1-2020 at 12:27 AM


Quote: Originally posted by karuusik  
Hi everyone :)

I have seen a great website here with stamps https://www.philatelink.co.uk/

Just to clarify, does it mean I can buy, for example, these stamps - https://www.philatelink.co.uk/1st-class-70p-self-adhesive-post--go-s... and use those to post a postcard as usual? Like 1st + 2nd + 5p, am I correct?

Thank you!


Yes, I and several of my friends have bought stamps from philatelink and he's selling exactly what he says (and what you said).

P.S. Two first class stamps also work on an international postcard (at the moment) and take up less space.
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[*] posted on 31-1-2020 at 12:59 AM


Quote: Originally posted by englyn  
Quote: Originally posted by karuusik  
Hi everyone :)

I have seen a great website here with stamps https://www.philatelink.co.uk/

Just to clarify, does it mean I can buy, for example, these stamps - https://www.philatelink.co.uk/1st-class-70p-self-adhesive-post--go-s... and use those to post a postcard as usual? Like 1st + 2nd + 5p, am I correct?

Thank you!


Yes, I and several of my friends have bought stamps from philatelink and he's selling exactly what he says (and what you said).

P.S. Two first class stamps also work on an international postcard (at the moment) and take up less space.


Thats great, thanks a lot! :bouncing:
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[*] posted on 15-2-2020 at 12:10 PM


Two first class stamps total £1.40 so you are overpaying by 5p if you put two on an airmail postcard or letter.
Don't forget that a first or second class stamp will retain its status even if postage rates go up so that, after end March (or whenever RM do their annual price rise) it will actually increase in monetary value!
One way to legitimately keep costs down is to send cards International Economy (what used to be called "Surface Mail") but only outside Europe. I do this frequently and have not found delivery times to be much longer (if at all) from International Standard ("Airmail")
At the moment, International Economy costs £1.20 for up to 20g, as opposed to International Standard at £1.35 for up to 10g.
Also, I am a big Philatelink fan!
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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 03:20 PM
UK Price Rise


From March 23rd the price to send a card world wide goes up by 7p. From £1.35 to £1.42 :(
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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 03:53 PM


The Royal Mail have just announced price increases from 23 March 2020. The new prices will be:

1st class: 76p
2nd class: 65p
international up to 10g: £1.42
international economy up to 10g: £1.26
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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 07:09 PM


I have just come here having panic purchased many stamps.

I just wish they had made the second class stamp 66p so that we could have a nice pair of stamps to make up the 142p...
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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 10:46 PM


Quote: Originally posted by elanlei  
I just wish they had made the second class stamp 66p so that we could have a nice pair of stamps to make up the 142p...


We still can... just add a 1p to the first class stamp that goes up to 76p, plus the second class now at 65p. The extra Queen's head will underline the Englishness of the stamp combo. ;)
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[*] posted on 22-2-2020 at 03:57 AM


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[*] posted on 22-2-2020 at 12:25 PM


Quote: Originally posted by foxfires  

One way to legitimately keep costs down is to send cards International Economy (what used to be called "Surface Mail") but only outside Europe. I do this frequently and have not found delivery times to be much longer (if at all) from International Standard ("Airmail")
At the moment, International Economy costs £1.20 for up to 20g, as opposed to International Standard at £1.35 for up to 10g.


I'm not longer in the UK but I've always wondered: if you send International Economy, how does the postal service now that that's what you're doing, and you've not just underpaid? Do you write "International Economy" on it rather than "Air Mail"? I understand most sorting is done by machines so how would the machine know?
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[*] posted on 22-2-2020 at 01:44 PM


Quote: Originally posted by elikoa  
Quote: Originally posted by foxfires  

One way to legitimately keep costs down is to send cards International Economy (what used to be called "Surface Mail") but only outside Europe. I do this frequently and have not found delivery times to be much longer (if at all) from International Standard ("Airmail")
At the moment, International Economy costs £1.20 for up to 20g, as opposed to International Standard at £1.35 for up to 10g.


I'm not longer in the UK but I've always wondered: if you send International Economy, how does the postal service now that that's what you're doing, and you've not just underpaid? Do you write "International Economy" on it rather than "Air Mail"? I understand most sorting is done by machines so how would the machine know?


