UK prices

Hello my fellow UK post-crossers. Our prices went up again couple of days ago. And it made me soooo sad! How are you all combating this price hike? Any advice?
I love post crossing and doing swaps but with this price it makes it so hard.


I bulk bought stamps from Philatelink when the increase was announced, works out around £1.40/postcard which will tide me over for a bit :face_holding_back_tears:


Wow!! I never heard of that before thanks for sharing! That is a life saver☺️ i got some as well before the prices went up. But after that i will struggle lol


@hoiyeeanita … Yep!! I use Philatelink all the time. Excellent. Great commemorative stamps and you save a considerable amount. Winner!!! It’s pot luck with which stamps you get but I enjoy the surprise.


It won’t be long before it’s as worthwhile buying a cheap Ryanair ticket to visit Germany for the day and bulk send post from there! :joy:

Our German friends are lucky enough to be able to send 2 postcards or letters internationally and still get change from the same costs here


Hi, I’m very new to this - am I right in saying that international costs are currently 2 x 1st class, so I could put 2 1st stamps on a postcard instead of a £2.20 stamp? And I can buy these from Philatelink at around 82p each instead of £1.10? AND they don’t need a barcode because they are commemorative? I just want to check I’m doing it all right before I take the plunge and buy a load. Thank you!


Welcome to the Forum :slight_smile:
Yes that is correct, you can use 2 1st class stamps, Philatelink is a trusted website that I have heard other forum members using, I personally use trusted sellers on eBay.

If the stamps have pictures on them, then yes they can still be used after the July deadline.


That’s great, thanks for the info Ryan!

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I think there is some debate about this - my post office says overseas mail has to have the monetary price on the stamp (in other words a £2.20 stamp) and that two ‘1st’ stamps (which don’t show the monetary value) risk the card not being delivered. I’ve yet to find a definitive answer on this! :woman_shrugging:t3:

UPU rules changed in the mid-1990s. Monetary value need not be displayed on stamps used internationally. So British 1st and 2nd stamps and American “Forever” stamps and so on are perfectly valid internationally.


Many thanks :pray:t2:

I have received a few U. K. 2x1st just fine.


Thanks John - good to know :+1:

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I have always send my postcards/mail with 2x 1st class or even many lower denominations. I like my mails cute so i order lower denominations ones. And (fingers crossed) i never lost a mail


Reassuring, thank you! :pray:t2:

Its that time of year again and I’ve just heard the prices rises for stamps this year (2024) and nearly fell through the floor when I heard it will cost £2.50 to send a postcard. To be fair, I’m not sure how long I can do Postcrossing at the current price hikes - how do the other UK Postcrossers feel?


We’ve been discussing it on this thread:

From post 1,872 onwards!


The first class will be £1.35 and the second class 85p from April 02.2024.

I haven’t heard about international prices yet however I did guess it maybe another 15p.

For those interested, the April 2024 price guide is here. It’s surprisingly hard to find on Royal Mail’s website.


  • £1.35 for a first class stamp, up from £1.25 - an 8% increase
  • £0.85 for a second class stamp, up from £0.75 - a whopping 13.3% increase
  • £2.50 for international standard (Europe-ish), up from £2.20 - a whopping 13.6% increase
  • £2.20 for international economy (rest of the world), up from £2.00 - a 10% increase

The price rises are pretty shocking given Royal Mail’s abysmal performance, and the fact they reported an adjusted operating profit of £758 million in their most recent annual report, along with significant performance-linked bonuses the board, a share buy-back scheme, and special dividends to shareholders! It certainly doesn’t seem like Royal Mail needs the money, so this is pure profiteering.


I thought that they were claiming operating losses in the hundreds of millions.