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people often don't realise they have the ability to save money on delivery of parcels by using comparison services.

Sick of shops starting to advertise their Christmas sales in the summer? Baffled at Yuletide anthem CDs being released in September? You're not alone. But getting prepared for the festive season early isn't always a bad thing, according to parcel delivery comparison site

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the busiest of the year for the Royal Mail and other courier services, as they have to deal with an often overwhelming amount of gifts and cards being sent across the UK and rest of the world.

Last year the Royal Mail revealed that it handled around 750 million Christmas cards, in addition to 165 million items ordered online, and consequently had to recruit 20,000 volunteers to help out at its distribution centres.

What's more, the organisation made 4,000 delivery rounds on 19th December alone, to try and keep up with the volume of mail being sent. And that's not taking into account the cards and gifts that are sent to family and friends living abroad.

According to, people need to make sure they take this into account when sending out their Christmas cards and presents and do their preparation early to avoid family and friends getting their mail after the 25th December.

David Grimes, co-founder of the website, commented: "The majority of families will have numerous cards and packages to send this Christmas and the cost of doing so can really mount up. Add that to the worry that the Christmas mail boom will mean post ends up getting to recipients late, there really is no reason why people shouldn't get organised a bit earlier."

He added that people often don't realise they have the ability to save money on delivery of parcels by using comparison services.

"You have the chance to save a lot of money this winter if you're sending packages to addresses in the UK or abroad by comparing the prices and offerings of a variety of organisations. People have really embraced comparison websites for consumer goods, as well as the likes of utilities and insurance, and we expect to continue to increase in popularity among those who realise they have a choice when it comes to sending parcels and packages." allows customers wanting to ship parcels to and from UK and international locations to find the cheapest and most practical courier service for their specific needs, with the help of top brands such as DHL, UPS, TNT and Hermes. David Grimes can be contacted by calling 0844 259 0011.

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