The Royal cap number of stamps shops can buy to stop panic buying (yes, really)

13 April 2012


After we told you about the price of stamps rising, some of you obviously went into a blind panic, furious buying as many stamps as possible like those beserk bozos who clogged up the petrol stations earlier in the month.

Well, the Royal Mail have got wise to you and have capped the number of stamps shops are able to get in, in a bid to stop you swine from stockpiling them ahead of price hikes. If you've forgotten, from April 30th the cost of a first-class stamp will increase from 46p to 60p, while a second class stamp will be 50p instead of 36p.

The postal company have now limited supplies to 20% of each retailer's annual allocation as they try to "protect revenue."

Royal Mail spokesman James Eadie said the money from these increases was needed to maintain the six-day a week postal service, which has been losing money for some time now.

He said: "We do have a sensible allocation in place so that individual retailers can pre-order in advance of the price rise, based on their normal full-year expectations of demand. These allocations are in place for all retailers so we can balance the customer demand with the need to protect Royal Mail's revenues. This is a prudent and appropriate policy."

Demand for stamps initially surged when the price increase was announced, but alas, it has since dipped as everyone remembered that it is much easier and cheaper to text, email or privately message someone online.

TOPICS:   High Street News


  • SgtMunky
    Erm, if they cap the amount of stamps a shop can purchase, how does that prevent panic buying? Doesn't that just mean the first few panic buyers will empty the shops stock? Bravo plan there...
  • David F.
    Cheeky bastards
  • JJ
    Just buy from multiple sources.
  • Mad H.
    It's the *shops* they're trying to stop from panic buying. Superdrug or someone similar attempted to buy their entire yearly allocation pre-price hike, rather than paying the increased rate for two thirds of the year like they'd have to if their orders were spread throughout the year. Panic-buying consumers are merely a secondary impact
  • Banker
    I bought £1 000 000 quids worth with some spare change. I'll flog them with 20% profit next month. Haw-haw!
  • Kevin
    It's not a story. Want to buy 10,000 1st Class stamps? Go to the Royal Mail website. They will be happy to post them to you recorded delivery.
  • Fiyero
    Mad Don is right, it is to stop the shops. Customers can panic buy as much as they like from the Post Office. Imagine the mark up that someone like WHSmith could make if they bought a years worth of stamps just before the 14p per stamp increase
  • corbyboy
    OK I understand people getting a few stamps in to mitigate the price rise. But why is there so much talk about stamps as an investment? Who exactly are these people planning to sell their stamps to after the price hike?
  • A c.
    @corbyboy Me I would buy them all.
  • WH S.
    I would also buy some from you.
  • TimB
    Corbyboy - if you buy at 46p and sell at 60p, no one. If you buy at 46p and sell at 55p, you probably won't have much trouble shifting them on eBay
  • Royal M.
    We are prepared to sell for 54p on eBay, thus undercutting your price plan Timmyboy and putting Cordyboy out of business.
  • Boris
    If I buy these on eBay how much is the postage?
  • Royal M.
    Postage for you Boris, your highness would be free.
  • C.U.N.T
    I don't post anything, ever. But that didn't stop me from jumping in the Audi, driving the 100 yards to the post office, and buying every single fucking stamp they had. This involved pushing an old lady attempting to extract her pension out of the way, and punching a child in the face becasue they were just about to buy a book of 10 1st class stamps before me. Fucking kids!
  • Prince Y.
    That was me. So you're the Chief Underwriter of New Technology unit that attacked me. My mother shall here of this and you will be deactivated.

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