Royal Mail bigger small parcels and promo price

By Chris Dawson September 19, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Royal Mail Christmas homeFrom the 20th of October Royal Mail will be offering an increased small parcel size with a pricing promotion which will run over the Christmas period and into the new year.

The new size for small parcels will be 45cm x 35cm x 16cm.

Basically Royal Mail have taken the largest dimensions from their previous wide (Length: 45cm, Width: 35cm, Depth: 8cm) and deep (Length: 35cm, Width: 25cm, Depth: 16cm) Small Parcel sizes and combined them into one bigger size.

Royal Mail Small Parcel Rates

Between 20th October 2014 and 18th January 2015


1st Class

2nd Class

1kg £3.20 £2.80
2kg £5.45 £2.80

Royal Mail will also be offering a promotional rate of £2.80 for 2nd Class postage for all small parcels. Currently the cost is £2.80 for a small parcel up to 1kg and £3.80 for small parcels between 1kg and 2kg, so basically from 20th October until the 18th of January you’ll be able to post 2kg 2nd Class for the price of a 1kg parcel, a £1 saving per item.

It would be churlish to complain about a discount, but it’s a shame that there are no discounts for 1st Class postage over the same time period. There will be a massive differential between the £2.80 for 2nd class and £5.45 for 1st Class small parcels up to 2kg, which will only lead to sellers offering the slower service to customers.

Personally though… if you can save £2.65 for every 2kg parcel you send in the run up to Christmas that’s going to add up to a gigantic saving compared to the possibility of a couple of defect dings for slow postage.

Thanks to Tamebay reader Rich for spotting the info!

  • Gary
    3 years ago

    No promo for RM business customers though so ebay business sellers disadvantaged by this.

    But what’s new!

    • 3 years ago

      That is what I wondered Gary, so no offers for PPI accounts ? Although I presume we already pay less than this promotion anyway (I should know that really) ?

  • Chris
    3 years ago

    Royal Mail know they are losing out to Hermes through the 0-1kg category.

    • 3 years ago

      yes – its been interesting to see that many customers don’t find next day delivery vital – and for hermes to exploit rm’s arrogance in not tracking mail properly

  • 3 years ago

    so they are still overpricing us – interesting – look forward to competition extending to european deliveries

  • 3 years ago

    It’s also worth noticing that they are also now dropping international large letters and merging that into international small parcels. This represents an increase of almost £2 for sending an item weighing no more than 100g.

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