Postage Stamp Increase - January 22, 2012

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Postage Stamp Increase - January 22, 2012

Effective Sunday, January 22, 2012 mailing a first class envelope will cost you an extra penny going from .44 to .45.      Here is the a chart from the United States Postal Service showing the rate changes.

Postage Rate IncreaseOne Cent Stamp


It will be necessary to have a few one cent stamps on hand for mailings.     Post cards and mailings to Canada and Mexico increased a bit more.    

For additional questions - visit the web site.


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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Joan, That one snuck up on me.  Guess I need 10 rolls of penny stamps to go with all those rolls of .44 stamps!

Jan 15, 2012 10:22 AM #11
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

Like Liz and Bill, it snuck up on me, wasnt' aware! Its okay since I'd still rather pay $.045 than $10-$15 UPS, etc. They need to do what they need to do to be competitive. It makes my mailing budget increase by just over 4% but, like I said, still cheaper and mostly reliable.


Jan 15, 2012 10:34 AM #12
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Hey Joan!  Thanks for the info.  Wasn't even aware of it.  And the Canadian info is hugely helpful as I have several clients up north.  Will remember that one! Have a great Sunday!

Jan 15, 2012 10:44 AM #13
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

A stamp is a stamp is a stamp...only if you buy the forever ones! Thank you for the update!

Jan 15, 2012 02:02 PM #14
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Joan - thanks for the heads up. Time to stock up on the stamps again.

Jan 15, 2012 02:51 PM #15
Laura Forman
National Realty of Brevard - Melbourne, FL
Your Brevard Premier Property Specialist

Thanks Joan for the reminder. I reblogged this and I will make time to get to the post office to restock Forever Stamps.

Jan 15, 2012 03:43 PM #16
Joyce Godwin, Realtor, CRS
RE/MAX Elite Properties; Serving Cypress, Spring, Tomball, NW Houston - Houston, TX
RE/MAX Elite Properties

Hi Joan, I knew it was coming but didn't know when.  Thanks for the chart.  I'm re-blogging and also suggesting - it's info we can all use.  Thanks again.

Jan 15, 2012 03:47 PM #17
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Joan, thanks I new it was coming....I guess every penny helps them :)

Jan 15, 2012 04:07 PM #18
Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Perfect. I have a few days to get a lower cost for mail.

Jan 15, 2012 05:24 PM #19
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Better head out and get some new stamps to have on hand (again). Thanks for the info, Joan.

Jan 16, 2012 01:47 AM #20
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Thanks for the heads up....I knew it was coming but didn't know when it was effective!!!

Jan 16, 2012 12:01 PM #21
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Joan, I'm so glad you posted this, I didn't know about it.  Postcard postage is going up again as well making it more expensive to run our business!

Jan 16, 2012 01:02 PM #22
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Thanks Joan!  I didn't realize this but should have known it was coming!!!!  


PS  Sharing this on my FB.  Hope you don't mind!

Jan 16, 2012 04:22 PM #23
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Hi Joan, Somehow we missed this blog from you but saw it on a re-blog. We still use snail-mail a little so every little saving will help!

Jan 17, 2012 12:56 AM #24
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Thanks for getting the information out. I had no idea and ran across Silvia's going to do the same. I bet most people have no idea!

Jan 17, 2012 01:37 AM #25
Ritu Desai
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949

Joan, I totally forgot about this news!!! I do have forever stamps that I bought last year guess it will pay off to stock up!

Jan 17, 2012 02:21 AM #26
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Joan, thanks for the tip.  I was not aware.

      I would buy the Forever Stamps... but I don't know that the Post Office will be around "forever".   They are in serious financial trouble!

Jan 18, 2012 03:40 PM #27
David Rupert

Hello. I work Communications for the Postal Service and just wanted to put it out there that the penny increase should be relatively seamless. ALL First Class stamps are now Forever stamps. So if you paid 44 cents for them a month ago, they will be good until you use them up. Your next purchase however will cost you an extra penny.

Most Meter machines are now automated and the rates will be picked up.

We are living with a 2006 law that requires stamps to be adjusted every January. We can only raise prices up to the CPI increase.

And also to note, UPS and FedEx both raised prices this month by about five percent too.

We are in financial problem becuase of the same 2006 law, that requires us to prefund future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance. This costs us 5.5 billion a year. Congress won't budge on this! We are also asking to go to five day delivery, saving another 3.1 billion a year.

Yes, mail volume is down, but last year we still delivered 164 billion pieces of mail. Thanks for all your support! 

Jan 19, 2012 02:32 AM #28
Peggy Chirico
Prudential CT Realty - Manchester, CT
REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate

Hi Joan - I didn't know this! Thanks for letting us know.   I also just checked and my stamps are forever stamps so I am glad about that!

Jan 20, 2012 10:41 AM #29
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Even someone from the Postal Service responded --- so nice!   Forever stamps are the way to go!

Jan 20, 2012 12:10 PM #30
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