Stamp Prices Rising May 12

New stamp prices go into effect starting May 12. Here’s the new prices you’ll be paying for postage:

First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.42
First-Class Mail letter (2 oz.) $0.59
Postcard $0.27
First-Class Mail large envelope (2 oz.) $1.00
Certified Mail $2.70
First-Class Mail International to Canada and Mexico (1 oz.) $0.72
First-Class Mail International to all other countries (1 oz.) $0.94

New Prices Coming May 12, 2008 [USPS]

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  1. zentex says:

    I wonder how long until it’s actually cheaper to send mail via FedEx/UPS/DHL??

  2. Moosehawk says:

    @zentex: Or buy gas and just deliver it yourself…

    Just kidding.

  3. mghnbnfld says:

    Stock up on those Forever stamps.

  4. Asvetic says:

    Since the advent of email, I thought the US Postal service was working less… why do they need more money?!

  5. Veeber says:

    @zentex: All depends on how important the delivery is.

    I wonder, if USPS would just charge the junk-mail companies more to delivery the letters would it cut down on the junk we get or just bankrupt USPS so we have to pay even more.

  6. Murph1908 says:

    @zentex:
    Postage has risen at a rate slower than inflation. Thus a previous Consumerist article (I think) about how the Forever stamp is counterproductive.

    Less than half a dollar to physically take a letter and have it delivered to the doorstep of anyone in the entire US still sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

    Read down a few articles and start lobbying with the direct marketing association if you want to fight the perpetual, glacier-like rise of postage costs.

    Oh, to answer your question, though. NEVER.

  7. ThomFabian says:

    @Asvetic:
    Because they may be delivering less mail, but they still have to travel their whole route. The USPS is by no means a well run organization, but I can understand how the price of gas would effect the prices they have to charge.

  8. blackmage439 says:

    I’m sure it’s due in no small part to the astronomic rise in gasoline prices…

  9. uberbucket says:

    I’m still using a roll of first class stamps I bought 5 years ago.

    Very few left though alas…

  10. Pop Socket says:

    But why do they have to do this nonsense every year? Get it to some multiple of five cents and raise stamp prices every time it needs to go up a nickel.

  11. SVreader says:

    Soooo tired of the USPS raising prices every year. I like to buy coils of stamps, but since I don’t get through a whole coil each year (they don’t seem to have “forever” coils), they’re pretty much useless now without me stocking up on tons and tons of .01 stamps.

    Not to mention how much this screws over small press publications.

  12. Wow, it’s just as Homer Simpson predicted when he took over the job as fortune cookie writer!

    Manager: This gentleman here can write better fortunes than all of you put together.

    [to Homer] Show them.

    Homer: Okay, let’s see … um, The price of stamps will climb ever higher.

    [the writers murmur appreciatively]

  13. Mr_D says:

    Just raise the price of stamps to a dollar and leave me alone. That might cut down on the amount of junk mail we get too.

  14. trk182 says:

    Oh no!!!! Now I have to pay $.42 to send MAIL!!!!!

    wtf is mail anyways, is that anything like E-mail?

  15. Cattivella says:

    It’s so dumb to raise it a penny or two every year. I still have a roll of 39cent stamps I haven’t gotten through.

    They should just raise the price of bulk junk mail, thus lowering the amount sent out, and make everyone happy. I don’t know of a single person who gets their junk mail and says “yay!”

  16. Orv says:

    @SVreader: What really ticks me off is they stopped printing the number of cents on the stamp. So when you find a sheet of them in your desk drawer you have to guess whether they’re still sufficient or not. I got a letter returned recently because the stamp I put on it (marked only “first class”) was too old.

  17. stoshmcg says:

    Postage goes up 1 time every year or so and people bitch? Gas has gone up 30 cents in a week and not as many people are complaining.

    You can’t drive 1 mile to deliver a letter for 42 cents yet alone across the country.

