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Subject: when is postage going up?
Date Posted: 10/19/2011 6:15 PM ET
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Someone said the postage was going up but didn't know when. Is It?  and if so when

Date Posted: 10/19/2011 6:27 PM ET
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yeah, more than likely ...supposed to be Jan 22 IIRC.

first class mail is going up to 45 cents

postcards are going to 32 cents

everything else is going up around 2.13%

rates for most things haven't been announced yet, but a 2.13% increase over $2.41 media mail would make it around $2.46

 

Date Posted: 10/19/2011 7:59 PM ET
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Thanks Brandy

Date Posted: 10/19/2011 11:32 PM ET
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Huh. I didn't even know it was going up. Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 10/23/2011 7:10 PM ET
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Media Mail has not been mentioned at this point.  The 2.13% is averaged thruout all the changes.  Here are some of the announced rate changes:

 

—Postcards will go up 3 cents to 32 cents.

—Letters to Canada and Mexico will increase a nickel to 85 cents.

—Letters to other foreign countries will go up 7 cents to $1.05.

—Prices for advertising mail, periodicals and parcels also will rise about 2.1 percent.

—There will be a new three-month option for renting post office boxes, for people who need them only for a short time.

—Delivery confirmation will be free on some parcel services, rather than being an extra charge.

 

Date Posted: 10/23/2011 7:14 PM ET
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As a postal employee we are already hearing how horrible it is that the rates are increasing "again".  First class mail has been 44 cents since May of 2009.  I wish gas and groceries were still at the same prices as May of 2009......

Date Posted: 10/29/2011 7:39 PM ET
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You forgot to add that the Post Office is adding an additional 5% fee to packages to cover the cost of the labor needed to damage them. And then there is the $0.02 fee to pay for storage so that items will arrive late.

Actually, despite all the stories we hear about  the Post Office, if the rest of the government worked as well, this would be one happy country.  I know that the counter clerks at my PO couldn't be nicer.

If I have a beef, it is with all those customers who do not understand how our number system works.  At my PO we have to take a number as we enter the door. The clerks call out a number when they finish servicing a customer.  There is even a digital display showing the number now being served.  All this take place in a large room.

A clerk calls, "Number twenty, please."

Someone at the other end of the room, gets up and walks all the way down to the counter.

The next clerk calls, "Number twenty-one."

Someone at the other end of the room, gets up and walks all the way down to the counter.

Then another clerk calls, "I can help number twenty-two."

Someone at the other end of the room, gets up and walks all the way down to the counter.

Meanwhile, like all the other customers, the person sitting all the way down at the other end of the room with number twenty-three says to him- or herself, "They just called 'twenty,' 'twenty-one,' and 'twenty-two.'  Hmmmm, I wonder what the chances are they will call 'twenty-three' next? Probably slim, so I'll just sit there until they do call 'twenty-three'."

This happens every day.



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Date Posted: 11/3/2011 10:17 PM ET
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I just finished reading Lester Del Rey's Siege Perilous, a sci-fi paperback issued in 1966. It is not even listed on the Amazon site and someone had to add it here manually. It cost $0.60 when new, which seemed a lot to me as I was used to buying books for $0.35 and $0.45 back then.  It even had one of those inserts in the middle of the book advertising correspondance school courses to help you earn more. I remember these being in most paperbacks back then.

What does all this have to do with the topic of this thread? The very last page advertises books from the publisher and states "If these books are not available at your local newstand, send price indicated plus $0.10 per book to cover mailing costs."

What would $0.10 in 1966 be worth today? I went to the MeasuringWorth.com page to see. I entered 1966, 0.10 and 2011 in the spaces and got:

$0.67 using the Consumer Price Index
  $0.54 using the GDP deflator
  $0.70 using the unskilled wage
  $0.84 using the Production Worker Compensation
  $1.17 using the nominal GDP per capita
  $1.84 using the relative share of GDP

 

Date Posted: 11/15/2011 12:14 AM ET
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Thomas, LOL your story,.  That was great!

 

I am a big USPS supporter.  It amazes me what they do, and to think I can send something to my brother 2,000 miles away and in a few days he's reading it.  For cheap!

It annoys me when people want to "corporatize" the USPS.  Perhaps they don't realize that it is not supposed to turn a profit.  If it did, and it was a typical US corporation, believe me, media mail would cost $6.00.   smiley

I'd be happy to just see them be able to pay their employees, pay their retirements and health insurances, cover the cost of delivering mail (which is unbelievably complicated and amazing when all is said and done, considering how much mail there is), and break even doing it. 

 

My small rural PO is at risk of closing.  This will also close a *chapter* in my life.  I have been friends with every Postmaster for 15 years, it's small and 15 miles from town, and there is always neighbors and touching base and chatting, and I will just greatly MISS this wonderful part of my day.  It's so much a part of my community, having them there.

I'm so sad.



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