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How Much Does A Postage Stamp Cost For 2018


Applying Letter Postage Effective January 21, 2018 the cost of a first class (1) ounce letter sent through the United States Post Office increased one cent from $0.49 to $0.50 for letters mailed within the United States. Any extra ounce(s) remain subject to a fee of $0.21 per added ounce.

These fees will continue to apply for an indeterminate period of time.

Prior to this, on January 22, 2017 the Post Office increased the fee from $0.47 to $0.49 for letters mailed within the United States. Reversing the $0.2 price drop from $0.49 to $0.47 effective April 10, 2016. That $0.49 was the amount that went into effect January 26, 2014 as the result of a $0.03 increase from $0.46
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Letters destined for Canada and Mexico - for the (1) ounce first class letter remain at $1.15 with the global forever stamp - applying to all international destinations.
To be sendable by the USPS: a letter must have dimensions of no less than 3-1/2 inches tall with a maximum of 6 1/8". The width shall be 5" to 11-1/2 inches. The thickness at least .007 inches which should be no more than 1/4" to be handled by the processing facilities.

As the new increases reflect an effort by the UPS to raise needed funds, the rate at which the Post Office can take charges higher is based on an inflationary rate that comes from the CPI.


History
The most recent price adjustment is the result of the filing by the U.S. Postal Service of a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

During 2017 the post office reported losses of $2.7 billion. For the fiscal year 2016 the post office recorded losses of $2.8 billion.

July 2010 - the USPS initiated a proposal for a 2 cent rise in stamps, which was shot down later that year. Loaded with several billion dollars in losses, and closing a number of facilities, it appeared that at that time they would probably in the future be looking for ways to compensate.

- How massively things have changed with stamps since 1853, the first year stamps were put into use.


Tips
Some consumers buy extra forever stamps since they are claimed to send even when higher postage surpasses these rates in the years ahead. While postage continues to go up, there are still options like electronic mail, or a phone plan with generous or unlimited long distance/texting such as with some of the cell phone carriers. For mailing out bills, many companies have switched to the online payment option - that is, if you are comfortable with its measure of safety.














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