Stamp price increasing is becoming more common with the U.S. Postal Service. Effective Jan. 27, 2013 the first-class letter stamps will increase one penny. 45-cent first-class stamps will rise to 46 cents and postcard stamps will be 33 cents, Inquistir reports Nov. 18.
A new “global” international stamp will be $1.10 to mail letters anywhere in the world for one flat fee. At the current rates, the price varies. In some cases this will be a price increase for nations such as Mexico and Canada.
It’s not just postage stamp prices that are going up. It also impacts Priority mailing boxes. Mailing a small Priority box will increase to $5.80 while a medium box can be sent for $12.35, and a large box is shipped for $16.85.
Regular envelopes for priority mail are increasing to $5.60. The price of a legal-sized envelope will be at $5.75 and a padded envelope will cost $5.95.
The Postal Service lost a record $15.9 billion for fiscal year 2012. They are dangerously close to shutting down operations as they struggle to bring in profitable numbers. Borrowing money from Congress has been the only answer in keeping them in business. Stamp price increasing seems to be the only way USPS can try making a difference.
Starting Jan. 22 2012, USPS rates will increase as follows: First-class letters (1 oz.): 1-cent increase to 45 cents. Letters weighing additional ounces: Unchanged at 20 cents. Postcards: A 3-cent increase to 32 cents. Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.): A 5-cent increase to 85 cents. Letters to other international destinations: A 7-cent increase to $1.05.