From today you no longer have to waste time standing in line at the Post Office to send a letter — instead you can buy stamps from the comfort of your own home with the Royal Mail's SmartStamp scheme.
Aimed at small businesses, but available to anyone who wants it, SmartStamp allows people to design, print and buy personalised stamps over the internet.
Users simply set up a prepaid account from which money is deducted each time they click to order stamps. The account can be topped up with a credit or debit card. Meanwhile the Royal Mail can use the website to track how much individuals spend on postage.
"SmartStamp will suit anyone working within a small or home office," said Alison White, Royal Mail's head of small business. "If you send out a few items per day or more then we recommend that you seriously consider using SmartStamp."