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Discussion in 'Ecommerce Forum' started by paretowasright, Jan 24, 2013.
I've just signed the petition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/46737
I just thought I would play Devils Advocate for a minute and say that these price hikes could benefit us.
For a long time my business has been affected by cheap hobby sellers who have very low costs and possibly do not pay tax. They cut margins to the bone and undercut more established sellers. Now that anyone who sells less than 1000 parcels a year has a HUGE post price difference, this will undermine the hobby seller and rationalise the market a bit.
Obviously this effect is more obvious in the £10-£30 average order realm.
I pay £1.85 for postage (its the surcharge that adds the £0.05 to the quoted £1.80) and the hobby seller has to pay £5.20+ for the same service. It levels the playing fields....
Now I am ducking ...
I fully agree with you, that's exactly what I think. Packet Post used to have a decent edge on the over the counter customers, then over recent years they have equalled the balance with price increases which affected us business sellers. Now with this change it gives business sellers a firm upper hand.
Are there any alternatives out there which are cheaper , has anyone found?
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You don't need to duck. Something needs to be done about eBay and the other people that are stealing business from legitimate companies to pay for a holiday a year.
It's interesting that Royal Mail never told me that they'd reduced the # of packages to 1000 when I asked a few weeks ago (we've been short of the original 5000 but this will now help to make us so much more competitive).
So thanks! Probably the most useful post all year!
Aha! I was confused by this as I had looked at Packet Post online and couldn't see where everyone was getting min. 1,000 packages from, as the RM info says 5,000 min. Obviously, not up-dated their info yet.
Agreed, probably the most useful post all year!
Yep. I can't see the reduction anywhere either. I'll call them and find out (when they open).
Details* can be found here:
* I say details - its not exactly obvious that its talking about PacketPost, but it is.
The new Royal Mail price hike has meant the cost of sending one of our products has gone from £2.70 to £5.65 an increase of 109%.
How can they really think a medium parcel is anything over 8cm in depth. Please sign the petition that is floating around on twitter and fb to do something about it.
Small businesses everywhere are going to be affected and so are consumers. How can anyone running an internet businesses afford to compete against large businesses who get really good volume rates with couriers. I think it is terrible and yet another blow to the entrepreneurial spirit of this great nation.
All you have to do is get a business account with The Royal mail so long as you send over 1,000 parcels a year.
Well I used to be a fan at £2.20 for 2nd class parcels, but now I just packed an item which was impossible to make 8cms at it was 9 cms. No way Royal Mail, it has gone via courier at £2.50 cheaper than your rates.
Sorry but the price hike was due to incread demand - because you were good value - now you are not - you wont be getting as many parcels - fools.
I don't see what all the fuss is about. This should only affect the smallest of sellers who post less that 3 parcels a day.
Now I've moved over to PacketPost (and got to grips with how it works) my costs have gone down since March. People are saying they're closing their business because of the price increases. How could you have a business when sending so few packages that you can't meet the 1000 a year you need to sign up for PacketPost?
I guess they could sell very few high value items, but I guess in that case they should be using special delivery away.
As has been said, it only really affects the man on the street or low volume sellers... not business who do reasonable volumes. For professional sellers it's a good thing.
Ive just got Packetpost(CRL) added to my OBA
Could someone help with this for me PLEASE
1 have 4 packets (2 RM 48 signed for ,2 not signed for) by RM 48
Signed for 1 is 1300 gms,other is 600 gms do i add these 2 together and take an average 950 and buy 2 x 950 and tick the signed for box?
Then on another line put 2 x 800(the unsigned ones) and buy postage
Can the 48 signed for and 48 unsigned go in one sack???
I know that i have to keep them separate from my BPL packets
My Rm manager didnt know the answer to the question!
Correct...make two seperate entries.
Not sure on the sack questions. We've mixed sacks on a fair few occassions and to date nobodies told us off.
Thanks a lot...thats what i did on Monday
I put the 48 signed for and 48 unsigned in the same sacks..i can never get enough of those things(manager ordered more for me on 19th March..they have never arrived!!! I have had to mend a load of holy ones today!!!
I keep having to leave notes out for the postie for more
Just pop down to your local sorting office and ask them to fill a sack of sacks for you.
If any of you guys are still looking for boxes for the new parcel rates then we've just restocked after a crazy couple of weeks selling to loads of businesses affected by these changes.
We've got boxes for the 160mm cube exception as well, which apparently quite a number of postmasters were not initially aware counts as small parcel rate. Google Zetland Boxes for more info.
My local post office is classing any cube below 16x16x16 as a small parcel ! So, if its 12x12x12 it's a small parcel, is this right ? I thought small parcels had to be no more than 8cm thick ?
Quick question - do CRL guys need to update their PPI labels to show 24 and 48 images?
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