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Subject: Postage rates going up
Date Posted: 1/21/2011 8:22 PM ET
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I was told today by one of my favorite postal clerks that media (and other) mail rates were going up early in April---supposedly not by a lot but she didn't know by how much.  Does anybody know what the media rates (and other rates) are going to be after early April sometime?

Date Posted: 1/21/2011 11:45 PM ET
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This was recently posted in another forum, but IIRC MM is increase 3 cents....sometime this spring, don't remember the exact timeline.

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 7:38 AM ET
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Rates change April 17th.  Media Mail will be:  1 pound, 2.41.  2 pounds, 2.82.  3 pounds, 3.23.  etc.

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 9:46 AM ET
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That will be easy to remember because it is 41c per pound after the first one which is $2.41.  I have no clue where they come up with these figures, but "ours not to reason why...." I guess.



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Date Posted: 1/22/2011 11:23 AM ET
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thanks for the update, Diane!

Don't know how they're supposed to save/make any money going to all "forever" stamps. Seems we all could buy enough to last years and they would never get the increase in future years as they raise postage!

Date Posted: 1/22/2011 11:34 AM ET
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Here's the whole list (prices are in the first column; I think the other columns reflect prices with discounts for volume- and sorted-media mail.)

http://www.usps.com/prices/_pdf/april172011/Media%20Mail%20-%20Commercial.pdf

mistie -
Date Posted: 1/22/2011 11:10 PM ET
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The 44c letter rate is not increasing - so, forever stamps won;t make a big difference to their bottom line this year,

Subject: Media Mail
Date Posted: 1/27/2011 3:21 PM ET
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Media mail is only going up three cents for the first pound?  Wow, that's great.  I expected a bigger increase, but now they can't raise it more than the cost of inflation.  I'm been swapping here for a few years (maybe since '06 or '07?) and I remember when media mail (one pound or less) was less than $2.00.  Then after a postal increase it ballooned way up.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 6:28 PM ET
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Does anybody know if the prices for "first class parcel" items are going up or not?  I have been using this rate a lot for anything less than 7 oz. in weight, and I may go up an oz. if this rate isn't going up, either. 

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 7:02 PM ET
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http://www.usps.com/prices/_pdf/april172011/First-Class%20Mail%20-%20Retail.pdf

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Date Posted: 2/19/2011 1:46 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/5/2011 12:52 PM ET
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Subject: USPS April 17 Price Change Webinars
Date Posted: 4/7/2011 1:11 PM ET
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DYMO Endicia is hosting educational webinars on the April 17 USPS Price Change.  If you want more specifics on the upcoming chnages, sign up at http://www.endicia.com/Support/Webinars/ 

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 6:05 PM ET
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The reason Forever stamps will continue to be profitable (or at least not a loss) is that they can continue to sell these stamps for as long as they like with no change to the desgn or manufacturing process. 

They will also never have the problem of having to sell out (or having leftover) stamps of different denominations when postage rates go up and people want to use one stamp for the new rate instead of two stamps to equal the new rate.

I would imagine that USPS now relies on Priority and Express Mail as their biggest earners, not stamps.