Cost stamps down on use
VERY recently I purchased two books of second-class postage stamps and was very surprised to find that they were the special Christmas issue.
This suggests to me that perhaps the Post Office over estimated how many would be sold during the festive period.
Stuart Simpson, head of operations, Royal Mail recently explained (Have Your Say, August 2) how the injection of private investment will benefit the company if and when privatisation goes ahead. I would like to make a suggestion in what I believe would be a guaranteed way to increase sales in postage stamps.
The cost of postage stamps has now reached a level that many feel is unacceptably high, and can no longer afford to send greetings cards, especially in the quantity that most families used to do.
I know of many who are not sending traditional Christmas cards and are reverting instead to electronic salutations.
So Mr Simpson, if you intend moving on when privatisation goes ahead, why not go out in a blaze of glory by introducing a seasonal Third Class postage stamp at a significantly reduced rate?
This rate could guarantee a delivery time of three days or more, which would be quite acceptable as most send out cards in advance.
Mr R Rhodes