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    Postage rates change today...

    Posting this more as a reminder to myself to change the rate chips in our postage scales at work.

    41 cents to mail a first class letter now.

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    Re: Postage rates change today...

    Thanks for getting your "2 cents in" and the reminder TeamDunn!
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    Re: Postage rates change today...

    LOL Good one!

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    Re: Postage rates change today...

    I'm still adjusting to the last rate increase.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Postage rates change today...

    Actually, a greater impact is the changes in First Class viz the size of the envelope. This is the first time the postal service has calculated size in on lighter pieces. Anything exceeding 6 1/8 inches in height and 11 1/2 inches in length will go at an even higher rate. Basically it means the larger manila envelopes will be more expensive. You can see more at Pitney Bowes site

    www.pb.com/ratechange

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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    If the rate increase is approved, it would be the third time in five years that the Post Office has raised the price of a first-class stamp.
    Well, let's make it the fourth time in six years, 'cause the rates are going up again.

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h...37EugD8UOAH8O6

    It was suggested when this thread was started last spring that they simply go to 50 cents and leave it there for a while. As long as the rates for packages and metered mail were increased incrementally and not all at once, I would see no problem in setting the price of just stamps at 50 cents. Stamps by definition are for occasional (or low-volume) use, so those extra pennies won't hurt most of those customers. Those doing volume mailings probably use a metering machine, so give them a "discount" for preventing the Postal Service from having to print stamps.

    Packages and metered mail aren't paid for through vending machines like stamps are, so having the price end up on a round zero isn't important. But let's stop the insanity of the 37 cent stamp, 39 cent stamp, the 41 cent stamp, the 42 cent stamp...

    At least the Postal Service is giving us a chance to avoid the 1-cent stamps after the increase. If you buy Forever stamps now for 41 cents, you can use them after the increase without having to have the pesky 1-cent stamps to go with them.

    The price of the Forever stamp will go up at the same time, meaning those stamps can still be purchased for 41 cents but will remain good for first-class postage after the rate increase takes effect.
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    Quote Originally Posted by LoganBuck View Post
    What if we eliminate Saturday mail service? What kind of savings would we see? Or would we just get less service with the same postage costs?
    I've wondered this for a long time. I could certainly live without Saturday delivery.

    In this day and age, if someone REALLY needs to get something from point A to point B on a Saturday, there are other alternatives. Yup, they'll pay more, but it will only be paid only by those who require it. Heck, they're already doing it (Fed Ex Saturday deliver, for one) because there's no way to guarantee that first-class mail will arrive on a Saturday anyway!

    A few years ago, I remember the PO complaining that its losses were due to electronic mail and made it necessary to increase postage. While electronic mail may have an impact, IMHO, the increase in other services (packages because of multiple auction sites, internet ordering via online catalogs, etc.) has probably balanced the whole thing. If the truth were known, all this "extra" mailing of packages probably outweighs the need for increased postage rates.

    Though I rarely mail anything these days, there are times when I find it necessary to mail something via first class mail. Those times are few and far between though.
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    It's February, so that means it's time to bump this thread to coincide with another Postal Service rate increase...



    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/11/us...STAMP_BRF.html

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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    At some point, their services cease to be a bargain.

    If you could even call it "services."
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    I want my mail on Saturday. Our Saturday Mailman is the best.

    Maybe instead of getting rid of mail on Saturday, they should get rid of mail M-F and just do Saturday only delivery. I'd be ok with that.

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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    Privatize it...
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    Privatize it...
    It is, I think, isn't it?
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    It is, I think, isn't it?
    According to wikipedia it is an independent agency of the United States government...
    "On-base percentage is great if you can score runs and do something with that on-base percentage," Baker said. "Clogging up the bases isn't that great to me."

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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    The US Postal Service gets no federal funding or subsidies, it's required to be self sufficient.
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    Re: Be prepared for another stamp price increase

    They should dump Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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