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    It's going to cost more to send a letter

    I find it interesting that the price of a stamp was $.03 in 1863, and one hundred years later in 1963 the price had risen all the way up to $.05. It doubled to $.10 in 1974, and another double to $.20 in 1981. Now we have our eighth price increase in stamps since 1985 on the way.

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    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The cost of mailing a letter in the United States will rise two cents to 39 cents under a rate hike approved by the U.S. Postal Rate Commission on Tuesday.

    The increase, the first in three years, was not expected to take effect before early next year, the commission said in a statement.

    The cost of a first-class postage stamp will rise from 37 to 39 cents while the cost of sending a postcard will increase by one penny to 24 cents, the commission said.

    It will be the first increase in U.S. postage rates since June 2002.

    The U.S. Postal Service requested a 5.4 percent across-the-board rate increase to meet a $3.1 billion escrow payment due in 2006, the commission said.

    The new rate plan approved by the Postal Rate Commission will cut mailing costs for small local newspapers by 2.3 percent.

    However, the commission said the rates sought for books and media materials was too low to cover the cost of handling that mail and recommended a 12.7 percent increase.
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    either there have been a lot of rate hikes in the past 15 years, or Mr. C. needs to send out more letters. at last count, i had five half-used stamp booklets. seeing i have six left in the book i bought a year ago, looks like i will be adding another to that collection (never was much for buying 1 cent stamps).

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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Why don't they just go ahead and round the prices off to 40 cents and 25 cents?

    Help stamp out, eliminate, and do away with redundancy.

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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Lance Armstrong must have asked for a raise...
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Why not realize that people email now and use Fed-Ex/UPS for packages?

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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Just go to 50 cents and be done with it for 25 years
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by KronoRed
    Just go to 50 cents and be done with it for 25 years

    With the rate of current increases, we'll be at $.50 by about 2012.
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Quote Originally Posted by macro
    Why don't they just go ahead and round the prices off to 40 cents and 25 cents?
    I read an article in the early 90s about this, when the price went from 25 cents to 27 cents. There was a bit of talk then about getting rid of the penny from our currency, so the folks who set the postage rates decided to keep stamp prices on odd numbers that aren't divisible by 5, necessitating the use of pennies to purchase stamps. The article said that once the rate went to 27 cents, it would increase by 2 cents every time it went up from then on. Did anyone else read that? I think it was in the Enquirer.

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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Stamp price rates:

    April 3, 1988 25
    February 3, 1991 29
    January 1, 1995 32
    January 10, 1999 33
    January 7, 2001 34
    June 30, 2002 37
    Early 2006 39
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    When you think about it, the cost of postage is a pretty good bargain. I mean you could send something from New York to Los Angeles and for $.37 you get it delivered from coast to coast. You have to think the increase in gas prices had something to do with this.
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    Re: It's going to cost more to send a letter

    Yeah, I can't really complain about the price of postage, just the fact that there was no increase for 100 years and now it goes up every year/every other year.

    $1.00 would still be a reasonable price to mail a letter, especially as Joseph pointed out that people are using E-mail more often these days, the postal service probably isn't bringing in as much money, even with the increases, as it used to.
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