How Much Do Franking Machines Cost?

By Dan Barraclough | Updated: 25 February 2019

This article will look at the factors that affect how franking machines are priced.

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Franking Machine Prices

In the UK, Franking machines range in price from under £1,000 for a basic machine to more than £20,000 for a top of the line machine.

A more expensive model can process high volumes of post and comes with an automatic feeder, stacker and envelope sealer. Some models are capable of feeding 300 mail items a minute, which can save your business a lot of time if you process large amounts of post. Large volume franking machines can also have up to 100 or more departmental costing codes for accounting purposes.

Smaller franking machines, such as those produced by Quadient, can print up to 50 mailing items a day and has 10 departmental access codes.

A slightly better machine with an integral weighing platform, like a Quadient IS-280, can cost about £1,200 and will come with the additional benefits of tariff updates via a LAN.

Choosing Features

You will have different needs depending on the size of your business. Large businesses may have dedicated staff and space for post. In a small business responsibility for post may be a small part of someone's role. Either way, a franking machine will provide time and money savings.

One of the best small business franking machine is the Pitney Bowes DM50. This machine has an integral weighing machine and promotional message capability on all franked mail.

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Renting Franking Machines

Purchasing a new franking machine outright can be a heavy cost, especially for a small business, but you can offset this by renting a model instead.

Renting offers a number of attractive features, such as tax deductions, lower risk maintenance agreements, the ability to get a higher grade machine than you would normally be able to afford, as well as a host of other benefits.

Franking machine rental prices start at less than £20 a month for a machine suited for a small business, and around £29 a month for a rental which includes onsite repair and replacement ink cartridges.

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Saving Money: Normal Costs vs Franking Costs

Franking machines also have much lower postal rates than ordinary Royal Mail stamps.

See how much money you could save by franking your post, in the table below.

Prices shown for Mailmark franking.
Updated to reflect Royal Mail changes on 27 March 2017

UK DeliveryNormal PriceFranking PriceSavings (£)Savings (%)
1st Class Standard Letter (Up to 100g)£0.67£0.60£0.0710.5%
1st Class Royal Mail Signed For® Letter (Up to 100g)£1.77£1.70£0.074%
1st Class Small Parcel (Up to 1kg)£3.45£3.22£0.236.7%
1st Class Small Signed For® Parcel (Up to 1kg)£4.45£4.22£0.235.2%
2nd Class Standard Letter (up to 100g)£0.58£0.44£0.1424%
2nd Class Royal Mail Signed For® Letter (Up to 100g)£1.68£1.54£0.148.3%
2nd Class Small Parcel (Up to 1kg)£2.95£2.72£0.237.8%
2nd Class Small Signed For® Parcel (Up to 1kg)£3.95£3.72£0.235.8%
Special Delivery™ UK Letter – Guaranteed Next Day By 1pm (Up to 100g, with £500 insurance)£6.50£6.25£0.253.8%
Special Delivery™ UK Letter – Guaranteed Next Day By 9am (Up to 100g, with £50 insurance)£18.36£17.10£1.266.9%
International Small Standard Letter (Up to 10g, any destination)£1.25£1.15£0.108%
International Standard Letter within Europe (Up to 100g)£1.55£1.45£0.106.5%
International Standard Letter outside Europe (Up to 100g)£2.25£2.15£0.104.4%

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Dan Barraclough

Dan’s a Senior Writer at Expert Market, specialising in digital marketing, web design, and photocopiers, amongst other topics.

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