|Postage & Packaging.|
As the title suggests, please note that P&P cost includes the sometimes overlooked packaging cost that is required for safe and secure postage of vinyl records. The cost of that packaging - MusicMax Defendapack Mailers - is as follows:
30p for 7"/CD's or 35p for 12"/LP's. Note that 3 or 4 7"/12" fit inside a mailer.
Postage is with 2nd Class Delivery within the UK as standard, with Recorded Delivery service available at extra cost.
Standard cost of £3.15 for a 12"/LP or £1.10 for a single 7"/CD. This includes the packaging material costs above.
I discount on multiple items as invoiced, with at cost postage as priced by weight/parcel type with Royal Mail.
Within UK I can send up to three (or sometimes 4) 12"/LP's for the same price as one.
NOTE: This is cheaper than the Ebay 'additional items' system, whereby a buyer can end up paying more than postage costs. Please request a combined invoice once finished buying multiple items.
Overseas/Worldwide I ship at cost price which makes additional items cheaper than a single 12"/LP when shipping.
For item value/purchase totals above £20 the 'Signed' service must be used to all destinations.
'Signed' service within the UK costs £1.10 in addition to standard postage cost.
'International Signed' (IS) service to overseas/Worldwide destinations costs £5 in addition to standard postage cost.
Please chose the 'Signed' option from the drop down box when paying if your item(s) value is above £20, otherwise you won't be covered in the rare event of an undelivered or lost item.
For high value items/purchase totals above £50, it is recommended the Fully Insured service be used.
Within the UK this is with Special Delivery as priced:
£6.70 including packing cost for a 7" single.
£7.50 including packing cost for a 12"/LP.
For 'International Signed' (IS) service to overseas/Worldwide destinations, this is an additional cost of £2.60.
All these services offer compensation for up to £500 value.
Note also that some items are sold with Free P&P within UK.
This is saving a cost of £3.15 for a 12"/LP or £1.10 for a single 7"/CD.
Packaging of vinyl records is with heavy duty MusicMax mailers from Defendapack.
These are bought in bulk & the cost works out at 35p for a 12"/LP or 30p for a 7"/CD mailer.
Each mailer will hold up to 4x7"s or 3/4x12"/LP's, depending on LP vinyl/sleeve thickness.
For 12"/LP's 3 or 4 can be posted for the same cost as one within the UK (up to 1Kg.).
The best mailers I have found and well worth the small price to ensure that your vinyl reaches you safe & sound.
Note there is no charge for the service of packing for the vinyl, only for the mailer itself.
Royal Mail Postage Price Increases for 2014.
NOTE that as of March 31st 2014, Royal Mail have increased prices as follows:
8% on Small Parcels for 12"/LP's within UK.
6% for Large Letters for 7"/singles within UK.
Both of these being within UK and with standard 2nd Class postal rates.
The 'Signed' service in addition to these rates, has remained at £1.10 within the UK.
International Prices have increased by 4% for both a single 12"/LP and 7"/single to Europe.
I do not make any surcharges on postage & packaging costs and take a 10% loss after fees on P&P.
I hope that information helps.