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Subject: No postage increase for 2010?
Date Posted: 3/25/2010 10:11 AM ET
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I was at the post office yesterday and asked about the routine postage increase, that for the last few years had taken place in May, and I was told that there would not be one. I looked at the Postal Regulations forum and found this:

The Postmaster General issued a statement which included the following:

The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010. Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, and single-piece Parcel Post. There will be no exigent price increase for these products.

Has anyone else heard anything about this? This, of course, is very good news for us PBSers mailing books on a regular basis, especially with the economy being what it is!

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 10:44 AM ET
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I' ve heard that they are thinking of cutting back on delivery days in order to help them hold off on another postage increase. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 11:26 AM ET
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Go post this on the USPS forum.  There are several USPS personnel there as well as a few postmasters.  They'll know more about this.

Ruth

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 1:33 PM ET
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Its been posted in the USPS forum a few times since it was announced.  The annual May increase will not happen but a believe a few of the services that they can change at other times of the year might have went up. If you search that forum you will find more details on it.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 6:11 PM ET
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Thanks Melanie! I searched earlier and didn't find anything except what I included above. I will try again with different search terms.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 6:22 PM ET
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No price increase for 2010

This is the one that comes up in searches the easiest. If my recollection is correct I believe Diane (the one who posted the full letter ) is a USPS employee.

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 6:39 PM ET
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I asked my postal clerk awhile back when I was buying a boatload of stamps, and she said that there would be no increase this year. 

I'm a little upset about the no Saturday delivery.  We can't get our mail delivered and I have to pick it up at the PO.  I leave work too late to make it by the 4:45 closing time, so Saturday is the only day I can go to the Post Office. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 8:27 PM ET
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Karen the no Saturday delivery shouldn't affect you if your's already isn't delivered. Its not postal hours being considered for cut (though many are doing that anyway), its the carrier delivery to home boxes. It might even encourage more Saturday hours for people who can't do without Saturday service. 

Date Posted: 3/25/2010 8:28 PM ET
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We can't get our mail delivered and I have to pick it up at the PO.  I leave work too late to make it by the 4:45 closing time, so Saturday is the only day I can go to the Post Office.

 

What the PO is proposing is to still deliver mail to Post Office boxes on Saturday, and continue to have retail window hours on Saturday.

 

How will five-day delivery work?

Simply put, our five-day delivery plan calls for five days of delivery to street addresses and six days of service at Post Offices and P.O. Boxes.

Under five-day delivery, there will no longer be delivery of mail to street addresses ? residences or businesses ? on Saturday. Post Offices will remain open on Saturdays, continuing to provide normal customer services, including the sale of stamps and other postal products. Mail addressed to P.O. Boxes will continue to be available Saturday.

 

Here's a link to the USPS Five Day Delivery website:  http://www.usps.com/communications/five-daydelivery/welcome.htm