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Posted 12/01/2020   12:54 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add GeoffHa to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A bumper rise in first-class postage rates

https://www.theguardian.com/busines...stamp-to-85p

I suppose that, on the positive side, my pile of decimal stamps has leapt in value. I also find that, if I post early enough in the day, a second class stamp will often get correspondence to the recipient by the next day.
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Posted 12/01/2020   9:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add waddsbadds to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's an incredibly high first class rate when compared to the United States. At the current conversion rate, 85 pence is roughly $1.13, so it's more than double the 55 cents we pay in the US, and when you consider that you could send a letter across the street, maybe 100 feet, or from Hawaii to Maine - perhaps 5 or 6 thousand miles for that same 55 cents, I suppose it's really a bargain. Does anyone know if the same 55 cent first class rate applies to Guam, a US territory, and if so, would you be able to send a first class letter from there to the mainland US (a couple thousand miles further still) for that same 55 cent rate? If so it's an even bigger bargain!
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Posted 12/02/2020   06:20 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Letters and similar are a declining market and, within that, how often do you need to get a letter there the next day, rather than in two days? The price hike seems to reflect the fact that the first class post is moving from being the norm to a niche product.
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