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Christmas postage

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Its probably the first time in the U.K. that postge stamps to send Xmas cards to friends, will cost more than the price of the card. example 10 cards in a pack £3-00, (includes envelopes). 10 postage stamps = £4.70. and they are not guaranteed to get there.The Post Office is ripping off people. If you send an envelope more than 6 x 4 inches large, its best to get it weighed as a 47p 1st class stamp will not cover it,and the recipient will have to go and collect it and be charged £1.20....thats just happened to Sis-in-Law.

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You sure?

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I do not celebrate christmas, but normally out of respect to friends and family who do, I send them a card, but not xmas cards, they get "new Year" cards. Thats the understanding we have.

This year has been pretty shate for me, so if anyone expects me to send them a card or present, well they can just merrily go and kiss my jingle bell exterior.

As for the post office...i still reckon the price of a stamp is cheap considering how quickly the post does normally arrive, if it were not going too far away, then those moaning should post it themselves the lazy ghits.

right thats it! rant over.

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Yeah the postage cost here in the US keeps going up too. I hate it.

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Yeah the postage cost here in the US keeps going up too. I hate it.

Maybe its because people are buying bigger and more presents, someone needs to pay for the transport and the fuel to cart those prezzies around, and it aint santa and his sleigh.

How can some people complain about a couple of pounds or dollars in postage when the presents they are buying has probably gone up by 50% since last year anyway?

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Its probably the first time in the U.K. that postge stamps to send Xmas cards to friends, will cost more than the price of the card. example 10 cards in a pack £3-00, (includes envelopes). 10 postage stamps = £4.70. and they are not guaranteed to get there.The Post Office is ripping off people. If you send an envelope more than 6 x 4 inches large, its best to get it weighed as a 47p 1st class stamp will not cover it,and the recipient will have to go and collect it and be charged £1.20....thats just happened to Sis-in-Law.

Hi spud, sorry to break the news to you but you're quoting old prices. Postage has gone up! First class letter post is now 60p and second class is now 50p. I prefer the old system where letters just went by their weight, it's silly the way they do it now, taking into account the actual size of the envelope too.

I always send Xmas cards using second class stamps, and some overseas by air mail. I usually post them in plenty of time too to make sure they arrive but there's no guarantees, especially with the overseas ones.

The only time I use second class is for the Xmas cards, for anything else I've always used first class.

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How can some people complain about a couple of pounds or dollars in postage when the presents they are buying has probably gone up by 50% since last year anyway?

All the more reason to not want to pay more for postage I would think.. It's bad enough if we have to spend more on the gifts themselves without being fleeced to mail them as well.

Last year I sent a package overseas by air mail and the postage cost me more than what was inside the package!

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All the more reason to not want to pay more for postage I would think.. It's bad enough if we have to spend more on the gifts themselves without being fleeced to mail them as well.

Last year I sent a package overseas by air mail and the postage cost me more than what was inside the package!

No, all the more reason we should be protesting about getting ripped off in the shops just because its christmas. If you go back there just after xmas you can get a lot of those prezzies half price, just shows how much they were "not" worth in the first place.

I still think its cheap. if you send something abroad, its still got to be cheaper posting it than if you delivered it yourself.

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I still think its cheap. if you send something abroad, its still got to be cheaper posting it than if you delivered it yourself.

That goes without saying or postage prices to overseas would be unaffordable! I wish I could deliver in person and stay for a holiday there too.

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That goes without saying or postage prices to overseas would be unaffordable! I wish I could deliver in person and stay for a holiday there too.

i have an idea, if they have the internet send them an email and tell them you will give them their present when you arrive....then as the year goes on, come up with an excuse why you can not go and how sorry you are, but its ok, you still have the newly invented ever lasting bread in the cupboard for them.

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i have an idea, if they have the internet send them an email and tell them you will give them their present when you arrive....then as the year goes on, come up with an excuse why you can not go and how sorry you are, but its ok, you still have the newly invented ever lasting bread in the cupboard for them.

No problem, we're in touch every day and already have plans for next year. But for now I'll just have to make use of good old Royal Mail!

I guess you've read that news topic I posted about the bread :D

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I guess you've read that news topic I posted about the bread :D

absolutely. :tu:

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Hi spud, sorry to break the news to you but you're quoting old prices. Postage has gone up! First class letter post is now 60p and second class is now 50p. I prefer the old system where letters just went by their weight, it's silly the way they do it now, taking into account the actual size of the envelope too.

I always send Xmas cards using second class stamps, and some overseas by air mail. I usually post them in plenty of time too to make sure they arrive but there's no guarantees, especially with the overseas ones.

The only time I use second class is for the Xmas cards, for anything else I've always used first class.

Hiya, young Lady, my apologies I cant keep up with these rises in prices. It was 47p last time I was in the post office.We have a system here where the Boy Scouts will deliver locally for 20p per item, you "post" the letter at the local library, and they get there the SAME DAY this is for Xmas week only.

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Hiya, young Lady, my apologies I cant keep up with these rises in prices. It was 47p last time I was in the post office.We have a system here where the Boy Scouts will deliver locally for 20p per item, you "post" the letter at the local library, and they get there the SAME DAY this is for Xmas week only.

