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Monthly Archives: September 2019

  • How to avoid the Royal Mail parcel rate increase

    Parcel Packing

    Royal Mail have announced an increase in their postal rates for business parcels from next month. As of 7th October 2019 a flat rate increase of 5p across all parcel weight bands for the services Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 will come into effect.

    This price increase will apply to non-barcoded products, so if you currently use Royal Mail or approved Third Party Shipping to produce your barcoded labels, the increase won’t affect you.

    Which postage rates are increasing?

    Royal Mail 24® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

    Royal Mail 48® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

    Which items qualify as Royal Mail Parcel format?

    Any items of mail over the size/weight restriction for Large Letter will be classed as a parcel. The Large Letter restrictions are up to 353mm x 250mm with a maximum thickness of 25mm and max weight of 750g. Any package over these dimensions will be charged at a parcel rate.

    Save money with Royal Mail Large Letter envelopes

    You might be interested to know we have envelopes that sit just under the allowance for large letter, thus avoiding the higher parcel rate prices (subject to the depth and weight of the envelope contents, of course)!

    The below envelopes have external dimensions just slightly below the Large Letter maximum restrictions:

    C4 Metallic Padded Bubble Bags

    C4 Matt Padded Bubble Bags

    C4 Paper Finish Padded Mailers

    C4 Metallic Foil Bags

    C4 Matt Foil Bags

    If you would like us to measure the outer dimensions of any other envelopes please do give us a call on 01273 486026 and we will be happy to help.


    *Please note any sizing stated on a product listing will relate to the internal dimensions of the envelope. You should measure the outer dimensions for Royal Mail postage.

    ** It is your responsibility to double check the size and weight of any package meets the current Royal Mail requirements. We cannot be held responsible for any postage issues or charges. For the most up to date information please check the Royal Mail website.

  • Top 5 Bizarre Things You Can Mail

    Bizarre things in the mail

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve received in the mail? If you’re anything like the average household, your weekly mail received probably consists of a few envelopes with letters or bills, perhaps a birthday card and some online shopping. Pretty standard. Nothing too bizarre.

    Historically the rules and regulations as to what you could send by mail were quite loose and in fact the Post Office Guide in 1900 stated you could even mail living creatures, providing they were “larger than a bee but smaller than an elephant”, so it was totally legal and not out of the ordinary to receive a live (or dead) chicken or pheasant with simply an address label round it’s neck!  You could even post YOURSELF! An eccentric accountant from South-East London, W Reginald Bray, sent himself through the mail so many times he earned himself a nickname of “The Human Letter”.

    Thankfully (and luckily for the postie) times have changed and you no longer need worry about receiving a box of live scorpions or such. But there are still some pretty crazy things you can send in the mail. Here’s our top 5:


    Send a potato in the post

    Not just a potato – a potato with a message. And goggly eyes, if you wish! The guys at Spudpost will personalise a potato with your message and send anonymously to your recipient. Who wouldn’t want to receive a potato from a secret admirer, eh?!



    Send a glitter bomb in the post

    Now we think this one works pretty well if you fancy a little light-hearted revenge. GlitterBoom will send a letter packed full of glitter to whoever you choose, so when they open it they’ll be absolutely showered in glitter! Nothing quite as annoying as trying to wash away and clear up a glitter leak *insert evil laugh here*



    Send a coconut in the post

    We love this one!  A rural Post Office in a little town called Ho`olehua on the Hawaiian island of Molokai will post out real Hawaiian coconuts. You can even get the coconuts designed, painted beautifully and complete with your message, then posted anywhere in the world. We want one!



    Send a flip-flop in the post

    Your message, quite simply, on a flip-flop. An American company called Flip-Flop Mail will do this for you, but sadly only ship within the US, but why not try for yourself? Grab a flip-flop, jot a message and an address on, stick on your postage stamp and pop it in the post box! You could even take it a step further and send flip-flops as party or wedding invitations!


    • A FART

    Send a fart in the post

    Yes, a fart! Fart smell. Fart sound. Mailed anywhere! We’ll leave it there, but feel free to check out if you’re curious!

    Fun, yes… but we’re still pretty keen on envelopes!

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