Today, as a business customer of the Royal Mail, I received a letter from the company’s sales director Graham Davis.
The letter was to give me advance notice that postage prices would be “changing” with effect from 30 March; but the letter did not say what the new prices would be. For that I would have to wait until the end of February.
I’m not a betting man, but I don’t think any bookmaker would accept a bet from me that by “changing some of our prices” the Royal Mail actually mean “increasing some of our prices”.
But the thing that stood out most from the letter was the Royal Mail’s request for me to provide them with my email address so that they could send me the new price information “straight into your inbox” – it seems that the Royal Mail can’t afford to send letters in the post any more!
Okay, this is a case of “don’t let facts get in the way of a good story”; because the letter says by email “as well as by letter” – but I have no doubt that the reason they want to communicate by email is so that they can send other correspondence by email instead of by post.