A new service has been launched which allows people to beat post offices queues by buying their stamps online.
Customers pay for their postage on the internet by selecting the appropriate amount for their letter or parcel, and paying by debit or credit card or via a pre-pay account.
A unique barcode is then printed directly on to envelopes, labels or paper before posting in the normal way.
Prices are the same as normal postage and customers can choose from a full range of posting options, from First Class to international services.
Choice and flexibility
Royal Mail’s Marketing Director Alex Batchelor said: ‘We have launched this service in response to demands from the general public who want to be able to buy and print their postage online, direct onto an envelope or a label.
‘Online postage gives customers more choice and flexibility in the way they pay to send their mail. The service is perfect for busy people, but it is also aimed at home workers who post small quantities of mail on a regular basis as well as people who sell goods via auction websites.’