It’s that time of year again – but this year the Royal Mail have not only upped their prices, they’ve once again changed the way I can send my parcels.
For the past year or two I have been able to send my lightweight international packages at the airmail letter rate as opposed to small packet. This was because the Royal Mail made a slight boo boo in their pricing structure (they hadn’t included a maximum thickness in their letter rate guidelines). To cut a long story short, I was able to send packages that weighed no more than 100g using the letter rate as long as I included a piece of personal correspondence (which helpfully could be a thank you note).
Now that the new prices have been published, the Royal Mail have been able to fix their mistake and all packages that are more than 5mm thick must be sent at the small package rate.
Yes this makes sense – sending an item of jewellery at the letter rate sounds odd but it was within the old guidelines and I knew that this would be updated when the new prices were released. It’s just so frustrating. A pair of earrings weighing no more than 50g now costs almost half of the item price to send overseas. It just seems unreasonable to expect my customers to pay £3 more for postage than they had to a couple of weeks ago.
So what to do? Unfortunately this is the only reasonable method of posting my items abroad so I just have to hope that my customers will be understanding enough to fork out the extra postage costs.
As a thank you to my lovely customers I am offering a coupon code until the end of April for 15% off everything in my Etsy shop. Simply use coupon code RMSUCK at checkout. Yes it’s an immature code, but use it and enjoy!