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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharlie View Post
    From where? We don't even have an option between air and surface (for international letters) coming from the U.S.A.
    I know the American surface international service was ended six or seven years ago, but that is an exception: many, as far as I am aware the vast majority of national postal services still operate surface mail to some degree or another, particularly for long maritime passages. America receives mail that way: you just cannot send it. The letter in question went from Thailand to Britain.
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    Thanks for the clarification. I was only meaning UK International Economy seems to be just as fast when sending to the USA, so when you wrote "in the other direction" I thought you meant from the USA to the UK, hence my query.

    I would not assume that UK economy was just as fast to every place in the world, but it seems to be to the USA so far, and I'd bet it is also fast enough for pen pal correspondence (but perhaps a day or three slower than air) for most of Europe. I'm kind of curious about economy letters destined for NZ or AU, but I'm on the wrong side of the Atlantic to test it.

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    Prices going up end of March. http://www.royalmail.com/sites/defau...March-2015.pdf

    Summary
    2nd 53p goes up a penny to 54p. Large 73p goes up to 74p
    1st 62p goes up a penny to 63p. Large 93p goes up to 95p

    "Airmail"
    Europe 20g 97p up three pennies 1.00
    Worldwide 10g 97p up three pennies 1.00
    Worldwide 20g 1.28 up five pennies to 1.33.

    There's also a large letter for airmail now.

    "Surface" mail 20g 81p goes up to 85p.

    Could have been worse.
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    Interesting, as I only use International Economy to send abroad it's gonna cost me 4p extra per 20g letter, however looking with interest at the PDF price sheet I'm now noticing that the abolition of the 60g figure means that 100g now goes for 1.37 instead of 2.02, is this a printing error?

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    They've been getting rid of weight bands again. However, I did struggle a little to get 40g letters to less than 0.5cm thick!

    I'm going to look at some arithmetic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter View Post
    Interesting, as I only use International Economy to send abroad it's gonna cost me 4p extra per 20g letter, however looking with interest at the PDF price sheet I'm now noticing that the abolition of the 60g figure means that 100g now goes for 1.37 instead of 2.02, is this a printing error?
    They blended some price bands last year so some rates became cheaper. Also, how many less than 0.5cm thick 99g letters (A5 ish) have you seen?
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    (2015-to) End March 2016, now up until almost end of March 2017, but will be:

    2nd Class was 54p now 55p becomes 56p
    2nd Class large was 74p now 75p becomes 76p
    1st Class was 63p now 64p becomes 65p
    1st Class large was 95p now 96p becomes 98p
    Surface mail 20g was 85p now 90p becomes 1.02
    Postcard, World 10g & Europe 20g airmail was 1.00 now 1.05 becomes 1.17
    World 20g airmail is 1.33 becomes 1.40

    http://www.royalmail.com/sites/defau...March-2017.pdf
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    Surface Mail (Int Economy) goes up quite a lot, as does Europe 20g/Int 10g Airmail.

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    I'm glad I never pay full price for my stamps. My up to 20grams WW stamps cost 9 for 10 on ebay, full gum, legal for posting.
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    https://www.royalmail.com/sites/defa...March-2018.pdf

    Price increase. 2p on first class. 1.25 for first rate of international, and 1.45 for 20g worldwide
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    One part way answer is to buy many first class stamps, if they are marked 1st, they are good for first class mail long into the future.

    I have been trying to find out about buying stamps on ebay, I might be way off but I thought that there was some expose on TV about these stamps which were basically used stamps that had not been franked, and were then regummed. The Royal Mail says its fraud and proesuted some of these sellers, some smaller newsagents were fined along with an one office based post room employee who steamed off the unfranked stamps and then resold them with an envelope, which had also been stolen from his employer. That man deserves something - not sure if he is an entrepreneur or a potential inmate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fermata View Post
    One part way answer is to buy many first class stamps, if they are marked 1st, they are good for first class mail long into the future.

    I have been trying to find out about buying stamps on ebay, I might be way off but I thought that there was some expose on TV about these stamps which were basically used stamps that had not been franked, and were then regummed. The Royal Mail says its fraud and proesuted some of these sellers, some smaller newsagents were fined along with an one office based post room employee who steamed off the unfranked stamps and then resold them with an envelope, which had also been stolen from his employer. That man deserves something - not sure if he is an entrepreneur or a potential inmate.
    Some of the stamps for sale on ebay are mint, unused stamps, suitable for posting. Those are the ones that I buy. I recently paid 29 for 35 brand new "E stamps." Under the current circumstances, I'm not sure how long they will be good for. They are currently good for 20grams weight to EU and 10grams everywhere else. Look for mint, unused or full gum.

    You can buy UK 1st or 2nd stamps from Kiloware (charity) that are "unfranked" but the quality is really variable so they might not be a good buy. Royal Mail says that these are illegal for posting as they have already been used for that service.
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    Using unfranked but used stamps is fraud.

    There is at least one respectable stamp dealer selling mint stamps for below face value. I have used one such dealer. http://www.philatelink.co.uk

    1st + 2nd = 1.25 after price rise?
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    That time of year again and price rise has been announced.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47331801

    Royal Mail has apologised after announcing a price rise which breaches a cap designed to make the postal service "affordable" for all consumers.

    From 25 March, the price of a first-class stamp will rise by 3p to 70p and a second-class stamp by 3p to 61p.

    Raising the cost of second-class post breached Ofcom's current price cap of 60p which is in place until 1 April.

    Royal Mail says it will donate the extra revenue, about 60,000, to charity Action for Children.
    https://www.royalmail.com/sites/defa...march-2019.pdf
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    OK, let me see if I can write this without thwacking the machine...

    First Class currently 67p, will rise to 70p. Large currently 1.01 but will rise to 1.06
    Second Class currently 58p, will rise to 61p. Large currently 79p, but will rise to 83p

    International airmail (standard).
    Postcards, 10g worldwide, 20g Europe, is currently 1.25 but will rise to 1.35
    20g worldwide currently 1.45 but will rise to 1.55
    100g Europe is currently 1.55 but will rise to 1.60
    100g worldwide is currently 2.25 but will rise to 2.30

    100g large letters will be: Europe - 2.80, worldwide zone 1 - 3.45, worldwide zone 2 - 3.60

    Surface mail (economy) outside Europe for letters will be 1.20 for up to 20g, and 1.50 for up to 100g

    https://www.royalmail.com/sites/defa...march-2019.pdf
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    Ho hum, stamp stocking up time then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voiren View Post
    Ho hum, stamp stocking up time then.
    I'm glad I have some stamp stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Voiren View Post
    Ho hum, stamp stocking up time then.
    I'm glad I have some stamp stock.
    Me too! I do intend to pick up some Marvel stamps next month. I may also put in an order at Philatelink
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Voiren View Post
    Ho hum, stamp stocking up time then.
    I'm glad I have some stamp stock.
    Me too! I do intend to pick up some Marvel stamps next month. I may also put in an order at Philatelink
    Nowadays, Philatelink never seems to have the Worldwide over 10gram stamps.
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