Watch where you stamp

About a year and a half ago, the price of a first-class stamp rose from 46 to 49 cents. Now it appears to be headed back down:

The U.S. Postal Service will have to roll back a portion of its largest rate increase in 11 years after a federal court ruled that the higher postage prices in place since January 2014 can’t be permanent.

Postal regulators had agreed to a 3-cent emergency postage hike for first-class letters, to 49 cents from 46 cents, after the Postal Service said it needed to recoup billions of dollars it lost during the recession. The 4.3 percent increase came on top of the customary 1.7 percent postage prices have risen to adjust for inflation.

But regulators set a cap on the amount of revenue USPS could recoup with the higher prices. The cap will be reached this summer.

On the upside, they won’t have to reprint any of the current “FOREVER” stamps, which are always valid for the current first-class rate.


  1. fillyjonk »

    8 June 2015 · 4:05 pm

    Yeah, but those of us who laid in a supply of the “forever” stamps at the 49 cent rate, figuring, “It can only go up” feel some mild resentment at this.

  2. CGHill »

    8 June 2015 · 5:14 pm

    Last time I bought thirty, so I’m out just under a buck. I did notice a postal database in Incoming with “Install This Yesterday” all over it, so corporate might be happy.

  3. fillyjonk »

    8 June 2015 · 6:17 pm

    It looks like it’s just stamps, I guess. So I can’t even hold out the vain hope that maybe some of the mail-order places that use USPS will temporarily reduce their shipping costs. (like they WOULD, anyway)

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