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Postal scales

Had a fairly large order to post for the shop today - a whole bunch of 4th edition D&D books worth about £100 and weighing several kilogrammes. Interesting that while sending this in one parcel via Royal Mail would have cost in excess of £20 and only have been insured for £20 of value, by packing the order into four parcels of no more than 2kg*, it only cost £11.20, with each parcel being covered up to £20. Those postal scales I bought a while back have been a sound investment.



* One of them came to 1.964kg. It was close enough that I didn't even include the invoice to save on weight.

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sally_maria
Mar. 22nd, 2015 10:55 am (UTC)
I'm becoming increasingly of the opinion that Royal Mail don't actually want big or heavy parcels - as evidenced by the fact it would have been cheaper to send your one big parcel by ParcelForce, as opposed to basic second class. (Making use of the £2.80 rate is even cheaper, of course, but not everyone wants to go away and repack things to make them cheaper to send.)
philmophlegm
Mar. 22nd, 2015 11:49 am (UTC)
The £2.80 rate for small parcels up to 2kg is a special offer, but reliable sources tell me off the record that it's going to be staying...
sally_maria
Mar. 22nd, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
I thought it was part of the press release about the new prices, but in any case, yes, it's definitely staying, and they are reducing the medium parcel rate for second class as well.
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