The Royal Mail announced their most significant price increase in decades, with a First Class stamp increasing from 46p to 60p. The increases have been brought about largely due to a 25% decrease in posted items since 2006.
With the Royal Mail increasing the prices of the Second Class stamp, The Royal Mail price increase has proven unfortunate for eBay, as their maximum postage limits on items have been exceeded. eBay will look to increase their postage and packaging limits accordingly.
Full Details can be found on the eBay policy page. For readers who require an example of the new charges; the maximum postage rate for a CD was £1.25. After 30th April, it will be revised to £2.25.
The Categories that will be affected are: Books, comics & magazines, Computing, DVD, film & TV, Consumer electronics, Music, Photography, Video games, Mobile & home phones, Clothes shoes & accessories.
In some cases it seems that the new limits have been put in place and have been valid since the 11th April.
eBay’s UK Retail Director – Angus McCarey said ““While we generally support Ofcom’s desire to give Royal Mail more commercial freedom and make the Universal Service Obligation more affordable, it is important that these new freedoms are used carefully.”
If you’re ever confused about the price of postage Royal Mail has a postage calculator which allows you to fill in details about your parcel and list prices and details of the delivery.