It seems that the annual postal tariff change this year may see some reductions in airmail rates,
Tuesday 21 March 2017.
My correspondent, who has these new stamps on standing order from Tallents House, told me what the cost would be. Allowing for the handling charge, the total cost - including the country definitives if that rate changes - is less than £14 for the set.
Back in 2015 the cost of the new worldwide airmail stamps (the postcard and basic rate stamp did not change from £1) totalled £14. So, especially if the current £1.05 increases, some of the new rates would result in stamps of lower values than at present.
Now it may be that my correspondent is mistaken - but whatever happens, we can expect some new Machin definitives in March. Basic 1st and 2nd class rates will almost certainly rise, and as this will probably be on March 27th, it will make sense to buy any 1st class David Bowie stamps (issued on 14 March) before the rate goes up.
And don't forget Post and Go prices will also change, so if there is anything in the machines - Mail by Rail is issued this week - catch them before the increase as well.
An update to this has been posted on 24 February. Further comments there please.
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