Royal Mail put price of first stamps up... everyone remembers to send emails instead
Royal Mail, the company currently topping the leaderboard for our Worst Company of 2009 (vote here), are about to whack up the price of a first-class stamp. That's clever isn't it? First and second-class stamps will rise by 2p to 41p and 32p respectively on 6 April next year, the company said.
Regulator Postcomm announced a couple of months ago it had given approval for stamp price increases in 2010. They'd given the green light for Royal Mail to up their price by 3p, but in a moment of almost useless goodwill, the price didn't go up as much as possible... although, the price increase is higher than inflation.
This price hike is to compensate for the continuing decline in mail volumes. Basically, because everyone sends emails now, the price of stamp will go up to ensure that we really stop bothering altogether with a slow mail system that doesn't always result in someone getting their letters and parcels anyway. In fact, in the past two months, I've had 4 things go AWOL thanks to those useless dolts.
"Stamp prices remain affordable and represent excellent value for money. Royal Mail continues to offer consumers a more extensive, to-the-door, six-days-a-week service than many European countries and does so at a lower price than most other operators," said Royal Mail's Alex Smith.
Yeah, but an email doesn't even demand I leave my seat. Beat that, Olden Mail.