  18. @Cattivella: Well, we have some Star Wars stamps we just bought not too long ago. I guess we’ll just have to keep a supply of penny stamps around if they’re going to do this every year.

  19. Lucky225 says:

    @Murph1908:

    Actually postage is a good indicator of inflation. Inflation started in 1913 when the Federal Reserve System was implimented. The cost of a stamp in 1913 was 2 cents.

    [data.bls.gov]

    Inflation calculator states 42 cents in 2008 was 2 cents in 1913. So it’s right on par with inflation.

  20. unravel says:

    @Orv: Arrrgh! We send so little mail that we’ve never felt the need to purchase sheets, and would get 1-2 from the vending machine every six months. I was under the impression that those w/o postage amount were like forever stamps.

  21. nutrigm says:

    Praise the lord of sites that offer free webshipping! [www.encure.com]

    On a more serious note, this totally sucks in this kind of economy. More reasons to pay via internet!

  22. ChuckECheese says:

    Who remembers…was it in the 70s or early 80s, or even late 80s, when private companies tried to get into the mail-delivery biz? I remember buying some funky stamps at the grocery store, and mailing my letters, and they actually got wherever they were supposed to. Then they were gone, and I could only buy groceries at the grocery store again.

  23. @mghnbnfld: Forever stamps are good only in the short term, if you’re going to “stock up” ultimately you’ll lose money.

  24. Randomeis says:

    If I recall correctly people were not happy with USPS raising rates with big jumps in price, the current plan is for them to raise it a little bit at a time to keep it from it being raised sharply.

  25. Lucky225 says:

    @ChuckECheese:

    Don’t forget you can pay your bills at the grocery store too lol.

  26. WingZero987 says:

    Less than 50 cents to mail a letter in the U.S. I have no complaints.

  27. ChuckECheese says:

    @Lucky225: Not then you couldn’t. My grocery only had this little raised booth where the manager occasionally stood in black pants, doing manager-y things (Dockers-style boss pants hadn’t caught on yet). Not much happened in that booth. Back in the 80′s and early 90′s, there were few offsite bill pays and no meaningful internets. In my city, if you wanted to pay your bills without a stamp, you had to show up at the phone or electric co. in person, where there was a booth for paying bills. People still mailed stuff. I HAD AN AMSTRAD.

    / CP/M shame

  28. phunkystar says:

    @zentex: I recently went to a conference in which I learned a lot about the postal rates going up, and this is what I found out:

    The prices will continue to go up every year in accordance with the consumer price index, so expect an announcement every March, followed by postal rate reform every May.

    I left the conference a little irritated that the post office is walking, talking and acting like a business, when it’s really a government run not-for-profit agency.

    I say if they truly want to start acting like a business, they need to open up the door for competitors (i.e. FedEx, UPS, DHL) to get in on the action. Otherwise, they are simply monopolizing the market, and it’s not fair to the end consumer.

  29. wjmorris3 says:

    @The Count of Monte Fisto: May I assume that the losing money in the long term is because you have money tied up in Forever stamps that you could be investing and getting a better return than 2.44% (the savings by paying 41¢ for stamps that then cost 42¢)? The forever stamps will ALWAYS work to send a one-ounce letter.

  30. Suttin says:

    @SVreader:

    Anyone who does mails more than 200 pieces at a time gets a bulk mail rate, and its a little cheaper than a stamp.

  31. GreatCaesarsGhost says:

    I’d like to know why they even sell 41 or 42 cent stamps. If forever is an option, just sell those.

  32. Landru says:

    I find I enjoy taking the time to put stamps on letters and even adding the one-cent stamps. Okay, now two-cent stamps. It’s relaxing.

  33. RandomHookup says:

    @GreatCaesarsGhost: That’s where they get the people who like the pretty seasonal or commemorative stamps. “Oooooh….shiny!!”

    I like using a “Love” stamp when I send in my taxes.

