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I'm just interested to see how many mail artists in the UK right now. Are you one?

Website: http://a1mailart.blogspot.com/
Location: Cheshire UK
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Some stamps that me and Vittore Baroni in Italy collaborated on a couple of years ago.

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Comment by Mail Art Martha on May 9, 2020 at 8:24am

Alan, I simply cut a slot of the right dimentions on a piece of card. It has served me well for years.

The Post Office sells stamps by post too . They came by UPS, I assummed Kevin, my postman, would bring them. 

Comment by Alan Brignull on May 6, 2020 at 7:52am

Heather, if you can get yourself a 'Pricing in Proportion' ruler this will help. It has 5mm and 25mm slots to tell you whether your letter is 'large' or not. Helix make one as well as some other manufacturers

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on May 6, 2020 at 12:04am

Heather For the UK, go to the Royal Mail website and there's good clear details of all dimensions for each rate of postage.  

https://www.royalmail.com/

Since lockdown, I've also used the website's Click & Collect facility - solved the problems of international mailing.

Because I'm avoiding post offices, I've also bought postage stamps online, from Viking:

https://www.viking-direct.co.uk/en/c/stamps_p1_uk

Comment by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on May 5, 2020 at 11:21pm

Im currently sorting out some small and thin-ish 6 page boardbooks to get put into regular but arted up envelopes for mailing out to several people, uk euro and overseas.

im using standard A5 envelopes but am unsure whether the 40gram slightly thicker package would manage to scrape in as a large letter or if i should make it a parcel?

my local Post office is on weird opening times obviously and i dont manage to catch these times to coincide with my once weekly excursion into town. I weigh my mail to price check what stamps i need to put on.

Comment by Michael Leigh on April 28, 2020 at 6:01pm

Regarding uncancelled stamps. Oxfam seemed to do well out of selling them so happy my money was going to a good cause.  Yes, the post office should be more aware of cancelling stamps properly .  They make huge profits every year and so I don't feel that bad about re-using envelopes they have neglected to frank.

Comment by Alan Brignull on April 28, 2020 at 5:17pm

I hadn't heard of Philatelink but will look them out. Stamp dealers must have bought huge quantities of stamps in the 70s and 80s with the thought they could resell them for a profit in the future. Now they've realised they never will and are happy to unload them cheap.

On the other hand I can't understand why eBay continues to permit these listings of used uncancelled stamps. And if Royal Mail would only cancel mail properly that would put an end to the problem.

Comment by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on April 28, 2020 at 5:00pm

Alan - I agree, I refuse to take part in the fraudulant recycling of used stamps. But philatelink.co.uk is a legit place to buy older unfranked and never used stamps that are fit for using for posting things. :-)

Comment by Alan Brignull on April 28, 2020 at 4:53pm

You can buy unused old stamps at below face value on eBay too, as long as you don't mind adding lots of small values. I love commemorating current events like Charles & Diana's wedding etc. But beware of the fraudulent listings of used but unfranked stamps, 'for collectors only' (wink wink). Especially now, we need to be supporting the world's postal services not cheating them. You can manage the cost by carefully keeping just within weight and size limits.

Comment by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on April 28, 2020 at 4:23pm

Michael - on further comments about the demise of your oxfam that supplied unfranked stamps to use. are you aware of philiatelink? i used to buy some semi bulk packages of stamps for less than the bulk face value when i did postcrossing. your comment got me thinking about it and ive found the company is still trading and ive just ordered a £50 pack of mixed value stamps for about £37. its always a good fun deal for things like mail art mailings.

Comment by Heather Wilkie (paganfrog) on April 27, 2020 at 10:01pm

Michael - yes, IM aware of just how much our royal mail has hijed the prices up over the years. after i stepped away from mail art the first time, i went into postcrossing in abig way and enjoyed swapping souvenir pstcards for a few years. then i stepped away from that when royal mail did away with the postcard price stamps and made it more expensive for euro and international mailings. im still to find out just how pricy its got since then as ive not mailed anything outher than the odd card or official documents within the uk. something tells me my wallets going to have a funny turn.

 

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