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How Much A Stamp Costs At UPS Stores

Contrary to popular opinion - the rates being charged for an everyday stamp when being bought outside the United States Postal system are not the same, from one place of purchase to the next.

This certainly holds when buying at UPS stores, which are independently owned and operated. This means that each store can, and often does, charge various markups. This due to the fact that the prices simply aren't set by the USPS.

Amounts being spent are, in fact, above the going rate through the government post offices. According to our survey, based on UPS store location, stamps when purchased individually go anywhere from near $.059 per stamp all the way up to $0.82 - a whopping 67.35% margin over the standard rate. Just to be clear, this is for the United States Postal issued forever stamp.

While many of the UPS stores do sell individual stamps, some stores choose otherwise. Many UPS outlets seem to encourage or suggest that they meter the mail and this seems more tightly reined in at around $0.79 or $0.80 (as an exception, one store did offer to meter for $0.59).

Evidently buying a booklet of 20 stamps at UPS is the most reasonable option, on a per stamp basis; these prices varied from $10.89 to $11.90 - or figuring $0.5445 each to $0.595 each, respectively.

Tips for Buying Postage Stamps:

  • If a post office facility is not located near you or where you happen to be in need of postage, consider other outlets such as U.S. Post Offices located within other stores such as the many at Ace Hardware which generally charge the same rates as the USPS. Other stores that charge the same amount as the issue rate for stamps include Krogers.

  • Rather than buy the single stamp, choices are to stock up while at the post office, so as not to subject yourself to the behest of convenience-model pricing strategies. Or perhaps opt for UPS booklets or metering methods.

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