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Postage Rate Increase Kicks In

Stamps and some postal services went up in cost Sunday.

United States Postal Service price adjustments announced back in October have kicked in as of Sunday, Jan. 22.

Key changes include:

  • Letters (1 oz.): 1-cent increase to 45 cents
  • Postcards: 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.): 5-cent increase to 85 cents.
  • Letters to other international destinations: 7-cent increase to $1.05

Prices will also change for other mailing services, including Periodicals, Package Services and others, according to the USPS.

A new domestic service, called Express Mail Flat Rate Box, will also go into effect Sunday. It will cost $39.95 with a weight limit of 70 pounds.

Priority Mail flat rate prices will also be adjusted:

  • Small box — $5.35
  • Medium box — $11.35
  • Large box — $15.45
  • Large APO/FPO/DPO box — $13.45
  • Regular envelope — $5.15
  • Legal-size and Padded envelope — $5.30

Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said in a statement on the USPS web site that the increase is “small” and is necessary “to help address [USPS'] current financial crisis.”

The USPS reportedly lost $8 billion in 2010 and is only legally allowed to increase prices up to the Consumer Price Index rate of inflation - which was 2.1 percent for this increase, according to the USPS.

Jenny January 23, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Only 45 cents to send a letter anywhere in the country? Still a fantastic deal and the best service around.
Byan January 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Lol. Think if every email and phone text cost 45 cents. Then think how long you'd be waiting for that message. In seconds we can video chat to anywhere in the world no charge outside of regular internt service. Wow. Reminds me of the old pony express.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 23, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I agree with you both, because there is something about a letter or card that can't be equaled online. My collection of cherished "snail mail" includes Valentines, notes from my parents and siblings, love letters, Christmas cards and a whole lot of crazy teenage correspondence. Right now I have a 20-year-old pen pal at San Francisco state who's also my friend on Facebook, but we communicate almost exclusively by mail. To me it's kind of like jet travel versus rail: You can get places more efficiently via air, but train travel has a certain magic of its own.
Mary Rankin January 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
I know what you mean, Louisa. One of the reasons I save "snail mail" is because not only is it from someone special, it's also in the handwriting of that special person.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 25, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Thanks for understanding, Mary. Glad to know I'm not the only letter-saver. I'm going to dig up some prize specimens and get them scanned to share, I think. Maybe next month before Valentine's Day ...

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