We use a franking machine for the orders we send out by Royal Mail, and I have to say we`ve got a pretty cheap deal from FP mailing for the machine, £60 per quarter rental. BUT...... It`s like Ryan Air, everything is extra, and all those extras are horrendously expensive. The printer cartridge is about £150 if we bought it from FP, ours ran out at 2500 prints so that`s a cost of 6p per print ! ! ! Even an after market one is about £45, that`s 2p per print. The labels for the FP MYmail machine are an odd size and if we bought it from FP would be £35 for 1000. Now there are 2 labels per sheet but that still works out at nearly 2p each for a small sticky label ! Finally, the RM have just put up all their rates, and FP want to charge us £36 just to send us a card so we can upload the new rates from it, £36 bleedin` pounds ! ! ! So when you look at the RM rates to work out how much it costs to send out a letter, even ignoring the fixed costs you have to add on between 4p and 8p just for the label (if req) and the ink for the print cartridge ! So my question is, are all franking companies the same ?