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Stamps go up in price Monday

Posted May 9, 2008

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— The price for a first-class stamp will increase from 41 to 42 cents Monday.

Other U.S. Postal Service rates also will increase, such as international mail going from 90 to 94 cents and certified mail from $2.65 to $2.70.

The Postal Service has sold 5 billion "Forever" stamps in the past year and plans to have an additional 5 billion in stock to meet the expected demand before the price change. The stamps can be purchased at the current price and will be enough to cover first-class letters after the price increase.

“The Postal Service developed the 'Forever' stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes,” Postmaster General John Potter said in a statement. “We encourage Americans to buy 'Forever' stamps now for 41 cents because, like the name suggests, they are good forever.”

The "Forever" stamps also will increase in price on Monday.

Under a new law, the Postal Service will adjust its prices each May in future years.


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  • NCSULandscaper May 9, 2008

    great now that i went a few weeks ago and bought 3 rolls of 100 stamps at 41 cents each, now i have to go get 300 1 cent stamps too

  • Bruce Wayne May 9, 2008

    Let me get this straight... The government delivers the mail. We are unhappy about how it is done and the increasing cost. On the other hand... There are people who want the government to take over the health care system. No thanks.

  • mystica131 May 9, 2008

    I figured that they were lying to us when they told these "forever" would be good "forever." No one mentioned that they are subject future prices increases as well.

    Weasleyes-- they are forever. Once you purchase them, you can use them without purchasing supplement stamps. When you purchase NEW ones, they will be at the NEW price.

  • weasleyes May 9, 2008

    I figured that they were lying to us when they told these "forever" would be good "forever." No one mentioned that they are subject future prices increases as well.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT May 9, 2008

    The price of a stamp in 2020 will be over a dollar. Use of the internet for data and financial transfers, and cell phones for conversations, has killed the Postal Service. As older generations, who don't use these technologies, pass away, the Postal Service loses more and more business.

    There will come a day when you won't be able to get mail delivered to every house in America. And 10 years after that, our children will think we were totally insane to deliver paper mail to EVERY House!

  • Redneck_Bob May 9, 2008

    This is another good reason to pay bills online and send e-cards for birthdays and other holidays. At this rate, before long you will be paying over $1.00 for the post office to lose your car payments.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant May 9, 2008

    I'm SICK of everything going up in price except my paycheck. Something is going to break in this madness oneday. Probably the economy will go tumbling down.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner May 9, 2008

    Johnny Da Lounge....I couldn't have said it better myself!!!!

    This is ridiculous, after a while we will have to pay to breath!!

  • Johnny Da Lounge May 9, 2008

    What isn't increasing in price.....besides your compensation?

  • SteamTrain May 9, 2008

    Though I realize they can't cover all rates in a short story, it would have been a better story if they indicated that postcard stamps are/are not going up too? Off the the USPS site