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What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post?

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2005/08/02 18:41:29 (permalink)
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What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post?

I've started re-selling my old university books through Amazon and realised that a lot of my books are damn heavy.

Obviously this could kill me on the postage. Amazon add £2.50 on top of the price you sell the item at for delivery costs. You then are responsible for delivering the item. But if the book is heavy, as most of them are, postage is going to be more than £2.50 isn't it even second class?

What's the best and cheapest way to send it?

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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 18:57:12 (permalink)
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    you cant send anything over 750g 2nd class - the cheapest way is to send it as 'printed matter' which i believe is a little cheaper than small packet rate , i wrap books well in a placcy bag and cover with cheap masking tape, so it doesnt add much weight


     
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 19:12:31 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: jonnywildboar

    you cant send anything over 750g 2nd class - the cheapest way is to send it as 'printed matter' which i believe is a little cheaper than small packet rate , i wrap books well in a placcy bag and cover with cheap masking tape, so it doesnt add much weight


    Thanks pal. So you use a plastic bag and send it through the post office as printed matter is that right?

    It's a waste of my time sending it recorded too I guess as that will bump up the price.
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 20:04:43 (permalink)
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    yea, printed matter is fine n dandy - they ask you if there is a letter in there

    'no, just printed matter'

    yea, a cheap plastic bag/bit of a bin liner, strengthened with masking tape,

    you can get proof of posting for free but recorded will add 63p i think, if its really heavy i.e over 1.5 kg parcel force 3 day service

     
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 20:12:13 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: jonnywildboar

    yea, printed matter is fine n dandy - they ask you if there is a letter in there

    'no, just printed matter'

    yea, a cheap plastic bag/bit of a bin liner, strengthened with masking tape,

    you can get proof of posting for free but recorded will add 63p i think, if its really heavy i.e over 1.5 kg parcel force 3 day service


    Thanks for the tips. Yeah these books are heavy I think defo over 1.5kg. Is the parcel force 3 day option expensive and mandatory in that case?
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 20:19:48 (permalink)
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    yea, once it goes over a certain weight it has to go parcel force....here are the rates...

    1kg £3.60
    1.5kg £4.63
    2kg £4.97
    4kg £7.20
    6kg £8.17
    8kg £9.32
    10kg £10.00
    20kg £11.65

    this is why books go fairly cheap on ebay - the postage is sometimes more than the book !!

     
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 21:10:39 (permalink)
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    Thanks mate.

    You've been a great help.

    I'm beginning to think that selling them on Amazon is pointless, I'll end up just giving the books away. Most will cost more than £2.50 to post!
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    RE: What's The Cheapest Way To Send Someone A Book In The Post? 2005/08/02 21:44:18 (permalink)
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    yea, mabie ebay is a better option - at least you can put a realistic postage cost on there, good luck mate

     
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