No worries. I only found out myself recently when I went to buy Christmas stamps ready to put on the cards. They do that Boy Scouts delivery here too, there's a special posting box inside our local chemist but I've always liked to post early.

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Well, there's this new hip thing out now called email...

And guess what, it's free!!

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Well, there's this new hip thing out now called email...

And guess what, it's free!!

You are quite right but I guess I can't E-Mail a couple of elderly Aunts who are still living in the Bronze Age. As far as they are concerned a computer is a thing that adds up quickly, but often gets things wrong..!! like I dont know why you want one of them new fangled things when you can do just as well with a pencil and paper...

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Yeah, well I'm sorta just being a smart aleck and sorta not. ;)

Ironically for me it's harder to learn how to get the postage address and what not on a letter than to just make and send an Ecard.

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Well, there's this new hip thing out now called email...

And guess what, it's free!!

Right, but I'll take a box of cards, a pen and my address book any day over sending Christmas wishes by email. It's much more personal I think.

You are quite right but I guess I can't E-Mail a couple of elderly Aunts who are still living in the Bronze Age. As far as they are concerned a computer is a thing that adds up quickly, but often gets things wrong..!! like I dont know why you want one of them new fangled things when you can do just as well with a pencil and paper...

Same here and when you think about it, we send Christmas cards just once a year. A little bit of effort to make them more personal doesn't hurt and it can mean a lot to the recipient whether they have a computer or not.

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These stamps are even worse than football tops...

What would be a real rip off are the ones depicting the queen.

Discretion though would be required if they had some kind of meaning.

You can't though post a stamp without any package or card...

That would defeat the whole purpose of them unless you fancy stamp collecting.

It would be okay if you had some ready made envelopes so buying a stamp won't be a hardship.

Cards are easy but parcels and packages are a completely different thing.

I know this might sound a cop-out but here's a little tip...

Why don't you send vouchers instead. All you have to do is pop them in an envelope and send them off.

Btw I think birthdays are more important than Xmas in the grand scheme of things.

It's all a matter of opinion because some people treat them both equally.

Edited by Walnut Whip

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These stamps are even worse than football tops...

What would be a real rip off are the ones depicting the queen.

Discretion though would be required if they had some kind of meaning.

You can't though post a stamp without any package or card...

That would defeat the whole purpose of them unless you fancy stamp collecting.

It would be okay if you had some ready made envelopes so buying a stamp won't be a hardship.

Cards are easy but parcels and packages are a completely different thing.

I know this might sound a cop-out but here's a little tip...

Why don't you send vouchers instead. All you have to do is pop them in an envelope and send them off.

Btw I think birthdays are more important than Xmas in the grand scheme of things.

It's all a matter of opinion because some people treat them both equally.

I always ask for the Christmas edition stamps to put on my cards, they're more festive and don't have the queen's head on them, not that I mind as the usual stamps do.

I send birthday cards by mail too. The only difference is some of the Christmas cards are sent to people who I don't have any communication with the rest of the year. All the more reason to make them more personal. One friend of mine prints out the address labels for the envelopes and another print out for the inside of the cards. I know it saves time but I don't like it, it's too impersonal I think and it would be nice if she'd just written a few words instead.

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I always ask for the Christmas edition stamps to put on my cards, they're more festive and don't have the queen's head on them, not that I mind as the usual stamps do.

I send birthday cards by mail too. The only difference is some of the Christmas cards are sent to people who I don't have any communication with the rest of the year. All the more reason to make them more personal. One friend of mine prints out the address labels for the envelopes and another print out for the inside of the cards. I know it saves time but I don't like it, it's too impersonal I think and it would be nice if she'd just written a few words instead.

Yes I'm with you on this as written words are more personal and it shows the recipient you have taken the time to think about them. For special friends I usually do calligraphy.
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Bought 30 stamps for £15.00 ($23.00) 2nd class, and 30 Xmas cards for £7-50 ($10.25), = £22.50 ($33.25) I,m beginning to think that Xmas is a commercialised Rip-off.

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I always ask for the Christmas edition stamps to put on my cards, they're more festive and don't have the queen's head on them, not that I mind as the usual stamps do.

I send birthday cards by mail too. The only difference is some of the Christmas cards are sent to people who I don't have any communication with the rest of the year. All the more reason to make them more personal. One friend of mine prints out the address labels for the envelopes and another print out for the inside of the cards. I know it saves time but I don't like it, it's too impersonal I think and it would be nice if she'd just written a few words instead.

I'm lucky that the majority of my friends and relatives live in my general area.

However my brother and sister-in law are living in Sutton Coldfield which seems an eternity away.

So it's always a priority to send them something for both their birthdays and Xmas.

Tbh I don't matter what stamps are on offer that week.

I do sometimes get a chance to hand-deliver them myself but that's only if I'm not getting in the way.

I'm getting sick of vouchers so I'm going to plump for a package this Xmas.

Sometimes you have to go the extra yard for your loved ones.

Btw my aunt for my 40th birthday actually designed a card without a printer and price tag.

A clever way of recycling paper if I say so myself.

Edited by Walnut Whip

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