Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Price of Stamps

In case you missed the news earlier this month, the price of a U.S. first class postage stamp has gone down by 2 cents. The new price for a 1-ounce letter is 47 cents.

What a bargain! For most places in the United States, the U.S. Postal Service will come directly to your house, pick up a message you have written and deliver it to anyone else in the country....for 47 cents. You don't have to subscribe to anything or pay a set-up fee. You don't have to buy in bulk or sign up for a service. You can buy one 47-cent stamp, put it on your envelope and send it away.

Now, there is some controversy or at least concern about the price reduction. It is the result of the end of an agreement that allowed the USPS to raise the stamp price in 2014. It's likely that the price reduction will cost the USPS a lot of money, and you can read more about that in the USPS Newsroom. I would guess that the price will probably go up again.

But, in the meantime, there are some beautiful stamps out there for only 47 cents each.

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