  34. trujunglist says:

    @RandomHookup:

    Where’s the “lick my ass” stamp when you really need it?

  35. Orv says:

    @unravel: Yeah, that’s what I thought too until my tax return got returned for insufficient postage.

  36. Cliff_Donner says:

    @GreatCaesarsGhost: I think the postage for mail that’s sent internationally has to display a specific $ amount. I know that those temporary generic “First Class” stamps they used to issue before a postage hike could only be used domestically. I’m guessing that the “Forever” stamps likewise can only be used for domestic mailings.

  37. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @Orv: Here’s a handy price list for all of those stupid non-denominational stamps:

    [alphabetilately.com]

  38. forgottenpassword says:

    I’ve gotten it down to where I only have to use 2 stamps per month (utility bills) & I generally get those 2 stamps from my work’s accounting dept from bill payments recieved thru the mail with uncancelled stamps on the envelopes. Customers sometimes write up & stamp an envelope with the intention to mail it & then just drop it off by hand but dont remove the stamp….then it’s snatched by me.

    Free stamps! Woot!

  39. forgottenpassword says:

    @Landru:

    I agree! I enjoy it as well! I really like using small denomination stamps (1,2,3,5,10 cent)to fill up the whole face of the envelope. Rarely get to do it, but when I do…. its fun for some odd reason. Must take me back to my childhood “stickers” days. lol

  40. krunk4ever says:

    Guess it’s time to hoard some forever stamps! :)

  41. GinaLouise says:

    @forgottenpassword:
    I’m such a sucker for small-denomination stamps … I’ve got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 cent stamps, as well as postcard stamps, first-class stamps and super-duper-high-denomination stamps for when I write letters to Mexico.

    I write a lot of letters.

  42. forgottenpassword says:

    @GinaLouise:

    I hate the high denomination stamps because I never have an opportunity where I can use them. And I cant bring myself to spend a 6o cent stamp on a 42 cent letter….its like wasting money to me. lol

  43. spinachdip says:

    @SVreader: Except the increases in postal rates haven’t kept up with inflation – postage has gotten cheaper in real terms!

    Does It Make Sense to Buy Forever Stamps?: [www.portfolio.com]

  44. consumerd says:

    @blackmage439:

    I’m sure it’s due in no small part to the astronomic rise in gasoline prices…

    I would not be shocked in the least if this was the bigger factor.

  45. ArtlessDodger says:

    I think that one thing people don’t realize about “junk” mail is that it actually pays for keeping the cost of first class mail down for the majority of Americans. Yes, direct marketers are allowed to mail in lower postage bracket, but the decreased cost per piece is more than made up in the incredible volume that is pushed out.
    Also, the advances made in the USPS over the last 10 years have also been paid for by junk mail. The increases in first class postage are small when compared with the increases seen in junk (or third class) mail.
    You can liken junk mail to commercials on TV. Without commercials, everyday TV channels would cost as much as HBO.

    Just my 2 cents.

  46. dweebster says:

    @forgottenpassword:
    I wait until I have a package to send and then dump out all the “old” stamps to mail it. I prefer to use a roll of stamps, as I have a nice container for them and it’s easier to find than a flat piece of paper. Too bad the post office won’t sell “forever” stamps in a roll format, must have the presses tied up with the 1,783rd interation of an American flag stamp – shouldn’t that printing be farmed out to China like real American flags are??

    So back to the post office again for 57 1-cent stamps to add to the rest of my 100 41-cent roll so they’re useful a little longer for mailing letters……

  47. forgottenpassword says:

    @dweebster:

    Good idea about using them on packages.

    Um…. “interation”? You must be a “Lost” fan! ;)

  48. Crrusherr says:

    they need to just make stamps 50 cents and leave us alone for a few yeas, jeeze stop bugging me

  49. differcult says:

    They need bigger jumps less often…I wonder how much money they lose reprinting all of the prices and having to tell people about the price change.