You can find the answers to the most commonly asked Royal Mail Shop queries by clicking on the links below:
Pre-paid envelopes (including bespoke envelopes) were withdrawn from sale on 1st October 2022.
Why has Royal Mail withdrawing this range of products?
Royal Mail are migrating all products to utilise barcode technology, so we're phasing-out the sale of postage products that don’t carry barcodes.
Why is Royal Mail adding barcodes?
This is part of our extensive and ongoing modernisation drive, and will allow the unique barcodes to facilitate operational efficiencies, enable the introduction of added security features, and pave the way for innovative services for customers. For more information visit royalmail.com/sending/barcoded-stamps.
What happens to the pre-paid envelopes I currently have?
These are valid for postage and will remain valid on an ongoing basis.
What postage products can I use instead?
If you post large volumes, a franking machine may be the best option to meet your postal needs. For more information on franking, see royalmail.com/business/shipping/franking.
Alternatively, if you only post intermittently or your volumes are relatively low, we sell stamps in sheets of 50. For more information on stamps, see Returns and Refunds
If you’ve changed your mind or have incorrectly ordered something
If you are a retailer or Direct customer and you wish to return items, you must contact us within seven days of receipt. Please get in touch by clicking on the Contact us link at the bottom of this page, and selecting the Shop icon. Goods must be returned within 14 days of receipt.
If you are a Philatelic customer you can return products for any reason within 30 days of receiving your order. Please contact us via our online customer enquiry form and we will advise you on the process for returns. You must return the products within a reasonable timescale of giving us notice.
If shop items arrive damaged, items are missing, or stamp orders are not of philatelic quality
Please contact us via our online customer enquiry form. We will either refund or replace (at our expense) any incorrect or missing products and send you a postage paid label, which you can attach to your package if you are returning items.
With limited edition items, we may not always be able to issue you with a replacement, and we won’t be able to replace specific numbers of a limited edition product.
We’d like to apologise if the products received weren’t what you were expecting.
If you’d like to change your order
If any details need to be changed after you’ve placed an order, please contact us via our online customer enquiry form. We will try to cancel the order before items are dispatched. You will then need to place a new order.
My Royal Mail Shop order hasn’t arrived
In the unlikely event that your order has not been received within the advertised timescales, please report this to us by completing the online customer enquiry form and we will help you resolve the situation.
Please give us as much information as possible so that we can look into your issue: order number, order date, how the order was place (e.g. by phone/via the website), and confirm the delivery address. If you don’t have all the information to hand, don’t worry, just let us know as much as you can.
Contact us about the Royal Mail Shop
If you need to get in touch, please use our online customer enquiry form. We aim to respond to your enquiry in three working days.
Please do not email firstname.lastname@example.org as this address is no longer in use.
We always strive to meet our customers' expectations. However if you would like to make a complaint please complete the form mentioned above.
You can make a payment by any of the following methods:
You could also save time by starting a subscription, where we will send your order automatically. To find out how, get in touch by clicking on the Contact us link at the bottom of this page, and selecting the Shop icon.
Statements and VAT receipts
We have produced a guide to your Royal Mail Shop statement.
If you place an order for a product on the Royal Mail Shop, you will not receive a VAT receipt by default. If you'd like a VAT receipt for your purchase, please contact one of our Customer Service advisors by clicking on the Contact us link at the bottom of this page, and selecting the Shop icon.
EU VAT and Import One Stop Shop
For information on VAT payable on deliveries to the European Union and the Import One Stop Shop, please visit our dedicated page here.
Online Mail Supplies
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How do I sponsor a special handstamp?
How do I close an account?
To close an account, please contact:
Online: Please submit your enquiry online, via our webform at: www.royalmail.com/stampsenquiries
21 South Gyle Crescent
Or Telephone: 03457 641 641