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Consumer watchdog finds possible £30+ savings on postage to Republic

The public consumer-rights watchdog has issued advice for saving money on postage ahead of Christmas.

The Consumer Council is advising shoppers to look at different postage suppliers, and to seek out value.

In one example, it looked at the difference in price with different operators for posting a book, with the dimensions of 13cm x 19.8cm x 3cm x .5kg, to the Republic of Ireland.

Prices ranged from £4.19 at the cheapest, up to £34.95 at the most expensive - a difference of £30.76 in savings.

Price difference was also examined on the following gifts:

  • Fitbit: 22.23cm x 6.03cm x 6.03cm x .1kg
  • Hairdryer: 26.8cm x 29.7cm x 8.5cm x 1.04kg
  • Nerf Nitro Longshot: 25.4cm x 6.6cm x 46.4cm x .68kg
  • Luvabella: 36.83cm x 30.48cm, x 20.32cm x 2.95kg
  • FurReal Buzz Pet – Tyler the Playful Tiger: 44.5cm x 50.8cm x 21.6cm x 2.6kg
  • Paw Patrol Sea Patroller: 35.56cm x 65.09cm x 20.32cm x 4.18kg
  • Lego Boost: 54cm x 28.2cm x 91.0cm x 1.38kg

The cost of sending items to different parts of the United Kingdom was also tallied up.

For the Luvabella, a popular child's doll, it was possible to save as much £16.56 by choosing the correct operator when posting within the United Kingdom.

The Paw Patrol Sea Patroller, a maritime-themed child's toy, it was possible to save up to £18.60 when posting to England or Wales.

Head of post at the Consumer Council Kellin McCloskey said: "Many consumers still like to post Christmas presents to family and friends near and far... so we are calling on consumers to shop around to see which parcel operator can provide the best delivery cost and to double check all parcel operator’s last postings dates."

Commenting on the cost of posting to the Republic, SDLP MLA John Dallet hit out at the Royal Mail's postage charges.

"It is astounding that Royal Mail continues to treat the South as a foreign country for the purpose of postal charges and imposes an international levy for cards letters and parcels that, in some cases, go no further than a few miles down the road," he said.

“The difference in charges is significant, particularly for those sending a number of items. Sending a 100g card from North to South costs £1.57 while the same card coming South to North costs £1. And it’s even more maddening for parcels where a 2kg package will sting local people for £4.45 more than senders in the Republic.

“There’s a clear case for harmonising postal rates across the island, not least of all for local firms who do business on a North/South basis."

Here is the full list of possible savings:

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