The price of a stamp

Last week, I sent a postcard from Japan to the UK. It cost me ¥70, about 41p at current rates. Today, I sent a postcard from the UK to Japan. That cost me 97p, over twice as much.

Even within the UK, the cheapest (2nd Class) rate for sending a postcard is 53p. That means that it costs less to send a postcard to the UK from nearly ten thousand kilometres away than from the next village.

Now I’m wondering: is there a business opportunity in printing and sending business paperwork (bills and so on) from abroad? Or even just nice greetings postcards?


  1. Gareth

    Wrote at 2014-06-09 22:21 UTC using Chrome 35.0.1916.141 on Android:

    Even better. You can send a postcard or letter up to 100g from the Isle of Man to UK for 42p. It normally arrives next day.