We weigh all orders when they are sorted, and then calculate packaging and shipping costs. We will e-mail you with the total prior to payment. We do have to cover all our costs especially with the tiny orders, otherwise we end up making a loss for sending you Lego, but we do not profit on postage and packaging costs.
We send most orders in Jiffy envelopes. If we think the items are fragile we will box them. If you definitely want your order in a box please let us know when you order.
The minimum postage charge is £1.50, this is for up to 100g packed weight. However if items are too wide to fit through the large letter slot (only 25mm packed) the minimum charge is £3.70 and is for a packed weight of up to 1kg. Unfortunately there is no cheaper option to send light packages that are wider than 25mm. We have bought boxes to try to keep packages small, so cheaper where we can.
Royal mail now have 2 categories of pricing. If your package is thin (under 25mm when packed) the minimum charge is £3.00 in the EU and £3.80 in the rest of the world. These prices are for a packed weight of a maximum of 100g. Royal Mail then increases prices at 250g and each 250g thereafter. .If the packed weight is over 750g you can not use this option.
If the package is wider than 25mm, when packed, the minimum charge is £4.00 in the EU and £4.80 in the rest of the world. These prices are for a packed weight of a maximum of 100g. Royal Mail then increases prices at 250g and each 250g thereafter. NB this does not include any tracking, you have to pay for insurance if you want it tracked.
For expensive packages we do insist on insurance. If you have a less expensive package you can choose if you insure it or not, we have only had 2 packages get lost in last 18 months. If you choose not to insure please do not expect us to be covering your loss or we will not be able to keep our postage costs so cheap. We are happy to find out costs of insurance for you, just get in touch, with the weight and value of your order to get a quote. For small UK orders we use recorded delivery (GBP1.10)to insure, for more expensive orders we use special delivery (price varies dependant on weight).
For international orders the cheapest insurance is internationally signed for which costs GBP5.00. If your order is over £50 it will probably be £7.50, dependant which method is best for your country. Please see Royal mail website for details on internationally tracked and internationally tracked and signed services.
If you tell us the weight and value of your order we will try to estimate your postage, but please note the Bricklink weights are only estimates, and until we know the actually weight of the Lego and packaging we can not be completely sure. If it is really busy it might take a few days as we prioritise orders so people can get them quickly.