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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Handy Hints 1: Posting from the UK

I've discovered a handy hint for UK bloggers posting books out internationally so I thought I'd share it with you.

If you are sending a book outside of the UK you can get cheaper postage if you ask for "Printed Paper Rates". I found this out by complete accident when I posted a book to France from a post office in Cambridge. The chap behind the counter asked what I was sending and when I said it was a book, he said I can have printed paper rates. I had no clue what he was talking about but it meant it cost the same to post to France as it did to post to London or any UK town.

So the next time I went to the post office in the town where I live, I asked for Printed Paper Rates. I was  posting to a book to a UK blogger but the chap said that only applies to overseas postage.

Anyway, today I posted two books out to the US for two of my top commentators and I asked for Printed Paper Rates and success! It cost £3.64 per book. It would have cost nearly £5.00 per book if I hadn't asked for Printed Paper Rates.

So what I am trying to say (rather inarticulately) is if you are a UK blogger and you are posting a book internationally, if you ask for Printed Paper Rates it will save you money. Yay!


Cat Clarke said...

Thanks for the top tip Becky! I'm sure they keep these things quiet on purpose...

Luisa at Chicklish said...

I think maybe it depends on how often you send books and things, whether you know about this? Because of my far-flung family, I've been sending books and magazines abroad at "printed papers" rates for years and years! The prices are good now within Europe, but still expensive for some other countries. (You can avoid complicated customs forms for some countries by marking your package "Printed Papers" too, though.)
Thanks a lot for the great tip, Becky!

Yunaleska said...

Great tip, and one I only found out recently too.

Sarah said...

I'd not heard of that before so thanks for the great tip :o) Still a new blogger so yet to host my first contest but I'll def remember this for when I do!