As if it's not bad enough that we're all still bumping painfully along the bottom of the current recession, suffering the coldest spring in years and facing the prospect of having to sort out our end of financial year accounts, the Post Office has decided to wade in and add yet more misery to the mix.
On 1st April they reorganised postal prices yet again, and, surprise, surprise, everything costs more.... some things considerably more.
To post a small package, which 5 years ago cost 36 pence, will now cost £3.00. If I have to use a slightly larger box to protect delicate contents, the same weight will cost an astounding £5.00!
If I have two identical packages, it is marginally cheaper for me to post one to the US than it is to post the other to Battle, 6 miles up the road.
In the 'Good Old Days', when all postal charges, both domestic and international, were based purely on weight, I could take 10 packages to the post office and rarely spend more than £5. However now that domestic rates work on a combination of weight and size the bill is likely to be more than £30.
And of course, the story doesn't end there. P&P isn't just about postage. There's the packaging element too. Anyone who has ever purchased from us will know that we take packaging very seriously. We buy in proper postal boxes, designed to withstand the worst that the delivery process can throw at them.
Which can be substantial.
Costs of packaging supplies across the board have also risen in the past year but that's an area of our business in which we can't make savings.
Anyway, to cut a very long story short, we've spent all morning working out the various postal permutations and after much consideration we've decided to absorb the price hikes across the board, at least for the time being.
So, for the foreseeable future, our standard UK and International P&P charges will remain unchanged.
Bargain or what?!
As before, orders over a value of £50, which require tracking/insurance/special delivery etc, will incur an additional charge on top of the standard P&P rates, on an individual basis.
If you have any questions about postal charges, or any of the above, do contact us and we'll do our best to help.