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#1

I’ve just been talking to my QSL mananger and the subject of PO Boxes arose during our conversation. Apparently, the cost has risen to a staggering £178 PA!!!
I’ve decided to pass on the idea of obtaining one. It would seem, about 20,000 of their former PO Box customers have had the same idea.

Mike 2E0YYY


#2

In reply to 2E0YYY:

I’ve just been talking to my QSL mananger and the subject of PO Boxes
arose during our conversation. Apparently, the cost has risen to a
staggering £178 PA!!!
I’ve decided to pass on the idea of obtaining one. It would seem,
about 20,000 of their former PO Box customers have had the same idea.

This is correct! I cancelled my P.O. Box, which I had held for some 30 years, when it came up for renewal in August. The annual fee has gone from £50 to £178 in the space of three years! They must be trying to price themselves out of business.

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#3

In reply to G3NYY:

This is correct! I cancelled my P.O. Box, which I had held for some
30 years, when it came up for renewal in August. The annual fee has
gone from £50 to £178 in the space of three years! They must be trying
to price themselves out of business.

On that basis Walt, one can only assume that the cost of a first class postage stamp rising to £1, must be just around the corner :frowning:

Mike 2E0YYY


#4

In reply to 2E0YYY:

that the cost of a first class postage stamp rising to £1

I’d like to see you take a letter from someone up near Wick at 4.30pm and deliver it the next day to someone down near St. Austell and only charge £1 for doing it.

Not such a bad deal now is it?

Andy
MM0FMF


#5

In reply to MM0FMF:

In reply to 2E0YYY:

I’d like to see you take a letter from someone up near Wick at 4.30pm
and deliver it the next day to someone down near St. Austell and only
charge £1 for doing it.

Not such a bad deal now is it?

TBH Andy, I’m not too sure how many letters are sent from Wick at 4.30pm
and delivered next day to someone down near St. Austell daily, although my guess would be not too many. OTOH, the amount of junk mail being delivered daily by my postman, has now reached epidemic proportions, all of which I suspect is extremely profitable for Royal Mail. Just as well we only receive one daily post these days, as no doubt, we would receive twice as much :wink:

Mike 2E0YYY


#6

In reply to 2E0YYY:
I also quit my PO box 1652 3701 Skien Due to rise from eq 12£50 to over 75£
Now it is difficult for private person to obtain PO in LA
But who care only bills and spam any how.
73 de LA1KHA


#7

In reply to MM0FMF:

I’d like to see you take a letter from someone up near Wick at 4.30pm
and deliver it the next day to someone down near St. Austell and only
charge £1 for doing it.

When I were a lad, the GPO used to do that for 2.5d (approximately 1 new penny).

And a post card for only 1.5d.

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#8

In reply to G3NYY:

When I were a lad, the GPO used to do that for 2.5d (approximately 1
new penny).

Yes, but at that time the tram fare into town was 3d - for 3 miles. Now they charge £1.80 on the bus!

73

Brian G8ADD


#9

In reply to G8ADD:
And my annual salary was about £850.
Rod


#10

In reply to G8ADD:

Yes, but at that time the tram fare into town was 3d - for 3 miles.
Now they charge £1.80 on the bus!

ROTFL! Yes, in 1948 my bus fare to school was a half-penny. I remember the day, in 1949, when they put it up to a penny … and there was a public outcry because that was a 100% increase! That was the first time I had encountered inflation. :slight_smile:

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#11

In reply to G3NYY:

because that was a 100% increase

What would have been fair increase then Walt: a bodle, bawbee or a plack?

:wink:

Andy
MM0FMF


#12

In reply to 2E0YYY:

Apparently, the cost has risen to a
staggering £178 PA!!!
I’ve decided to pass on the idea of obtaining one.

Hi Mike,

Except for organisations -say QSL managers who receive
and sort mail for multiple users, I can’t see any great
advantage for an individual in having a P.O. box. There
is however a widespread belief that they are private, but
this is not so. Anyone can ring the P.O. and ask for the
address for any PO box and they are obliged to give it,
but not the individual’s name.

Kind regards

Dave


#13

In reply to G0ELJ:

Perhaps for those that are not RSGB members & would like to send & receive QSL’s ?


#14

In reply to 2E0YYY:

These prices sound totally outrageous–and for mail that they don’t even deliver to your door but you have to go and get!!

I’ll count myself lucky here (I just got myself a PO box a month ago in anticipation of a possible move) and it cost me less than 10$ US–not to rub it in but it’s only a key deposit that I’ll get back whenever I release the box!

<ducks for cover :wink: >

As my friend in high school would’ve asked: “do you get free salt potatoes with that?”

73 from HL land–

Jason HL4ZFA


#15

In reply to MM0FMF:

because that was a 100% increase

What would have been fair increase then Walt: a bodle, bawbee or a
plack?

Well, in those days farthings were still in use, so they could have increased the fare from a halfpenny to three-farthings. That would have been only 50%, which is quite enough of an increase in one go!

I always believed a bawbee was a halfpenny, but the Scottish National Dictionary - in its wisdom - declares that it was a sixpence!
:slight_smile:

73,
Walt (G3NYY)


#16

In reply to G3NYY:

I think it was a sixpence but a Scottish sixpence which was equivalent to an English halfpenny. If you can believe Wikipedia that is.

Farthings were phased out just before the world benefited from my arrival! :wink:

How common was there usage in the 50’s? I’d assume they weren’t used much anyway or the Govt. wouldn’t have stopped them.

Andy
MM0FMF


#17

In reply to MM0FMF:

“Birds Eye Maple” costs three ha’pence a foot from Sam Ogglethwaite. Noah used this in his ark to panel the side of his bunk.


#18

In reply to MM0FMF:

Farthings were phased out just before the world benefited from my
arrival! :wink:

Aye, phased out in January 1961. I can still remember buying 4 Black Jack or 4 Fruit Salad sweets, in the 50s and early 60s for an old Penny.

Mike 2E0YYY


#19

In reply to 2E0YYY:
Hi all
I see only extreme prices of a PO.Box.
In Germany it´s for free…
because the postman(or women) must not go out to bring your letters.
They can stay in the office and you have to go there to get your letters.

Best 73 de Tom
DL1DVE


#20

In reply to DL1DVE:

In reply to 2E0YYY:
Hi all
I see only extreme prices of a PO.Box.
In Germany it´s for free…

It’s not all bad news, Tom. At least our Amateur Radio Licence is issued free of charge!

73 Mike
2E0YYY