STANDARD POST means UK 1st Class Recorded Delivery, or EU/WORLD Airmail International Signed For/Tracked Post is used. All Orders must be sent Trackable, sales over £90 must go Special Delivery. UK Recorded adds £1.10 to 1st Class Rate. Int Sign For adds £4.90 to Standard Airmail Rate. Worldwide is still two slightly different prices, but we charge only the lower rate for ease. There is No Cheap Untrackable Post with Paypal's easy refund scheme.
2016 prices are not too different if Recorded is still £1.10 extra, Special Delivery upped slightly but remarkably Intl Signed & Tracked for £4.90 extra down from £5.00 & 2kg parcels are a bit cheaper. Packaging we've kept at 80p despite ebay sales taking fees out of Post, the cost of a Cruciform box, two cards, together with printer ink & paper & tape on average covers it.
Calculating weights. We use a cruciform & one card insert as the cruciform has card layers once folded. Packing weighs a typical 60g on smaller orders. Records vary in weight from a 40g light USA thin vinyl with a large centre to a 60g heavy 1963 Island ska 45 with a centre, adding the weight of a paper sleeve. An EP sleeve or PS is in addition to the record & paper sleeve 60g is a typical weight. But we're not picking out each order & weighing it, we work on an average & it balances over time as some may be cheaper to post & others cost us more. BUT as the 250g weight stages are pretty unworkable for estimates on Non-UK sales, we're going to err on the side of high on NON UK & refund overpays, rather than lose £1.45-£2.70 on Post when fees are already involved. Over 16 recs it heads into higher weight for packing, higher insurance & Couriers may be the better deal Worldwide.
PREMIUM POST is required for orders over £90. This means UK Special Delivery or EU/WORLD Airmail Int'l Signed For with Higher Insurance, adds a further £2.50 to the above, to £250 or £500 depending on Country. Fully Insured = Fully Declared Value.
COURIER rates work out better for orders over 2kg or Higher Value orders. The parcel is tracked at each stage from us to you. Courier delivery Sales are Priced per order as prices vary with the exchange rates. We send all Courier items Fully Insured & Fully Declared only. For any Item or order over 2kg we use UPS Courier which is cheaper, faster & more reliable than Parcelforce or other. We use www.interparcel.com & choose "Interparcel Standard/Economy" to get UPS.
CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS are required for some Countries eg USA, Japan, Australia, Norway, Switzerland etc.
THE TABLE BELOW lists prices to 2kg. Orders over 17 items will be weighed per order to keep prices accurate. Each price includes a Flat Packaging Rate of £0.75 for any size order. Mailers, card, tape, paper & printing ink all cost us. We kept our packing price at 60p for many years, but prices now must rise sadly.
FREE POST? If we could get Royal Mail to deliver for Nothing, Post would be Free. But "Post Included" is what the dishonest "Free Post" means & we don't hide what you are paying. Sellers offering "Free Post" add in full post each time to the item price, buy two or more items & you are paying double post. Some newbie sellers really do believe the hype & sell a £4 item with Free Post then realise what it costs, seller fees & realise they made 50p out of a £4 sale. So until Post is Free, we'll charge Stamp price +80p packing.
* WE CAN NOT POST SIGNED FOR ITEMS TO PO BOXES EXCEPT UK ONES New Rules starting August 2012 mean Royal Mail will NOT accept any Signed For items with PO BOX addresses outside the UK. See the RM site here but try finding the no PO Box info, until you try to post it, typical. It's just because the US post aren't the only users of PO Boxes unlike how UK PO Boxes work, so they are changing the rules. This also covers PO boxes in any building or company, a direct address is only acceptable. Paying showing a PO box address & expecting us to post to a street address is no use to us, we do not void seller protection by posting anywhere else. We must post to the address the Paypal payment shows. Add a street address to your Paypal account & select it when paying, very easy to do.