Saturday, 4 August 2012

How Much Does It Cost To Post A Letter?

Since 30 April 2012

First Class                            60p

Second Class                       50p

First Class Large Letter         90p

Second Class Large Letter     69p

That's the same whether you use  traditional adhesive stamps, online postage or SmartStamp®

Unless you have a franking machine, in which case the prices are:

First Class 44p

Second Class 31p

First Class Large Letter 66p

Second Class Large Letter 53p

That's a saving of  16p, 19p, 24p and 16p respectively or savings of between 23 -38%.

Now franking machines cost between £1,250 at entry level -£20,000 to buy or £150 to rent a year and there's the cost of consumables, but the same baseline costs apply if one prints a label on one's printer at home. And if you post out masses of post the average cost of using a franking machine falls to a couple of pence per letter.

 It seems that Royal Mail reckons that a square inch of sticky paper costs between 16 - 24p (that's Speaker's wallpaper pricing) if it's selling to Mugs R Us. It can apparently make a profit delivering a second class letter from a large volume mailer anywhere in the country for 31p, provided you and I subsidize them by 19p for every letter, every Chrismas and birthday card we send.

Royal Mail is having a laugh at our expense. Why don't they offer the same discounts to online postage users and reduce the price of stamps? Answer: British people are there to be overcharged for the benefit of business. What's the chance that when the Royal Mail is part-privatised to satisfy EU dogma, its new foreign owners will increase the discounts to business at our expense to "remain competitive"?

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