Royal Mail are now charging £12 for postage on a parcel of this size
Absolutely ridiculous charging £12 for bars (not you, the Royal Mail). I went to post a set of bars I sold last week and when I was told how much it was pointless me selling them as I'd only have about £2 left. I refunded the buyer until I could find a cheaper alternative.
Even the PO assistant told me it's ridiculous, as the weight of the parcel would normally be £2.62 but because of the length it was £12. She told me to find a courier as a lot of people have been taking 'non-standard' parcels there to post until they find out the cost. They then go with a courier.
I've just checked out a few couriers and Parcel2Go charges £2.75 +VAT, collected from your door (£2.50 +VAT if you drop it off at a collection point) and delivered to the recipients door.
They also quoted me £543 for it to be delivered in a van, lol.