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Stamp Prices Increase: How Much Will Stamps Cost In 2013?

The price will go up Jan. 27, but Forever stamps will always be good on standard-sized letters.

Headed to the Post Office in Dearborn for stamps this month? You might want to bring some extra money.

The price of a stamp to send a letter is increasing by 1 cent on Jan. 27.

“The new 46-cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States,” according to a press release from the United States Postal Service. “Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.”

The Postal Service is also introducing a new Global Forever stamp, which will allow you to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

Here is a breakdown of the new single-piece First-Class mailing prices:

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

As far as shipping services go, free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post), the release states. Customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service, according to the release.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products includes:

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95

“The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations,” the release states.

How often do you buy stamps? Tell us in the comments below.

M. Imsosure January 11, 2013 at 04:44 AM
That means there will be one more bill I pay online. I understand that is what is destroying the USPS and maybe it should just go away become a private buisness. The governnment is bleeding the post office and not running it very well. Politicians have been raiding the Postal Service for years to make the deficit look smaller. The service has to prepay benifits for workers not even hired yet. I'm tired of the rates constantly going up.
Elvin Hertz January 30, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Look moran, everything is going up, gas, food, newspaper, etc, etc! Letters will cost only 1cent more, if the postoffice go private, letters will cost $2! So stop crying and get a job
Misplaced Texan February 05, 2013 at 03:45 AM
Elvin, chill. M. Imsosure (clever), never said he or she didn't have a job. M. Imsosure said that because the government takes money from the USPS, the USPS never shows a profit and because the government takes money from the USPS, the government's deficit appears smaller. Due to the money taken, for some reason M. Imsosure believes the USPS prepays benefits for employees that do not exist yet. Me? I don't know if any of that is true, but I believe the cost of mailing a letter or a package is one of the best deals offered to the American public. Compare it to UPS and FedEx. And I believe all Americans are aware that the cost of everything is going up. One more thing, Elvin: It's called "moron".
AXXEL KNUTSON March 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM
We got rid of the Pony Express when it was no longer needed. Do the same with the useless USPS.
Jodi A. Davis March 25, 2013 at 07:04 PM
LOL @ Misplaced Texan! Good One!
AXXEL KNUTSON March 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
There was a time when there was no private company that could accomplish what the USPS accomplished in the formation of this country. It brought us together and promoted commercial interests. Today, there are a hundred companies that would compete for your business and as a result we can rid ourselves of one more wasteful, inefficient government department so we can put our money to work where we need it-like education, health care, infrastructure. Think the USPS pays for itself? Yeah, right...not when you consider pensions, health care and the future losses caused by everyone using email and electronic transfers to pay bills. We have need for this money-stop wasting it. Kill this department before it kills us. Now.
AXXEL KNUTSON March 26, 2013 at 01:20 PM
If we keep spending money on things that make no sense we will not have money for things that do make sense. Let's see...Post Office to deliver junk mail to us or universal health care...you decide. Those kind of decisions in everything that government does in including the Board of Education request for millions.
Lee Jacobsen April 04, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Be honest....when was the last time you really wrote a letter to someone, placed it in an envelope, put a stamp on it, and actually mailed it? Paying bills or sending a check does not really count, most do it online anyway. Folk are not mailing letters or postcards anymore, not a great surprise considering we have cell phones , email, etc. When was the last time you used a fax machine? That is going by the wayside as well. I predict that we will regress back to the days of post office boxes, and local delivery by the govt will be a thing of the past. Folk will pick up their own mail, the ones that refuse to accept modern . The only thing keeping the postal system afloat is junk mail. Another indicator, if you belong to any clubs with newsletters, note that they are switching to email delivery like crazy. Clubs are offering mail options, but at much higher cost. With email newsletters, color is free, delivery is free, and they can be read anywhere. Axxel sort of makes sense. Both junk mail delivery and universal health care are losers, in the end folk will have no incentive but to watch the mail box for their govt handout and die while waiting in line for their 'free' heathcare.
Butt fack May 13, 2013 at 01:43 AM
They should be $0.05!
AXXEL KNUTSON May 13, 2013 at 02:22 PM
Over the last month, easily 95% of my mail was unwanted and totally useless. The USPS has become an aggravation every day forcing me to sift through mountains of junk mail from senders I would just as soon have go out of business. Our mail is now very close to being 100% junk and we are close to throwing our mailbox away and letting the USPS read our junk mail. It is NOT a business for government any longer. It served its purpose binding the country together but that use has long evaporated and now all it is a cost that we will subsidize in terms of pensions and health care - costs and services that should be assumed by private industry should anyone really want junk mail.
Lee Jacobsen May 28, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Axxel, nice theory, wrong conclusion. You assume that the government can actually close down a dept of anything. Yes, I know they got rid of the 'tea testing' dept after 200 yrs of use, but that is the only dept I can think of that the govt ever stopped. Can you name 3 others, even one? The post office goes to places that no UPS or Fedex man has ever gone before, yes, they deliver to the final frontiers, and that costs money. Watch the reality shows about Alaska, who else but our govt delivers to eskimos via dog sled the US mail? You have had time to contemplate a dissolved govt agency.......do you concede that our govt only knows how to create spending , and not cut it?? They will never cut entirely the US Post office. Like NASA, it will continue in some form or fashion. I am surprised that Obama hasn't cut Guantamano......wasn't that one of his 'absolutely gonna happen" campaign promises.......yes, I know, he has not exactly been 'transparent' on a lot of issues.... Thought of a dept that has been cut yet? Here is a list to help you look.... http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/C.shtml He has suspended the Blue Angels, Capitol tours, etc, but he will not suspend the printing and engraving dept, he needs to print all the money he can get to offset the National debt........ Thought of a dept that has been cancelled yet? Cost cutting? Obama? The two are like oil and water...never happen.....Obamacare, that would be a start......

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