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Postage Rates Increase This Month

But a new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10.

Time to stock up on stamps before postage rates increase at the end of the month.

The cost of most sending most letters and packages will jump slightly Jan. 27 when the US Postal Service ups its rates to help cover the costs of delivering the mail.

Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good despite future postal rate increases, will increase to 46 cents. (Penny-pinching hint: Purchase a bunch of 45-cent Forever Stamps now.)

Here's a rundown of price increases:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

The USPS will also introduce a new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The stamp allows people to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

In addition, there will be several new shipping services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post.

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Reginald "Rex" Henderson January 10, 2013 at 03:06 PM
You don't have news about new Mayor in Cotati, but you have this? Read the same item in the New York Times!
G Man January 10, 2013 at 05:08 PM
And still they will lose BILLIONS
Ira Freed January 10, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Thank you Patch for alerting those few of us who still use stamps to the price increase, and who are not postage meter users or are non-mailers. The Post Office and the media in general do not make a big deal of postage rate increases, so it is easy for someone to get caught by surprise. The Forever stamps do help though. And knowing that the price of the additional ounce is remaining the same is useful if one mails flats or large envelopes. Speaking of Cotati, does the USPS still show that the zip code 94928 is used for Rohnert Park and for Cotati? The 94928 zip code was assigned to RP, and Cotati was given its own zip code 94931 many years ago, but mail is still sometimes sent to a Rohnert Park address, but with the designation: Cotati, CA 94928. Not that Cotati isn't a wonderful place, but RP needs and has its own identity.

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