The deadly .44

News Item: The price of a one-ounce first-class stamp will rise to 44 cents on May 11, the U.S. Postal Service said.

Anticipating the jump, yours truly, back in March:

During post-Christmas cleanup, I turned up a sheet of 18 first-class stamps from (probably) 2006, which, unlike today’s spiffy Forever Stamps, are never going to be worth more than 39 cents.

The letter rate is scheduled to go from 42 to 44 cents in May, so I had basically two options: find some 5-cent stamps and use up the 39s then, or find some 3-cent stamps and use them up now.

And so it came to pass that I ordered a sheet of twenty 3s from the US Postal Service’s online store, and over the next several weeks I paired off a 3 with a 39 on every one-ounce letter I sent.

With the deadline one week away, I have now exhausted my supply of 39s, although they were 18 to the sheet and therefore I still have two 3s left: it’s the old hot dog vs. buns controversy, albeit flatter. Perhaps aware of this — hey, it could happen — the USPS store is now packing twenty Forever Stamps to a sheet. (I ordered two sheets along with the 3-centers, to save, um, postage.)

1 comment

  1. fillyjonk »

    3 May 2009 · 2:16 pm

    I’m sure there’s some kind of law somewhere that prevents this, but I WISH the USPS would only raise in 5 cent increments – they could start by going to 45 cents.

    It’s much easier to REMEMBER (for me at least) a rounder number like that. And then five cent stamps would always be useful.

    I guess it’s time for me to stock up on more of those “forever” stamps. If I have to go to the post office anyway (I have a belated birthday gift to mail out), I might as well make the trip (and the inevitable long wait in line) more worthwhile.

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