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    Angry For those in the UK

    Royal Mail have announced the price rise starting 31st March. International mail is hit hard...

    http://www.royalmail.com/prices-2014

    Almost 50% increase for outside of Europe.... 88p to 1.28
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
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    Ouch Morgaine. That is going to hurt.

    Many thanks for the tip. I'll buy few stamp books meanwhile.

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    Ouch

    first class signed for, for small packets is going up from 2 to 4.30, what ever happened to the rate of inflation

    This is going to hit many eBay and Internet traders

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    That appears to be the abolition of the under 10gm first weight step with the second under 20gm step remaining at the same price.

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    Default Re: For those in the UK

    I don't know much about postal prices in other countries but from what I read in forums, I can tell India Post have the lowest price.
    Unregistered Air Mail up to 20 grams costs about US$ 0.4.
    And Registered Ail Mail (signature required) up to 20 grams costs about US$ 1.2.

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    Time to stock up on those stamp booklets!

    They seem to be stuck in a vicious downward spiral of increasing prices leading to customers moving to other suppliers/services leading to drop in income and so it continues.

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    For whatever good it will do I have now complained to my MP. He happens also to be a Government minister, but I am not holding my breath.
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    The really odd thing is that you'd think hugely increased internet sales and thus parcels business would actually lead to increased economies of scale and thus downward pressure on prices. And didn't everyone tell us increased competition would lead to lower prices? Hey guys, this capitalism-privatisation-flotation thing isn't working!

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    Apparently, there is slightly better news.... I think the 10g worldwide rate will not disappear, and will be 97p.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by checkrail View Post
    For whatever good it will do I have now complained to my MP. He happens also to be a Government minister, but I am not holding my breath.
    Kindest regards
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    Did you have any response?
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Apparently, there is slightly better news.... I think the 10g worldwide rate will not disappear, and will be 97p.
    Do you weigh your letters? I normally just stick 1.28 on no matter what. Or a bit more actually, because I put two 1st class and a 5p on so I can use more interesting stamps! I'll have to start weighing them, and using tomoe river paper all the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Holsworth View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Apparently, there is slightly better news.... I think the 10g worldwide rate will not disappear, and will be 97p.
    Do you weigh your letters? I normally just stick 1.28 on no matter what. Or a bit more actually, because I put two 1st class and a 5p on so I can use more interesting stamps! I'll have to start weighing them, and using tomoe river paper all the time!
    I weigh them, especially if the letter is for outside Europe. Most of the time, my letters are over 10g, unless I use airmail papers. I have a digital scale that I ban from use in the kitchen. I have a good selection of stamps to use for postage.... maybe a bit low on 2p stamps...
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
    Best wishes,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by checkrail View Post
    For whatever good iwill do I have now complained to my MP. He happens also to be a Government minister, but I am not holding my breath.
    Kindest regards
    Timothy
    Did you have any response?
    Yes, but not a helpful one and it completely ignored the specific point. Basically we can all trust RM to know what it is doing.
    Kindest regards
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    Default Re: For those in the UK

    FWIW, I live on the east coast of the US. Letters mailed from the UK "economy" for 81p with up to 20g get to me just as fast as first class/airmail 97p with only 10g weight allowance. I guess there is a possibility that one would get stuck on a slow boat, but it hasn't happened so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcharlie View Post
    FWIW, I live on the east coast of the US. Letters mailed from the UK "economy" for 81p with up to 20g get to me just as fast as first class/airmail 97p with only 10g weight allowance. I guess there is a possibility that one would get stuck on a slow boat, but it hasn't happened so far.
    It is an interesting one. I have read somewhere, a philatelic site I think, that letters sent economy (surface), which is fundamentally a heavy parcel service nowadays, are routinely put in with airmail. I suppose that is probably cheaper from a handling point of view.
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    Default Re: For those in the UK

    I have never tried the 81p rate, but maybe I should. Early Christmas cards perhaps?

    Not that I have that many correspondents that I should worry

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    I use the 81p rate frequently, it does work very well.

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    Default Re: For those in the UK

    I will try it out.

    I now tend to just write a couple of sheets of TR and put them in an air mail envelope then stick on a 97p stamp. One once weighed 10g at the Post Office even though it flicked from 10g to 11g on my digital scale at home.

    Actually, I really ought to find some more Brits to write to as I have bought some Rhodia paper and nice envelopes that are too heavy for the 20g rate

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    Surface mail in the other direction I recently discovered not necessarily to be as promising, when a letter took exactly two months to reach me.
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    From where? We don't even have an option between air and surface (for international letters) coming from the U.S.A.

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