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Topic: All Stamps = Now Forever Stamps?

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Subject: All Stamps = Now Forever Stamps?
Date Posted: 2/25/2012 3:03 PM ET
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I was in the PO last week, and the counter person said that all the new stamps are now being sold as Forever Stamps, at whatever the current rate is. (I guess it's $.45 now?) This sounds like a great idea, but i've been out of the country, so it was the first time I'd heard it. Has anybody else heard about this?

 

Robin

Date Posted: 2/25/2012 7:23 PM ET
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Yes, the current one ounce postage comes mostly in forever stamps and will be able to be used if the one ounce rate goes up in the future.  They are sold at the current amount for a one ounce letter which is .45 cents.  If you have some forever stamps from before, they are now worth .45 cents.  There are a few .45 cents stamps out now and feature weathervanes on them but I have not seen any for sale at my Post Office.  Hope this answers your question.

Date Posted: 2/25/2012 11:16 PM ET
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Not all stamps are Forever, but USPS has been doing this for awhile now.  The Forever stamps are good for First Class postage (1 oz.) at the current rate...regardless of when you purchased or what you paid for them.  If the First Class rate went up to .50 tomorrow, the Forever stamps I purchased last summer at .44 are still valid.

Date Posted: 2/27/2012 9:49 PM ET
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Great! Thank you both!

Subject: STAMPS
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 12:41 PM ET
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Does anyone know if the amount that prints out for each book wrapper updated to the $0.45 ? The cost of a stamp since January. I went and dropped off some books the other day and the postal worker told me I needed more postage from what had printed out.  He said the postage printed on the wrapper wasn't up to date.

I have also been told I HAD to pay for tracking after I had paid for it on the site. I truly think it is my post office as I was also told last year that every thing must go Priority Mail. Which I know is wrong.

Date Posted: 3/6/2012 4:18 PM ET
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Yes, PBS updated after the USPS rate increase.  Sometimes the weights in the PBS database are incorrect.  If you are adding your own at home you may wish to invest in a postal scale so you can check the weight before calculating postage.  This probably accounts for your postage difference.

Regarding your e-DC, it depends.  If you are using PBS printable postage (I don't see an icon) then the DC is free and your PO should not charge you for it.  If (like me) you print PBS e-DC and add postage (or buy counter postage) then they are correct and there is a .19(?) charge for the DC.  I don't remember the details of using printable postage from other venders.

For PBS e-DC, PBS charges us a .27 fee for processing and tracking...this is in addition to the .19 USPS charges.  The total together is less that the new .85 rate for USPS DC at the counter (green sticker).

Date Posted: 3/21/2012 5:29 PM ET
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As Denise said -- check the weight on your package if you are printing out postage.  There's a place at the bottom of the Print Wrapper page for adjusting the weight of your package.  You can use the "book" weight or the "wrapped book" weight.