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September 25, 2013


Sheila A Beck

Ironic..I am buying stamps tomorrow.

Connie Rose

Buy a bunch of Forevers before the end of the year! P.S. who's the cutie in the photo??


The domestic rate isn't a concern for me .... with the 1¢ increase in extra ounce, I'll finally get through the roll of 3,000 1¢ stamps I bought many years ago. The international increase is going to hurt a bit, though, since more than half my mail is international and the last increase was a big jump. It will be about $2 a week more for international mailings, which doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up.

What really bugs me is that I have gathered a ton of 18¢ vintage stamps to combine with two Forever for the current international rate. The new rate means it will take two Forever and 17¢ more .... there isn't a 17¢ vintage stamp. I'll have to squeeze 4 stamps on postcards. I'm gonna need bigger postcards.

Scribbling Sarah

Makes me wish I hadn't stocked up quite so much on postcard and 2 or 3 oz stamps! :) I keep thinking it will be a while before it goes up, so I can stock up, then I'm wrong. But otherwise, not too big a deal.


Not a big deal, in fact... they should just make it an even $0.50 for a letter... why not!

Alan B

From this side of the Atlantic that looks cheap. Our minimum domestic letter rate is 50p (=80 cents) and nowhere in the UK is more than 800 miles from anywhere else.

Donovan Beeson

That's Sebastian. He's part of the Feline Postal Brigade.


It's not a big deal for me personally, but its effect on some of my favorite periodicals, which are already struggling, worries me a lot.

Ciara Barsotti

If it allows them to stay in business I'll gladly pay it. I try not to grumble about postage rates, because it is pretty amazing that you can send a LOT of different kinds of things around the globe for so cheap.

Derrick Dodson

How much does everything else go up yearly? Not a big deal - This is why they make forever stamps. really liking the global forevers now :)


They don't have to go up every year, but there is an inflationary guideline that the U.S.P.S. follows. If you go to the link in the post for the press release, they discuss it.


The funny thing is that every time I hear about a postal rate increase, I have a sudden panic and want to rush out and buy As Many Stamps As Possible in order to hoard them. Then I stop and think "and how does that differ from my normal behavior in any way?", because, uh, it doesn't. As my long P.O. receipt from Saturday morning would give proof...


Are postcards to international destinations going to $1.15 as well? I agree with PostMuse...I'll need bigger postcards. I really should have room to actually write something on them. :)


I believe that postcards will be charged the $1.15 rate.

Marti Schrock

I don't mind the increase. I like to add smaller numbers to make the current rate. Forever stamps go against that, but sometimes I just can't resist the extra-fun issues. Thanks for posting this info.

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