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Subject: Postal Rates going up???
Date Posted: 12/28/2011 2:49 AM ET
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Can someone please tell me if postal rates are going up in January?  I thought I saw that they are for first class.  Thanks for the help.

Date Posted: 12/28/2011 8:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 12/28/2011 9:05 AM ET
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Good info, Rebecca.

Date Posted: 12/28/2011 8:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/29/2011 9:04 AM ET
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The latest list I saw did not list any Media Mail increases, but I don't know if that means they dropped them, or just that the list was incomplete.  (It would be nice if we had some idea of what they will be before they actually kick in. :-( )

Date Posted: 12/29/2011 6:53 PM ET
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Media Mail    Proposed
       
       
Weight Not Over (lbs) Single Piece 5-Digit Presort Basic Presort
1   2.47 1.73 2.07
2   2.89 2.15 2.49
3   3.31 2.57 2.91
4   3.73 2.99 3.33
5   4.15 3.41 3.75
6   4.57 3.83 4.17
7   4.99 4.25 4.59
8   5.39 4.65 4.99
9   5.79 5.05 5.39
10   6.19 5.45 5.79
11   6.59 5.85 6.19
12   6.99 6.25 6.59
13   7.39 6.65 6.99
14   7.79 7.05 7.39
15   8.19 7.45 7.79
16   8.59 7.85 8.19
17   8.99 8.25 8.59
18   9.39 8.65 8.99
19   9.79 9.05 9.39

 Not sure if this will format correctly, and it is just the rates up to 19 pounds.

We would use only the single piece rates.



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Date Posted: 1/5/2012 12:44 PM ET
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Hmmmm, that's a little more than I thought they would be going up.  Especially since FC increases are not much... I need to buy tons of Forever stamps before Jan 22nd!  Still, it's much cheaper than just about anything out there, so can't complain. 

Does anyone know when the proposed increase will be finalized?  Or is it just "suprise!" when you go to mail something on the 22nd?

Date Posted: 1/6/2012 5:22 PM ET
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What is needed to classify for the presort options?

Date Posted: 1/15/2012 6:12 PM ET
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http://www.stamps.com/usps/postage-rate-increase/

Postage Rate Increase

Info on the 2012 USPS Postage Rate Increases

On January 22, 2012 the U.S. Postal Service® will implement a postage rate increase for all mail classes including First Class Mail®, Priority Mail and Express Mail along with many special services.

Summary of the 2012 USPS postage rate increase:

  • First Class Letters (1 oz.) will increase by one cent to $0.45 from $0.44. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • First Class Flats (1 oz.) will increase by two cents to $0.90 from $0.88. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • Postcard rates will increase by three cents to $0.32 from $0.29
  • Priority Mail retail rates will increase by an average of 3.2% and will start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
  • Express Mail retail rates will increase by an average of 4.4% and will start at $12.95 (previously at $12.85)
  • Parcel Post rates will start at $5.20 (previously at $5.10)
  • Media Mail rates will start at $2.47 (previously at $2.41)
  • New Product! Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C is being introduced with a 25 pound maximum weight limit. Prices start at $14.44
  • New Product! Express Mail Flat Rate Box is being introduced at $39.95 with a 70 pound maximum weight limit
 

Post Office/Retail Rates

 

Stamps.com Rates

Letters

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

 

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.)

$0.45

$0.44

 

$0.45

$0.44

First-Class Mail letter - each additional ounce

$0.20

$0.20

 

$0.20

$0.20

First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope (1 oz.)

$0.90

$0.88

 

$0.90

$0.88

First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope -
each additional ounce

$0.20

$0.20

 

$0.20

$0.20

Postcard

$0.32

$0.29

 

$0.32

$0.29

 

Post Office/Retail Rates

 

Stamps.com Rates

Flat Rate Envelopes

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

 

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope

$18.95

$18.30

 

$17.75

$17.40

Express Mail Flat Rate Legal Envelope

$18.95

$18.30

 

$17.75

$17.40

Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope

$5.15

$4.95

 

$4.90

$4.75

Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope

$5.30

$4.95

 

$5.10

$4.95

Priority Mail Flat Rate Legal Envelope

$5.30

$4.95

 

$5.10

$4.95

 

Post Office/Retail Rates

 

Stamps.com Rates

Packages

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

 

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

Express Mail (0.5 lb.)

$12.95 and up

$13.25 and up

 

$12.85 and up

$12.96 and up

Express Mail Flat Rate Box

$39.95

N/A

 

$39.95

N/A

Priority Mail (1 lb.)

