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Stamp Prices Going Up Jan. 27

The price of postage to send a letter is increasing on Jan. 27.

The price of a first-class stamp will increase by one cent on Jan. 27.

“The new 46-cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States,” according to a press release from the United States Postal Service. “Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.”

The Postal Service is also introducing a new Global Forever stamp, which will allow you to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

Here is a breakdown of the new single-piece First-Class mailing prices:

  • Letters (1 ounce) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 ounce) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

As far as shipping services go, free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post), the release states. Customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service, according to the release.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products includes:

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95

“The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations,” the release states.

Trolllman January 13, 2013 at 07:27 PM
well there goes or little SS increase amoung all the other stuff that went up we wont c any of it'
Carl W January 21, 2013 at 01:59 AM
All right, apparently the relatively independent postal system can't take care of itself. This is ridiculous. Sounds like time to burden Congress w/ an investigation, like they're not busy enough !!!!
KimA January 21, 2013 at 03:16 AM
Can we just get rid of the USPS already! It's such a joke!
Nazaretti January 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM
The USPS proposed a plan to close many unnecessary post offices and save a ton of money, but Congress rejected it. Every Congressman wants their own local post office to stay open.

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