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

Industry Observer with No Longer Processing Mortgages. MLO #293441 expired

Micheal has brought up a very important point that is not getting much coverage.  I know I read the local newspaper pretty much from cover to cover, and I don't remember seeing anything in there about this recently.  Maybe they printed something back when USPS first announced it, and assumed we would all remember?

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

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San Marino, California 91108

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Comments (14)

William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I bought some forever stamps and a few boxes also for some thing to ship later.

But, I don't see a penny being a budget balancer!

Jan 28, 2013 03:13 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Steven I saw this in a blog by Pat and Wayne Harriman yesterday.  My wife found out the hard way about the increase.

Jan 28, 2013 08:37 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

George -- figured I would reblog it, to help others find out about it, if they missed it elsewhere.  Seems to me someone fell down on the PR on this change.  Hope you week is wonderful!

Jan 28, 2013 08:49 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I have not heard anything about this at all.  And apparently he happened just yesterday.  Nothing on the news.

Jan 28, 2013 08:50 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

William -- didn't see your comment initially.  We try to be ahead of the game on the stamps, be the priority mail ones are harder to do.  You have to remember they are handling millions of pieces per day -- so the pennies add up.


Rob -- that is one of the reasons I reblogged this.  The news channels were silent about this -- of course it is not an additional tax, because the USPS is not a government organization.

Jan 28, 2013 08:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Steven -- thanks for the re-blog.   Yesterday, I saw a news feature on CNN and they asked people on the street the price of a first class stamp -- quite a few of those asked weren't sure or "guessed" incorrectly.   

Jan 28, 2013 10:06 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

I have a nice little stack of forever stamps bought when they were first offered. I believe that means I have made about $0.05 per stamp at the moment.  :-)

Jan 29, 2013 01:48 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Michael -- interesting that CNN would use that format to get the information out.  I wonder how many even have an idea what the price was?

Than -- yep, if you stocked up back then, and still have some, you have made a bit of increase on those.  Of course, if you had bought them at Costco, or another retailer who occasionally discounts them, you could have made a slight bit more per stamp.

Jan 29, 2013 02:05 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steven, 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 06:15 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Karen Anne -- having lived in a small town (@450 pop) - I know the importance of keeping the small town post offices. You are right about that being the only way for some folks to get their mail/packages. 

The biggest financial problem they seem to be having is meeting the mandate of Congress who passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act", (which mandated $5.5 billion per year to be paid into an account to pre-fund retiree health-care, 75 years into the future).  Without that issue, they probably would not have had to raise the rates until sometime next year.

Jan 29, 2013 06:45 AM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Steven, I think I have heard about that "Act" before, and that is just plain silly.  Seventy-five years into the future.  Sheesh.

Who was president when that Act was passed, and who was in control of Congress?  And, who sponsored the bill?

Without knowing any of those answers, it might sound like it was on purpose a "poisoned pill."

NOTE:  Oops... sorry.  I just clicked on your link, and it was passed in 2006... under George W. Bush.  That might explain it.

Jan 29, 2013 07:12 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Karen Anne -- it was indeed passed by the 109th Congress, which had a Republican majority in both houses.  The big issue they were addressing was what caused GM to go under, unfunded liabilities for their pensions. I think it might be a bit excessive, at least we have one part of government that is apparently appropriately funded into the distant future.

Jan 29, 2013 07:34 AM
Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Broker/Owner
Travis Realty - Enterprise, AL
email: Travis@theSOLDman.me / cell: 334-494-7846

THANKS!! I knew it was coming, but was hoping not this quickly. I still have some custom made branded stamps that now I'll have to add a one cent stamp to. Oh well....

Jan 31, 2013 10:20 PM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Travis -- it seems they are not pushing the information out early, maybe that is to avoid people stocking up on "forever" stamps just before the change.  Hope you can find enough 1 cent stamps.

Feb 01, 2013 01:49 AM