The 2013 stamp price will be 46 cents in January — a new postage rate and an increase of one cent compared to the current price of a stamp. The postal service also announced a number of other postage increases and new services coming in 2013.
The USPS receives no tax dollars to operate so these increases to the price of a stamp are the only way the USPS can continue to pay for its operating expenses. Additionally, the postal service isn’t allowed to increase the price of a stamp more than the rate of inflation — even while enormous costs mount with Americans using the internet to pay bills and communicate — causing the postal service to lose a projected $15 billion.
The USPS has asked for a special postage rate increase of 5 cents but Congress hasn’t followed through. $15 billion reaches the USPS’s borrowing limit, after which they have to operate solely off of sales and other new products.
Other new postage rates and services in 2013:
- There’s a new “First Class Mail Global Forever Stamp” which will deliver a letter weighing about 1 ounce anywhere in the world for $1.10. This is unique since the current international price of a stamp varies depending on the country you’re sending to.
- Parcel Post (now called “Standard Post”) and Priority Mail will include free tracking and delivery information, though they will also experience a postage increase which depends on an item’s size.
- First Class Mail International (now called “First Class Package Service International”) is eligible for discounts online and commercial pricing but also has a significant postage rate increase, which depends on weight
- Flat rate packaging, which is free to customers who pay for the service, can now request expedited delivery for a fee of $2.50
Some other details surrounding 2013 stamp prices are in the USPS’s official press release on the matter.
The new postage rates and price of a stamp will become effective January 27th, 2013. The new products will be released in January.
this is an attack on people who bring in money from outside the u.s….they want money going OUT,,, not in…..
typo s/b Flat
Flar rate packaging, which is free to customers who pay for the service, can now request expedited delivery for a fee of $2.50
People have e-mail.
“so these increases to the price of a stamp are the only way the USPS can continue to pay for it’s operating expenses.” *its*