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7:36 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys, im new to the forum its all good stuff!

need some advice As iv just built my webstore,
I dont know who to use for shipping, i only ship to the UK atm and im looking at royal mails price list and some of my smaller products are bigger than 25mm deep so cant be posted as a packet, so i have to go with parcel and the first on they list is up 1kg and its 3.85 now some of my smaller items only cost 3.50 and there toothpaste box kinda size,
does anyone know if they do a postage option that will suit me or should i look elsewhere?

also i sell fruit juices and such and so far the cheap couriers ive found wont take liquids of any kind!

who do you guys use?

thanks for your help

10:10 pm on Dec 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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What's the weight of the item?

I think you're getting confused with Royal Mail sizes. Under 25mm thick is classed as a large letter, and anything else is classed as a packet. There is no size limit to a packet (within reason). You don't need to use Standard Parcel service - only after a certain weight does it work out more cost effective.

Prices for 2nd class packets for the general public are:
0-100g 92p
101-250g 120p
251-500g 152p
501-750g 192p
751-1000g 230p

You can get cheaper rates with a franking or business account - something to look at further down the road.

Of course, there is no tracking or proof of delivery with this, but for how cheap it is, it's worth the risk! I have very little trouble really.

Don't know what to suggest about liquids. They will be expensive to post as they'll be heavy!

There's no real alternative to Royal Mail - courier companies are great if you're sending heavier stuff, but can't compete with Royal Mail on lighter stuff. Generally under 2kg I'll use Royal Mail and over I'll go to courier.

All the best,

Jonathan

1:59 pm on Dec 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Cheers thanks for that!