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An post 25% stamp price increase within 1 year is a disgrace

  • 02-02-2022 10:38am
    Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast

    A few years ago when Denis Naughton was minister, he removed the comreg price cap on stamps after AnPost told him a cock and bull story that they'd have to cut back to 3 days per week delivery unless he did something. The old defence that an post are super past is longer true, it now takes up to 3 working days most of the time for a letter to arrive so they've taken full advantage of the price cap being done way with, before they knew if they fell behind on next day delivery, comreg wouldn't give them an increase, now they can do as they like thanks to Denis Naughton's action in 2017


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    I've switched to hand-delivering all my mail

    No longer willing to pay these exorbitant prices

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,047 ✭✭✭ XsApollo

    How much is a stamp,?

    the fact you can get a piece of paper delivered to its exact location anywhere in the country in the next day or 2 for 1.25 is a bit of a bargain really.

  • Registered Users Posts: 265 ✭✭ pjdarcy

    Also, it's not a 25% increase OP. The current cost of a stamp is 1.10 and it's being increased to 1.25

  • Registered Users Posts: 175 ✭✭ user302243

    And can get a letter delivered anywhere worldwide for less than a cup of coffee. It's crazy when you actually think how much effort it takes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,618 ✭✭✭✭ Donald Trump

    Well you can go to your local Tesco, buy a litre of milk (1kg) that was also delivered fresh from somewhere else in the country. And included in that price is the production cost, collection cost, processing and production, refrigeration, delivery and retailer margin.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    You can reuse 50% of stamps anyhow , they're not postmarked whatever they're doing

    I just happened to notice, didn't even need bother going to PO for stamps , not that I use them much

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,526 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    Not sure if anyone has heard any recent interviews with AN POST'S CEO but my god, breath taking arrogance, bizzare interview on the Claire Byrne show before Christmas re the ongoing debacle over custom charges, parcels being returned and in essence exuded an attitude he doesn't give a toss about POST office network.

    Yesterday he tried to justify the latest price increases on morning Ireland and he's now talking about the need for investment in the network 🙄

    But by far the funniest interview re the price increase was Michael Healy Raes contribution Yesterday on Claire Byrne (worth a listen back)

    Asked on to comment, he went into a 10 minute tangent about how wonderful your local post office and Master is , in essence he seems to think its an obligation of every Irish citizen to not only use their local PO but have an account there, it was extraordinarily funny and bizzare, even Claire started to laugh. But of course MHR is of course a post master, he did admit this but my god, he really lives in a parallel universe, but utterly entertaining all the same 😁

    Worth pointing out, the price of a 10 pack of stamps is not increasing 😏

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    Well he's right about the local PO

    Basically fuckked without them here all the banks closed in town and no way to manually lodge cash besides

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,542 ✭✭✭ Squeeonline

    Cant even remember the last time I sent a letter. Even wedding invites are being done digitally.

    Like it's still cheap, but these days it's pretty niche.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,526 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    It's a fair point , I've been KBC for years and didn't generally need to do cash lodgement, my on solution was credit union account , use that and transfer electronically.

    An Post have a new current account but at €5 per month maintenance charge, its pricey.

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,240 ✭✭✭ Pussyhands

    An Post can go and feck themselves.

    During the lockdown they spent big money on sending out postcards to every household who could then send them for free just because it was a novelty during lockdown.

    Well, now you've learned, it wasn't free!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    BOI is a fiver a month charge, I'm with them , but I think that covers everything including unpaid DDs

    Dunno about an post t+c's

    There's a shedload of stuff u need the PO for if u live rurally

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,036 ✭✭✭✭ mickdw

    Still post alot of business stuff as original documents are required. The cost is now nuts.

    Registered A4 size envelope packed about 10mm thick with documents is 13 euro.

    Post a few of those every day and you have a very significant outlay monthly on postage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,526 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    I live in the sticks (Slieve Bloom mountains) 20 years now and honestly can count on one hand the amount of times I used local PO, the adjoining supermarket yes, but very very rarely as the prices off the scale

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,943 ✭✭✭ kirk.

    ? I post a lot of packages etc. at the po

    I'm not paying that price

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,526 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    That's Shocking, is there no other alternative 🤔, I sent a letter by swift post last year and it cost €11, not even registered, just wanted it received quickly, never again

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,612 ✭✭✭ El Tarangu

    Registered letter - those things were always expensive.

  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭ Ballycommon Mast

    AnPost for some reason had pretty much quit the parcel business by the first half of the 2010s, even though it was the obvious thing to concentrate on from the 00s onwards, by the 2010s they had lost almost all parcel business to the the likes of fastway. It was only when David McRedmond took over as CEO in around 2015 that they started to flight to win back parcel delivery.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,595 ✭✭✭ Charles Babbage

    That's the point. The volume of post is less, but the cost of the service is almost fixed, so the unit cost has to go up.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 553 ✭✭✭ poppers

    How much would DHL or Fastway charge to deliver you letters.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,503 ✭✭✭ ahnowbrowncow

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,371 ✭✭✭ TomTomTim

    The same AnPost who started overpaying women to fix the "gender pay gap"? We're essentially paying the bill for their vanity projects it seems. I'm still chasing them down for over charging me on taxes months later. I used to think they were a good organization, but I've nothing but disdain for them now days, especially with all the lies about non EU mail being returned, a problem that still exists today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,996 ✭✭✭ Padraig Mor

    An Post are also playing fast and loose with their "we're below the average European cost" guff. Not sure of the current charges but they said the same last time they raised the cost to €1.10 - but careful perusal showed that the average (mean) cost was massively jacked up by Denmark as their price was €3+. So they were already above the median cost at that time, and have now jacked it up twice since.

  • Posts: 1,263 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Can somebody fix the the thread title? The correct term is 'disgrace, Joe'

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭ Multipass

    I just found a book of national stamps in a drawer - oh good, I need those….. 55c 😩

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,993 ✭✭✭✭ machiavellianme

    Is this the same An Post who pushed the same letter through my letter box 3 times despite it being for a completely different address almost a mile away? I kept popping it back in the post box and they kept delivering it. It takes a certain level of ineptitude to manage that. No wonder the price is increasing?

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,993 ✭✭✭✭ machiavellianme

    Always buy N stamps, then the price increases don't matter.