On January 27th, 2013 postage rates are set to increase, but only by a penny, which is great news for all of us. As part of the new roll out for postage rates, the post office will introduce a new Global Forever Stamp. “The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.” In our minds, it’s about time they allow easier global mailing options instead of needing to go through international shipping services for masses of money.
First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by only a penny, to 46 cents. Additionally the current forever stamp can be used throughout the U.S. for the same price as it is now, and new 2013 forever stamps will be available as always.
Some pricing highlights for retail letters and postcards include:
- Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
- Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
- Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
- Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents
For bulk mailing postage rates, the postal service announced that there will be a 4% overall increase in bulk mail rates. Now, that number is not associated with everything considered bulk mail, as the breakdown varies over what is sent out and how. For example, bulk mail letters and flat rates are increasing by an average of 2.6%, with higher prices reserved for thick, heavier mailings that exceed the 1oz, .09” thick standard for folded self-mailers.
The average 2.6% price increase also applies to the following classes of postage:
- Presort First Class
- Presort Standard Class
- Presort Non-Profit Standard Class
We want to know what you think. Comment to this post and tell us what do you think about these postage increases? Do you think these prices going to affect the way you send mail?