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.

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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:

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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

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@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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Many thanks :pray:t2:

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

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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

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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?

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We’ve been discussing it on this thread:

From post 1,872 onwards!

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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.

Headlines:

  • £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.

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