Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Price Rise Announced

Deegam has left a new comment on this post : "The colours of the new Machin values will be: 87p Orange; £1.28 Emerald green; £1.90 Rhododendron (Amethyst)"

Brian Morris has also left a comment on the Jubilee booklet 4 x large.This is reproduced at the end of this piece.

Royal Mail Price Increases for 2012 have finally been announced which will see an average price increase of 11% with some rising by as much as 70%. A first-class stamp will rise in price from 46p to 60p from 30 April after the regulator lifted some price controls on Royal Mail.

A second-class stamp will go up from 36p to 50p - some 5p below the top price allowed by ofcom. A first-class stamp for a large letter weighing up to 100g will rise from 75p to 90p. A large letter sent second-class will cost 69p, rather than 58p.

The 30% price rise in first-class stamps, and 39% rise for second-class, mark the biggest annual increase in percentage terms since 1975. Ten years ago, a first-class stamp cost 27p, and a second-class cost 19p. Over the next seven years, the price of second-class stamps will be capped at 55p but this limit could rise with inflation each year. www.royalmail.com/customer-service/customer-news

Royal Mail said that the cost of posting Christmas cards in 2012 will be the same as last year for consumers on Pension Credit and Employment and Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit.
They will be able to buy up to three books of 12 stamps - 36 stamps in total - in one purchase from any Post Office branch from 6 November until the last posting dates before Christmas. Individuals must provide evidence that they are in receipt of these benefits.

On a previous subject Brian Morris writes "The 4x1st class large Diamond Jubilee book has been reported and is as No.8 on the list. It has the source code letter F and the security slits have the normal Walsall TYPE 2 breaks top and bottom of the slit."


Trelantis said...

Do we know what the new values will be yet?

GBStamps said...

This is quite a different approach than the USPS is being allowed to take. We will see which organization survives.

Meanwhile, I guess everyone in the UK with a few spare quid (do you still say that?) will be snapping up NVIs to put away.

Does anyone know (or have a theory) why Royal Mail doesn't return to having a lower weight step, at lower cost, for letters? In the US, the first step up to one ounce is 45 cents. A letter of 3.5 ounces, roughly 100g, is $1.05. There would be a revolt if the USPS suddenly abolished lower weight steps and all said all letters up to 3.5 ounces cost $1.05.


Anonymous said...

With stamps being sold at lower cost to people on benefits I see a scam in the making.

Machin Man said...

New definitives values are 87p, £1.28 & £1.90

Deegam said...

The colours of the new values will be: 87p Orange; £1.28 Emerald green; £1.90 Rhododendron (Amethyst)

Ian - Norvic said...


The cost of moving a 100g (3 ounce) letter is not that different to the cost of a 1 ounce letter - when USPS wakes up to that you will see them moving back into profit.

And as for a lower postcard rate 27c is peanuts and uneconomical compared with a 45c letter rate!

Ian - Norvic said...

Also @Larry.
The rationale for fewer weight steps has been borne out by the elimination of the three steps below 750g for packets.

Yes, a heavier packet costs more in fuel but a lighter one can take just as much space and truck-volume is the other thing to consider.

Deegam said...

So has Pricing in Proportion come to overseas mail by stealth?

Anonymous said...

I have been a colecter of G.B.stamps allmy life and at present consideringstopping for several reasons, cost number of issues and the values issued , why do the Post office not issoe more 2nd class stamps and less 1st class ones we all know why dont we .Very unhappy G.B.collector.