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How Much Does A Postage Stamp Cost For 2017


Applying Letter Postage Effective January 22, 2017 the cost of a first class (1) ounce letter sent through the United States Post Office increased two cents from $0.47 to $0.49 for letters mailed within the United States. Reversing the $0.2 price drop from $0.49 to $0.47 effective April 10, 2016. Any extra ounce(s) remain subject to a fee of $0.21 per added ounce.

These fees will continue to apply and extend for an indeterminate period of time.

The current `017 $0.49 is the exact amount that went into effect January 26, 2014 as the result of a $0.03 increase from $0.46.


Another prior rise in rates occurred January 27, 2013 when the price of a first class letter sent through the United States Post Office went up $0.01 to $0.46. At which time there was also the introduction of the global forever stamp for delivery of letters anywhere in the world.

Before this, there was an increase January 22, 2012, when first class stamps increased a penny to 45 cents for the same domestic delivery. That announcement followed a yet former increase that occurred approximately 2 years and 7 months prior.

Letters destined for Canada and Mexico - for the (1) ounce first class letter cost $1.15 with the global forever stamp - applying to all international destinations.
To be sendable by the USPS: a letter must have dimensions of no less than 3-1/2 inches tall with a maximum of 6 1/8". The width shall be 5" to 11-1/2 inches. The thickness at least .007 inches which should be no more than 1/4" to be handled by the processing facilities.

As the new increases reflect an effort by the UPS to raise needed funds, the rate at which the Post Office can take charges higher is based on an inflationary rate that comes from the CPI.


History
The most recent price adjustment is the result of the filing by the U.S. Postal Service of a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

During 2016 the post office reported losses of $5.1 billion. For the fiscal year 2015 the post office recorded losses of $5.06 billion. During 2014, it sustained of $5.5 billion in losses. In 2013, $5 billion. For 2012 they experienced $15.9 billion in losses alone.

July 2010 - the USPS initiated a proposal for a 2 cent rise in stamps, which was shot down later that year. Loaded with several billion dollars in losses, and closing a number of facilities, it appeared that at that time they would probably in the future be looking for ways to compensate.

- How massively things have changed with stamps since 1853, the first year stamps were put into use.


Tips
Some consumers buy extra forever stamps since they are claimed to send even when higher postage surpasses these rates in the years ahead. While postage continues to go up, there are still options like electronic mail, or a phone plan with generous or unlimited long distance/texting such as with some of the cell phone carriers. For mailing out bills, many companies have switched to the online payment option - that is, if you are comfortable with its measure of safety.














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