Post Offices are busy places, especially at Christmas when we're all sending parcels. No-one likes queueing at the best of times - and much less so in times of Covid. So here is a neat way to print stamps at home, so you don't have to make the trip.
How does it work?
You will need:
- a printer
- some weighing scales (not always essential)
On the Royal Mail website you type in the size, weight and destination address of your parcel (as well as your address for tracking). Then you pay online and print your stamps, which come as part of a label with the address printed too. You then have 48 hours to post your item, or if it won't fit in a letter box or you want to track it, to drop it at a Post Office/ Delivery Depot, or even have it collected (for a small extra fee).
How do I know how much it is?
The cost of posting depends on the size and weight of the package. The site gives you all the information you need to work out what you need to pay. It's the same cost as if you went to the Post Office in person.
- You don't need an account though if you do it often though, it might be worth signing up.
- You can even print stamps for letters.
- It most convenient for packages that fit in post boxes, cutting out any trips to the Post Office. Make sure yours fits through the slot! If for example, you're sending 2 books, you might want to pack them end-to-end, not one on top of the other, so you can post them into the box.
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