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Price of Stamps Going Up in 2014

The temporary increase is supposed to generate an additional $2.8 billion in revenue to make up for earlier losses.

Get ready to pay more for postage. Credit: Patch file photo
Get ready to pay more for postage. Credit: Patch file photo
By Greg Hambrick

It's time to stock up on Forever Stamps for the new year. The U.S. Postal Service will soon increase the price of stamps.

On Jan. 26 the cost of a first-class postage stamp will rise to 49 cents from 46 cents, according to The Washington Post

A book of first-class one-ounce stamps will cost $9.80. Forever Stamps purchased before the increase will still be valid for all one-ounce letters. 

The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator approved the increase of about 6 percent, but rejected a request for a permanent increase.

The rate increase is supposed to boost the USPS' revenue by $2.8 billion in two years to recoup losses suffered in 2008 and 2011, according to the Post

New prices:
  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents
Leslie Ackerman January 02, 2014 at 07:53 AM
The USPS is an example of how incompetent things become when put in the hands of government. As demonstrated for years the problem is certainly not revenue but cost structure. Just like Governments such as the current one, they think that raising money is the only solution.

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