From today the Royal Mail will no longer produce the standard definitive first and second class stamps, which were first introduced in 1989. The old format stamps are only valid for postal used up to 31st January 2023 after which they can no longer be used for postal service in the UK. Up until the 31st January 2023 they can be purchased, used and sold just as before (so no need to panic - we a a full year to get organised). From 1st February 2023 any mail sent using the the old stamps may result in your mail being surcharged (payable by the recipient) or your mail returned.
The good news it that The Royal Mail are introducing a "Swap Out" scheme so this should allow any genuine old stamps, which are surplus to requirements to be exchanged for the new barcode stamps. This definitely be exchange only with no cash alternative. The "Swap out' scheme has still to be finalised and will be introduced sometime in March 2022. We will keep customers updated as soon as we know the terms and conditions.
In the meantime we can continue to buy and sell the old stamps without any issues, although there is bound to be some impact on postage values as the older stamps are sold to the market on mass. we have already lowered some of our buying and selling prices in anticipation. As full members of the Philatelic Traders Society (London) we are well placed to help collectors and stamp dealers liquidate their collections or existing stocks stamps which are affected.
The move by the Royal Mail does not affect the commemorative or picture stamps as new issues of those special stamp sets are not going to have barcodes and therefore the millions of existing stamps sitting in collections are still going to be valid for postal use. This includes 1st and 2nd class non value indicated commemorative stamps.
This bogus company has been selling counterfeit 1st and 2nd class stamps via it's website by tricking people into thinking they are buying genuine stamps from our company. This company has stolen our identity in the pursuit of selling counterfeit stamps which are illegal to use and have no commercial value or validity to be used for any postal services in the UK. We have opened an investigation case with Police Scotland to try and resolve this matter. We only sell 100% genuine stamps from this website only with proper invoices and receipts provided for every order.
Today due to the ever growing Royal Mail delivery delays we have decided to offer Royal Mail Special Delivery for just £4.95. A typical postage package costs £7.50 to £14.00 by special delivery so this is a great offer for customers. Special Delivery mail is treated as essential mail by Royal Mail and therefore most packages get delivered next day, even in these trying times. This service is fully tracked and provides a minimum £500 insurance cover. IT WILL CERTAINLY GIVE YOU PEACE OF MIND.
To make this even more cost effective it would be best if customers make bigger orders, but perhaps less frequently so as to keep the volumes of mail down.
We have received communications today from two delighted customers stating that their postage orders have now been delivered some six weeks after we posted their packages. This demonstrates how patient you need to be under the current COVID-19 restrictions. First class and signed for mail items are now categorised as non essential mail so please be warned. If you need stamps quickly or next day please pay the extra £6 for Special Delivery. It would appear that all mail apart from SPECIAL DELIVERY is now categorised as NON-ESSENTIAL and an 'IT WILL GET THERE SOMETIME' approach has been adopted by The Royal Mail. This is understanding given the pressure Royal Mail Workers are under to stay safe at work.
From today 24th March 2020 we can no longer offer same day dispatch of orders. We have put in place an arrangement with our local Post Office to drop off our mail at 9,00 am every morning so this now means customer orders won't be dispatched until next working day.
Importantly Royal Mail have also cancelled all of their normal postal service guarantees including guaranteed next day special delivery. We would not be surprised if standard 1st class mail now takes up to a week or longer to be delivered. Please be patient the Royal Mail are doing their best but working with reduced manpower means they now have to prioritise services.
Until further notice we have been told by the Royal Mail that Postmen will no longer allow recipients to sign for Special Delivery and Signed For packages. Instead they will ring your door bell to make sure you are in and tell you they have left your mail outside your door. Apparently they have a special code they can use which allows the Postman to sign receipt of delivery on your behalf. I'm not sure how the emergency practice would stand up in court should a valuable package go missing.
Buy now and beat the Royal Mail price rises which come into force on 23rd March 2020
Due to a family event we are having this entire weekend off so apologies for any delays in advance.
Our local Post Office is now demanding that we have our daily mail dropped off with them by 3.30 pm each day. Some days we can have over 100 packages to dispatch and this has been making it difficult for our local Post Office to process all of our mail before their daily deadline of 4.30 pm. The knock effect is that we will now need to receive customer orders before 1.00 pm daily instead of 2.00 pm so that we can can all orders packed ready for the 3.30 pm drop off. If you are needing stamps in a hurry please try to place your orders in the morning, or the day before.
We are having a long weekend break this weekend and we are only working Monday to Thursday this week. We kindly ask customers to place orders early (before noon this Thursday) or wait until Monday 25th before ordering so that we are not inundated with too much work when we arrive back late on Sunday evening.
Customers please note we are experiencing very poor delivery performance on a growing number orders delivered by the Royal Mail. In the last month we have had at least a dozen first class or first class signed for packages which have taken 7 to 12 days to be delivered. What's more a lady customer contacted us today to inform that an order containing 100 x 1st class stamps, which we posted first class on 14th October just arrived today. That means the Royal Mail took 21 days to deliver a standard first class package. This is very concerning as the Christmas rush has not yet started.