$5.20 and up

$5.10 and up

 

$4.90 and up

$4.80 and up

Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box

$5.35

$5.20

 

$5.15

$5.00

Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box

$11.35

$10.95

 

$10.85

$10.50

Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box

$15.45

$14.95

 

$14.65

$14.20

Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box

$13.45

$12.95

 

$12.65

$12.20

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A

$5.79 and up

Online only

 

$5.04 and up

$4.97 and up

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B

$6.65 and up

Online only

 

$5.90 and up

$5.81 and up

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C

$15.19 and up

Online only

 

$14.44 and up

N/A

First Class Mail Package Service (1 oz.)

$1.95

$1.71

 

$1.64

$1.56

Media Mail (1 lb.)

$2.47

$2.41

 

$2.47

$2.41

Parcel Post (1 lb.)

$5.20

$5.10

 

$5.20

$5.10

Library Mail (1 lb.)

$2.35

$2.29

 

$2.35

$2.29

 

Post Office/Retail Rates

 

Stamps.com Rates

International

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

 

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.)

$44.00 and up

$35.50 and up

 

$44.00 and up

$31.95 and up

Express Mail Intl (0.5 lb.)

$29.25 and up

$26.95 and up

 

$26.91 and up

$24.79 and up

Express Mail Intl Flat Rate Box - Canada

$59.95

N/A

 

$59.95

N/A

Express Mail Intl Flat Rate Box -
Other Countries

$74.95

N/A

 

$74.95

N/A

Express Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada

$29.25

$26.95

 

$29.25

$24.79

Express Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes -
Other Countries

$38.00

$29.95

 

$38.00

$27.55

Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.)

$23.25 and up

$21.25 and up

 

$22.09 and up

$20.19 and up

Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes -
Mexico & Canada

$12.95

$11.95

 

$12.95

$11.35

Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes -
Other Countries

$16.95

$13.95

 

$16.95

$13.25

Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box -
Mexico & Canada

$12.95

$11.95

 

$12.95

$11.35

Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box -
Other Countries

$16.95

$13.95

 

$16.95

$13.25

Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box -
Mexico & Canada

$32.95

$27.95

 

$32.95

$26.55

Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box -
Other Countries

$47.95

$45.50

 

$47.95

$43.23

Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box -
Mexico & Canada

$39.95

$35.50

 

$39.95

$33.73

Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box -
Other Countries

$60.95

$58.50

 

$60.95

$55.58

First Class Mail Intl - Canada (1 lb.)

$5.75

$5.58

 

$5.75

$5.58

First Class Mail Intl - Mexico (1 lb.)

$9.29

$8.95

 

$9.29

$8.95

First Class Mail Intl -
Asia, Europe, Australia (1 lb.)

$11.60

$11.39

 

$11.60

$11.39

First Class Mail Intl - Other Countries (1 lb.)

$11.26

$10.89

 

$11.26

$10.89

First Class Mail Intl Letters -
Mexico & Canada (1 oz.)

$0.85

$0.80

 

$0.85

$0.80

First Class Mail Intl Letters -
Other Countries (1 oz.)

$1.05

$0.98

 

$1.05

$0.98

 

Post Office/Retail Rates

 

Stamps.com Rates

Special Services

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

 

2012 Postage Rates

2011 Postage Rates

Certified Mail

$2.95

$2.85

 

$2.95

$2.85

Certificate of Mailing

$1.15

$1.15

 

$1.15

$1.15

Delivery Confirmation

$0.75 and up

$0.70 and up

 

$0.19

$0.19

Restricted Delivery

$4.55

$4.50

 

$4.55

$4.50

Return Receipt (at time of mailing)

$2.35

$2.30

 

$2.35

$2.30

Signature Confirmation

$2.55

$2.45

 

$2.10

$2.05

 

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 11:18 AM ET
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Presort options require a yearly permit fee in addition to the postage.  Designed for large mailers like Amazon or B&N.  Mail must be presorted by zip code or carrier route.  Must usually be dropped off at a Bulk Mail Acceptance Unit - not your local delivery station.  The permit fee is probably close to $200 per year - so unless you are sending huge quantities of packages, not a good option for the occasional mailer.

Date Posted: 1/16/2012 7:45 PM ET
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USPS.com has the new rates available for reading or printing out.  Media mail has gone up so please check before you mail after Jan 21st.

Date Posted: 1/17/2012 5:02 PM ET
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Thank goodness for all those forever stamps!  But I will have to get some add-ons for my postcard stamps (planning to send postcards to all my PBS friends who aren't going on the cruise with us!)

Date Posted: 1/18/2012 9:56 PM ET
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Has anyone  heard about "first class parcel" rates?  I have been using that a lot for less heavy books, under 6-7 oz. because it hs=as been loess than the
$2.41 for the first pound of Media Mail.