Did You Know The Cost of Mailing That 1st Class Letter Has Increased?

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

Yet...the USPS keeps selling us FOREVER stamps - I'm still using my Christmas FOREVER stamps from 2 years ago....I mail less and so the USPS makes it COST more...only the Government could do things this way

Original content by Michael Jacobs CalBRE #01165532

It’s January 27, 2013 -- Did You Know The Cost of Mailing That 1st Class Letter Has Increased?


United States Postal Service - Stamp Prices Increase


Happy Sunday!  It’s January 27, 2013.   Did you know that the cost of mailing that 1st class letter increased as of today.  Yeah, overnight while you were sleeping...it will now cost 46 cents(up one cent from yesterday).    If you still have the Forever stamps that you previously purchased -- you can still use them...even if you paid 45 cents or 43  or 41 cents.    However, starting today, the cost will be 46 cents.

Some of the other changes that are in effect as of January 27, 2013 at the United States Postal Service:

  • Letters to all international destinations(1 oz.) - $1.10
  • Postcards - 1-cent increase to 33 cents

For Priority Mail Flat Rate products:

  • Small box - $5.80
  • Medium box - $12.35
  • Large box - $ 16.85
  • Regular envelope - $5.60
  • Legal envelope - $5.75
  • Padded envelope - $5.95

  • Bulk mail has also increased in price by 2.6%.

So when mailing beginning January 27, 2013 -- keep the new rates in mind.

It’s January 27, 2013 -- Did You Know The Cost of Mailing That 1st Class Letter Has Increased?

Michael Jacobs

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

DRE # 01165532

2065 Huntington Drive

San Marino, California 91108

Cellular:  818.516.4393

Office:  626.685.5246

Office Fax:  626.568.9507






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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

LOL...love your intro. Yes, only the government would operate that way.  I did buy a few books a couple of weeks ago.  But, there is stuff I do online (send out cards) that will just increase.  annoying indeed.

Jan 26, 2013 07:07 PM #1
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team

I only have a few ... I let this one get by me.  Dang.  Good to remind everyone.  Always going up, no matter the reason.

Jan 26, 2013 07:13 PM #2
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Unfortuately, the post office needs to get the financial house in order. They feel this increase will be THE answer to the deficit they continue to run. Someone who runds a successful business should explain, it has more to do with spending.

Jan 26, 2013 07:15 PM #3
Erna Neal
The Viking Team, Realty - Winter Park, FL
A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor

Good morning Wallace, I missed stocking up on forever stamps before the increase. I still mail regularly, letters, postcards and so on. Thanks for the heads up.

Jan 26, 2013 08:16 PM #4
Toronto, ON

Hi Wallace - Canada Post had its annual postage increase about two weeks ago.  We can use "P" (permanent) stamps for first class under 30 gram mailings within Canada (i.e. we don't need to pay for the 1 or 2 cent increases after we bought the stamp).  However, for international mailings, we need to use denominated stamps.

Under 30 gram first class mail from Canada to the USA increased from $1.05 to $1.10 plus applicable sales tax in mid January.

Jan 27, 2013 01:14 AM #5
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

Congress has so restricted the postal service that it will forever be broke and forced to raise prices.  I'm like you, I typically buy stamps in bulk so that I don't worry about price increases often.

Jan 27, 2013 01:44 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Just before the price went up I bought a few hundred extra.  I needed the deduction for this year and I don't get no interest on the money so Ican see a small return here.

Jan 27, 2013 04:47 AM #7
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Yep, for letters and post cards.  Of course, this increase is to "close their deficit" and will accomplish the opposite as fewer people mail anything...

Jan 27, 2013 08:51 PM #8
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Wallace -- thanks for reposting this.  We need to get the word out.

Jan 28, 2013 02:31 AM #9
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Wallace, it is essential that the United States Postal Service continue to operate... and not close any of their existing rural branches.  These little Post Offices in these one-stop-sign towns are for many the only connection that they have to either mail or receive letters or packages from the rest of the country.

Regardless of the Internet, and email and such, there is still nothing quite like getting a letter or a greeting card from someone... through the mail.

Not everything has to break even or make a profit, money-wise.  Some things need to be done simply because they need to be done.

The Post Office is NOT a business, nor was it meant to be.  It is a governmental SERVICE.

Jan 29, 2013 06:10 AM #10
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

Saw it in another AR post. I knew that it was coming, but wasn't sure when. STILL have some custom made stamps and will have to add a one cent stamp to the envelope.....oh well.

Feb 05, 2013 12:21 PM #11
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