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Subject: How does Forever stamp work?
Date Posted: 9/17/2008 12:11 PM ET
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I never used Forever stamps before and was wondering how does it work?

I have a small book that weights around 5 ounce and don't feel like going to post office only one book so, can somebody help me out here?

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 12:46 PM ET
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I LOVE the "forever stamp"

Whenever you bought it, whatever you paid.... when you USE it the value is whatever a first-class postage stamp (to mail a regular letter, bill, etc) should be.

Pay current rate when you buy it. When you use it, it is just the right amount for 1 oz. first-class postage.

 eta: I am not sure HOW that applies to your 5 oz. book though. I think currently first-class postage is $0.42, so that is what each forever stamp is worth.



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Date Posted: 9/17/2008 12:46 PM ET
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The forever stamp is a regular 42 cent stamp.  The main difference is that if you bought it before the rate increase, it was still good after the rate increase.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 2:11 PM ET
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oh okay, I just bought the stamps today so I guess each one is worth 42 cent

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 3:07 PM ET
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Doesn't matter when you bought them. Today they are worth 42 cents.

When the price of postage goes up again, then they will be worth whatever the new price is. (Even if you paid 42 cents, they will be worth whatever the new price is)

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 8:34 PM ET
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If your package is 5 ounces, it needs $1.85 in postage to go first class. You can put 5 forever stamps on and it would be a $2.10. 4 Forever stamps is not quite enough at $1.68.

Make sure you weigh the package after wrapping it.

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 10:58 AM ET
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sorry, I have another question, SO with forever stamps I can only send it in first class and not media mail?



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Date Posted: 9/20/2008 11:05 AM ET
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first class stamps can be used on all classes of mail.  They are fine for media mail.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 1:02 PM ET
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If your book is only about 5 ozs. it's actually cheaper to mail it First Class, and the above poster was correct -- it'll cost about 5 stamps.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 12:24 AM ET
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You can use them on any mail, but their value is set by the first-class mail rate.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 1:45 PM ET
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I promise this is my last question. What if I  want to add other stamps with forever stamps, like for ex: I want to send a book in media mail and I put 5 forever stamps and added another 13 cents stamps so the total would be $2.23..is that okay too?

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Absolutely, you can use any stamp combinations you want!

Date Posted: 9/25/2008 5:37 PM ET
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FYI-- Forever stamps have 'Forever' written on them.  do not confuse them with regular .42¢ stamps.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:20 PM ET
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I have a great lot of all denominations of stamps, many of which I bought on Ebay (for less than face value usually) so any of my books will have all sorts of combinations of values.  Order one of them and mention this and I'll try to make it as unusual a combination as possible!!