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How to correctly calculate postage?? help please

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dietstartstmoz Tue 23-Oct-12 20:12:36

This week I have sold 5 lots of toys in an effort to declutter. I calculated the postafe via the ebay link to the royal mail calculator. All items were sent in boxes, and I weighed them all at home and obtained the postage costs and used this when listing.
When I went to the Post office yesterday they charged me approx £2 extra per item-what have I done wrong.
I listed them all as a packet-is this wrong? I have other items listed and am now panicking that I have undercalculated the postage also-the idea is to declutter and make a few quid for xmas.
All advice gratefully received
Thanks

LineRunner Tue 23-Oct-12 20:38:40

Tell us how much they weighed and what size the packet (or box) was.

dietstartstmoz Tue 23-Oct-12 21:05:05

OK, I have an item selling this weekend. It is in a small box, approx 20cm high, 34cm long and 24cm wide. It weighs approx 1700g.

Royalmail.com price calculator has it as £9.25 (signed for 1st class, less than £50 value).

Postal-rates.co.uk have it for £6.42 & 77p recorded delivery=£7.19

Help!

LineRunner Tue 23-Oct-12 21:12:52

I've got that listed as £7.40, 1st class. Add 95p for Signed For = £8.35.

With packaging, you would be looking at around £9.

Wish I'd seen this last week. I've just seriously under calculated. Sold a playmobil thing for £6.70, plus £2 postage. Cost me £6.95 to post. The worst one was a huge box, I thought tenner for posting, cost £22.95. I think I go a bit mad with bubble wrap.
Hey ho. On the positive side, I have decluttered!
And I've another 5 or so sets to list, so I'll use this calculator! Thanks!

dietstartstmoz Tue 23-Oct-12 21:29:03

Linerunner-how did you calculate this?
I think i will go to the postoffice tmoz to check it. How can 2 royalmail websites give such different prices? Nightmare! The aim is to make a few quid not just give it away

LineRunner Tue 23-Oct-12 21:30:46

I've got the Royal Mail Postage Rates Calculator page!

It's normally very good, unless my kitchen scales have been a bit wrong.

CelineMcBean Tue 23-Oct-12 21:32:59

I use the postie app for iPhone to calculate postage accurately. I also weigh on my electronic kitchen scales with the packaging on top. Anything over 750g goes via courier either Collect + or Hermes.

I also measure carefully to make sure packets and letters are within size. Did once get a miserable cow jobsworth at the post office who refused to post as a letter because she "can't push it through the slot" - despite me getting it through just fine on the post office sizer thingy. I did have to gently push rather then just will it through though hmm I paid online for my postage and put it in the box and hoped it wouldn't get lost in post but it was low value and worth the risk.

CelineMcBean Tue 23-Oct-12 21:37:56

I make your parcel £6.50 first class standard and £7.45 recorded. Standard parcels is £5.30.

Cheaper to courier. Hermes will do it for £4.19 I think from memory and collect from you.

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