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The U.S. Postal Service Boosts the Price of Stamps

U.S. Postal Service rate hikes go into effect Jan. 27.

The cost to mail a letter is set to rise slightly later this month, after rate changes go into effect Jan. 27, according to the U.S. Postal Service.

Stamp prices will increase one cent, from 45 cents to 46 cents, to mail one-ounce letters. This brings the cost of a standard 20-stamp book up from $9 to $9.20.  

Forever stamps, purchased for 45 cents before the price hike, are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes, according to the U.S. Postal Service.   

The cost for letters weighing more than one ounce will stay the same, at 20 cents for each additional ounce, according to an announcement from the postal service.

Postcard stamps will also see a one-cent increase, from 32 cents to 33 cents. Letters weighing less than an ounce, mailed anywhere internationally, will cost $1.10, the announcement states.

Pick up your Forever stamps before the rate increase at your local post office.

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Stephen C. Lingle January 15, 2013 at 01:35 PM
They raise prices and people mail less. Goverment run does not work and we see this in everything they touch.
Keith January 15, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Steven, what do you suggest they do, lease it out to private organistion? Look what Mayor Daley did for Chicago with the privatisation of the parking meters, now you pay $6.50 an hour to park!!!
Sara January 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Why don't they just boost it to $1.00 and be done with it? This one cent crap isn't fixing anything. Seriously, who mails things besides birthday cards these days. I mail one bill out each month and that's only because they do not accept online payments. Snail mail has been on the decline for a number of years.
Baba Wawa January 16, 2013 at 03:00 AM
The government has not run the United States Postal Service since 1971.

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