Here's the latest issue of 'Special Stamps' from Royal Mail, out now. I'm always complaining about these issues because they're aimed at making money out of collectors and are not much used. People working in post offices find them a nuisance and get rid of them as soon as possible. If you're sending a birthday card, though, it is nice to use a pretty stamp if you can. I'm advising stocking up because next month comes the traditional annual hike in postage rates. From the Royal Mail site:
‘Royal Mail today announced that the price of First and Second Class stamps for standard letters weighing up to 100g would rise by 2p, to 41p and 32p respectively, from 6 April 2010. The prices for ordinary meter and account mail, largely sent by small businesses, will not increase and will remain at 36p and 25p respectively for standard letters weighing up to 100g.’
They claim these rates are still good value compared with the rest of Europe. What bothers consumers, though, is forking out for 'next day' delivery and not getting it. Post early!