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Postage Rates

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Soximus, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Soximus

    Soximus Busy Member

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    Is it me or are UK businesses taking the yellow, warm stuff?

    I went to buy some small plastic d-rings for webbing.

    A packet of 10 cost 0.99p on eBay, delivered, from China.

    Now I know there was a 7 - 10 day wait, which I don't mind, but I thought sod this, I'm getting fed up of funding China and diluting UK business opportunities so went about finding the said items in the UK.

    I found exactly what I wanted on a UK site, pack of 10, £1.20p. I thought that's great I'll buy from these guy's and give my trade to a UK supplier.

    Went to checkout, please bear in mind that the website even state these items weigh 35grams, and was asked to pay £3.60 for postage!!!

    So, £4.80p to buy in UK, 0.99p from China!!!:eek:

    No wonder our economy is ****'d.

    I know I'm having a rant but this really does make me angry because I want so desperately to support UK businesses but when I see this stuff its just not funny.
     
  2. Margaret13

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    Make you right seems to cost more every time I need to pay for something
     
  3. Kenbarcon

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    Its not the post office either, its the charge for packing, packaging time that they charge so much for. I know a guy who sells loads on ebay and he works out how much the materials are and how long it takes to wrap the stuff and charges accordingly.
     
  4. Soximus

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    The thing is if hey had charged a £1 for the postage (Small envelope and 2nd class post even) then I would have happily paid the £2.20 even though it would be more....

    A part of me can't help think that this constant increasing of prices is just doing their business more harm than good. I run my own software business and I sell online and there is no physical product to deliver as its all downloads so there are no postage overheads but when I lower my prices I make more money than when I increase them...that's a fact, because I get more volume.

    It's the same with Gas and Electric etc. All constant price increases mean that we, the consumer, look to ways of using less, so the net result is that the power companies have a drop in demand which then equates to a drop in profits which then, you guessed it, leads to them increasing the price yet again to cover the drop in demand they created....its madness.

    Soon we will be down to the lowest possible cost of a product/service which will be benefiting another country through imports and stupidly high prices in our own country for basic human needs. Then when people can't afford to heat their home or cook food the reality will set in and there will awful consequences.

    Sorry, ranting again.....just makes my blood boil.......
     
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  5. terry1001

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    Unfortunately postage prices are sky high and envelopes/packaging not much better. Then if you add in recorded delivery .......
    The cost of doing business in the UK (on physical product) is very high. Obviously the Chinese have a very cheap system, maybe it's state subsidised but stuff can often take 4 weeks to arrive which isn't too bad if you can plan ahead but that's not always possible.
     
  6. Soximus

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    Yes, the waiting time is the biggest drawback and also the returns should you ever need to.

    Having said that I have got stuff that's come from China which arrived here in 7-10 days....which is more than acceptable.

    I'll sound like a grump ******* now but last year I did not bother with Christmas card to anyone who I could not give the card to personally.....its just not worth it. This is a shame as also a lot of elderly people write letters to communicate with the few friends they have left.....postage costs must whack a huge hole in their pensions.....

    What we need is less investment in the EU and more into UK manufacturing so we can make decent goods for our own people at decent prices we can afford so we start spending more money in our own economy rather than funding other countries...

    And as money gets tighter, more people will buy abroad which will compound the issue further....

    Arrrghhhhhhhhh

    Might go out into the street and scream in a while...
     
  7. XTX

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    Sadly postage costs and bank/PayPal fees mean things cost a lot to post in the UK.

    For example:
    You go into my eShop to buy some O rings for £1 (PayPal take something like 20p + 3% of that in fees),
    Post and packing for 2 O rings = £2.50!! (Again PayPal take their cut + the cost of the padded envelope + the label + the packaging of the part and time to pack it, print the label, travel to the post office, stand in the queue etc.
    I have to send things Recorded Delivery (signed for) because if you say the part never arrived PayPal will deduct your money from my account to refund you. The actual postage cost is £2 for a little padded envelope, the 50p extra I charge has to cover everything else)
    Still think you are getting ripped off?
    If you do then you are not getting ripped off by me, it is PayPal/banks and the post office.

    I am not saying some retailers don't take the pee, my one supplier insists on using a courier even for a little part @ £9.95 + VAT, which would cost £2 with Royal Mail Recorded Delivery.
     
  8. Sam s-o-t

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    cost me £6.50 for 3 items weighing a massive total of 500 grams. some companies make money on postage as well as the product
     
  9. JD

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    I think your be in the running this year Sox, for Grumpy old git. LOL
     
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    i regulary post items that are 5-15kg and it costs me £10.79 each and thats with by bulk sender discount, i can only really charge £9.99 as thats what everyone else charges and thats without adding the £2+ in packaging materials
     
  11. Soximus

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    Don't tempt ne...I'm just getting warmed up.....:D
     
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    I`ve often found it`s the fault of the automatic postage calculator on the website- one always tries to get £15 out of me, give them a ring and it`s about £2.50.
    But the price of posting is ridiculous in this country.
     

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