Stamp out big Christmas postage costs

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Shopping around can save money on Christmas postage costs

The Consumer Council is encouraging consumers to save money on postage costs by shopping around this Christmas, as prices can vary.

The Consumer Council has looked at a range of parcel operators to explore the price of posting some of this year’s top Christmas presents and toys within Northern Ireland, to the UK and ROI. Findings have revealed that postage costs can vary significantly, and in many cases cost much more than the price of the actual present. The cost of posting a book to the Republic of Ireland ranged from £4.19 to £34.95, depending on the operator chosen.

This represents an 88% price difference or £30.76 in savings. Kellin McCloskey, Head of Post at The Consumer Council said; “Many consumers still like to post Christmas presents to family and friends near and far. With a range of parcel companies available in Northern Ireland, our findings show savings of 80% (£28.20) on sending a child’s toy to Scotland.” Kellin continued, “Even the price of smaller units such as an activity wristband tracker can vary significantly regardless of where you send them; within Northern Ireland we saw a 80% saving in postage costs of £11.16.

So we are calling on consumers to shop around to see which parcel operator can provide the best delivery cost and to double check all parcel operator’s last postings dates.” For further information on postal advice this Christmas, visit The Consumer Council website www.consumercouncil.org.uk or Facebook The-Consumer-Council-Northern-Ireland/ or Twitter @ConsumerCouncil.

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