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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 02:53 PM


Anyone else been experiencing slow delivery times the last couple of weeks? My postcards are taking longer than usual to get there - particularly to Europe. I looked on the Royal Mail website and found this 'international incident bulletin':

"European Services
Start date: 4 March 2019
Expected end date: Ongoing
Incident Extra security checks and customs strike
Implication: Possible disruption to mail services
Extra security checks along with a Customs strike at Calais and Dunkirk since Monday 4 March has significantly extended waiting times at the Tunnel and Port to UK by up to 6 hours.
Update: 6 March 2019
The delays continue with mail services likely to be delayed for an extra day.
Countries affected are: France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Poland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden."


Maybe this explains it, but it seems odd to me as I assumed 'airmail' meant the post would be going in an aeroplane to Europe, not by ferry or tunnel.
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 03:26 PM


I think it's because the French are doing a strike at the borders with the UK because of the Brexit... :(
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 03:27 PM


Thanks Thubcabe. Yes, I'm aware of the strike - I just foolishly thought airmail meant 'by air'.
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 05:25 PM


By airmail, they surely mean "fast" which isn't the case nowadays. :P
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 06:11 PM


I'm sure you're right - I'm clearly being too literal :D
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[*] posted on 13-3-2019 at 06:43 PM


I doubt that anyone would strike over brexit ....
But with the single market it is very easy to ship mail for Europe by road. Every day I see huge lorries from mail companies on the motorway. So if there's a go slow in Calais that would certainly impact delivery times across the continent.
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[*] posted on 15-3-2019 at 05:25 PM


Hey everyone, just a quick question to check I've got this right.

At the moment it costs £1.25 to send a card outside the UK, this postage can be achieved by using a 1st class stamp (67p) and a 2nd class stamp (58p).

As of 25th March 2019, postage costs increase, but not in line with one another, so a card will cost £1.35 to send outside the UK, a 1st class stamp will be 70p and a 2nd class stamp will be 61p. No longer will one of each be sufficient, and we will need to find an additional 4p.

Have I got that right?
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[*] posted on 15-3-2019 at 08:04 PM


Quote: Originally posted by rachaeld  
Hey everyone, just a quick question to check I've got this right.

At the moment it costs £1.25 to send a card outside the UK, this postage can be achieved by using a 1st class stamp (67p) and a 2nd class stamp (58p).

As of 25th March 2019, postage costs increase, but not in line with one another, so a card will cost £1.35 to send outside the UK, a 1st class stamp will be 70p and a 2nd class stamp will be 61p. No longer will one of each be sufficient, and we will need to find an additional 4p.

Have I got that right?


Spot on ... so 2 x 2p stamps is the easiest solution to make up the shortfall, takes up extra space on the card of course.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 09:52 AM


Hello!

I hope someone here can help me.

I have just bought some “Worldwide Postcard” stamps from Philatelink, and I wondered if anyone can confirm these are still valid for posting? The website says they are worth £1.25 so I assume the value will go up when the next price rise happens?

I bought a bulk load of first and second class stamps a while ago but had to take a break from Postcrossing. Now I’ve come back just in time for the price rise!!! I have bought some 4p stamps to make up the difference but worried there’s not always space for 3 stamps on a card :(

Thanks!
Lucy
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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 10:38 AM


Quote: Originally posted by lucyroseclarke  
Hello!

I hope someone here can help me.

I have just bought some “Worldwide Postcard” stamps from Philatelink, and I wondered if anyone can confirm these are still valid for posting? The website says they are worth £1.25 so I assume the value will go up when the next price rise happens?

I bought a bulk load of first and second class stamps a while ago but had to take a break from Postcrossing. Now I’ve come back just in time for the price rise!!! I have bought some 4p stamps to make up the difference but worried there’s not always space for 3 stamps on a card :(

Thanks!
Lucy


What are “Worldwide Postcard” stamps? Are they Royal Mail with £1.25 value on them? Confirm postcards will be £1.35 from 25 March.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 10:51 AM


Quote: Originally posted by klaus3428  
Quote: Originally posted by lucyroseclarke  
Hello!

I hope someone here can help me.

I have just bought some “Worldwide Postcard” stamps from Philatelink, and I wondered if anyone can confirm these are still valid for posting? The website says they are worth £1.25 so I assume the value will go up when the next price rise happens?

I bought a bulk load of first and second class stamps a while ago but had to take a break from Postcrossing. Now I’ve come back just in time for the price rise!!! I have bought some 4p stamps to make up the difference but worried there’s not always space for 3 stamps on a card :(

Thanks!
Lucy


What are “Worldwide Postcard” stamps? Are they Royal Mail with £1.25 value on them? Confirm postcards will be £1.35 from 25 March.


