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We got a card through the door from the Royal Mail advising us that they had tried to deliver something but needed another 1.06 from us as the item had insufficient stamps. We took ourselves and our 1.06 down to the sorting office during their inconvenient opening hours to discover it was a slightly larger than usual Christmas card from an old friend. Suddenly it wasn't so good to hear from him.

Now when I say 'slightly larger' I do mean only slightly larger - not much bigger than most we have received. And it had a first class stamp. I wonder which jobsworth decided to run it through the sizing machine - or perhaps there is a giant sieve somewhere?

What a time-wasting, money-raising wheeze this seems to be - I've not seen it flagged up anywhere. The Royal Mail perhaps should have made its customers aware that anything of 'x', 'y' or 'z' dimensions would be charged at a higher rate in line with their new charging policy. In line with this thinking perhaps we should all pay considerably less for those teeny little cards...

Has anybody else fallen foul of this?

Posted at 23rd Dec 2008 - 06:26PM   Posted by Mountainear   Incorrect postage Comments: 7

Faith's Avatar It's happened to me in the past. One can always refuse to accept the item - then you don't pay but you don't get the card either.

Posted by: Faith on 23rd Dec 2008 at 06:31PM

Angel's Avatar It was one of my pet hates when I was e-baying my crafts Mountainear.

What a crock!


Posted by: Angel on 23rd Dec 2008 at 06:58PM

Yep, happened to us too. And one of our friends had this happen after she had taken the item to the post office for checking!

Posted by: Crucifix on 23rd Dec 2008 at 10:12PM

KittyB's Avatar Don't get me started...
We were sent an invitiation to a party (fancy dress - and I HATE fancy dress, but thats by the by). However, I was not expecting said invitation. The note arrived saying the postage on a mystery item was underpaid by 6p, and we had to pay 1 to get the item delivered, so take 1.06 to the sorting office it said, or send back the card with the relevant value in stamps and they'd post the item out to me.

Now, this could have been an exciting pressie, a lovely surprise, so I eagerly stuck four first class stamps on the card (I have no idea how much each is worth now they only say 1st on them, so...) and, filled with glee, waited.

The Very Next Day (note - no time for my card to reach the sorting office and then for them to post out) the berludy invitation arrived. With a first class stamp on it and being sort of long and skinny - thus needing a bigger stamp.

Bah, I needn't even have wasted my stamps, so what was the point in that little exercise?

F I am so with you on this one - shall we start a petition or something?

Posted by: KittyB on 23rd Dec 2008 at 10:13PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Snarl - fallen foul of this as well - why is it never anything interesting. . .hate having to pay for something that is boring . . .

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Dec 2008 at 12:27AM

Pondside's Avatar Don't get me started. Canada Post is awful!! We've had no mail since Friday and won't likely get any before Christmas. It's motto should be 'We deliver later and at a higher cost than anyone else'

Posted by: Pondside on 24th Dec 2008 at 02:56AM

I have had two such deliveries in the last two months, and in line with my own policy on these things, did not take up the kind invitation to go to the sorting office and pay the extra postage, but have left them there, where they will be returned to sender after three weeks, if a return address can be found, or simply destroyed. If people can't be bothered to make sure they have the correct postage, then I don't wish to do business with them.. the first was from a company who should have made sure the correct postage was affixed, and I make no apology for the fact that I believe it is their responsibility to do this, not my task to pay the extra. The other was a birthday card, and again, if someone doesn't care enough to make sure they have the correct postage... not my problem. And why the heck should I pay for my own card???? Postal prices are going up in the new year by the way.

Posted by: Pinkfairygran on 24th Dec 2008 at 10:38AM

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