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Current Stamp Price – 46 Cents

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Forever Stamps IncreaseWith the United States Postal Service hemorrhaging money, it’s easy to get confused as to the current price of a postage stamp.

The current price is 46 cents.

In November 2012, the USPS announced that it will be increasing stamp prices on January 27th, 2013. First Class mail letters will increase by a penny to 46 cents while postcards will see an increase of a penny to 33 cents.

This is the price of a first-class letter weighing no more than 1 ounce. If the weight is no more than 2 ounces, the price is 66 cents. No more than 3 ounces and we’re talking eighty six cents. Postcards cost 33 cents. If you purchased a First Class Forever stamp, you don’t have to worry about the current stamp price because that will always cover letters weighing no more than 1 ounce.

The last postage rate increase was on January 27nd, 2013.

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7 Responses to “Current Stamp Price – 46 Cents”

  1. A $3B+ loss last year for the Post Office. Time to downsize, cut back on service or privatize.

  2. govenar says:

    Strangely, Costco was still selling stamps at the old price after January 22; I think they said they’d switch to the new price in February (might’ve already happened this week).

  3. Strebkr says:

    Increasing postage prices is the biggest catch 22. They need the money to operate, but the more expensive it gets the more people they drive away.

  4. Kerry says:

    With the advent of email, facebook, free long distance, texting. Mail is almost a dead issue. In a few years when our parents die off( they don’t use any of the above), the post office will turn into FED EX, and UPS.

  5. Summer says:

    Stop trying to pervert it into a for profit business and this wouldn’t happen.

    Its OK to take public money and provide a public service with it, with the expectation that the actual SERVICE is the benefit, not making a profit.

    That’s not a loss, its a service.

  6. mmazzi says:

    The USPS was doing just fine until the Republican congress of 2006 imposed the harshest requirements on it that NO OTHER GOVT AGENCY OR PRIVATE CORPORATION ARE BURDENED WITH!!! To pre-fund 75 YEARS of health costs in a 10 year period! Nobody in this country has that burden!

    There are so many misconceptions about USPS. To set the record straight… First, they weren’t getting tax payer dollars. And, second, this was a manufactured crisis (in order to bust the postal service so the fat cats can “privatize” and make a bundle).

    Here’s an article that sums it up:
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/09/28/330524/postal-non-crisis-post-office-save-itself/

    • jlevin75 says:

      They did this so in 10 years they’d have another coffer to pilfer from, like social security and medicare. If they actually left the money for these programs in the accounts for these programs, we wouldn’t have half the mess we have now!


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