Apparently they are sometimes for sale at tourist locations throughout the UK that sell postcards:

https://www.philatelink.co.uk/worldwide-postcard-up-to-10-grams-sa-s...
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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 11:31 AM


Interesting they show the Queen's head -but it's not a Royal Mail stamp and they don't have it on their web site.
Found this thread from a few years ago:
https://www.royalmailchat.co.uk/community/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=43...
I wouldn't use it - perhaps you can still return them for a refund? Philatelink should not sell those without explaining they are not Royal Mail official.
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[*] posted on 23-3-2019 at 12:27 PM


Thanks for this Klaus!

I also saw that article before placing the order, but I thought they were saying you can’t use these stamps to post a card from the UK, to the UK.

I have now contacted Philatelink with some questions and hopefully they can clarify. I’ll get back to you with the reply!

Thanks again :thumbup:
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[*] posted on 24-3-2019 at 10:25 PM


Quote: Originally posted by lucyroseclarke  
Hello!

I hope someone here can help me.

I have just bought some “Worldwide Postcard” stamps from Philatelink, and I wondered if anyone can confirm these are still valid for posting? The website says they are worth £1.25 so I assume the value will go up when the next price rise happens?

I bought a bulk load of first and second class stamps a while ago but had to take a break from Postcrossing. Now I’ve come back just in time for the price rise!!! I have bought some 4p stamps to make up the difference but worried there’s not always space for 3 stamps on a card :(

Thanks!
Lucy

These are overseas Machin, first issued in 2003. https://adminware.ca/machin/m_var.htm

I also have some Europe (E) stamps, bought from Philatelink and I used them to send postcards to outside Europe without problem. Europe 20g costs the same as Worldwide 10g, that is, £1.25 (£1.35 from tomorrow).



Whether or not the mail is going overseas should be irrelevant. The stamp itself is worth £1.25. I frequently use these large value stamps to send local parcels.
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[*] posted on 25-3-2019 at 10:52 PM


Hi again everyone!

Dave from Philatelink has kindly informed me that the stamps are still 100% valid and the value rises with inflation.

I have just received the stamps and they are on a proper Royal Mail backing. *phew*!

Interesting to hear your experience cyberpunk! I almost chose the ‘E’ stamps when purchasing but wondered if they would somehow be affected by Brexit...

Thanks again all
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[*] posted on 26-3-2019 at 09:47 AM


Glad to hear it's sorted - sorry I got the wrong end of the stick.

"E" refers to the European continent as a whole - we don't have special postage rates for the EU area, so no impact.
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[*] posted on 30-4-2019 at 11:43 AM


How much is a stamp from the UK to Germany for a regular postcard?
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[*] posted on 30-4-2019 at 10:14 PM


Quote: Originally posted by MrsRiverSong  
How much is a stamp from the UK to Germany for a regular postcard?


£1.35
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[*] posted on 1-5-2019 at 07:52 AM


Oh, brilliant. Thank you :)
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[*] posted on 10-5-2019 at 10:01 AM
Newbie Query - posting internationally


Hi all,

I've just joined postcrossing and just want to check something. I have sent 4 postcards and simply attached two 1st class stamps to them - do you think they will get where they need to go?

I checked with Royal Mail and they said this would be fine as long as the stamps attached match the appropriate price (£1.35 to send international). But, I have not had any responses that the cards have arrived yet. They were sent approximately 10 days ago - if sending to a country such as Germany, I thought they would arrived pretty quickly?

Just looking for some reassurance from other UK postcrossers! Is that what everyone else does?

Thanks one and all :)

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[*] posted on 10-5-2019 at 01:28 PM


Two 1st class stamps should work from the UK. I've sent many cards from the UK with 1st, 2nd and value stamps (and combinations thereof) and they all arrived
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[*] posted on 10-5-2019 at 01:56 PM


Hi Christine,

Welcome to postcrossing! As michiel says, two first class stamps should be fine. I personally only put on the right postage (but that's more because I don't want to pay Royal Mail any more than I have to!) :D

Probably your cards are just taking a little longer to get there or the recipient hasn't got around to registering yet. It's hard to be patient in the beginning!

Hope your cards arrive soon!
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[*] posted on 10-5-2019 at 02:11 PM


Thank you! I will be patient :) I was just worried I had done it wrong and they will never arrive (although I suppose that is always a possibility...!)
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[*] posted on 17-5-2019 at 12:15 PM
Picture stamps


Hi, just joined Postcrossing and am impressed by the wonderful stamps received. Uk stamps however are an embarrassment ... it costs £1.35 to send postcards internationally, but there are no £1.35 picture stamps. There is however a £1.55 stamp which is sometimes a picture stamp! I believe if I use a first class and a second class stamps together, that would be ok... any other suggestions? Fred
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[*] posted on 17-5-2019 at 08:34 PM


Two Queen Victoria stamps with a 1.35 pound denomination will be issued on 24 May. Similarly denominated D-Day anniversary stamps will be issued on 6 June.
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