Don’t forget that the cost of stamps will be increasing on the 30th April so if you want to stock up, you’ve only got a few weeks left. Depending on how many you want to buy before the price increase, you may have to shop around as the Royal Mail are limiting the number that retailers can buy to prevent them from selling them on after the prices have increased and making extra profit.
According to the BBC’s website, this year’s price increase of 30% price rise to the cost of a first-class stamps and 39% rise for second-class, marks the biggest annual increase in percentage terms since 1975.
10 years ago, a first-class stamp cost just 27p and a second-class stamp cost only 19p.
Although, I can see how the price increases could have potentially serious repercussions for small businesses who use mail as their primary method of communicating with their customers, I can understand the need for the large price increases.
I was talking about this with Miss Frugal the other day as she asked me how the letter gets from the postbox to it’s destination and I tried to explain it’s journey (as I see it anyway):
- The letter is posted.
- The letter is then collected by a postman who takes it to the local sorting office, who sort it into areas.
- It’s then transported to the relevant area and transferred to another sorting office.
- The letter is sorted again into more specific delivery areas.
- The letter is sorted into some sort of delivery order.
- The letter is passed to the postman who will deliver it to you, usually just 1 day later if it’s first class, whatever the weather.
Added: Don’t forget to allow for the increase to postage in any listings you have on sites like eBay that are due to end after or just before 30th April.