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Old 21-02-2012, 18:47   #1
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Cool Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

I was wondering if anyone knew why people on ebay can send items so cheaply through royal mail.

Heres my dilemma,

I have a parcel I want to send, and ive looked on ebay to see how much they are charging for postage, so i can get a rough idea of how much i should list for postage.

Their postage was £1.70, For the same item i want to send, but my item is lighter.

It turns out my post office want to charge me £2.20 to send it, but again my item is lighter.

Can someone help?
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Re: Royal Mail

They have an account which means cheaper postage (sometimes dependant on a minimum number of items sent per month. Perhaps maybe their own account or works
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Re: Royal Mail

Out of interest was the price on the other persons parcel a preprinted label from the internet?
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

Physical size is as important as weight these days.
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Old 21-02-2012, 23:11   #5
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

the box is 5 inch x 5 inch x 5 inch, and weighs 150g, the reason im so confused is someones selling the same things as me that weighs 700g, with postage costs at £1.70
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

They may simply be reducing their postage costs to make the item look more attractive.
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

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They may simply be reducing their postage costs to make the item look more attractive.
i would agree if they were selling the same amount as me in weight, but charging more for the item.

I guess i will have to see what the post office can suggest
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

Size and weight both count now, if an item is less than 25mm thick packed, it can qualify as a letter and have lower rates despite being quite heavy.

Best to check the price calculators at http://www.royalmail.com/price-finder if you need to send something or your local post office.
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the box is 5 inch x 5 inch x 5 inch, and weighs 150g, the reason im so confused is someones selling the same things as me that weighs 700g, with postage costs at £1.70
A 5" x 5" x 5" item would be classed as a small packet. With a weight of 150g second class postage would cost £1.72, first class £1.92.
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Re: Royal Mail and eBay postal rates

Thanks for that people
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