Bad news everyone!
Well, it doesn’t actually impact my blog readers as I don’t think I have many Irish followers who are also snail mail enthusiasts (although if you are one, let me know!), but I am an Irish girl who loves sending mail so this impacts me – An Post have recently increased their stamp prices…drastically!
So, when I first started sending out mail back in 2015, a national letter or postcard (under 100g) cost €0.68 and an international letter cost €1. Then, it increase to €0.70 and €1.05 in either June or July 2015. A year after that in 2016, the price went up again by another 2c for national letters and 5c for international letters. I was expecting the price to increase again this year over the summer by the same amount but that was not to be the case. They didn’t even wait a year this time and guess what…
…this time, the price went up a hell of a lot more! Now, a national letter costs €1 and an international letter costs €1.35. So that’s a 28c increase for national and 25c increase for international. It’s crazy to think that what it cost me to send a letter outside of Ireland to say, New Zealand on the opposite side of the world, when I first started is now the price of sending a letter just an hours drive up the road to where one of my pen pals is.
Supposedly the price increase is to bring postage in Ireland closer to the European average, although going off of the chart that An Post themselves have on their site, it’s an average really skewed by just three countries (Denmark, Italy and Finland) and most of the other countries actually have prices the same as or far lower than Ireland had before the price increase:
Now that’s how you play with statistics to get your way!
Obviously my little rant here isn’t going to do anything about the price increase but venting does help me feel a little better!
The price increase does mean I’ll likely be cutting down on things I enjoy though, like sending postcards via Postcrossing and participating in Swap-bot swaps. I’ll try not it impact my responses to pen pals though (not that I have the speediest response time as it is!).
Also, my pen pals and readers here know how much I love suiting the stamp to the envelope and design. It’s always a tricky thing to do given the odd pricing of Irish stamps but hopefully I’ll still be able to manage that…and still actually have space on the envelope to write an address!
Well, that’s my little rant and warning over!
To fellow snail mail enthusiast, what’s the price of sending letters where you live? If you don’t mind sharing, how much do you think you spend a month on sending mail? It varies a bit for me but if I don’t have any packages to send out and I’m not doing many swaps or postcrossing, I spend between €10 and €15. It was usually closer to €10 if I was just keeping up with pen pals but I imagine now it’ll stay closer to the €15 mark because of the price increase.