I've never written 'International Economy' on my cards (I don't always write "Air Mail" either, or use an air mail label) and haven't had any problems. The cards seem to arrive in the same time as cards sent air mail. I didn't realise the sorting machines checked the postage, though! I wonder how they do that when there are so many different stamps out there, and an endless amount of different combinations. :duh:
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[*] posted on 22-2-2020 at 03:26 PM


how do you know about the price up for the £1.35 stamp.
i was going to put this:thumbdown:.
the first is up by 6p and second up by 3p.
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[*] posted on 22-2-2020 at 11:25 PM


prices went up over here too. i hope my postcards made it out in time. im currently waiting for my new stamps.
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[*] posted on 24-2-2020 at 11:27 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Princess-Jo  
how do you know about the price up for the £1.35 stamp.
i was going to put this:thumbdown:.
the first is up by 6p and second up by 3p.


https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2020-02/royal-ma...
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[*] posted on 27-2-2020 at 10:15 AM


Quote: Originally posted by elikoa  
Quote: Originally posted by foxfires  

One way to legitimately keep costs down is to send cards International Economy (what used to be called "Surface Mail") but only outside Europe. I do this frequently and have not found delivery times to be much longer (if at all) from International Standard ("Airmail")
At the moment, International Economy costs £1.20 for up to 20g, as opposed to International Standard at £1.35 for up to 10g.


I'm not longer in the UK but I've always wondered: if you send International Economy, how does the postal service now that that's what you're doing, and you've not just underpaid? Do you write "International Economy" on it rather than "Air Mail"? I understand most sorting is done by machines so how would the machine know?


According to Royal Mail, economy mail should not be marked, only air mail items should be marked with the air mail sticker or with AIR MAIL written on it.

In other countries the postal authority asks for an economy marking, for instance a B or an economy sticker.
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[*] posted on 8-3-2020 at 06:58 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ichabodhides  
Quote: Originally posted by Princess-Jo  
how do you know about the price up for the £1.35 stamp.
i was going to put this:thumbdown:.
the first is up by 6p and second up by 3p.


[url]https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2020-02/royal-mail-our-prices-valid-from-23-march-2020.pdf
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Thank you for this very useful information. I've just bulk ordered £1.35 stamps for all non-UK postcards. Will I have to stick a 7p stamp on each one, when the rate-change-date arrives?
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[*] posted on 9-3-2020 at 12:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Handshake  
Quote: Originally posted by ichabodhides  
Quote: Originally posted by Princess-Jo  
how do you know about the price up for the £1.35 stamp.
i was going to put this:thumbdown:.
the first is up by 6p and second up by 3p.


[url]https://www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2020-02/royal-mail-our-prices-valid-from-23-march-2020.pdf
[/url]

Thank you for this very useful information. I've just bulk ordered £1.35 stamps for all non-UK postcards. Will I have to stick a 7p stamp on each one, when the rate-change-date arrives?


You will for cards sent to Europe. For outside Europe they'll be enough as you can use International Economy.
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[*] posted on 30-3-2020 at 07:59 PM


Am I correct in thinking two first class stamps will cover postage anywhere? And I can just write AIR MAIL on it?

(I've trawled the forums but can't find an answer rip)
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[*] posted on 1-4-2020 at 10:13 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Vee_Bookish  
Am I correct in thinking two first class stamps will cover postage anywhere? And I can just write AIR MAIL on it?

(I've trawled the forums but can't find an answer rip)


Yes, 2 x 76p = £1.52 and the price for international standard (air mail) is £1.42, so you pay 10p too much.

1st and 2nd class stamp is 1p shy of the price.
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[*] posted on 26-4-2020 at 08:45 AM


Quote: Originally posted by karuusik  
Hi everyone :)

I have seen a great website here with stamps https://www.philatelink.co.uk/

Just to clarify, does it mean I can buy, for example, these stamps - https://www.philatelink.co.uk/1st-class-70p-self-adhesive-post--go-s... and use those to post a postcard as usual? Like 1st + 2nd + 5p, am I correct?

Thank you!


Thank you - thats really useful as I have belatedly realised that the rates went up so I have sent a card to Russia and a card to Canada with the wrong postage on :mad:. I wonder what will happen to them?
I was given a sheet of stamps as a gift so I now have lots that are still £1.35. I've just ordered myself some small denomination stamps from Philatelink. I think when I started postcrossing the rate was about 85p for a postcard, they seem to increase so quickly!
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