In a world where communication is often dominated by email and text and instant messaging, and where many rely on automatic withdrawals and online payment services to pay their bills, there are still many who turn to the tried and trusted United States Postal Service (USPS.)
On Monday, the USPS will adjust prices for mailing services including first-class mail, standard mail, periodicals, package and special services.
The first-class Mail stamp will be increased to 42-cents.
For those disgruntled by battling the increasing cost of everything from gas and milk to dinner and movies, you can still purchase Forever Stamps at the current 41-cent rate until the rate increase of 1-cent takes effect. The Forever Stamp can be used even after Monday’s price increase. The 41-cent stamps are available at post offices nationwide and may also be purchased through the USPS online at The Postal Store at http://shop.usps.com.
The current 41-cent rate took effect on May 14, 2007. Last year’s 1-cent increase followed a 2-cent increase on January 8, 2006. Since January 1999, the rate has increased a total of 9 cents.
According to the Web site for the USPS, www.usps.com, there will be no change in the first-class mail single-piece additional-ounce price and there will also be a lower additional-ounce price for presorted first-class Mail letters.
Other changes in pricing could save many postal patrons money when shipping packages. Those changes include reduced express mail prices for items shipped to addresses closer to home; lower online postage prices for Express Mail and Priority Mail, both domestic and international; Volume Express Mail price rebates for frequent shippers; and additional flat-rate box pieces for Priority Mail.
For the first time, USPS pricing includes commercial volume and contract prices, rebates, online price reductions, and other new incentives.
“These innovative pricing incentives will make our products more attractive to all shippers, especially small businesses. We’re pricing our products to sell in today’s competitive shipping market,” said Postmaster General John Potter.