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.
A NEW “global” international stamp will be $1.10 to mail letters anywhere in the world for one flat fee. Currently the price varies by country. In some cases this will be a price increase for nations such as Mexico and Canada.
It’s not just postage stamp prices are going up. One rate Priority mailing boxes will also cost more. 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 some operations as they struggle to bring in profitable numbers. Borrowing money from Congress has been the only answer for temporary relief and keeping them in business. Stamp price increasing seems to be the only way USPS can try making a difference.