I'd like to think I can exist solely digitally, but my frequent trips to the post office are testament to the fact we still have to bend over to Royal Mail's rough treatment every once and a while. Their calloused hands will soon be pinching even more meat from us soon, with the Beeb reporting first-class stamps are due to rise from 46p each to 60p come April 30th.
I wouldn't mind so much, if the service were at all adequate. I think we can all spill some horror stories in this space right now. According to Ofcom, the price hike is all thanks to the rise in digital communication, meaning we're less reliant on Royal Mail (thus, spending less and less with them each year.)
It's not just first-class stamps that are seeing a rise though -- if you're a fan of the cheapskate second-class stamp, it's escalating in price from 36p to 50p. Unfortunately, like public transport costs, the woes won't stop there -- second-class stamps will likely rise with inflation each year for the next seven years.
This is reportedly all thanks to the regulator changing the price controls imposed on Royal Mail, which is of course acting swiftly with its money-grabbing, to safeguard its future in this digital world we reside in. Don't get me wrong, I'd be really saddened to see the demise of the Royal Mail, but after years of less-than-satisfactory service (don't get me started on the number of parcels they've lost), rising prices will just stoke the embers of the already-pissed-off public. [BBC]