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USPS Postage Rates Increasing

Posted By Jim On 11/02/2005 @ 12:59 pm In Shopping | 7 Comments

It was reported today on CNN/Money that the United States Postal Service will raising its rates in January of ’06. First class mail will get a two cent hike to thirty-nine cents, which is only a five percent hike. There had been rumors last year that a postage hike was going to occur in 2005 and was going to be more significant (an increase to 41 cents) but the VP of USPS Public Affairs and Communications put them to rest.

Here’s how the rates will change:

Service Class Old Rate New Rate (1/06) % Increase
1st Class Mail $0.37 $0.39 +5.4%
Postcard $0.23 $0.24 +4.3%
Priority Mail $3.85 $4.05 +5.2%
Express Mail $13.65 $14.40 +5.5%


Service Class Old Rate New Rate (1/06) % Increase
Priority Mail, to 1 lb. $5.85 $6.15 +5.1%
Parcel Post, 2 lb. $4.14 $4.36 +5.3%
Certified Mail $2.30 $2.40 +4.3%
Money Orders $0.90 $0.95 +5.5%

The last first class mail postage increase was back in June 2002 (3 cent bump, +8.8%) so when you look at the percentage increases, it’s not really as “big” as it sounds.


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