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Why is standard parcels more expensive than 1st class?

(6 Posts)
kekouan Wed 03-Oct-12 10:00:32

I'm getting confused here. I have a small box to post, it's 0.5kg, just small shoe box size. Royal Mail site and are saying it'll be over £5 if I send it standard parcels (economy service apparently) but if I send it first class then it'll be £2.70 ish?

Can someone explain? I quoted £3 for postage, so don't want to send standard parcels if I can avoid it. Is there some reason I shouldn't send 1st class? (I did have parcels selected when I was working out the price, so the quote isn't for large letter or something)



kekouan Wed 03-Oct-12 10:59:55

<needy bump>

tutu100 Wed 03-Oct-12 11:03:02

You can send the parcel 1st class, the term standard parcels is misleading as parcels can also be sent 1st or 2nd class depending on weight. Sometimes particularly if a parcel isn't very heavy it is cheaper to send it 1st class rather than standard parcels. If your parcel weighs under 750g then it will be £2.70 to post.

kekouan Wed 03-Oct-12 11:36:56

Excellent, thanks very much!

kekouan Wed 03-Oct-12 11:37:20

Though it does mean the PO has ripped me off in the past, Grrr.

sarahtigh Thu 04-Oct-12 17:38:27

second class it would be 2.20 most parcels can go as small packets in fact a box 30x30x30 can class a small packet only upto 1kg for second ( at 3.50)

between 1-2kg parcel is 5,30 ( collect+ would be £4)

there is no signature with parcels

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