Multitool.org
 
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
+-

Hello Lurker! Remove this ad and much more by logging in.


Postage costs, then and now 177

Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,515 I'm not a pessimist, I'm an experienced optimist!
Postage costs, then and now
« on: March 16, 2019, 07:55:31 AM »
Earlier today, I heard someone grumbling about postage costs, and wondered how today's prices compared to the costs when it all started. This is of course very UK-centric.

The world's first ever self adhesive postage stamp on a public postal service, was the "penny black" in May 1840. This only lasted a year, then they changed it to the "penny red". This was so the cancellation stamp showed up better, and people didn't just keep reusing the same stamp over and over again. The cost was, you guessed it, a penny, to deliver a letter up to 1/2oz (14g) irrespective of distance. So it didn't matter if it was just a horse and cart journey, or if it had to travel the length of the country by steam train.

But how does that compare to the 58p cost of second class stamp today?

According to the Bank of England website, £1 worth of goods and services back then, would cost £100 today. So 100 pennies, or £1 is considerably MORE than today's 58 pence stamp.

Except it isn't...

In 1840 we were on £-s-d or pounds, shillings and pence, and there were actually 240 pennies in the pound. One hundred pennies back then, was eight shillings and fourpence, which in today's decimal currency, comes to just under 42p. So today's 58p postal cost is almost 40% higher than the equivalent cost when the service started almost 180 years ago.

Smurfing robbing smurfs!  :rant:


 :P



The cantankerous but occasionally useful member, formally known as 50ft-trad
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,948
Re: Postage costs, then and now
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 08:49:19 AM »
Ah yes, I mentioned it too...

A package containing 3-4 SAKs from here to the US or Canada, untracked, unsigned...
€45! :sa:

Add tracking and insurance... €135
:facepalm:

Buy now or regret later
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 17,515 I'm not a pessimist, I'm an experienced optimist!
Re: Postage costs, then and now
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 08:59:23 AM »
WOW!!!  :o

That's many multiples of the cost from here. A small parcel up to 500g, shipped anywhere in the world, tracked, signed for, and insured for £250, is just under £16.



The cantankerous but occasionally useful member, formally known as 50ft-trad
Zombie Apprentice Posts: 13,948
Re: Postage costs, then and now
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 09:05:22 AM »
...

At that price I could see members here getting package spammed :D

Buy now or regret later

 

Donations

Operational Funds

Help us keep the Unworkable working!
Donate with PayPal!
July Goal: $300.00
Due Date: Jul 31
Total Receipts: $23.00
PayPal Fees: $1.77
Net Balance: $21.23
Below Goal: $278.77
Site Currency: USD
 7%
July Donations

Community Links


Powered by EzPortal
SMF 2.0.17 | SMF © 2019, Simple Machines
Page created in 0.034 seconds with 33 queries.
© 2018 Defender Web & Tool